Top 20 Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in The Philippines

Balabac Palawan Beach photos by Cris Tagupa via unsplash
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Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in The Philippines

It cannot be denied that one of the biggest assets of the Philippines is its over 7,000 islands surrounded by beautiful, pristine beaches. Plus, it also has a diverse marine life and crystal clear, blue waters (many are unexplored) that attract quite a few tourists across the globe.

Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in The Philippines photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash
Most Beautiful White Sand Beaches in The Philippines photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash

If you are currently planning to enjoy a vacation soon, this article will give you a list of the best white sand beaches you can find in the Philippines. This is, indeed, a good starting point when making your travel plan.

So, let us get the ball rolling.

Nacpan Beach, El Nido Palawan

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Nacpan Beach photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash
Nacpan Beach photo by Cris Tagupa via Unsplash

Dubbed the most beautiful beach in El Nido, this white sand beach features pretty big waves. This 4-kilometer beach is a perfect place to visit when you wish to relax and veer away from the hustle-and-bustle of the metro. You can reach Nacpan Beach through El Nido Tour E. You can hire a tricycle, rent a motorbike, or opt for the Nacpan Beach Shuttle Service. You can reach your destination in about 45 to 1 hour. Heads up, though: it is not that easy to head on over to Nacpan mainly because of the condition of the road — but the travel will all be worth it when you see the beauty of Nacpan Beach. It is worth noting that the beach is a few minutes away from Calitang Beach, Nacpan’s twin.

Puka Shell Beach, Boracay Island

Puka Beach photo by Red Morley Hewitt via Unsplash
Puka Beach photo by Red Morley Hewitt via Unsplash

If you wish to have a picnic and relax in a stunning and serene place, head to Puka Shell Beach, otherwise known as Yapak Beach. Located in Boracay Island, this beach touts unique, smooth sand texture. It comes with crushed Puka shells that are mixed in within the white sand. It is interesting to note that this 800-meter beach is free as it is a public beach. It does not have resorts, clubs, and hotels, so the place is totally relaxing. No worries, though, as it is only a few minutes away from hotels located in Barangay Yapak, including Shanhlgri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa and Alta Vista de Boracay Island.

White Beach, Boracay Island

Best Boracay Luxury Hotels
Best Boracay Luxury Hotels

Offering an ecstatic panoramic ocean view, this beach in Boracay Island comes with an array of thrilling activities, especially during nighttime. Here, you can find a multitude of party hubs, bars, and nightclubs that feature thematic ambiance. You can also get to experience a plethora of cuisines. This 3-kilometer beach offers you clear water and white powdery sand, making it a good place to rejuvenate and restore. Further, you will surely enjoy a lot of exciting activities, such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and sunbathing.

Alona Beach, Bohol

Tropical beach background from Alona Beach at Panglao Bohol island with beach chairs on the white sand beach with cloudy blue sky and palm trees. Travel Vacation
Tropical beach background from Alona Beach at Panglao Bohol island with beach chairs on the white sand beach with cloudy blue sky and palm trees. Travel Vacation

Dubbed a tropical paradise, this white sand beach is located in Panglao Island. Apart from its blue waters, this 3-kilometer beach has an array of resorts and hotels. Tourists love to walk from one end to the other in just 10 to 15 minutes. What’s more, it is close to other scenic destinations in Bohol, including Loboc Island, Tarsier Sanctuary, and Chocolate Hills, making Alona Beach an ideal base to exploring what the whole province has to offer to the world.

Salagdoong Beach, Siquijor

Salagdoong Beach in Maria, Siquijor by Patrick120603 at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons
Salagdoong Beach in Maria, Siquijor by Patrick120603 at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons

Want to try cliff jumping to the clear, blue water? Head to Salagdoong Beach. In fact, this place is deemed the most renowned tourist destination in Siquijor. It is not only a beach, but it is also a resort as well. You may want to stay there for a few days by checking in to a hotel room or a cottage. You can also bring your tent with you. In this place, you can try out local as well as international cuisine. Note, though, that you’re going to fork out money for the entrance fee for every person and parking fee. With regard to activities, you can try out kayaking and swimming. There is no doubt, this white sand beach is a good place to relax your tired limbs and soul.

Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island, Cebu

Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Cebu
Beautiful beach on Bantayan island, Cebu

If you are looking for tranquility, then Paradise Beach in Bantayan Island, Cebu is the perfect place to go. Apart from warm, accommodating people, you will also get to enjoy exciting activities, such as swimming, snorkeling, and other beach sports, like frisbee and volleyball. Going there, you can rent a scooter. However, you will get to pass through a rocky path. When you reach your destination, though, you will absolutely enjoy the whole place. This pristine coastline features fine sand and rock formations. Just a heads-up: Bring with you some foods and drinks. But, bring with you your trash when you leave.

Saud Beach, Pagudpud

Saud Beach by John Ryan Cordova via Wikipedia
Saud Beach by John Ryan Cordova via Wikipedia

If you want to stay in paradise for a few days, away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city, then head to Saud Beach in Pagudpud. What’s a good thing about this white sand beach is that it’s not yet commercialized. This means that there’s no pollution, no noise, and you can find not too many people. Considered as among the best places for surfing in the Ilocos region, this beach is also famous for fashion photoshoots. Producers also choose to shoot their films here. In this beach, you can enjoy the magnificently clear, blue water and the majestic view and ambiance.

Mahabang Buhangin Beach, Calaguas Island

Waling Waling EcoVillage Calaguas
Waling Waling EcoVillage Calaguas

If you wish to enjoy life to the fullest and veer away from the stressful life, visit this place. This emerging destination is actually untouched by development. Dubbed Little Boracay, Calaguas Island is barefoot-friendly and not crowded. In fact, it is famous for backpackers as well as campers. If you have the extra time, you can go on an island hopping experience so you can get a glimpse of what the whole place has to offer. You can book your accommodation via Agoda. Some of the popular hotels and resorts in the area include Pineapple Island Resort, Dolor Hotel, Nathaniel Hotel, and D House Hotel.

Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan

Club Agutaya in San Vicente Palawan
Club Agutaya in San Vicente Palawan

Deemed the longest white beach in the Philippines, the Long Beach covers three barangays in San Vicente, Palawan. The shoreline is still not developed at the moment, which means the place is still undisturbed, making this area relaxing and majestic. Note, though, that the sand here is not that white — perhaps, it is light brown or beige — but, it is still a sugary paradise. To get there, you can hire a motorcycle or habal-habal and a driver at the Tourism Office located in Poblacion. You can also go on an island hopping to explore the islands and coves of San Vicente.

Malcapuya Island, Coron, Palawan

Malcapuya Island by Jah Cordova
Malcapuya Island by Jah Cordova

If you are heading to Coron, you have to visit Malcapuya Island. Located just 2 hours away from the main town, this island can be at par with Boracay white sand. In fact, it is as powdery and as white as the White Beach. You can opt for tour groups that are offered in the town. Going to the island, it is a bit rough, though, as the waves are strong. While there are no inns or hotels on the island, you can still spend the night here. You can also try out snorkeling. Further, you can visit the cliff on the left part of the beach, giving you a good view of the islands.

Cagbalete Island, Mauban, Quezon

Cagbalete Island (photo by 10nisboy via Flickr)
Cagbalete Island (photo by 10nisboy via Flickr)

This island is one of the prettiest and most picture-perfect places in the beautiful Quezon Province. Boasting cream sand, Cagbalete Island paradise touts a diverse ecosystem. Visitors will get to see a rich marine life, unique species of birds and plants, and more, perfect for nature lovers and adventurers. In terms of activities, you can try scuba diving, snorkeling, bird watching, horseback riding, island hopping, and a lot more.

Subic Beach, Sorsogon

Subic Beach in Matnog via FB Page
Subic Beach in Matnog via FB Page

What makes this beach charming is its pinkish-white sand along with its super clear water, letting anyone to easily observe the seabed. Actually, the pinkish hue of the sand is a notable trait of the islands in Matnog. You can stay here overnight by renting native-style huts and accommodations at an affordable price. Before leaving Subic Beach, do not forget to explore its hidden lagoon and visit the famous Parola.

Pamuktan Beach, Cagayan

Rocky Pamuktan Beach
Rocky Pamuktan Beach

This enchanting beach is located on the scenic island of Calayan in the province of Cagayan. While it is less popular as opposed to Palaui Island in the same province, Pamuktan Beach touts a similar alluring and breathtaking view. It boasts clear water and you can get the chance to witness dolphins showing off their tricks. It is a good idea to do snorkeling in the place. Plus, you can catch your own fish here. Believe me, it is fun to visit this place.

Malamawi Island (Isabela City, Basilan)

If you want to see the happy side of Basilan, go to Malamawi Island. This is a go-to place if you wish to escape from city life. Located just one kilometer away from Isabela City, this inhabited island is truly serene and exotic. Indeed, this island in Basilan is a hidden paradise that you have to visit anytime soon.

Cresta De Gallo Island (Sibuyan, Romblon)

Clear Waters of Cresta De Gallo in Sibuyan Romblon photo by Oliver Bautista
Clear Waters of Cresta De Gallo in Sibuyan Romblon photo by Oliver Bautista

Romblon boasts a plethora of pristine beaches. And, it is home to one of the best white sand beaches in the Philippines. Quiet and secluded, this beach is a favorite. In Cresta De Gallo Island, you can find zero establishments… only a slew of Nipa huts — making it a perfect getaway. Boasting very fine white sand and crystal clear waters, this is a good place to witness the sunrise and sunset. You can swim, dive, and have a picnic in this place.

Onuk Island (Balabac, Palawan)

Early Morning in Onuk Island photo by Nelo Marasigan-Manzo
Early Morning in Onuk Island photo by Nelo Marasigan-Manzo

Situated in the southwestern part of Palawan, Onuk Island is an undiscovered Palawan gem. Touting crystal waters and white sand beaches, it is a perfect place to relax and rest. Among the most interesting features of this island is that it has sandbars during low tide, making it a picture-perfect. This island is even featured at the National Geographic Channel. Since it is a privately owned property, you have to ask permission first from a satellite office located in Pajara, Puerto Princesa City.

Matukad Island (Caramoan, Camarines Sur)

Matukad Island in Caramoan
Matukad Island in Caramoan

The biggest selling points of Matukad Island, one of the smallest islands in Caramoan, are its towering limestone cliffs along with its fine, fine white sand — perfect for a photo shoot. If you want serenity, head to this place in the morning. It is interesting to note that this island boasts a tropical forest where tourists can discover wild plants and exotic fruits.

Naked Island, Surigao del Sur

Naked Island Siargao photo by Michael Louie via Unsplash
Naked Island Siargao photo by Michael Louie via Unsplash

As its name implies, you can find no trees or shades on this island — just the cool, clear waters and fine white sand. You can reach this place via a boat from General Luna, in just a few minutes. Among the popular activities in this place include swimming and island hopping. And oh, don’t forget to get a tan while in this place. If you have the extra time, you can also head on over to Dinagat Islands. Siargao is only two hours away from Manila via a plane.

Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

Kalanggaman Islet in Leyte (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)
Kalanggaman Islet in Leyte (photos courtesy of palompon-leyte.gov.ph)

Kalanggaman Island is among the most famous white sand beaches in the Philippines. Apart from its crystal clear waters and fine sand, it also has long sandbars — which are probably among its best-selling points. Back in 2013, it started to gain traction among international tourists when MV Europa Cruise Line stopped over on the island. What’s more, tourists are safeguarded by Tourists Police who are stationed on this postcard-perfect place.

White Island, Camiguin

White Island in Camiguin by Stephen Currington
White Island in Camiguin by Stephen Currington

This pristine paradise in Camiguin continues to capture the hearts of many. Located just 10 minutes away from the northern coast of Camiguin, the White Island is uninhabited. Trees are scarce in the area as well. But, don’t worry, you have the option to rent out humongous umbrellas for around Php 50. What is interesting is that two popular mountains, Mt. Vulcan and Mt. Hibok-hibok, are on the backdrop, adding a unique appeal for this place.

Of course, these are only some of the most stunning white beaches in the Philippines. Some are even unexplored. But, at least, this list can be a good starting point when you are presently planning to have a vacation on a beach, soon.

View from Kayangan Lake in Coron Palawan photo by Alana Harris via Unsplash
View from Kayangan Lake in Coron Palawan photo by Alana Harris via Unsplash

How about you, do have one in mind? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.

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