In the Philippines, when you think about the beach, the first thing that comes to mind is Boracay Island. After all, it’s the country’s most recognizable and popular beach destination. 

And while no one will dispute Boracay’s place as the undisputed king of white sand beaches in the country, other destinations offer the same experience—that you definitely shouldn’t miss out on. 

To make it easier for you, we’ve created a list of them below! So, scroll down and start taking notes!

  • Paliton Beach

Aerial view of Paliton Beach in Siquijor // Photo by Jacob Maentz via Getty Images

Though primarily known for its otherworldly tales about witchcraft and mythical creatures, Siquijor is also home to beautiful beaches and wonderful tourist-friendly communities. 

This includes Paliton Beach, which is located in the town of San Juan. It hosts a wide stretch of beautiful white sand that harmoniously meets with clear blue sea waters, which is perfect for those looking for a place to rest or relax.

If you’re the adventurous type, you can register for a lot of marine activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, or cliff diving. 

  • Dumaluan Beach

Aerial view of Dumaluan Beach in Bohol // Photo by Matteo Colombo via Getty Images

Known for its expansive ivory white-sand shores adorned by a long line of coconut trees, Dumaluan Beach is the hidden summer getaway destination of Bohol.

Though less famous compared to Panglao Island and Alona Beach, this water wonderland definitely doesn’t pale in comparison, particularly with its aquamarine blue waters that bring together land and sea. 

  • Islas de Gigantes

Aerial view of Cabugao Gamay Island in Carles// Photo by Konrad Nerger via Getty Images

If you’re someone who’s looking for multiple adventures when out on a vacation, then Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo will be the best destination for you. 

This beach resort, also known as Gigantes, consists of multiple islets that tourists can explore while enjoying the sun and azure waters. Amazing rock formations, a sand bar, and lush greenery are among the natural wonders waiting for visitors planning to book a trip to this majestic place.

The islets you can explore are: 

  1. Cabugao Gamay
  2. Bantique Island 
  3. Antonia White Sand Beach
  • Panampangan Island

View of Panampangan Island in Tawi-Tawi // Photo by Jojie Alcantara via Getty Images

Do you want peace and quiet during your summer vacation? Then, Panampangan Island in Tawi-Tawi will do you a whole lot of good. 

This secluded island will be ideal for those who want to go off the grid and want to experience nature at its finest. It boasts an untouched natural appeal and is home to the country’s longest sand bar. Of course, surrounded by a stretch of fine white sand and deep blue waters. 

  • Palaui Island

View of Palaui Island in Luzon // Photo by Glenn Mendoza / EyEm via Getty Images

If you want to visit a place that many have not been to before, consider going to Palaui Island. 

This island, which lies in the northeastern tip of Luzon, is a protected national park that boasts of an undisturbed coral reef system. Here, you’ll be able to witness different animals co-existing harmoniously – 21 species of fish, 90 types of migratory birds, and 30 different species of flora. 

Besides being a natural paradise, Palaui is also famous for Cape Engaño, a centuries-old lighthouse that offers a stunning view of the island. 

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