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With its powdery white-sand beach and vibrant party scene, Boracay has been cited again and again as one of the world’s best island party destinations. However, due to its recent closure, it’s a good idea to break away from the crowd and visit other white-sand beaches in the country instead.

It’s just as well that when it comes to Philippine beach holidays, this archipelago is rich in white-sand beaches that aren’t as crowded as Boracay just yet. Without further ado, here are a few of the top picks that you may not have heard about.

Malamawi Island (Isabela City, Basilan)

Malamawi Island’s long and white-sand beach will make you wonder why you didn’t check out this amazing beach holiday destination sooner.

As soon as you get off the boat, this little piece of Heaven on Earth will make you forget about all the concerns you have every day. Not a lot of people dare to visit this part of the country, which just means that you can have this stretch of fine beach practically all to yourself.


Makatira Island (Sta. Cruz, Zambales)

Zambales is known for its beaches in Subic, Pundaquit and San Narciso. However, a lesser-known and equally stunning island paradise is located off the coast of its northernmost town in Sta. Cruz — Makatira Island.

This private island is owned by Palawan Governor Jose Alvarez. It features a long sandbar that stretches into the sea, crystal-clear water of varying shades of blue, and a marine sanctuary that’s an ideal place for snorkeling.

Matukad Island (Caramoan, Camarines Sur)

The Caramoan Peninsula in the province of Camarines Sur was considered one of Google’s top trending searches for the summer of 2017. It’s no surprise; this group of islands boasts white-sand beaches, sandbars, crystal-clear waters and even limestone forests. If you want to break away from the crowd, Matukad Island is a must-visit indeed.

Tinaga Island, Calaguas (Vinzons, Camarines Norte)

It would be a challenge to choose a beach when you’re in the Calaguas Group of Islands. However, Mahabang Buhangin on Tinaga Island is the best option if you’re looking to camp out on a long strip of gorgeous white sand. Just make sure you have your diving or snorkeling gear with you for you to appreciate the life under water.

Palani Beach (Balud, Masbate)

Palani is the town of Balud, situated 68 kilometers from Masbate City, is a 10-kilometer stretch of white-sand beach tuckered away in a cove surrounded by verdant hills. The water is only waist-deep up to 500 meters from the shore, making it a good place for swimming, even for the kids.

There are no 5-star hotel accommodations in the area, although you can check in at no-frills resorts like Paraiso de Palani, Bocala Beach Resort, and My Q.

So, there you have it. These are just some of the destinations for the best beach holidays Philippines if you’re looking for places that feature white sand. Just remember to take good care of the area and bring a ton of sunscreen with you. There are still more beaches, too, so don’t be afraid to explore the Philippines a little more.

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In a country of over 7,000 islands, beach lovers will have no trouble finding themselves in a tropical island getaway when in the Philippines.

Since the number of destinations can get too overwhelming, we’ve narrowed it down to some of the best beaches in the country to help you out. Below are just some of the most beautiful destinations for Philippine beach holidays you may want to consider for your next getaway.

Nacpan Beach

This holiday destination in Palawan has been crowned “The World’s Best Island” time and time again largely for its northern area, where El Nido and Coron are located. El Nido is studded with amazing little islets around Bacuit Bay, reachable by boat, but it also has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the country, including Nacpan Beach.

It takes less than an hour’s drive from the El Nido town proper to get to this destination. Due to its distance from the town and the fact that the road is a bit of a challenge, this beach doesn’t get too crowded. It boasts a clean and beautiful stretch of fine, white sand, calm waters and just enough establishments to accommodate all who go here.

Saud Beach

Located at the northernmost top of the great island of Luzon are the beaches of Pagudpud. Arguably the most beautiful of those that line its coast is Saud Beach.

Well-preserved and minimally developed, Saud’s allure is in its untainted natural features. The sand is fine, the beach is vast, and the sea an immaculate shade of blue. Off in the distance, the province’s Bangui windmills, the famous attraction of Ilocos Norte, can be seen. It’s indeed a unique charm that enriches an already lovely view.

Anawangin Cove

Anawangin Cove is a highly popular camping destination for the city-folk who’re looking for an escape from their busy lives. They go off the grid and get back in touch with nature through pitched tents, only the bare necessities and zero telecommunication signals.

The cove’s make-up is as interesting as it is beautiful, being a pleasant aftermath of an otherwise tragic moment in Philippine history. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991 devastated a considerable area of the region, so no one expected that the resulting ash fall could transform a was then a rocky coast into the sandy beach known today as Anawangin.


Lambug Beach

As Lambug is a public beach, it’s well-known among the locals and can get pretty busy over long weekends and holidays. You can drop by on a regular weekday, however, and you’ll see what makes it so great.

A long shoreline of creamy, fine sand is lined by quaint accommodations and cottages, although it’s also a great beach to pitch a tent at, get a bonfire started, and camp out. It’s unpretentiously serene, free of any fancy establishments and hordes of tourists.

So, there you have it – just some of the best beach holidays Philippines destinations you can consider when planning for a getaway in this country. Just don’t forget to plan before the trip to avoid any potential problems along the way.

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