9 Best Beach Holidays In The Philippines - Updated 2024

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The Philippines is one of the best places for the perfect beach getaway–it is even known as a paradise on Earth for some. It has over 7,500 islands and nearly all coastal provinces have beautiful beaches. It is easy to find them but the hard part is choosing which beach to go to. Every beach is spectacular in their own way. The beach resorts in the Philippines boast white sands, clear blue water, incredible night life, and tons of water activities. You do not have to worry about the hosts since Filipinos are also known to be very hospitable. Whether you are going for an affordable beach resort or a luxurious one, travelling with family or alone, you will find the perfect place for you in the Philippines. Check out this article to for a guide on the best beach holidays in the Philippines.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) host status, recent guest reviews, location, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on June 14, 2024.

1. Cebu (from USD 99)

Bantayan Island, Cebu
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Cebu is also known as the Queen City of the South in the Philippines. International flights from Asian hubs such as Hong Kong and Singapore will land right in the island of Mactan in Cebu. This province holds some of the best vacation resorts in the Philippines, and if you request a boat to take you to nearby Bohol, there are more white sand beaches there. But staying on Cebu, if you travel to the northern tip of the island, you will reach the spectacular Malapascua Island where Bounty Beach is located. Bounty Beach offers white sand stretching almost the entire part of the island, beach resorts, and scuba diving where you can see thresher sharks. Moalboal Island, located southwest of Cebu gives tourists the rare chance to swim with giant schools of fish. Las Flores Beachside Hotel is located in Catmon, Cebu. It is complete with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, garden, bar, and lovely beach front.

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Las Flores Hotel

Wifi Available Wheelchair accessible

Address: 1 Egwenhighway, Flores Catmon, Catmon, Cebu, Philippines, 6006
116.31 km (72.3 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden

2. Mambajao (from USD 124)

Takipsilim (Mambajao, Camiguin)
Source: Photo by user Shubert Ciencia used under CC BY 2.0

Mambajao is the capital of the province of Camiguin, Philippines. It features irresistible white sand beaches, geological features, waterfalls, wildlife, and historic sites. White Island in Mambajao is the best place to experience white sand beaches and take a dip in the pristine sea. There are no houses in this island, just colorful beach umbrellas and green seagrass. Aside from coral reefs, you can go to the town of Guinsilban that breeds and preserves giant clams. One of the best accommodations in Mambajao is Bintana Sa Paraiso. It has a five-star rating, complete with a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, and a garden where you can enjoy and relax while having the perfect view of the sunset.

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Bintana Sa Paraiso

Wifi Available

Address: Naasag Mambajao, 1
78.38 km (48.8 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Room service 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle

3. Panglao (from USD 179)

IMG_20171128_170412 - Boats near Alona Beach, Panglao Island
Source: Photo by user Felix Dance used under CC BY 2.0

Panglao Island is located in Bohol, Philippines. It is a famous tourist destination known for its white sand beaches and perfect diving sites. It is also close to other tourist spots like the Chocolate Hills, waterfalls, caves, and tarsiers (the smallest primate in the world). Alona Beach is known for its amazing underwater scene perfect for divers. Divers can score package deals by combining it with their accommodation. Panglao is known for its dive sites filled with undisturbed coral reefs and shoals. Henann Resort Alona Beach is one of the best resorts in Panglao. It offers several outdoor pools and its famous spa center.

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Henann Resort Alona Beach

Wifi Available

Address: Alona Beach, Barangay Danao, Panglao Island, Bohol
37.46 km (23.3 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Garden Non-smoking rooms

4. Cabilao

Cabilao Island 1
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user P199 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Bohol is surrounded by small islands and one of them is Cabilao Island which is located on the western coast. It is known for their preservation of wildlife since hunting of birds is not allowed in Cabilao. Tourists will notice more birds in this area than in most parts of Bohol. It is also a true paradise for divers as it is one of the most beautiful diving areas. Your diving experience in Cabilao will allow you to see undisturbed reefs and hammerhead sharks. Each resort has dive shops where you can rent equipment such as pressured air refills, snorkeling gear, and protection from sun burn and jellyfish. Located in Loon, Cabilao, is Cabilao Sanctuary Beach & Dive Resort. It features a spa, outdoor swimming pool, and their famous spa facility.

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Cabilao Sanctuary Beach & Dive Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Cabilao Island, Pantudlan, Bohol
43.21 km (26.9 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Restaurant Meeting/banquet facilities Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Babysitting/child services

5. Siargao (from USD 92)

Siargaoisland
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Mclovin'tosh used under CC BY-SA 4.0

Siargao is known as the number one surf spot in the Philippines and it has the largest mangrove reserves in Mindanao, Philippines. It is a tropical island that is surrounded by coral reefs, coconut palms, and white sand beaches. The famous reef break Cloud Nine is the best area for surfers. At Siargao’s northeastern tip, you will find Burgos. It features evident coconut palms, white sand, and perfect waves. Soultribe Beach Resort is located in General Luna, Siargao. Aside from their room accommodations, they also have tents perfect for relaxing and enjoying the lovely island of Siargao.

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Video of Secret Beach on Siargao shared by content creator from the UK, Aby.

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Soultribe Beach Retreat

Wifi Available

Address: Malinao Road, Siargao
223.36 km (138.8 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Restaurant Room service Bar Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Airport shuttle Fishing

6. Gitagun (from USD 47)

Initao Beaches
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Finejob used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Gitagun is located in Misamis Oriental, known as Mindanao’s Nature Front. It is popular for its many nature activities, from water sport and beautiful beaches to remarkable caves and historic sites. You can go scuba diving at Duka Bay and Matangale where you can witness dolphins and whale sharks. Experience and explore the glorious white sand beaches of Midway Beach, Maputi White Beach, and Opol Beach. It is also the home of Cagayan de Oro River where you can also enjoy water rafting and tubing. You can enjoy your stay in Lagoon Beach Resort located in Gitagun. The restaurant serves the best seafood and the terrace features the perfect view of the beach front.

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Lagoon beach resort

5.3 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: Pangayawan
124.83 km (77.6 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

7. El Nido (from USD 56)

El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Jerick Parrone used under CC BY-SA 2.0

El Nido located in Palawan, Philippines is known to many tourists from all over the world. To the north of the island is Nacpan Beach, a white sand beach perfect for swimming. There are several restaurants and resorts around the area. If you go further to the north of Nacpan, there is the gorgeous Duli Beach. It is less crowded and offers the best surfing experience during the months of December to March. At the South of El Nido is the Maremegmeg Beach known for its perfect sunset views and beach bars like Beach Shack. If you want to explore further, you can reach the 7 Commandos Beach by boat or kayak. There is also Cadlao Island which boasts unlimited white-sand beaches. There are less people at this area since it is farther off, but the kayaking and snorkeling along the way will be worth it. Casa Felicidad located in San Fernando is a known resort complete with a garden, terrace, restaurants, and bars around the area.

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Duli Beach is a surfing spot in El Nido which is approximately an hour's drive from the town. If you are planning to visit the beach in the rainy season, take special care since the road can get muddy and slippery and might prove difficult even for big vehicles.
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Casa Felicidad

Wifi Available

Address: Barangay San Fernando, Palawan
530.6 km (329.7 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Restaurant Pets allowed Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms

8. Talibon (from USD 32)

Talibon Bohol 2
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user P199 used under CC BY-SA 3.0

Talibon is also located in the island of Bohol, Philippines. Tourists have been visiting Talibon for its beaches, fresh seafood, historic sites, and friendliness of the residents. Talibon has islands that have not been exploited. It is surrounded by clear waters, white sand, and rich marine life. One of which is the Bongad Sandbar, it is a breathtaking islet with a white sand beach perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. One resort in Talibon is the Nichon Island Resort which faces the beachfront giving it the perfect view of the sunset. The best facilities in this resort include karaoke, playground, and a concierge service.

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9. Samal (from USD 359)

Babu Santa in Talicud, Samal
Source: Photo by user I Travel Philippines used under CC BY 2.0

Samal Island, or known as the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) is located in Davao, Philippines. The island is filled with beautiful coasts of white sand beaches, coral reefs, fishes, spectacular caves, waterfalls, plants, and flowers. They offer a wide variety of things to do in this island including water sports, snorkeling, witnessing wildlife like pawikans (turtles) and dugongs, spelunking in caves, island hopping, camping, and exploring Davao City. All of these make Samal a perfect beach holiday destination. Samal is also the home of the famous Pearl Farm Beach Resort. It is a five-star resort and it was once a pearl farm.

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Pearl Farm Beach Resort

Wifi Available

Address: Adecor Kaputian District, Island Garden City of Samal
347.18 km (215.8 mi) from Bohol Tarsier Conservation Area

Parking Restaurant Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Sauna Fitness centre

Discover the best beaches in the Philippines

There are many beaches in the Philippines where you can unwind, engage in some water sports, and take a breather. So, spend your holiday by the beach in one of the resorts mentioned above, and you are all set for the perfect beach trip you have always dreamed of.

Any must-sees we missed? Tell us about them in the comments section or write a post here to help out fellow travelers!
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