Great Santa Cruz Beach, Zamboanga City
The Great and Little Santa Cruz Islands are, arguably, this city's best beaches, and one of the country's best island beaches destination. In its ideal natural state, there is no comparison to the uniquely beautiful "pinkish" sand (a coloration effect of pulverized rare red Organ-pipe Coral ( tubipora musica ) from eons of surf erosion mixed in with the white sand) and colorful coral reef just a few feet away from the shore of the Great Santa Cruz Island. The nearby Little Santa Cruz Island has beautiful white sand instead, and is a military installation (read: Navy resort). Snorkeling and scuba diving are excellent diversions for the sun worshipers with lots of colorful marine life to experience in excellent water visibility, depending on weather conditions. In the Great Santa Cruz Island, there are some covered huts around for picnicking (food and water can be brought in), and adequate bathroom facilities.
Mactan Island is more than just a beach; it is an island paradise; the seashore is a sight to behold in the early morning light, but it will also bedazzle you in the nighttime. Whether you are on your own, or with your friends, the sparkling waters and sand will simply amaze you.
Panglao Beach not only provides you with a lovely view of the calm seas, but a stroll along the seashore will enable you to take in the beauty of the entire island itself, from the sea, to the skies, right down to the whispering winds.
Not only are there plenty of luxury resorts nearby, making your stay as comfortable as possible, but the secluded nature of the beach makes it even more attractive. There are plenty of lush vegetation and greens around, and not too far away are some gorgeous falls, too.
Siargao Island presents interesting contrasts; its huge and powerful waves, brought about by being near the Philippine Deep, are a surfer’s dream. If you visit the island you will no doubt see some of the world ‘s best surfers riding the breathtaking waves. However, there are also more serene coasts, and there are also places where you can just take a leisurely walk and enjoy some peace and quiet.
Puraran Beach, Catanduanes
For surfers and adventurers, Puraran Beach, just off Luzon, will be just right for you.
The island beach is actually in the Pacific Ocean, and this location provides for some fantastic waves, walls of water that can present a challenge even to the most skilled surfer.
Boracay White Beach
Despite the emergence of a number of other popular tourist destinations, for many people the ultimate party place is still Boracacy, and the best beach is still Boracay White Sand Beach.
Measuring about 3 miles (about 5 km.) the beach is noted for the cool breeze emanating from the waters, and the soft clear blue skies. Because there are plenty of accommodations nearby, Boracay White Beach, especially in the summer, is filled with people, frolicking in the waters.
Although most people go there in the daylight to get some of the sun, it is also a good idea to visit the place at night time.
Not only are there likely to be less people, but the combination of the softly blowing wind, the tranquil sea and the soft white sand beneath, plus the sight of the stars above, can make for a truly unique and exhilirating experience.
Located at the farthest end of the island province (off the northeast coast), the island offers plenty of attractions, leading many to consider as the next big thing for divers and beach lovers to explore. With its exquisite sands, soothing greens, and brilliant azure waters, you will feel truly at peace, and at one with nature.
Pagudpud Beach, Ilocos Norte
The most famous beach destination in the Ilocos, Pagupud is quickly becoming one of the Philippines’ top beaches, as more and more people are discovering the treasures of the land.
Its crystal clear waters are comparable with those of the other shores in the country. It is also not lacking exotic marine life which underwater divers can marvel at. Add the smooth fine sands, and you have the complete ingredients for a perfect beach.