If you are a diving enthusiast, you will love exploring the amazing marine life here which includes endangered turtles, dolphins, sea cows, and manta rays. Mountain climbers can climb up to Taraw Cliff and catch an amazing view of the ocean and the limestone formations.
Location: Bacuit Bay, north of Palawan.
Highlights: Island Hopping Tour that will take you through picturesque lagoons to secluded islands.
From here, you can hire a boat that will take you to the Bohol Strait, where there are beautiful white-sand beaches. At the northernmost tip of the island, you can find boats travelling to the mystical Malapascua Island.
Location: Central Visayas Region.
Highlights: Scuba divers can go for a dive at Bounty Beach in Malapascua Island and get to see the fascinating thresher sharks.
You can catch a flight to Dumaguete, the capital of Negros Oriental, and from here, you can head to Apo Island, a volcanic island with clear water surrounding it. Here, you can go for a dive and witness the amazing and diverse marine life. Next, you can head to Siquijor Island, where the sand on the beach is the colour of bone. You will find scuba diving activities here.
Location: Central Visayas Region.
Highlights: Climb up to the lighthouse in Apo Island and witness the sunset.
The 27 dive sites near the island are perfect for scuba diving. Other activities include windsurfing, kite surfing, and snorkelling. There are plenty of options in terms of accommodations, from cheap hotels to luxury resorts.
Location: Western Visayas Region, 315 Km south of Manila.
Highlights: Beach party at night.
This place is a heaven for kiteboarders and windsurfers, being exposed to strong winds from the Pacific Ocean and the South China Sea. Since the beaches here are harder to access, they are often secluded and if you are lucky you can have one all to yourself.
Location: North coast of Luzon Island.
Highlights: Rock formations at Kapurpurawan.
Some of them are quiet and uninhabited, letting you spend as much time as you like sunbathing or swimming in the shallows. You can also try island hopping which will take you to Casulian, Naked, Daku, and Guyam islands.
Location: Surigao del Norte province.
Highlights: Explore Sohoton cave where you can get to see jellyfish and bats.
The atmosphere here is relaxing, and you will feel like going for an idle swim, enjoy a snack while lying in your deck chair, or read a book. It is a great place to de-stress and forget about your troubles. You can also rent scuba gear at the beach and dive into the waters, or enjoy some delicious seafood at the restaurants.
Location: Southwest Bantayan Island.
Highlights: Majestic cliffs from where you can click great pictures.
You can head to Palaui Island in north Cagayan valley, where you will find pristine beaches with majestic rock formations and white sand. The most famous beach around here is Anguib Beach, where the sand is creamy in colour. You will also get to see various bird species out there.
Location: Northeastern Luzon Island.
Highlights: Camping out at night in Anguib Beach.
Here, the white sand stretches for 1.5 Km, with rock walls bordering either end. It is also one of the best destinations for diving activities, where you can undertake an underwater adventure to see the fascinating marine life.
Location: Panglao Island, Bohol Province.
Highlights: Witness sea turtles breeding in Balicasag and catch a sight of dolphins while island-hopping.
You will find plenty and eateries lining this beach, where you can enjoy a drink or a delicious seafood meal. Although this place has been somewhat commercialized recently, there are quiet spots where you can enjoy some privacy.
Location: Panglao, southwest of Bohol.
Highlights: The shore is big enough for activities like snorkelling, kayaking, and jet skiing.
The place boasts of diverse marine life, majestic rock formations, and white sand beaches. You can go for an island hopping tour which will take you from one scenic island to the next, most of which are almost deserted. You can also go snorkelling, kayaking, or hire a paddleboat.
Location: Caramoan Peninsula.
Highlights: Visit the old lighthouse at Tugawe Cove and watch the sunset from there.
Babu Santa Beach Resort
On the white sand coral beach, you will find the remains of a jetty ruined by a storm. There are palm trees lining the shores and frequent rocky outcrops that make for great photographs. The rooms and the furniture at the resort have a local touch to them.
Location: Talicud Island, south Samal.
Highlights: Crystal clear water and amazing coral reefs make for a great diving spot.
Canibad Beach Cove
The pebbled shore stretches for long, contrasting with the turquoise sea and the azure sky. There is lush greenery all around and several cottages offering food and drinks. You can stay here overnight at one of the beach resorts and enjoy the spectacular sunrise in the morning.
Location: Barangay Aundanao, Penaplata District, Eastern Samal Island.
Highlights: Hike up a trail to a high cliff and dive into the water from a height of 40 meters.
The Island Buenavista
This eco-friendly island is your own for the time you have booked it and you will have complete privacy here. You can try out activities like kayaking, swimming, and snorkelling, and witness the majestic Hawksbill turtles on the island.
Location: Barangay Balet, Island Garden City of Samal.
Highlights: Island Pool surrounded by greenery all around where you can enjoy a relaxing swim.
You will also find a mangrove forest here that you can explore to your heart's content. Activities at this place include diving and snorkelling. The public market is quite famous for its seafood collection and you can bring the ingredients to one of the restaurants so they will prepare a meal for you.
Location: Surigao del Norte.
Highlights: The Cloud 9 surfing spot hosts international and domestic surfing competitions.
There are a slew of activities to take part in here, like the boat race where boats adorned with bright sails race against each other. The pink sand beach on Sta. Cruz Island is not to be missed, for its calm tropical beauty and relaxing atmosphere. You can also visit the lagoon in Sta. Cruz to witness the hundred years old mangrove trees.
Location: Western Mindanao.
Highlights: Zamboanga La Hermosa, which is a famous festival consisting of street dance contests and parades.
You will find several huts lining the beach where they serve delicious seafood. The sunset here is absolutely spectacular, and you better bring your camera if you wish to capture some awesome moments.
Location: 17 Km North of El Nido.
Highlights: At the southern end of the beach, there is a hill where you can walk up to enjoy the spectacular view.
The islands and beaches here are privately owned and so they are subject to entrance fees. Banol Beach is one of the famous ones, with white sand and turquoise water gently lapping over the rock formations.
Location: Northern Palawan district.
Highlights: Island hopping tours, snorkelling in the coral reefs teeming with marine life.
Location: Eastern Siquijor.
Highlights: The chief attraction here is the cliff jump activity for which there are two concrete ledges, 20 feet and 35 feet in height, from where you can jump into the ocean.
Red Beach is one with historical significance, and as such, filled with international tourists. At Cuatro Islas, you will find beautiful coral gardens and sugary sand beaches. Another popular beach is Santa Sofia, located at the southern part of Leyte, which is lined with palm and mangrove trees.
Location: Eastern Visayas region.
Highlights: The Douglas McArthur memorial Park in Red Beach, when you can learn about World War II history.
It is an ideal place to visit with your partner, enjoying the delicious local cuisine served at the resort restaurant while taking a cool dip in the swimming pool. There is a children's play area inside the resort and therapeutic massage is also available.
Location: Branagay La Paz San Narciso Town.
Highlights: BBQ facilities at the resort, along with concierge services, and a gift shop.
On the beaches, you will find some private villas displaying traditional Filipino architecture. While some of the villages here are constructed in Asian style, others feature European architecture with art masterpieces and lush vineyards. There are a variety of cuisines to try out here, such as Thai, Japanese, and Indonesian.
Location: Eastern Luzon.
Highlights: The Aquatic Sports Center at Balesin offers water sports opportunities like scuba diving, paddle boarding, snorkelling, and kayaking.
The coastline is shaped like a crescent moon and you can often sea turtles over here. There are several resorts near the beach where you can choose to stay in rooms, tents, or cottages.
Location: Mati, Davao Oriental province.
Highlights: You can see three colours of the sea here, namely dark blue, light blue, and light green.
This place is perfect for a refreshing swim and diving among the coral reefs to explore the diverse marine life. There is a nearby waterfall called Tumalog Falls where the water flows over mossy rocks and the surrounding environment is absolutely magical.
Location: Southeast coast of Cebu Island.
Highlights: Take a boat ride to Sumilon Island where you can enjoy a picnic.
The place has a laid-back charm with a long trail of palm trees, hills clad with lush green jungles, and majestic sunsets. You can explore the nearby fishing village if you like, to get a taste of the local culture. At the beach, your time is best spent lounging, and enjoying seafood delicacies like fish and grilled squid.
Location: San Vicente, Palawan.
Highlights: The island hopping tour that takes you to a waterfall, fishing villages, and snorkelling spots.