The Philippines’ 7107 islands are surrounded by pristine white, sandy beaches and beautiful natural attractions. While some islands are popular and well known tourist destinations, most are still hidden gems that offer exciting adventures for a reasonable price.
We review all the prominent locations to help you choose the ones you will enjoy the most. You can easily customize our offers to your specific preferences. You can easily book a single location, or plan your entire trip around island hopping and fun beach escapades.
Where to go? Here are the most beautiful islands
Choosing the best island destination is difficult, especially when so many sites are so beautiful and exotic. So, we will break it down for you so you get a sense of what each island is all about. Our services and guides allow you to find the best islands, most suited to your personal expectations.
Awarded as the Best Island in the World for 2016 by the Travel + Leisure magazine, Palawan offers plenty of beautiful and magnificent attractions to choose from. El Nido is the most famous spot with more than 50 stunning beaches! The island is renowned for its unique and diverse ecosystem and breath-taking scenery of secluded lagoons, prehistoric caves and majestic waterfalls.
Surrounding waters contain more than 100 species of corals and over 1000 different types of fish and marine mammals. Wreck diving in Palawan is among the best in the world, thanks to the island being a major marine battlefield for Japan and USA during WW2. All these make Palawan one of the best diving destinations, and also a great place for island hopping and other boat tours.
El-Nido’s popularity means it’s also very touristy and prices can be expensive in the high season. on the other hand, the tropical Sabang village offers several quiet beach resorts. The village is very near the provincial capital Puerto Princesa, where the underground river national park is located.
This small island, just 315 km from Manila, is home to one of the most famous beaches in the world. The 4km long ‘white beach’ has been a constant feature in world’s-top-beaches-lists. This has made Boracay the most developed island in the country, and one with the best parties and nightlife.
Boracay has about 400 resorts, ranging from luxury 5 star hotels to affordable beach bungalows. These can certainly cater to any type of tourist visiting the island. Choosing the right place to stay can be a bit tricky and really depends on what you are after. The white beach area is a great place to relax all day whether it be along the beautiful shores or at VIP resorts. At night, tourists can party it up in one of the many nightclubs, bars and restaurants.
Boracay’s eastern side is quieter and offers secluded tropical beaches and resorts for more affordable prices. Bulabog beach is a great place to try extreme sports such as wind or kite surfing, since it enjoys strong winds all year long. Most popular activities are scuba diving and snorkeling. You could also try out helmet diving – you put on a helmet with glass plates, climb down ten feet to a shallow ocean floor, and walk around as if you were on land.
After a short while though, staying in such a gigantic metropolitan can become chaotic and stressful. There are no beaches in Manila, unfortunately. But still, there are numerous beautiful destinations just a short drive away, offering the perfect beach getaway.
Laiya beach in Batangas (2.5 hours’ drive) and Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro (4 hours) are the most famous beach destinations near Manila. Both offer visitors a wide range of resorts, stunning beaches and an endless amount of activities.
For a truly private beach experience, it is better to find the more remote islands and beach destinations. We work hard to discover these hidden gems, that still offer a fun, safe and relaxing experience. By their nature, these beaches don’t always host 5 star resorts. These islands are so virgin that the only place you can sleep on is the very sand you step on.
Where to stay? Find the best island resorts for you
With such a plethora of islands to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what resort suits you the most. Popular islands host hundreds of hotels, resorts, bungalows and hostels and going through that endless list is just impossible. Instead, we suggest reading our reviews – presenting only handpicked resorts we have tested personally. Below you can find the main criteria we consider essential to having a dreamy beach vacation.
What’s your budget?Any island you choose will certainly have some cheaper accommodation solutions. We make it a point to find the best cheap hotels that still maintain the highest standards. We will help you find a resort close to the beach and the island’s main attractions. Our strict criterion ensures each hotel is clean, safe, service-oriented and budget-friendly. We can’t promise it will be the cheapest – but we can guarantee to provide the most value for money.
If you are looking to save some money, consider altering your plan and finding more suitable islands to visit. For some islands, prices can fluctuate a lot depending on the season and number of tourists. Visit the review of your destination of choice to see all recommended hotels in that area. Our affordable travel page for a more complete guide to budget travelling in the Philippines.
For those of you looking for a luxury VIP experience, we have also assembled a list of the best 5-star resorts. We only pick the ones which offer the most holistic service and the highest value for money. Just because you want to travel like a king doesn’t mean you must throw money away for no reason. We focus our recommendations on the best all-inclusive resorts, which provide the largest array of services and amenities.
Most luxury resorts offer fantastic restaurants with wide variety of both local and international cuisines, open bars 24/7, free spa treatments and a private beach. We guarantee that their services and willingness to go the extra mile, will provide a truly ultimate VIP experience.
Our added value comes not only from finding such hotels and helping you book your dream resort, but also from the fact that we maintain a strong working relationship with each of them. With us you’ll always have someone watching your back while dealing with local businesses. We strongly recommend you get in touch with us and let us help plan your entire trip. We will pick the right resorts for you together and help you avoid confusion and frustration.
Want to Party or relax?Each visitor to the Philippines has his own definition of what a perfect beach vacation feels like. Every island is diverse and each offers a vast array of options for every type of tourist. It’s best to know in advance what you are looking for, so we can find the most suitable islands.
Maybe you are planning a nice and quiet family vacation but still want to visit the beautiful white beach in Boracay. Arriving at your dream resort only to discover it’s meters away from the loudest party would be very disappointing. On the other hand, people looking for party destinations would certainly hate to realize their chosen resort is 20 minutes’ drive away from the central nightlife area where all the action is.
Another thing to consider is how well your desired surroundings correlate with your budget and preferred activities. For example, Palawan is undoubtedly one of the best diving spots in the country, but it is also packed with tourists and requires a larger budget. A nice alternative could be Malapascua island, a more remote island not far from Cebu. Malapascua offers a much more relaxing and environment – but still enables you to enjoy beautiful beaches and exciting diving tours.
Our team of experts will help you build a custom plan according to your unique preferences. We take all essential factors such as weather, season and group composition into consideration. Don’t hesitate to contact us right away, or even build your desired package and send it to us for feedback.
What’s your idea of fun?All islands in the Philippines offer a rich selection of fun activities and stunning attractions to enjoy. That said, if you pick the right location based on the things you want to do, it can really boost your whole travel experience and make your beach vacation truly memorable.
Each of our destination guides contain up to date information about every activity that particular island has to offer. Visit our full destinations page to see all of our recommended vacation spots. Our experts handpick each location, to make sure we offer the most complete travel packages possible.
If you are looking for an island not covered by our guides, simply drop us a mail and ask about it. We are always keen on hearing from our clients, and will gladly provide help and free advice.
If you are really into diving, it’s a shame to pick a destination which isn’t renowned for its diving spots. Similarly, it would be a waste to book a resort which is very far from the best diving sites. Our diving packages page should give you a good idea on how to find the best diving spots and pick the right resorts. We also offer pre-made package tours which can serve as a solid initial plan for your trip.
If you are into surfing, we also have package catalog for surfing. Our packages include the best surfing spots and dedicated surfing resorts. Tour packages are also a great way to meet like-minded tourists and have a lot of fun together. You can also visit our best tours and activities page to find out numerous other things you could do on your vacation here in the Philippines.
Planning your dream beach vacationWe know it’s not easy planning your holiday and deciding where to go, but we want to assure you it is really worth the trouble. The Philippines is renowned for its beautiful islands, and offers that elusive tropical feeling that gives you an impression that you have found paradise on earth. You can have a once in a lifetime vacation where you live like a king, while keeping to a very reasonable budget.
Our extensive knowledge and experience about beaches in the Philippines guarantees that you will have the perfect beach vacation. We will make sure you find the best tourist spots as well as the hidden gems. With our help, you will save both precious time and money without compromising quality. You are welcome to use our cart system to help you plan your itinerary. Once you confirm your order, and before any actual payment is made, one of our experts will get in touch with you and help you make sure your plan is perfect.