Where to find some of the Philippines' best beaches
When it comes to the Philippines, choosing the right places to go on your adventure isn't easy; there are 7100 Islands (7107 at low tide) in this archipelago, with one palm fringed beach even more mesmerising than the other.
Most holiday goers venture out to Boracay, where many big resorts are located. However, if you're looking for a bit more authenticity and peace try some of these favourites.
All around the island you will be able to find the most beautiful beaches, but one in particular is worth a mention. This time not because of clear blue water or powdery white sand, but because of the enchanting world that awaits under water. Just a few meters off shore you can find the sardine run, where you can snorkel or dive with millions of sardines who majestically group together and move in huge waves, a truly amazing sight.
This island is known for it's stunning beaches surrounded by limestone cliffs, especially in the overpopulated town 'El Nido'. An hour from El Nido, you can find a 4km stretch of deserted beach named Nac-Pan, which is really worth a visit. Port Barton is a more laid-back version of El Nido, with similar island hopping tours minus the crowd. Tourism infrastructure, such as 24hr electricity and paved roads, are still missing for now, ensuring the little fisherman village doesn't get overrun by the masses.
On the way from El Nido to Coron you will find the most beautiful undiscovered beaches, all to yourself. Sailing between the islands is the best way to get your Robinson Crusoe on. While in Coron, don't forget to check out Banana Island, Banol beach and Smith Beach.
Over 800km south-east from Manilla you can find the surfing capital of the Philippines, Siargao Island. It's not only the surf lovers who leave their heart behing in this untouched paradise. This Island has it all; caves, white sand beaches, lagoons and even a natural ocean pool (Magpupunko). No matter how many days you plan to stay, it won't be enough!
ECOtip: Unfortunately, people throw trash into the ocean. When you see plastic bags drifting, take them with you. Sea life such as turtles mistake them for jelly fish and choke. Go plastic free and educate others about the dangers of plastic in the oceans.