Are you ready to get suntanned? Summer is here and I could only wish one thing – to go home in the PHILIPPINES where there are 7,107 Islands to choose from. For me, summer is best spend in the Philippines not because it is my home country but because it is truly an amazing tropical paradise. I miss the summer of my life in the Philippines from grabbing that Cebu Pacific’s Zero fare to exploring new beaches I’ve never been to.
What I love most about the Philippines is that there are a lot of beaches! Blame it to 7,107 Islands. Not only that you discover new beautiful beaches but you can go back to your favorite ones!
So just let that waves hit the shore, the sun kissed your cheeks, start writing your names in the sand like you always do, let that dramatic sunset mesmerize you, be fascinated by the sunlight that graze through the waters like glittering sapphires. ‘Cause once is not enough for our favorites! Not even twice!
10. Blue Lagoon, Pagudpod
Blue Lagoon reminds me of good friends. The cool breeze blowing our hairs, chasing each other as if the small waves were magical for dissolving our little footprints and when we get exhausted, we just let ourselves float in the water. I am not sure how the beach looks like now but Blue Lagoon is beautiful when I visited. It’s clean with few huts. The wind blows making the palm trees dance. The water is blue, no wonder why it’s called Blue Lagoon in the first place. And at the break of the dawn, you just need to feel the warmth of the sand filling in the gaps of your toes. Oh yes, the long road trip is crazy but it’s all worth it.
9. Matukad Beach, Caramoan
Caramoan became the home of Survivors in the Philippines. Despite the traumatic experience I had during the island hopping, I can’t deny Matukad‘s crystal clear water, the powdery white sand and the breathtaking view from the rock formation got me hooked! The area is not commercialize, no bars, no food stalls, no nothing! In fact, it’s the cleanest among the beaches of Caramoan. So leave nothing but footprints.
8. Carbin Reef, Sagay
A sand bar in the middle of nowhere. There is nothing else aside from the shaded cottages. No bars or whatsoever that will befuddle you from enjoying the beach. There is something about the sand that lures me to lie down and look up to the blue skies or just simply sit, think, and have a cold ice beer! Of course, you have to bring it yourself since there is nothing available there except the huts. It’s actually not just a beach, it’s a reef teeming with amazing marine life.
There is more to Negros than just chicken Inasal. Don’t be afraid to explore. Go to Carbin Reef. Don’t be chicken!
7. Panglao, Bohol
Peaceful, nostalgic, wonderful beaches of Bohol is surely a great place to escape from a stressful day at work. The beach is idyllic, white sand and I love the tranquility it brings. The sound of the waves, the water is so clear you can see small fishes and I just love how the water touches my feet. Here, all you need is a good music, a refreshing cold drinks and have fun in the sun. Nothing beats worthy, good old-fashioned sunshine!
6. Boracay, Aklan
No matter how many people say that Boracay is overrated, crowded and commercialized. I will always love Boracay. It would take me forever to reckon why I adore Boracay. This could be the top notch cliché but for me, nothing beats the white powdery sand of Boracay. You may hate Boracay for being commercialize but please don’t disgust the sand! The water is so blue it traps you to just swim freely. The sun beating on your shoulders and you sit there, watch the red orange sunset drop into the sea is just wow.
5. Simizu Island, El Nido
Stunning lime stones, great for snorkeling and swimming. Simizu might have been overlooked because most people stopped there for lunch. If you could stay there for a couple of hours and enjoy the island, it is more than just a stopover to cover your hunger pangs, it is a destination. The beach deserves a longer stay. I enjoyed my stay there. I love how the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. The water is a mixture of green and blue so tempting you just want to jump. You taste the salt water so unpleasant but it just feel good at the same time. Really good! You’ll feel guilty not to snorkel.
4. Naked Island, Surigao del Sur
Because nothing grows in it, that’s why it’s called Naked Island. There is nothing to do here but to get wet. I was too amazed with the beach I forgot to take photos, I immediately wander. It’s an islet I wish I could just put it in my pocket and place it somewhere in my backyard. Naked Island is one of the reason why I will never stop exploring the Philippines. I mean, our country has full of surprises we never know a place existed until we laid our eyes on them.
3. Banol Beach, Coron
My love for beaches started in 2007. It was right there in Coron. The water is turquoise and it’s twinkling when the sun rays set. The beach is soothing, shallow waters you could almost feel the sand on your feet and the water is so rich you can see your feet clearly. You can laze on the beach, read a good book, swimming after a hard day’s work or simply just watch the ocean. There is only one thing that is certain, at the end of the day, you will only get suntanned, which somehow gave you that summer glow. It’s perfect!
2. Virgin Island, Bantayan
Last year, I dragged my family back to Bantayan. It’s been a decade since my last visit but it was as if nothing has changed. Bantayan may be hit by the strongest typhoon in the world but its wonderful beaches will never be spoiled. It will revive its natural beauty sooner or later.
I heart this place, the entrance to this island is worth it. It’s just 30 minutes boat ride. You’ve come a long way to Bantayan so make the most out of it. Don’t forget the virgin island!
1. Calaguas, Camarines Norte
Yes, it’s a long trip but when you set foot in this island all your weariness will go away. No electricity, No bars, no hotels, no restaurants, just the aquamarine waters of Mahabang Buhangin. Calaguas is love at first sight and it is so hard to leave it will break your heart!
This word might be overused but I spelled paradise as CALAGUAS. Well, uh – it’s the best beach, so far. I hope it remain unexploited.
What about you, what are your favorite beaches in the Philippines? It might be my next destination.