Philippine Beaches

Travel bugs who can’t decide which Asian paradise to visit first need not look elsewhere. The Philippines has 7,100 plus islands that may well be the pearls of the Orient that you’re looking for.

A vacation in a tropical country would not be complete without a trip to the beach, and the Philippines boasts of island paradises that will make you want to stay forever. Catch some sun. Feel the wind. Sip on that tall glass of your favorite iced drink. Pig out on sun-ripe mangoes. Marvel at that tropical paradise experience.

There is a really long list of beaches that local and international tourists would want to go to, and here are some of the most popular.

First stop up far north is Pagudpud, a town in Ilocos Norte. If you love white sand, go to Burayoc and Saud. In addition, beach buffs would definitely want to stay in these resorts: Arinaya, North Ridge, Pannzian, Tera Rika, and Villa del Mar.

Next would be Boracay’s White Beach, which is best visited between January and May. A lovely three-mile stretch of white sand adorns the island. Windsurfing is best done anytime from December through February. Dive enthusiasts can easily rent a boat that will take them to ideal dive sites.

Another beach worth checking out is Honda Bay in Palawan. The Cannon, Bat, and Starfish Islands off Honda Bay are the islets everyone would want to go to. Divers will love Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, which is hailed as the number one dive location in the Philippines.

A likely substitute destination for Boracay, which has become so popular that it gets crowded during certain times of the year, is a small island in the northeastern portion of Cebu. Shark lovers would want to take a glimpse of thresher sharks that ply the waters between Cebu and Leyte. While in Cebu, you might as well visit Mactan Island if you want nightlife at the beach.

Nobody would want to miss Muelle Bay in Puerto Galera, Mindoro. The best beaches there are White, Tamaraw, Sabang, and the Big and Small Laguna Beaches. Drop by anytime from November to June.

Surfers will surely want to go to Puraran Beach in Catanduanes. October is the best month to surf there. Other destinations to check out are Pamagal and Igang, which have attractive white sand beaches.

Down south, Pearl Farm Beach Resort in Samal Island is the place to visit when in Davao. While at Pearl Farm, water sports enthusiasts can go hobie cat sailing or jet skiing. Divers will enjoy exploring two sunken Japanese boats a mere 60 meters from the resort.

Finally, Siargao in Surigao del Norte is a surfer’s paradise that also attracts diving and fishing lovers. Among the best resorts around are Cherinicole, Jadestar, Jungle Reef, Lemurian, Pansukian Tropical, and Sagana Resort Cloud 9.

As soon as you decide to travel to Asia, go visit the Philippines. It will be a worthwhile vacation you will love to tell your friends about. The options are endless.

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