The Republic of the Philippines, an archipelagic country that has 7,107 islands, is almost synonymous to “beautiful beaches.” Its pristine beaches, along with its world-known hospitality, are one of the many reasons why almost 5 Million tourists flock to this tiny country each year.
While the globally known beaches like Boracay, Malapascua, and Panglao should be on each beach bum’s bucket list, LadyReDot understands that there are people who want to enjoy the beautiful paradise away from the crowd. We know how you feel, so we will let you in a secret. We’ll show you the secret beaches in the Philippines
- Dako Island, Siargao
Siargao, an island in Surigao del Norte, Mindanao that faces the Pacific Ocean, boasts numerous hidden beaches it will take us days to talk about all of them. This province is known for its waves, the reason why the annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup is held there. But aside from its perfect tunnels, it also boasts white sands, temperate climate, and a rich marine life. One of the must-go beaches in Siargao is Dako Island, a 15-minute bangka ride (a Filipino term for tiny boat) from the big island. Swim just a few meters away from the shore and you will find color-changing cuttlefish, several nudi species, and, ocassionally, bamboo sharks (they’re harmless!)
- Quinale Beach, Anda
Located on the Eastern side of Bohol, Anda is a more laidback beach destination than Panglao. It may be almost unheard of, but its powdery sand and turquoise waters are to die for! Bonus: you don’t have to rent a boat to access Quinale Beach. It’s right on the main island in front of a quiet plaza. It’s very accessible (but definitely not crowded).
- Hermit’s Cove, Aloguinsan
This gem in Cebu is three hours away from the city. Locals used go down a treacherous cliff to get to the beach, but now, tourists can go down the wooden staircase to get to this paradise. Be ready though, going up more or less a hundred steps is definitely not a walk in the park (but it’s a great cardio exercise).
- Bonbon Beach, Romblon
The nicest thing about this beach (aside from its marvelous sand and warm waters) is that, despite it being a public beach, it’s still serene. You can stay here for days, months, or years, without hurting your pocket as it features a very laidback lifestyle.
- Panampangan Beach, Tawi-Tawi
Okay, before you Google Tawi-Tawi, let us tell you ahead of time: this island is located in Mindanao, which may seem intimidating for tourists. Contrary to popular belief, Tawi-Tawi is actually a beautiful place. It features unspoiled beaches that are dotted with palm trees. You can definitely have the serene paradise all to yourself.
- Tikling Island, Sorsogon
This tiny island near Matnog, Sorsogon is very inviting. It’s quiet, beautiful, and well preserved. Bonus: hop to the nearby (and equally beautiful) island called Subic Beach. Boatmen offer a very affordable island-hopping package for only PhP1500 for the entire day. You can even ask the boatmen to show you their other secret beaches.
Guys, we definitely have MORE for you but it will take us an entire month to go over the beautiful secret beaches in the Philippines. So go visit, immerse, live with the locals, and enjoy these hidden gems as locals would. For us to bring you to the secret world of Philippines, just firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hello, I am Mish! I used to work as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since I graduated, I decided to give up my corporate job to focuses on my 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. I am a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, I’m tiny but I am an Olympic-level glutton. Let me bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach me at LinkedIn.