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Philippine Beaches...

Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines

Despite its outstanding natural beauty, Palawan's 1,770 islands have been one of the least developed holiday destinations in Southeast Asia [apart from the famous El Nido Resorts]. So far the lack of commercialism has made Palawan very special, but it is becoming more popular particularly for international divers, as well as adventurers.

The ideal place for sun seekers and snorkellers is Honda Bay, which has several islets including Cannon Island, Bat Island and Starfish Island, with coral reefs breaking crystal clear water onto empty, fine white sand beaches. Arreceffi Island contains the luxury Dos Palmas Resort, while lesser accommodation can be found on other islands, or stay at Puerto Princesa and take a half hour boat trip to your favourite deserted beach.

Palawan also offers the Philippines' best dive spot at the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, a World Heritage Site. Dive boats operate from March to May and can be arranged at Puerto Princesa, Palawan's capital. The city also offers all sorts of jungle eco-hikes and an 8.2 km underground river trip. Best Dec-May. Possible heavy rains June- November, but not necessarily.

Malapascua Island, Cebu

This tiny island, situated at the northeast tip of Cebu Island, is relatively new to the international market, but already rates highly on the the list of world's best beaches - some say it is the new Boracay.

This has also become a major dive centre, famous for the crowds of thresher sharks using the marine highway between Cebu and Leyte islands. Driest Feb-May, but OK the rest of the year too with mostly short spells of rain. Worst Oct-Dec.

Bantayan Island, Cebu

Bantayan island, 15km from the northern tip of Cebu is well-known for its powder white sands and crystal clear water, especially along the southwest coast. It is a low-key, laid-back resort with friendly locals. The beaches are considered as some of the most inviting resorts, particularly around Santa Fe. If you looking for a virgin paradise, try nearby Puo Island. Driest Feb-May, but OK the rest of the year too with mostly short spells of rain. Worst Oct-Dec.

Muelle Bay, Puerto Galera, Mindoro Island

Puerto Galera is an ideal place to do island-hopping from Luzon or a place to laze on pristine white sands and clear, warm water. The most popular beaches for swimming are White beach and Tamaraw Beach, while beaches near Sabang have best facilities for coral-cruising. For more tranquility try Big and Small Laguna Beaches. Puerto Galera also offers excellent inland nature walks. Best Nov-June. OK July-Oct [an occasional typhoon will bring rain/wind/rough seas for 2 or 3 days].

Puraran Beach, Catanduanes Island

Catanduanes Island lies in the Pacific Ocean just off Luzon and is one of the Philippines' major surf venues. Puraran Beach's white sand is very appealing, but currents can be dangerous in the surfing season [October].

There are other white sandy beaches, for instance Pamangal Beach near San Andres town or Igang Beach. Note that this is one of the wettest provinces of the country. Best April-June. Worst Nov-January.

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3 Response to Philippine Beaches...

October 30, 2010 at 3:24 AM

Interesting and informative read about Philippine beaches. Definitely its diving sites are world famous. With the relaxing and enjoyable activities, diving and fishing, travelers will be able to appreciate the majestic beaches of Palawan.

Anonymous
March 14, 2011 at 6:57 AM

I swing by Just to update you guys about the new BOAT RATE in PUNDAKIT….Eto po ang bagong ordinansa ng brgy Pundakit para sa mga Bangkero. At pag kami po ay hindi sumunod ay maaari po kaming magmulta o di naman ay tuluyang alisan ng permiso para magbiyahe ng mga bangka….

SMALL BOAT….(max of 4 pax)balikan
Pundakit to CAMARA island = P700
Pundakit to CAPONES = P1,000
Pundakit to Annawangin = P1,000
Pundakit to Talesayen = P1,500
Pundakit to Nagsasa = P1,800
Pundakit to Silanguin = P2,500
Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P1,500

BIG BOAT
Pundakit to CAMARA island = P150/head
Pundakit to CAPONES = P200/head
Pundakit to Annawangin = P200/head
Pundakit to Talesayen = P300/head
Pundakit to Nagsasa = P400/head
Pundakit to Silanguin = P600/head
Island HOPPING (CAMARA, CAPONES to ANNAWANGIN) = P300/head
NOTE: All passenger will be issued with a lifjacket.
Tent
3 person = P250
4 person = P300
6 person = P500

At kung may gusto pa po kayong malaman o katanungan ay maaari nio po kaming tawagan o itx sa 09172022692 at hanapin po si DINDO or LIEZEL…. salamat po and GOD BLESS….

Anonymous
October 20, 2017 at 3:29 AM

So nice!