Palawan and Boracay are the two most popular destinations in the Philippines. With their breathtaking spots and fun island activities, it’s not hard to see why people are drooling to be in these places. 

Both destinations have magnificent beauty that charm travelers across the world. And if you’re to pick just one destination to travel because of limited time (and budget), for sure it’ll be a tough decision because hey, both destinations should not be missed and how can you choose between the two “World’s Best Islands”?

So to help you out, we listed the things that Palawan and Boracay have. Let’s stop this dilemma and find out which destination is better once and for all.


aerial view of a lagoon in palawan

✔️Adventurous vacation


✔️There’s an exotic food

✔️Beautiful coral reefs

✔️There’s a lot of chill and extreme activities

❌Few party hubs

girl kayaking in palawan

Palawan was named “Best Island in the World” many times already by international travel magazines so it comes as no surprise when tourists across the world notice its jaw-dropping beauty. And aside from having the magnificent lagoons and pristine beaches, what pulls travelers are the fun things to do in Palawan.

This destination is perfect for those who are looking for a thrill and adventurous trip. You will never run out of things to do in Palawan may it be in Puerto Princesa where the UNESCO World Heritage Site Underground River is, or kayaking in the big and small lagoons of El Nido, or freediving in Barracuda Lake in Coron.


aerial view of the white beach in boracay

✔️Chill vacation

✔️Pristine white beaches

✔️Best party hubs


✔️More accessible

❌Limited activities

When it comes to beaches in the Philippines, nothing beats Boracay. It is known worldwide because of its stunning fine white sand beaches. 

This island is perfect for those who seek a laid back trip and just want to enjoy a chill moment at the beach. Boracay is also perfect for families, especially if there will be kids, because there are places that offer babysitting services, small pools, kids clubs, etc.

While the island does not offer a lot of activities like Palawan, Boracay boasts a great nightlife experience!

Now that you’ve seen what each place has to offer, have you decided which destination suits you? Palawan and Boracay may offer a different kind of adventure but they have the same intent— making their visitors fall in love with the Philippines.

Both Boracay and Palawan have ZEN Rooms that you can book with excellent customer service and high-quality rooms at an affordable price. Travel more, Pay less!

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Beach lovers will find themselves in a tropical paradise when in the Philippines. With 7,641 islands, the Philippines is the perfect setting for the sand, sea and sun adventure for its many beaches. So it’s not a surprise that the Philippines beaches are pulling international visitors to its shores. 

And since the number of beach destinations can be overwhelmingly good, we’ve narrowed down the list for you.

Here are 12 of the best beaches in Philippines.

1. Boracay

Boracay needs no introduction anymore as this is the top among the best beaches in Philippines. In fact, Boracay has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is home to the beach that has the whitest and finest sand in the country. 

The island is perfect for every kind of getaway as it offers travelers a great sea and land adventures— from helmet diving, parasailing, paddleboarding, watching the sunset in Boracay beach, ATV driving and so much more! 

Boracay is a postcard and screensaver brought to life, with oh-so-dazzling white sand, and clear waters. It’s like a paradise on earth.

2. Palawan 

For some people, Palawan is the most beautiful place they have seen. 

Among the famous islands in Palawan are Coron and El Nido. Each has its unique attraction that tourists come for. Coron has great diving spots and lagoons while El Nido has stunning beaches perfect for those in search of relaxation. You shouldn’t also miss the UNESCO World Heritage Site and New 7 Wonders of Nature, Puerto Princesa Underground River in Sabang, Puerto Princesa City. Tourists usually go to Sabang for the Underground River but the Sabang Beach and the surrounding area will surprise you that there’s more to see in town.

With the rustic and historic charm to complement the stunning white sand beaches and lagoons, Palawan deserves the glory and all the compliments it got from those who have set foot on it.  

It is so picturesque that even the famous international travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler considered it as one of the best islands in the world in 2019. 

3. Cebu

With countless Cebu beaches to snorkel or dive to, the province has got you covered in all your sea adventure cravings. 

Our most recommended beaches in Cebu are Bantayan Island and Malapascua Island. There’s something in those islands that will make you feel like it’s your own little world, your own little space. You will find yourself in a tropical utopia. As you get off the boat, you will be welcomed by fresh air, stunning sandbars, and cerulean blue waters. The islands’ loud crashing waves are like music to the ears. 

But just a warning, when the time comes that you’d have to leave, it’ll be too hard to say goodbye to those islands as it will already hold a special place in your heart.

4. Siargao in Surigao del Norte

Siargao is considered as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines. But it’s not all about surfing. The island offers tons of activities from kite surfing and paddleboarding to sailing and island hopping. You’ll likely fall for the island’s sensational waves and pristine white beaches.

The best beaches you’ll find in Siargao are the Daku, Guyam, and Naked Island— three of the most famous beaches in Philippines.

Naked island, as the name suggests, has nothing but white sand and azure waters surrounding it, no distractions for the 360° view of the island. While Guyam island offers a lush clump of vegetation for tourists. It is secluded and uninhabited, except by the island’s caretakers, with a sandy beach on one side and a rocky beach on the other. Daku Island is mostly the place where tourists eat lunch. You can indulge yourself in a sumptuous meal that includes the freshest seafood and refreshing buko (coconut) juice.

What’s best about Siargao is that it has remained unspoiled, remote, and still relatively under the radar, despite the influx of new infrastructures in recent years.

5. Panglao, Bohol

While Bohol is more popularly known as home to the smallest primates in the world, tarsiers, and to the seemingly breathtaking Chocolate hills, it’s also the home of Panglao Island where one will find fascinating white sand beaches, stunning reefs, and clear waters.

The most famous Panglao beach is the Alona beach. The beach is a 1.5-kilometer stretch of fine, white sand beach located in the southern part of Panglao Island. Alona beach quickly became a crowd favorite among local and foreign travelers looking for a relaxing escape from the city.

No wonder, it has become one of the most famous beaches in Philippines.

6. Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman Island in Leyte is said to be a smaller version of Boracay. What sets it apart from other beaches are the lack of crowds and charming sandbars. 

What tourists also love about Kalanggaman island is that there are very few structures, making it a perfect destination for those who want to enjoy a beach without the crowd.

The island is an ideal place to lounge around or take a dip in the water. Tourists can also rent kayaks and paddleboards. 

7. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

Of course, the best beaches in Philippines are more known for their quiet charms and ode to nature. And if you’re looking for a place where crowds are less to non-existent, the unspoiled beach of Calaguas Island serves you that. 

With powdery fine sand like Boracay’s minus the crowds, it is the kind of paradise you’ll want to keep all to yourself. Although the journey to Calaguas can be long and rough, the 7-8 hours travel time from Manila is definitely worth it!

8. Samal Island in Davao

If you’re looking for a chill getaway, Davao del Norte features a hidden gem, which has become more popular to tourists because of its unspoiled beauty. 

Samal Island is one of the most popular destinations in Mindanao. Its fine white sand beaches and snorkeling spots are truly remarkable making it among the famous Philippines beaches.

9. La Union

Because of its proximity to Metro Manila, La Union has been a favorite spot for those who only have a few days to spare outside the Metro.

With countless activities to enjoy, travelers and solo backpackers are flocking to the province. Every La Union beach is best for chilling. There are also spots where you can have great nightlife experiences. And aside from these, La Union is popular as a surfing hub.

List of Philippines beaches isn’t complete without La Union in it.

10. Baler, Aurora

Another beach near Manila is Baler. With just 4-5 hours of travel time to spare, you can already enjoy the wonders of Baler in Aurora province. It’s hard to choose the best Baler beach because they are all beautiful. 

Although the beaches are not as fine and white as the others, what tourists come here for is the surfing experience because like Siargao and La Union, Baler is also famous for its sensational waves perfect for surfing.

11. San Fabian, Pangasinan

The popularity of the town of San Fabian is mainly brought about by its beautiful beaches. The sand in San Fabian beach is not as beautiful and white as Boracay’s, but it is fine and powdery. 

The beaches are easily accessible and are budget-friendly. When in San Fabian, don’t miss the magnificent and romantic sunset view by the beach.

12. Sipalay, Negros Occidental

If you’re looking for an under-the-radar destination where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the simple things in life then the Sipalay is worth considering. 

The city is situated in Negros occidental, approximately four hours from Bacolod and Dumaguete City. 

Sipalay boasts its stunning landscapes, hills, and many natural attractions. When in Sipalay, you’ll be surprised at how beautiful the place is and making you forget about the busy city life as you watch it surrounded by mountains and unspoiled beaches. So if you’re looking for a tranquil and rewarding adventure, visit Sipalay beach.

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