When you plan a trip to the beach, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? For many Filipino travelers, beaches in Mindanao do not come at the top of their list. They think about somewhere nearby such as La Union or Batangas, or the more popular ones like Boracay, Cebu, or Siargao. If you want to go somewhere different though, Mindanao has countless choices to choose from. 

In this blog, we list down the best beaches in Mindanao. We’re talking untouched with little to no tourists! If that’s your kind of beach vacation, keep reading. 

Related article: 20 Breathtaking Tourist Spots in Mindanao You Shouldn’t Miss 

Must-visit Beaches in Mindanao

Read our list below to know more about the stunning white beaches in Mindanao. 

Dahican Beach 

dahican beach in mindanao

Located in Mati, Dahican Beach is Mindanao’s best-kept secret. With its 7-km stretch of open beach surrounded by fine sand, mesmerizing waves, and large coconut trees, the beach is popular with surfers, skimboarders, and beach bums. 

It is also home to sea turtles and is heavily protected by the local government. 

Gumasa Beach

gumasa beach in mindanao

Located in Sarangani province, Gumasa Beach is known as the “Small Boracay of Mindanao” because of its fine, powdery sand similar to Boracay’s white beach. 

Mabua Pebble Beach 

mabua pebble beach in mindanao

If you want to veer away from fine white, fine sandy beaches, check out Mabua Pebble Beach. Located in Surigao City, you won’t find a single grain of sand in this beach. Instead, you’ll see a myriad of pebbles of all sizes! What’s more interesting about this beach in Mindanao is that even at chest-deep waters, the waters are still so surprisingly clear. 

Great Sta Cruz Islets Pink Beach

pink beach in mindanao

This small island is located in Zamboanga City, and its beach is famous for – you guessed it – pink coralline sand. So if you want to witness this astonishing and one-of-a-kind beach in Mindanao, head over to Zamboanga soon! 

Britania Islets in Surigao del Sur 

britania islets in mindanao

Forget Hundred Islands as there is a more affordable and underrated group of captivating islands down south. Located in Surigao del Sur, Britannia Islets have 24 small islands that you can explore. Be amazed with its clear turquoise waters, fine white sand, and fresh seafood. The best part? It’s more affordable than most island hopping tourist destinations in the Philippines! 

White Beach Cagwait

white beach cagwait mindanao

Another white beach in Surigao del Sur that you can enjoy is the Cagwait White Beach. This beach in Mindanao is also famous for Kaliguan festival, a festival held every last week of June to pay tribute to St John the Baptist. During the religious festival, locals participate in a beauty pageant entitled “Search for Perlas ng Kaliguan Pageant” and other fun activities including beach dancing. 

Malamawi Beach 

malamawi beach in mindanao

One of the best beaches in Mindanao is located in Basilan called Malamawi Beach. Aside from its fine sands and crystal clear waters, another attraction in this beach is a stilts bridge where you get to see the open sea view. At the end of the bridge, there’s a resting area with shades and chairs where you can relax and appreciate the beauty of the sun, sky, and the sea. 

Aliguay Island

aliguay island in mindanao

Located in Dapitan is a beach called Aliguay Island. This beach in Mindanao is an hour away boat ride from Dakak Park and Beach Resort. The island is under the custody of the Philippine Navy and is an established marine sanctuary. 

Some of the activities that you can do in the island are:

– renting a bike for P50 to tour the island 

– camp out and sleep in the tent

– cook marshmallows by the bonfire 

– book a scuba diving experience 

– eat fresh seafood, and more! 

Cabgan Island

cabgan island in mindanao

Another undiscovered beach in Mindanao called Cabgan Island is located in Surigao del Sur. Similar to other beaches, it also has a long stretch of white, fine, sandy beaches. The area is also perfect for swimming but keep in mind that the waves tend to be harsh on this small island.  

Behind the island, you’ll find Westlife Cliff, a cliff made of limestone rocks. The place is IG-worthy and will definitely get your followers curious! 

Panampangan Island

panampangan island in mindanao

In Tawi-Tawi is a secluded island called Panampangan Island. The island is beautifully-filled with coconut trees, lush vegetation, and fine, white sand. It remains undeveloped and untouched by most tourists, hence you can only find cottages and huts on the mainland. 

If you want to discover more of Mindanao, we’ve written a blog about the best tourist spots that you can visit in Mindanao here

Where to stay in Davao 

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  1. Davao Hub Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P1,170/night 
  2. Messatierra Gardens Recidences – Starts at P2,000/night
  3. Mesaverte Residences Bench Place – Starts at P1,500/night
  4. Lotus Shores – Starts at P1,260/night
  5. Goodlife Siargao Hostel – Starts at P1,807/night 
  6. Suyog Spaces Suites – Starts at P3,012/night

Find more affordable hotels in Mindanao and in the Philippines at www.zenrooms.com 

Frequently Asked Questions about beaches in Mindanao 

What are the best beaches in Mindanao? 

The best beaches in Mindanao are: 

  • Dahican Beach
  • Gumasa Beach 
  • Mabua Pebble Beach 
  • Great Sta Cruz Islets Pink Beach 
  • Britania Islets 
  • White Beach Cagwait
  • Malamawi Beach 
  • Aliguay Island 
  • Cabgan Island
  • Panampangan Island 

What are the popular beaches in Mindanao? 

Some of the popular beaches in Mindanao are: 

  • Samal Island
  • Dakak Beach Resort
  • Magpupungko Beach, Siargao 
  • Daku Island, Siargao
  • Dinagat Islands 

What are the best tourist spots in Mindanao? 

There are many tourist attractions in Mindanao, including: 

  • Samal Island
  • Hinatuan Enchanted River 
  • Naked Island
  • Guyam Island 
  • Sugba Lagoon
  • Maasin River
  • Lake Sebu, and many more! 

You can find out all about tourist spots in Mindanao in this blog.

Where is Samal Island? 

Samal Island or Island Garden City of Samal is located in Davao del Norte, Mindanao. It is known as the largest resort city in the Philippines with over 30 resorts and 1,000+ rooms. 

Is Siargao worth visiting? 

Yes! In fact Siargao has been voted the best island in Asia by 34th Condé Nast Traveler (CNT) Readers’ Choice Awards. Besides its pristine beaches, delicious food, and vibrant nightlife, you can also enjoy the island’s breathtaking natural reserves. 

Are there beaches in Davao? 

There are beaches near Davao City perfect for a quick getaway, including Dahican Beach, Kaputian Beach, and Gumasa Beach. 

What are the best and most affordable hotels in Mindanao? 

There are many affordable stays in Mindanao, but if you want clean and comfortable stays, consider these hotels: 

  1. Davao Hub Bed and Breakfast – Starts at P1,170/night 
  2. Messatierra Gardens Recidences – Starts at P2,000/night
  3. Mesaverte Residences Bench Place – Starts at P1,500/night
  4. Lotus Shores – Starts at P1,260/night
  5. Goodlife Siargao Hostel – Starts at P1,807/night 
  6. Suyog Spaces Suites – Starts at P3,012/night 

What amenities should I consider when looking for a hotel? 

A value for money hotel should have the following amenities, including: 

  • Free WiFi 
  • Fridge
  • Towels 
  • TV 
  • Free breakfast 

How much is the airfare from Manila to Mindanao? 

The roundtrip airfare from Manila to Mindanao usually starts at P3,000. 

When is the best time to travel to Mindanao? 

If you don’t mind the sweltering heat, you can visit Mindanao during the months of March, April, and May. However, if you prefer the dry season, December to February are the best time to visit. Their busy months are from June – August, while the quietest months are from September – November.

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