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9 Beaches in Philippines - The true meanings of 'paradise on earth'

Over 7,100 islands, each showcasing endless beaches, coral reefs, lush greenery and mountain ranges; Philippines is indeed paradise on earth. Here are 9 beaches for a memorable holiday by the sea:

1

El Nido, Palawan

Ranked no. 14 of CNN's Top 100 beaches of the world, this scenic location boasts dozens of amazing beaches and the spectacular limestone formations of the Bacuit Archipelago. With some amazing islands nearby, you will spend quite a bit of time island-hopping, relaxing by the beach or rock climbing. Check out a picture-perfect sunset at the Marimegmeg Beach and save some to do some snorkelling too!

2

Boracay

Also, known as the Crown Jewel of Philippines' beaches, Boracay has become increasingly popular among tourists in recent years. The 5km White Beach is an absolute treat for a beach holiday. If you are spending most of you holiday in Manila, serviced apartments would be the way to go. Consider staying at Ascott Bonifacio Global City Manila, for comfort and also convenience when it comes to going island hopping.

3

Southern Negros

Experience island life like no other by checking out several exceptional beaches within a short time by making a trip to southern Negros. Apo Island (top dive site and backpacker haven), Tambobo Bay (escapist paradise), Siquijor Island (white beaches) and Sipalay's Sugar Beach are all within hours of each other.

4

Samal Island

Located over 1,400 km from Manila, Samal Island holds the distinction for being one of the premier tourist hotspots in all of Philippines. Crystal blue waters, gorgeous coral reefs and white and pink sand beaches set the stage for a beach holiday that ought to be on a picture postcard. Other highlights include Monfort Bats Conservation Park which is home to over 2 million fruit bats and the tallest mountain in the country Mt. Apo.

5

Siargao

Philippines' top surf destination, Siargao is a tear shaped island in Surigao del Norte. It also features the biggest mangrove forest in the region. Cloud Nine in Siargao is where you'll get most of the surfers or you may head up to the region's north-eastern tip, Burgos to avoid the crowds. Diving and snorkelling are very popular here too.

6

Panglao Island

The Island boasts crystal clear blue waters and fine white sands along with some of the best diving spots in all of Philippines. The rich marine life here consists of 250 varieties of crustaceans and 2,500 types of mollusks. The island is synonymous with its popular beach, Alona Beach. Also visit the scenic village, Dauis and the 19th century Lady of Assumption cathedral.

7

Puerto Galera - Located

Located about 130 km from Manila, Puerto Galera comprises of the island as well as two famous beaches, Sabang and White Beach. Offering a range of diving sites, this region is also known for having the densest population of marine species in the world.

8

Coron Island

This Island, along with its scenic beaches, showcases steep limestone cliffs and seven mountain lakes. It is also one of the Top 10 best scuba diving spots according to Forbes Travel Magazine. The highlight of the island is its secret beach. There is a hidden lagoon with clear blue-green water behind the mountainous rock formations. The lagoon is encircled with limestone formations and shores with the finest white sand. The effort it takes to get there is fully worth it.

9

Palaui Island

One of CNN's Top 10 most beautiful beaches, Palaui Island is the location where the 2013 series of Survivor was filmed. It comprises of ample flora and fauna, volcanic rock formations, fine white sand and rich marine life. Since there are not hotels or resorts there, the beaches are virtually unspoilt. You may opt for a night of camping by the beach.