Sun destinations in the Philippines that aren’t Boracay
The profile of the Philippines has been increasing in recent years, but with many being overwhelmed with Boracay’s crowded state, it is important to realize that this nation has many more beaches that are just as great (or better) than its best known resort.
The following sun destinations in the Philippines will fill in admirably, delivering a sun holiday that will have you returning here sooner than you’ll ever expect.
1) El Nido
If the excesses of Boracay bother you, then the stripped down backpacker vibe of El Nido might be more your speed.
Located in the northernmost reaches of the remote province of Palawan, kayaking amidst soaring limestone karsts and atop languid lagoons is a popular activity, while the area’s colorful coral reefs will thrill those that choose to go snorkeling.
While the main beaches can get crowded at times, hidden beaches can be found by taking a quick paddle down the coast.
2) Puerto Galera
Located within a quick bus + ferry ride from Manila, the beaches in and around Puerto Galera are a well-loved getaway for local Filipinos and expats living in the formerly mentioned metropolis. Here, some of the world’s best diving takes place, while those staying near the main pier will have views of a bay considered by some to be among the most beautiful in the world, especially at sunset.
hose seeking to have an authentic Filipino experience on their beach holiday should stay at White Beach, while Talipanan Beach, just several kilometres further northwest, has the idyllic deserted beach paradise vibe you’ve been fervently searching for.
Located close to the southern city of Davao, Samal is far away from the more popular beach resort areas, making this quality getaway refreshingly free of foreigners (if that’s what you are seeking). With blinding white sand like Boracay, but possessing a fraction of the crowds, you’ll feel like you’ve stumbled across a secret that could get you killed (no worries, Filipinos are a friendly lot!).
Located on a peninsula in the southeast corner of Luzon, Caramoan has karst scenery that evokes comparisons to Krabi province in Thailand, yet it lacks the tourist traffic of the latter destination.
Being a rustic place, taking a two day tour of its many dream beaches and dramatic coastline is highly recommended.
For those seeking to leave behind western cuisine to embrace Filipino food, the predominance of local restaurants will enable you to immerse yourself in their home style cooking.
Posted on: June 12, 2015