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Glorious Beaches in the Philippines

The main reason I wanted to go to the Philippines was the world-famous beaches. Boracay and Cebu are two of the most popular honeymoon destinations to Korean newlyweds. I’ve heard the emerald color beach, which we don’t have in Korea, is wonderful in the Philippines but I’ve never been yet. The fact I don’t enjoy cold weather so much was an another good reason to visit this tropical country.
So here I am, traveling the Philippines and visiting some of the best beaches in the world. Some were not as good at I thought it would be, but some were way better than what I expected. Nevertheless, beach hopping in the Philippines was satisfying at the end.

 

Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island was the very first beach in the Philippines I’ve ever encountered. It was everything I was expected: emerald colored water, warm temperature, and palm trees. As I vividly described in last week’s article: Why I Had to Leave the Paradise and How Rough Guide Failed, my experience in Guimaras Island wasn’t so perfect. Never the less, the beach was beautiful. It was the tropical beach I’ve imagined.

 

Reyman's Beach Resort, Guimaras Island, Philippines

Reyman’s Beach Resort, Guimaras Island, Philippines

Reyman's Beach Resort, Guimaras Island

Reyman’s Beach Resort, Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island

Guimaras Island

 

Bantayan Island

The road to Bantayan Island was hard, but it was worth the trouble. All the resorts are located in Santa Fe, the east tip of this small island, and it is not that much developed like other beach resort areas in the Philippines. The beach was shallow, the tide was big, and the life on the mud was very-very interesting. I’ve never seen that many little creatures (tiny shells, crabs, snails, and so on) in one place. It was a joy, going out to the beach every evening to see the little ones moving around. Some of the most beautiful sunsets were from Bantayan Island.

 

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island

 

Negros Island

Because of the unexpected incident, we had a chance to travel through northern part of Negros Occidental. The Sagay Marine Reserve was a good place to enjoy the sun for the afternoon. Seeing giant clams was the highlight of this beach.

 

Carbin Reef, Sagay Marine Reserve

Carbin Reef, Sagay Marine Reserve

Carbin Reef - sand bar

Carbin Reef – sand bar

 

Malapascua Island

The white sand beach at Malapascua Island was beautiful. It was the picture perfect beach with emerald green water. Not only this island has gorgeous beaches, but also it is near several great dive spot.

 

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island

 

Calanggaman Island

An hour and an half boat ride away from Malapascua Island. Calanggaman Island is one of the best dive sites around the island. The drop off is famous here. Diverse fish families lives here, along with beautiful corals.

 

Calaggamon Island, Philippines

Calaggamon Island, Philippines

Calaggamon Island, Philippines

Blue water at Calaggamon Island, Philippines

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

13 Comments

  1. Stephen says:

    Great shots! The Philippines has some the nicest beaches in the world!

  2. Andi says:

    GORGEOUS PICS!!!!!!!!!

  3. Andrea says:

    Oh wow this is so beautiful! I have always heard amazing things about the Philippines for travel and you’ve just shot it to the top of my list for Asia…gorgeous!

    • Juno Kim says:

      Thanks Andrea! It was certainly beautiful places! The beaches were worth visiting. The Philippines is not my favourite place in the world, but some of the beaches are.

    • Rhoda says:

      Check these out for more options and information about the Philippines. Enjoy!

  4. […] You’ll read a lot of literature encouraging you to go beyond the beaches of the Philippines and explore other aspects of the country. That is great advice, but it should be noted that beaches and diving are one of the country’s biggest assets. We’ve already mentioned Malapascua and Bantayan, but here are some other options for great beaches in the Philippines. […]

  5. […] Prepare for some serious holiday envy with this Runaway Photo: Beach in the Philippines blog post from Juno at Runaway […]

  6. Beautiful photos! I’ve been to Alona Beach in Bohol, but it seems I’m always there after dark. Which is nice too but now that I’ve moved to Bohol I’m planning to visit the beaches more often since I’m only about 20 minutes from Panglao. Love your photos.

  7. Rhoda says:

    I hope next time you’re in the Philippines, you’ll get the chance to experience these gorgeous beaches and resorts. I am sure you’ll have a wonderful time!

  8. This is my country! So glad you love the Philippine beaches. Have you been to Palawan already? All the beaches there are paradise. 🙂

  9. Traveling in beaches of anywhere is fun. I haven’t still visited the beaches of Philippines but it’s somewhere at the beginning of my list. Malapascua Island seems perfect and so worth visiting this summer 🙂 Wonderful pictures!

  10. Ali says:

    Great shots! İ miss philipinnes especially boracay 😄

  11. Mick says:

    Hey Juno!
    Great pics from Malapascua! You just inspired me to book a ticket for next month!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Mick

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