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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.