After the widely successful remote beach list I posted last year, here’s another ten that will surely whet your appetite to travel and discover more of the Philippines.
Most of these beaches haven’t been included in other beach lists that you usually find repeated again and again and I’m proud to say that I’ve personally been to all these.
These are beautiful with white sand ranging from powdery white to cream colored to a mixture of sand, pebbles and other normal sea debris.
Not all of these are readily accessible though. Case in point, Brother Island is private (but possible to visit) and located near the northern tip of Palawan Island, farther than El Nido town.
Calugusan Beach on the other hand is actually accessible but you have to shed your imagined fear of that province. While another, Marilima Beach is just a short tricycle ride from Virac. Most of these are known only by locals and are not even listed in tourism sites.
I hope you will enjoy this list. But when you decide to visit this places, let’s respect the place, let’s respect nature.
1 Marilima Beach (Virac, Catanduanes)
This white sand beach in Barangay Marilima in Virac, Catanduanes is just one of many white sand beaches that are so under the radar for most Philippine tourists. Only locals frequent this beach, no loud visitors, no pesky touts and most of the time, you can enjoy your own space without going elbow to elbow with other swimmers.
READ MORE: Unspoilt, undeveloped beach in Catanduanes
2 Aguirangan Islet (San Jose, Camarines Sur)
Most visitors to the Caramoan Peninsular usually pass this islet before the road was completed to that municipality. It’s quite small but with a very wide expanse of creamy white sand almost covering more than 50% of its surface area. There are low growing trees behind the cottages and a short rocky shore behind.
READ MORE: A beautiful white sand islet in San Jose
3 Cabugao Islet (Carles, Iloilo)
Cabugao Islet is so called because it looks like a half submerged pomelo (cabugao in Ilonggo). But it’s a very stunning islet with powdery white sand against a backdrop of deep blue skies and deep blue waters. This islet is just one of five stops in the Isla Gigantes group in Carles, Iloilo and is usually toured for a day.
READ MORE: Postcard pretty beach at Isla Gigantes
4 Brother Island (El Nido, Palawan)
It’s a private paradise, remote, and far from the town of El Nido but once you’re there, wow! I can’t forget swimming at the white sand beach, exploring the mini forest, staring into the vast sea from that rocky promontory and just lying down the bamboo bed and do nothing. It was one of the best escapes I’ve had.
GETTING THERE: Brother Island is a private island and you have to book via Airbnb
5 Higatangan Shifting Sandbar (Naval, Biliran)
It’s one of the best sandbars I’ve been to and because it’s not that popular with tourists, you can have it all to yourself. The water is crystal clear and cool, reason to just linger and swim, especially near the tip of the sandbar. Visitors usually include this sandbar with a trip to Sambawan Island.
6 Bitoon Beach (Anda, Bohol)
It was noon and the whiteness of the beach can hurt your eyes against a backdrop of aquamarine waters. It’s popular with locals with a few beach huts at the shore. The projecting land is high enough for cliff jumping while the other end has picturesque fishermen’s outrigger boats docked at the shallows.
READ MORE: A great time at Bitoon White Beach
7 Sumilon Island (Oslob, Cebu)
This island is definitely one of the country’s best! For such a small island, it has a beautiful shifting sandbar, a rocky but interesting beach with marine life in the shallows during low tide and a pristine, white sand beach with a stunning coral garden. Hike the trails and you’ll come up to a very beautiful view of this stretch of sand that’s so dramatic and wild.
8 Little Sta. Cruz Island (Zamboanga City)
Little Sta. Cruz Island is the other island off Zamboanga City. The other, Greater Sta. Cruz Island is the one famous for its pink sand. But for the former, it’s the spectacular serpentine sandbar that stretches for a hundred meters to see that makes this island unique in itself. Too bad, in order to visit, you need to ask permission first and swimming is not allowed as this is not for recreation purposes but for scientific study.
READ MORE: A snaking sandbar at Little Sta. Cruz Island
9 Calugusan Beach (Lamitan, Basilan)
It was quite and with no people around at this rather far off beach in Lamitan, Basilan. The water is pristine, cool and just picturesque, stretching more than a kilometer with a small wharf popular with teenagers for diving. Calugusan Beach’s northern section is private and gated and has the best waters.
READ MORE: Lamitan’s white beach strip in Calugusan
10 Kaputian Beach (Samal Island)
I never thought that this small bump of fine white sand with shells, small pebbles and driftwood can be so good! Popular with locals, the water is cool and refreshing especially during summer. The water is crystal clear but can go deep within a few meters.
READ MORE: This beautiful beach is just so crazily wow!