Secret White Sand Beaches in the Philippines

Yes, Virginia, there are other white sand beaches in the Philippines!

Boracay is easily the most popular, but by all means it isn’t the only one. There are many little known yet equally captivating beach escapes, and the best part about it is that they aren’t all overcrowded. The land is pure, the waters placid, and the scenery is a lot more breathtaking, giving a whole new meaning to peace and tranquility.

A few of these beaches have adopted titles that refer to their own comparison with the famous Boracay; however, that’s only as far as the quality of sand and sea goes. They are a far cry from the hyped up and overly commercialized resort.

Maira-ira Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
Maira-ira Beach, Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte | Source

Maira-ira Cove – Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

Maira-ira Cove is at the northernmost tip of the Philippines, and looks straight out to the Pacific. The beach is noted for its distinct crescent shape, and goes more by the name of “Blue Lagoon.” A first-time visitor would immediately be struck by the breathtaking blueness of the water. From Manila proper, travel to Pagudpud can take anywhere between 9 and 12 hours by land.

Dapdap-Anda,Bohol | Source

Anda Beach – Anda, Bohol

The more notable beach destinations in Bohol can be found in Panglao Island. But they say that the white sand which more closely resembles that of Boracay than any of the other beaches around the province is in the Municipality of Anda, at the opposite end of the region. It is located about 100 kilometers (roughly 62 miles) from the main city, Tagbilaran, and the trip may take up to 1.5 hours.

Babu Santa Beach in Talicud, Samal Island, Davao City
Babu Santa Beach in Talicud, Samal Island, Davao City | Source

Babu Santa Beach – Samal Island, Davao City

Like Panglao Island in Bohol, Samal Island in Davao City is also renowned for its beaches. One tourist favorite, Pearl Farm Beach Resort, is located here. But further along, in a corner of Talicud Island, sits Babu Santa – all sea, sand and towering coconut trees. The shortest way to get there is by taking the ferry boat in Sta. Ana wharf. Travel lasts an hour, but totally worth it; en route, one can easily get a fantastic view of the coral gardens beneath the clear waters.

Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental
Dahican Beach, Mati, Davao Oriental | Source

Dahican Beach – Mati, Davao Oriental

Some folks might declare that Dahican Beach rests “hidden in plain sight.” It’s in “plain sight” because this lengthy strip of uninterrupted white sand and coconut trees actually faces the open seas, which conveniently makes it one of the coolest venues for various water sports. Now here’s the tricky part: it’s “hidden” because the place is so isolated it takes about 3 hours to get there from the main entry point, Davao City.

Mariscal Beach, Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur
Mariscal Beach, Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur | Source

Mariscal Beach Resort – Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur

Although it’s two hours worth of land travel by private or public transport, the trip actually helps to heighten one’s anticipation as scenic views abound, culminating in the famed Mariscal Beach. This place has been fondly called “Little Boracay” by the locals for quite some time. The tide is high in the mornings, but the waters are cool and clear, and by noon the waters recede and the glorious crystal sands are revealed.

Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani Province
Gumasa Beach in Glan, Sarangani Province | Source

Gumasa Beach – Glan, Sarangani

Dubbed the “Small Boracay of Mindanao,” or alternatively the “Boracay of the South,” Gumasa Beach in the Municipality of Glan rests almost at the tip of Mindanao – essentially the tail end of the country, an hour’s drive away from General Santos City. Like Dahican Beach, it is surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, and is home to many resorts, each as pristine and untainted as the first.

There are a lot of other white sand beaches worth mentioning, such as Pandanon Island in Bohol, Dinagat Islands in Surigao del Norte, Lakawon Island in Negros Occidental, Cagwait White Beach in Caraga and many more. Some have opted to retain their natural beauties, while the rest are slowly but surely modernizing their sites.

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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

Hi, what you've mentioned above is very true, there are many white beaches in the Philippines but People always go to Boracay, that is why is very always very crowded. I hope Boracay will remain freah in spite of improvements...and too many visitors.

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Literary Geisha 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Right on Maria Cecilia! Truly, other beaches don't get the acclaim they deserve, which is why I wrote this hub. Thanks for reading. :)

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Maria Cecilia 6 years ago from Philippines

ooops looks like I failed to edit my comment I am very sorry for that.... will psot comment soon

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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

They look so beautiful - I would love to visit. But this Hub will have to do for now!

Thanks for sharing.

Love and peace


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Literary Geisha 6 years ago from Philippines Author

Glad you liked it tonymac04! Thanks for reading.

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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

This lovely hub makes me want to book a trip today! Beautiful photography.

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines Author

Thanks for reading Fay! Beaches here aren't the only thing you'll love. ;)

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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

Hi,Literary Geisha! Thanks for sharing. I did not know that there are lots of beautiful beaches not so far from where I came from. Well, done. I´ll visit at least one next year...I hope so...

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines Author

hi Thelma! you're not alone - a lot of Pinoys themselves aren't aware of what they have right in their backyard! do visit the homeland again.

cheriprincesss 5 years ago

hi there. I was looking for a new place to be featured at the local media and I was wondering if you know a resort that has great amenities, really great views and a lot more. thank you. i would really appreciate it. :) I just need some suggestions :)

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines Author

hi cheriprincesss! the beaches in this article are good places to start. happy hunting!

Joyce Mariscal 5 years ago

Thanks for including Little Boracay on your list :D Write ups like these makes us more eager to develop the place.

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines Author

hi Joyce Mariscal, no problem! i paid a visit to the place more than 5 years ago, and i thoroughly enjoyed my stay there, even if it wasn't as developed as it is now. i hope to visit again soon. :)

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gregster 3 5 years ago

That's truly amazing!

Mayilasatiil 5 years ago

Wow.... It's good to know that my secret place to unwind - that is babu Santa earned so much raves, not that it surprise me.... With it's prestine sand and turquoise water, I know it wouldn't be a secret for long. Kudos to your exciting blog!

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Literary Geisha 5 years ago from Philippines Author

@Mayilasatiil it was love at first sight with me when i first set foot in the place. hopefully i get to visit again soon. :)

thanks for reading!

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kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Why did I just see this hub just now? It's so interesting. Voted up!

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ignugent17 4 years ago

Great hub! Beautiful beaches and white sand. Thanks for including Samal island in Davao. Voted up and more!

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Literary Geisha 4 years ago from Philippines Author

@kerlynb funny i saw your comment just now myself! more fun in the Philippines, right? :D thanks for the vote.

@ignugent17 thanks for the comment. samal island apparently has a lot to offer by way of beaches, i just had to put it in. ;)

haven't been visiting hubpages as often as i used to, but am glad this particular hub still manages to catch some interest. much appreciated, folks!

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Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

Good looking beaches! Thanks for sharing the information about the "other" Phillipines beaches.

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Literary Geisha 4 years ago from Philippines Author

@Angelo52 thanks for stopping by! one day they might surpass Boracay in popularity. ;)

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travelholidays 3 years ago from India

Fantastic hub:) The images you provide here are really stunning , Voted up thanks for sharing :)

emma 3 years ago

hello :) i just wanted to ask i i would be able to use some of your photos for an assignment i have :)

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Literary Geisha 3 years ago from Philippines Author

hi emma! i lifted those from - you can see where i got the images from, so i'm not really the person to ask. :)

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anjperez 2 years ago

Literary Geisha! Your article brought back a lot of memories. You are so right on! Boracay is not the only "beautiful" white sand beach in the Philippines. In fact, Philippines is an archipelago. So every nook and crany of any of its islands and islets has the possibility of having a beautiful white sand beach. Holla! And aside from that, many people envy us because we can enjoy the tropical beach weather all year round... In Pagudpud, you don't need to go to a resort. Me and my friend just pulled over a highway, jumped into the water and found ourselves a nice small cove among the corals... Samal Island for me is about family gatherings... I CAN PROUDLY SAY, I SURFED DAHICAN! (That's me in Dahican on my profile pic)... Glan for me is HOME... I mean, thank you for this article!

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Literary Geisha 2 years ago from Philippines Author

travelholidays, thanks for reading!

anjperez, i'm glad i was instrumental in your journey to back to memory lane. i envy you your surfing skills - i'm more into snorkeling.

sheena 2 years ago

Is there a white beach 2-3 hours from laspinas? :)

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