The Philippines is made up of 7,107 islands (only 2000 are inhabited), each one offering a rich biodiversity ranging from tropical rain forests, mangroves, and coral reefs to mountain ranges, world-class beaches, beautiful islands and a diverse range of flora and fauna. Conservation International identified it as one of 17 megadiverse countries in 1998.
The country also offers one of the longest white sand coastlines in the world, one of its many tourist attractions. So, if you’re looking for a tropical getaway and still don’t have a destination in mind, odds are you’ll find something you like in the Philippines.
List of the Philippines’ best beaches
1. El Nido, Palawan
2. Boracay, Aklan
3. Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
4. Samal Island, Davao City
5. Panglao Island, Bohol
6. Coron Island, Palawan
7. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley
8. Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
9. Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
10. Mactan Island, Cebu
According to CNNGo, the travel news website of CNN, El Nido in Palawan is one of the Philippines’ best beaches and island destinations because of its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem.” It is frequently called the Philippines’ last frontier and is ranked No. 14 among the CNN’s Top 100 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World. For 2 years in a row (2016 and 2017), Palawan bagged the 1st spot for the “best island in the world” according to the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. Conde Nast Traveller also listed El Nido as the 4th best beach in the world for 2017.
There are about 50 white sand beaches on the island, five types of forest, three major marine habitats, and many different species of birds. The water is also rich in sea life, which includes marine mammals like dolphins and dugongs of which six are endemic, over one hundred species of coral, and almost one thousand different kinds of fish.
El Nido is also the largest marine reserve and sanctuary in the Philippines with a total area of 903.21 sq. km. It is one of the most diverse ecosystems in the country and its flora and fauna is protected, along with its geologic formations such as its limestone cliffs, home of the swiftlets (apodidae birds whose nests are entirely built from threads of their own saliva, an ingredient also used for the famous bird’s nest soup).