A recent article from CNN Travel named three of the Philippines beaches among the top 100 beaches in the world. They claim they based the list on answers coming from well-travelled friends and colleagues, suggestions from readers, and then they researched, investigated and examined the offerings of the beaches on the list before coming up with a final ranking. While the top spot went to Grande Anse Beach in La Digue Islands, Seychelles, three beaches that are found in the Philippines managed to make it to the Top 100.
Puka Beach in Boracay sadly managed to land only at 84 which is not surprising as Boracay, to my mind, is not the best beach in the Philippines but is definitely the top party place in the archipelago. The article describes Puka as the second-longest beach in Boracay with coarse sands and limited restaurants.
El Nido made it to number 14 and is described in the article as having “Powder-fine beaches and gin-clear waters” that “complement the stunning views of karst limestone formations, empty lagoons, marble cliffs, prehistoric caves and waterfalls.” The highlights of El Nido are the “surrounding waters” which “contain more than 50 species of coral and attract whales, whale sharks, sea cows, manta rays, dolphins and endangered turtles.”
Landing at 10th place is Palaui Island in Cagayan which is not yet a very popular travel destination but is most certainly one of the most beautiful beaches the archipelago has to offer. With its “glorious white sands” that “meet volcanic rocks and blue-green waters topside, while coral gardens and a rich marine reserve meet divers under the surface,” Palaui impressed the writer with its “raw beauty.” Getting there requires treks that battles “thorny grass, muddy ground and a mangrove forest” and the absence of hotels and resorts means you have to camp out or do home stays but the beauty of the place is definitely worth the effort. The island has gotten the attention of the TV series Survivor which is considering it as a location for its 27th season.
There may be a slew of other beaches in the country that deserves equal notice from CNN Travel but for the time being, it is enough that these three made it to the top 100 list. Next year presents another chance for our other beaches to make it to next year’s list.
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