miércoles, 6 de junio de 2012

The best beaches of the Philippines


Cebu
This banana-shaped island is extremely accessible, with international flights from many Asian hubs flying right into Cebu Province. Near the airport are a variety of high-end, family-oriented resorts such as Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa. Or travel three hours by car to the northern tip of Cebu , where pump boats make the 10-minute trip to dreamy Malapascua Island (pictured), home to the blinding-white Bounty Beach. (David Wall/LPI)


Southern Negros
To sample several world-class beaches in one short trip, fly into Dumaguete, the regional capital of Negros Oriental. Dumaguete is only an hour from the escapist paradise Tambobo Bay, the dreamy Siquijor Island and the isolated Apo Island (pictured), a top dive site with deserted stretches of sand. (Mark Webster/LPI)



El Nido
The dramatic limestone formations of the Bacuit Bay archipelago are postcard perfect, but unless you are a serious rock climber you will likely spend more time on sand. Most beaches are within an easy boat ride of El Nido, a laid-back North Palawan town, and there are enough that you can usually have one all to yourself. Pictured here is an outrigger canoe moored on the stunning Miniloc Island. (Mark Daffey/LPI)



Boracay
The crown jewel of Philippine beaches has experienced a surge in popularity as travel publications rush to add it to their lists of world's top beaches. Of course, Boracay's five kilometre signature White Beach (pictured) has been dropping jaws for decades. While the recent publicity has spurred development, turning Boracay into a big-time party beach, the island remains mellow compared to regional luminaries like Bali’s Kuta Beach or Thailand’s Ko Samui. (Felix Hug/LPI)



Pagudpud
Pagudpud is not easy to access, but those with a sense of adventure should seek out this coastal resort town on the northern tip of Luzon, the Philippines' main island. The highway up here is the Philippines' answer to Australia’s Great Ocean Road or California’s Pacific Coast Highway. It zigzags around dramatic headlands and skirts seemingly endless beaches like Blue Lagoon, where Luzon's whitest sand and bluest water conspire majestically to be situated in one place. (John Borthwick/LPI)

Credits: BBC Travel 
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