The Top-Most Gorgeous Beaches in the 7 Popular Islands of Cebu


Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island | Cebu, Philippines
Bantayan Island
Paradise Beach, Bantayan Island

Located in Central Philippines at the northernmost tip of mainland Cebu, is a tropical island Eden, known as Bantayan Island. A little less than one hundred square miles in size, it's regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the world because of its crystal clear ocean waters and an immaculately clean shoreline of powder-like white sands.

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Malapascua Island

Malapascua Island | Cebu, Philippines
Malapascua Island
Malapascua Island (Photos by: Olivier Delorieux)

Of the more than seven thousand islands in the Philippines, Malapascua is fast becoming one of the top diving destinations. Aside from its multi-colored living corals and fascinating marine life, perhaps its attraction lies in the fact that it's a tiny, little isolated island whose tourism infrastructure and facilities are yet to be completely developed.

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Camotes Island

Camotes Island | Cebu, Philippines
Camotes Island
Santiago Bay (Photos by: The Manilan)

It is said that if the first Spanish explorers, who more than 350 years ago arrived on the island, came today, they'd find it the same as when they first set eyes on it. And that's saying a lot for Camotes Islands. It continues to stand the test of time with its incredible, unspoiled and unaffected white sand beaches and natural forests surrounded by the vast expanse of an aqua-blue ocean waters.

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Mactan Island

Mactan Island | Cebu, Philippines
Shangri La Mactan
Shangri-La's Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu

Mactan Island connected to mainland Cebu by two bridges (Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge) sits just a few kilometers from the city proper. Mactan is pretty well-developed and quite cosmopolitan in its looks with high-end, classy hotels like the plushy, Shangri-la Mactan Resort & Spa, named by Travel & Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler as one of the top Asian resorts. There are other accommodations that range from the affordable inns to several upscale hotels. A lot of these places are newly established to cater to local and foreign tourists who enjoy the enchantingly grand beaches of Mactan's coastlines jet skiing, parasailing, or windsurfing, if not scuba diving in some of the best diving and snorkeling sites in the country.

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Moalboal | Cebu, Philippines
Basdaku White Beach, Moalboal, Cebu
Basdaku White Beach - Moalboal, Cebu

From Cebu International Airport, a 2 1/2 drive will take you to this tiny little island paradise known as Moalboal. The central tourist activity in Moalboal is recreational diving. Its reefs along the western side of the island are home to a wide variety of marine life and other intriguing fish species. In particular, scuba divers, snorkelers and free divers would love exploring the natural structure of the reef which tails the stretch of the coastline of Pescador Island, about a couple of kilometers from Moalboal. Of course, because of its clear ocean waters and exquisite beaches, swimming and sun bathing are likewise a common sight.

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Badian | Cebu, Philippines
Badian Island Resort and SPA

About a hundred kilometers southwest of Metropolitan Cebu is the town of Badian. It boasts of some of the most breathtaking beaches in central Philippines. Badian's shoreline of cream-colored sands against a backdrop of natural lush greenery extends to several miles, making it a perfect dive center for local and foreign diving enthusiasts. Bounded on the north by Moalboal, its enthralling coral reef and rich marine life mingle with those of Moalboal, creating a small gripping underwater world of moving, colorful species of fish and sea plants. Most of the Badian resorts are amply equipped with top-quality diving gear for amateurs and professional divers. To assist beginners, diving instructors are on hand to help them through the ABC's of diving and some critical etiquette, when in the water.

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Oslob | Cebu, Philippines
Sumilon Bluewater Island Resort
Sumilon Island

Within the municipality of Oslob in the province of Cebu is the enchanting island of Sumilon. It's a 24-hectare expanse bordered on one side by the clear oceanic waters with varying hues of aquamarine and white sand beaches in the different areas of this coral island. Created in 1974 as a marine sanctuary, it is, in the Philippines, the first protected island with its marine life by Siliman University Marine Reserve of Dumaguete City, in the neighboring province of Negros Oriental.

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