Uncover more of the Philippines’ hidden gems by visiting its gorgeous sandbars. Thanks to your feedback, here is Skyscanner‘s follow-up selection to our first list of 9 amazing sandbars in the Philippines:
1. Panampangan Island, Tawi-Tawi
While you’ll need to travel to the Philippines’ southernmost tip, this 3-kilometer sandbar is worth seeking out. Its long trail of sand is reason enough. The sand is not just immaculately white and soft, it’s actually so fine that your feet will sink in as you walk! Then there’s the crystal-clear turquoise waters hugging its shores—look down the waters and you can spot fish and other sea creatures even without any snorkeling gear! Pristine and untouched, locals also refer to this islet as “Virgin Beach”.
Read more: 10 best value beaches in the Philippines
Photo Credit: Jojie Alcantra
2. Cresta de Gallo, Sibuyan Island, Romblon
While many may know about the "Galapagos of Asia" that is Sibuyan Island, we recommend Cresta de Gallo in particular – for its deserted and unspoiled stretch of powdery white sand. And although the journey there could take hours (comprising multiple bus, boat and jeepney rides), the experience on this sandbar is absolutely worth it. Isolated yet teeming in natural resources, you could get up close to lots of fish and coral reefs when snorkeling. Take a dip in the cooling clear waters or go kiteboarding too.
Read more: 9 secret beaches in Asia to visit
Photo Credit: Oliver Bautista
3. Carbin Reef, Sagay, Negros Occidental
At the heart of a 32,000-hectare marine reserve lies Carbin Reef, a vast tongue-shaped manmade sandbar. On the surface, it may seem like another white strip of sand where you can relax, frolic and enjoy a picnic. But go underwater and you’ll discover just how gorgeous this place is. From schools of fish to coral formations and the occasional sea turtles, the sandbar’s shallow surrounding waters shelter a diverse variety of species. Just remember to bring your own snorkeling gear. You can also rent a glass-bottom boat, if you’re not in the mood for a dip. To get here, book your flight to Dumaguete.
Photo Credit: Inkizaspocket
4. Naked Island, Siargao
Except for shells, hard corals, rocks and a few patches of grass, Naked Island is a bare stretch of white sand (hence the name). There aren’t even coconut trees, or any other form of vegetation. But that doesn’t make this 200-meter sandbar any less of a paradise. Here you can bury your feet in fine powdery sand, swim in shallow and still turquoise waters, or simply soak in the sun (just don’t forget your sunglasses). Oh and Pansukian, as the locals call it, is a great spot for kitesurfing too!
Read more: Top 5 things to do in Siargao Island
Photo Credit: Ian Limpangog
5. Hagonoy Island, Surigao del Sur
Hagonoy Island has all the makings of a charming tropical oasis: fine sand, clear waters and a tranquil atmosphere. You’ll also find cottages, a hammock, restrooms, a barbecue grill, and a volleyball court. There’s a cluster of coconut trees as well along the sandbar’s edge. Looking for a romantic getaway? Find out why it is called the Lovers’ Island.
Read more: Must-vist places in Mindanao
Photo Credit: Ron Ami
6. Buntod Sandbar, Masbate
This 250-hectare white sandbar is set in the midst of the seawaters of two villages, serving as a marine sanctuary for the lovely coral gardens surrounding it. So prepare to be amazed by its snorkeling and diving spots. You can also take a dip in its clean, cool and clear waters; spend some time bird watching; enjoy a picnic at a communal nipa hut; and check out the bed of mangroves at its far end.
Photo Credit: Jackpopoy
7. Bantigue Island Sandbar, Iloilo
Longer and wider than your usual sandbar, Bantigue Island can be seen in its entirety late in the afternoon (ideally between 3 and 5 p.m.), during low tide. It’s shaped like the letter “S,” offering plenty of room to frolic and explore. Plus, it’s perfect for taking a relaxing swim. The surrounding waters are clear and you won’t have to worry about stepping on any rocks or corals. Do stay to watch the sunset; it promises to be spectacular. Book your flight to Iloilo to experience this for yourself.
8. Palad Sandbar, Marinduque
To catch the Palad Sandbar in all its glory, visit early in the morning. When this circular patch of fine ivory sand emerges in the middle of the sea as the tide recedes, it’s a sight to behold. It reshapes from time to time (based on the flow of seawater and prevailing winds), but the surrounding waters are always cool, shallow and clear. While ideal for swimming, this sandbar also has incredible rock formations that make for a memorable diving experience.
Photo Credit: Sightsandspices.com
9. Camara Island, Zambales
It may consist mostly of huge rocks, but Camara Island also has an interesting sandbar surrounded by clear turquoise waters. This strip of white sand actually lies between the island’s two sides, but is only visible during low tide. You’re more likely to chance upon it close to the end of the rainy season (from June to September), as it tends to shift locations during the rest of the year due to changing currents.
Read more: 7 tips to enjoy Nagsasa Beach, Zambales
Photo Credit: Ayzi
10. Cagbalete Sandbar, Quezon
Cagbalete Island is guaranteed to wow you with its long stretches of white sand. From the fineness of the sand and sheer beauty of the ripples to the serene atmosphere and stunning scenery, the sandbar here is a definite must-see. You can also spot mangroves along the edges and at times some long-legged wading birds hunting for fish.
Photo Credit: tsinelaschronicle.com
11. Naked Island, Britania, Surigao del Sur
As with Siargao’s Naked Island, this sandbar in Surigao del Sur is devoid of vegetation and boulders. What awaits you is a long stretch of white sand with a few rocks, an ideal spot for sunbathing and bird watching (migratory birds are known to stop by here to rest from a long flight). Surrounded by bluish green waters, the sandbar is actually the smallest of the Britania Group of Islands, which includes Hagonoy Island (another entry in this list).
Read more: 9 amazing sandbars in the Philippines
Photo Credit: Chingtheviewfinder