Travel blogger Estan Cabigas' top 13 beaches

Award-winning travel blogger Estan Cabigas helps our sister publication Inflight Traveller celebrate its 13th year anniversary this year by sharing his top 13 beaches in the Philippines

Punta Bunga Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Same quality as Boracay’s famous powdery white sand beach but without the crowds. There are times when get the beach all to yourself.”
Where to stay Argonauta Boracay Boutique Hideaway

Flower Island, Taytay, Palawan

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“A remote island with a very nice white sand beach.”
Where to stay Flower Island Resort

Bantigue Island sandbar, Isla Gigantes, Carles, Iloilo

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Remote, seldom visited, pristine, cool waters.” 
Where to stay Isla de Gigantes Hideaway Tourist Inn. Email [email protected]

Cibang Beach, Calayan Island, Cagayan

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“A remote pristine white sand beach hemmed in by cliffs.”
Where to stay TPS First Homestay of Calayan. Call +63 929 837 5737

Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Palawan

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Stunning solid rock cliffs with powdery white sand beaches.”
Where to stay El Nido Resorts

Brother Island, El Nido, Palawan

Photo courtesy of Brother Island

“An interesting island with a white sandy beach, a forest, and a rock cliff. Several interesting shells are washed into its beachline.”
Where to stay Brother Island

Buluan Island, Zamboanga Sibugay

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Very pristine waters not known to many tourists.” 
There is no resort in the area. Arrange tours with tourist office of Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay

Santiago public beach, Santiago Bay, Camotes, Cebu

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Beautiful white sand beach with pristine waters.”
Where to stay Santiago Bay Garden and Resort 

Lahus Island, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Stunning white sand beach with interesting rock formations on both sides.”
Where to stay Casita Mia

Santa Cruz Island, Zamboanga City

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Pinkish sand beach created by crushed red corals. And interesting Badjao/Tausug graveyard with carved effigies of people located about a hundred meters away from the beach.”
Contact the Department of Tourism Zamboanga at +6362 955 2477

White Island, Camiguin

Photo by Bien Bautista

“A beautiful and expansive white sandbar that can get busy with tourists at times but there’s always space on the white sand to soak in the beauty and not be bothered by the crowds.”
Where to stay Paras Beach Resort

Mabua Pebble Beach, Surigao City

Photo by Estan Cabigas

“Interesting beach with round and smooth stones covering the sand.”
Where to Stay The Grand Suites

Puka Beach, Boracay Island, Aklan

Photo by Carlos Legaspi

“So pristine and undeveloped, despite it being in popular Boracay.”
Where to stay: Discovery Shores Boracay 

About Estan Cabigas 
Travel blogger Estan Cabigas won Best Travel Photoblog in the Skyscanner Travel Bloscars in 2013, the Wandering Juan Travel Blog Awards in 2010 in the culture and heritage category, and Best Travel Blog in the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards. His stories and photos have been published in the National Geographic Magazine in 2010, Geo (Germany), Silkwinds (Singapore), The Sunday Times London (UK) and CNN Travel.

Originally published in Inflight Traveller April 2015. Updated October 2015