When it comes to beaches, Philippines never run out of it! Occupying the second largest chunk in the Philippine Archipelago, Mindanao is a beach haven itself wherein most of its fine beaches are untouched by commercialism.
If you are seeking for a beach getaway in cloistered areas or simply exploring the richness of Mindanao, here’s a rundown of its Ten Best Beaches to guide you through your quest:
Dako Island in Siargao, Surigao del Norte
Dubbed as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao has been the host to numerous surfing contests enticing in both local and foreign surfers. Aside from its famous waves, Siargao is as well a haven for white sandy beaches, numerous islets, abundant marine life, mangroves and caves.
Of the many islands found in Siargao, Dako is the largest (Dako is the Visayan term for large). Unlike the Naked Island, Dako Island grows coconut trees and some cottages so island hoppers can really enjoy its pure white sand and clear blue waters.
More Photos here: Dako Island: One of the Best Beaches in the Philippines
Dakak Beach Resort, Dapitan City, ZaNorte
A diving mecca found in Northern Zamboanga in Mindanao, Dakak Park and Beach Resort offers visitors and diving enthusiasts with not only copious coral reefs with thriving tropical marine life, but also a sanctuary of native plants and animals. The sprawling 15 hectares of wooden land makes it an ideal getaway because of its well-preserved white sandy beach with a nearly perfect season as it is well-surrounded with large islands shielding it from typhoons.
More Photos here: Dakak Beach Resort in Dapitan, ZaNorte
Samal Island, Davao del Norte
It’s a sure thing that when people visit Davao, they’ll definitely include island hopping in Samal as their itinerary. Samal Island has become a highly visited place in Mindanao as it offers spectators with what beach bums would love to see – White Sandy Beach! Isla Reta, an island found in Talicud, IGACOS is rather a quiet retreat where one can purely have just fun and relaxation. Its crystal clear turquoise waters are like mirrors that show reflection of the sanctuary below while the white sand shores gives you the comfort to simply sit and relax and appreciate the nature presented before you.
Sta.Cruz Island, Zamboanga City
White sand beaches are pretty much common, right? But a pink sand beach is.. unique and boldly beautiful! The Great and Little Sta. Cruz Islands are simply amazing not only because it is as well a diving mecca in the Zamboanga strip, but also because of its unique pinkish powdery sand. Actually, the sand is naturally white but red Organ-pipe Corals break down mixing its pulverized form with the beaches’ white sand, hence the sand’s pink characteristic.
More Photos here : Sta. Cruz: The Pink Island in West Mindanao