Travel Tips for Americans Visiting Beaches in the Philippines

Travel Tips for Americans Visiting Beaches in the Philippines

If you’re coming from the U.S. Mainland, traveling to the Philippines would typically require between 17 to 40 hours of travel time, depending on your choices of airlines and airport and your flight itinerary.

Of course, Hawaii and Guam are exceptions, as they are much nearer the country.

When visiting the Philippines for a beach holiday, most likely, your final destination is not Manila.

Many of this archipelago’s renowned beaches are located in the central part of the country, which is also known as the Visayas region.

These include Boracay in Aklan, Panglao in Bohol, and Bantayan in Cebu.

Yet, it is worth noting that you can also find tropical paradise spots in other areas of the Philippines.

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For instance, you can check out the white beaches in Puerto Galera and Batangas — the ones most accessible south of Manila with at least a 2.5-hour drive from the capital.

Camarines Sur located east of the northern island of Luzon — where Manila is also situated — and even way up north towards Subic in Zambales, Pagudpud in Ilocos, and the northernmost province of the country Batanes, all boast of their own crystal-clear beaches that many local and international tourists find jaw-droppingly beautiful.

The world-class beaches and diving sites in El Nido and Coron, as well as the UNESCO Heritage Sites Puerto Princesa Underground River and Tubbataha Reef, are all located in the province of Palawan in the westernmost part of the Philippines.

The Mindanao region located south of the country has its own share of pristine beach spots as well, including those situated in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Zamboanga.


Majority of the international flights land in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

This makes it easy for you to get access to local airports around the country.

Yet, there are some options that can lead you straight to the airport of your destination province in the Philippines without having to pass by Manila — especially if you’re going to a renowned beach spot.

Many travel sites and travel agencies can make it easy for you to get such packaged flights.

Most of these have connecting flights in nearby East Asian and Southeast Asian travel hubs, as most Asian carriers in these countries offer flights to both NAIA and non-Manila international airports.

If you prefer finding your own flight instead of coursing things through a travel agency, try searching for the nearest international airport to your beach destination and see if you can get a good deal there.

For instance, when going to northern Luzon, it may be practical to have Clark International Airport or Laoag International Airport as your port of entry from a connecting flight originating from another Asian country.

The same thing if you’re going to Boracay, which makes Kalibo International Airport an ideal port of entry.

When going to Cebu, there’s Mactan-Cebu International Airport, which, alongside the Iloilo International airport, is a good choice when going to a beach destination in the Visayas region.

The Davao International Airport, Zamboanga International Airport, and Laguindingan International Airport are ideal gateways when going to beach spots in the Mindanao region.