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The Amazing Sandbars in the Philippines

As an archipelago and a tropical country, the Philippines is blessed with a wealth of beautiful and pristine sandbars. From Luzon to Mindanao, tourists can enjoy a large selection of sandbars in this tropical country. While the country’s sandbars are not as popular its world-class beaches, they are increasingly becoming more popular as tourist draws within the Philippines.

What is a sandbar?

A sandbar is a pretty deposit of tiny pebbles and sand that have been built up by coastal currents, and are usually located a few hundred feet from the beach or shoreline. There’s no shortage of these breathtakingly panoramic sandbars in the Philippines! Featuring more than 7,000 islands surrounded by clear blue waters, the Philippines is home to a plethora of pristine and secluded sandbars.

7 Amazing Sandbars and Beaches

1, Virgin Island, Bohol

The Virgin Island is a sandbar best known for its powdery white sands and crystal clear waters. Like the other sandbars in the Philippine archipelago, it is secluded and has no inhabitants, especially so because it sinks during high tide. But not just the beautiful sandbar itself, the majestic Virgin Island is teeming with vibrant and colorful marine life too!

virgin island

2, Bulubadiangan Island, Iloilo

Bulubadiagan Island has now become a favorite beach destination in Concepcion, Iloilo. When the island’s water recedes, this stunning sandbar emerges and extends for as far as your eyes can see, as if it grazes the next island.


3, Snake Island, El Nido

Snake Island, also known as Vigan Island, is a fine and natural S-shaped sandbar. It is only visible during low tide and when the water is crystal clear. Located in El Nido, Palawan, it remains an emerging attraction in the area. Head over to Puerto Princesa to get to this gem of a unique sandbar.


4, Sumilon Island Sandbar, Cebu

Sumilon Island’s fascinating sandbar is by far one of the major tourist draws of the Oslob Municipality in the province of Cebu. Aside from its crystal clear waters and glittering white sands, this sandbar is also famous for its shifting locations and varying shapes.


5, White Island, Camiguin

White island is a secluded virgin sandbar comprised mainly of pebbles and stunning white sands. Surrounded by turquoise clear waters, White Island has a lovely horseshoe shape that changes from time to time with tides constantly reshaping and resizing it. This sandbar is one of Camiguin’s best and most popular tourist attractions.


6, Manjuyod White Sand Bar, Negros Oriental

The Manjuyod White Sand Bar, also referred to as Sumapao Shoal, is a certified tourist hot-spot with a lot of potential. Not surprising, given it’s an idyllic island with soft, powdery, majestic white sand that spans more than six kilometers! When the tide subsides, the Manjuyod White Sand Bar transforms into a beautiful white gem that surfaces from the seafloor. Book your flight to Dumaguete to experience this for yourself.


7, Kalanggaman Island, Leyte

Aptly named “The Paradise Island”, the Kalanggaman Island is truly a serene paradise with clear waters, powdery white sands and cool breezes. Located off the shore of Palompon’s municipality, the Kalanggaman Island is a hidden gem that is fast becoming a major tourist attraction in the Leyte province. The nearest airport to this stunning beauty is Tacloban.


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