When someone mentions “Philippine beaches”, white sand, calm rolling waves and blue waters are probably the first things that come to your mind. But you have to know that beaches in the Philippines come in far more different colors, shapes, and features than some of us may have expected.

Below are beaches that, in some way, may not be anything like the beaches you have been before.

Black Beach

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The Philippines has its fair share of black sand beaches, and that doesn’t mean that they’re dirty. The common reason why the sand is black is because of  the amount of dark-colored volcanic rocks and minerals it contains. Moreover, it is effective in exfoliating dull, dry skin.

 Santo Domingo, Albay:  Due to the volcano presence in Albay, this province is known for its black sand beaches – the most well-known of which is in Santo Domingo, Albay. The difference of the cool, black sand, blue water and green trees make an extremely unique but delightful sight! No wonder it’s famous all over the world.

Pink Beach

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You probably haven’t heard this before, but not only Bermuda or Bahamas have pink beaches. The Philippines is also blessed with these wonders, though they are not as pink as the two destinations mentioned.

 Great Sta. Cruz Island:  The pink color of this is believed to have come from the crushed red organ pipe coral which was the result of surf corrosion combined with white sand that happened long ago. Currently, there are well-sustained cottages for both local and foreign tourists.

Golden Beach

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White beaches are common. Black and pink are pretty rare. But golden sand is certainly unique, and of course, The Philippines has it, too!

 Jomalig Island:  Continually gaining its popularity, this island is bounded with unique golden shorelines of bead-like sand and stunning turquoise waters. The best beach in the island is known as Salibungot, which located in the western coastline village of Burungawan. It’s a long shoreline of golden sand distinctively scattered with Agoho trees. A sandbar is also visible during low tide.

Pebble Beach

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It’s common to see stray pebbles along beaches in the Philippines, but a beach that is entirely made out of pebbles is not very common. Pebble beaches, also called shingle beaches, consist of pebbles, sand, and cobbles.

 Mabua Pebble Beach:  A 30-minute drive away from Surigao, a city situated at the north-easternmost tip of Mindanao. The uncountable amount of smooth pebbles that make up this beach is perfect for barefoot walking. Apparently, this has a great effect on the body, which makes this beach both therapeutic and magnificent.

Do you know any bizarre beaches in the Philippines? Let us know!