12 finest beaches in Asia Pacific

Life's a beach. With numerous to select from, therefore little time, Skyscanner has selected a few of the most beautiful beaches for action, relaxation and privacy. Join us at these leading beach locations for a spectacular tropical getaway!

1. Palawan - Philippines

Escape everything at the Bacuit Archipelago in Palawan. A short distance far from El Nido in Palawan, its 45 enchanting islands are riddled with karst cliffs, limestone developments, and gorgeous lagoons. This is beachcomber paradise; charter a boat and go island-hopping!

2. Phi Phi Islands - Thailand

Included in the movie "The Beach", the Phi Phi Islands are the jewel in Thailand's island crown. Even with all the hype, you'll be hard-pressed not to be impressed with the glittering turquoise waters and sheer cliffs. Take it easy and wind down Phi Phi Don, the largest and just occupied island, doesn't even have roadways!

3. Goa - India

Where to start with Goa's amazingly scenic and surprisingly varied beaches? Depending upon where you go, Goa has everything from adrenaline to adventure, privacy to sunbathing. Our choices are Mandrem Beach for honeymooners, Agonda Beach for relaxing, Baga Beach for parties, night life and great seafood, and obviously, the former hippie territory of Anjuna Beach, for its famous trance music and vibrant flea markets.

4. SonevaGili, Maldives

As pricey as it is beautiful, SonevaGili (in the Maldives) is the supreme in luxury retreats. Rustic-chic guidelines at this tiny coral atoll set in a sparkling lagoon, total with spacious vacation homes, great dining and personal butlers. For an at the same time tranquil and sensuous experience, indulge yourself at the Six Senses spa, which lies over open water and has glass panels listed below the massage tables!

5. White Beach - Boracay, Philippines

There's a great reason that Boracay, developed as it is, still makes it on this list. Boracay's White Beach is merely spectacular, with extremely pure powder sands that extend forever into shallow azure waters.

From water sports and diving, to health clubs and shopping, there's something for everybody.

Relax on easy chair while drinking mixed drinks, watch the sundown with dining on excellent food, and participate in the raucous, rocking nightlife for a classic beach holiday.

6. Whitehaven Beach - Whitsunday Islands, Australia

Often voted Australia's best beach, Queensland's famous Whitehaven Beach is a seven kilometer stretch of crystal clear waters and excellent sands, backed by the verdant rainforests of the Whitsunday Islands. Explore the vibrant cove of Hill Inlet, or hike up to the lookout at Tongue Point for a spectacular, much-photographed view.

7. Sipadan - Malaysia

Possibly among the very best dive websites on the planet, Sipadan's lush and healthy coral reefs support growing populations of sea turtles and reef sharks. Especially around Barracuda Point, divers can swim amongst big schools of fish.

Preservation policies suggest that only 120 diving authorizations are allowed every day, so do reserve your dives early. Otherwise, there's first-rate snorkeling, and enjoyable strolls along the sands to identify friendly display lizards. Get to Sipadan by domestic transfer to Tawau Airport.

8. KohRong - Cambodia

With over 40 kilometers of white sand beaches and turquoise-green waters, KohRong offers the basic satisfactions of relaxing with a cold beer and freshly-caught seafood. Get to KohRong by ferryboat after flying in to Phnom Penh.

9. HaadRin Beach - KohPhangan, Thailand

Calling all party animals! For an unbelievable experience, couple of places can beat the hedonism of KohPhangan's infamous Full Moon parties. These are wild, all-night affairs of throbbing music, low-cost drinks, and thousands of fellow party-goers all out to have a wonderful time.

And if you have to recuperate from that hangover, there are quieter, just-as-pretty beaches, perfect for taking it easy the next day. Get to KohPhangan by ferry after flying to KohSamui or think about alternative airports: Chumphon or Surat Thani.

10. Mui Ne Beach - Vietnam

Adrenaline, here we come! For those who like the heady contrast of enjoyment and relaxation, Mui Ne Beach is right up your street. With strong winds, huge waves, and clear skies, Mui Ne is ideal for wind-surfing, kite-surfing and all sorts of exercises.

Still insufficient? Mui Ne has some dramatic and uncommon surroundings: huge dune, like a piece of desert next to the sea, and best for dune-trekking. Get to Mui Ne Beach from Ho Chi Minh City.

11. Hot Water Beach - Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Not far from Auckland is the truly special Hot Water Beach. The existence of hot springs along the coast means that hot water bubbles up through the sands, allowing visitors to dig their own personal, steaming spa swimming pool to unwind in a minimum of until the tide comes in. Arrive about an hour before low tide, and do not forget to bring a spade!

12. La Digue - Seychelles

All right, this beach isn't in Asia, but we at Skyscanner could not withstand adding to the list. The unique and exquisite island of La Digue, home to L'Anse Source D'Argent, one of the world's top beaches.