17 Summer Beaches in Asia Pacific to Put on Your Radar

Life’s a beach. With so many to choose from, and sick of flying Singapore to Phuket all the time, our dear friends at Skyscanner have picked some of the prettiest beaches for action, relaxation, and seclusion.

Join us at these top beach destinations in Asia Pacific for a stunning tropical getaway:

#1 Miyako Island, Okinawa – Japan

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A budget flight ticket to Okinawa warrants you an unforgettable retreat to the beautiful beaches and offshore snorkelling adventures at Miyako Island.

This calm island is ringed by beaches including the popular Maehama beach, a perfect swimming beach for all the family and famed for its sunsets, and Yoshino beach which is great for snorkelling, with a reef metres from the shore. Don’t forget to try Okinawan delicacies here including soba noodles and goya chanpuru aka stir-fried bitter melon. Get your flight tickets to Okinawa here

#2 Parai Tenggiri, Pulau Bangka – Indonesia

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Bangka Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Southeast Asia.

Parai Tenggiri is located on Pulau Bangka, a little-known island halfway between Singapore and Jakarta. The most spectacular beach is Parai Tenggiri with turquoise waters, pristine sand and littered with gigantic limestone boulders which further add to the drama. Tourists are few and far between so chances are you’ll have the sea to yourself and find yourself gorging on the best catch of the day each night. Get your flight tickets to Pangkal Pinang here

#3 Mirissa – Sri Lanka

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Mirissa Beach is the perfect go-to summer spot to relax and recharge.

When life gets too busy and the simple pleasures of a hammock, a freshly opened coconut and a soundtrack of crashing waves beckon, head to the gorgeous crescent beach of Mirissa and chill to the max. The beach is lined with great value accommodation and restaurants serving generous portions of scrumptious Sri Lankan curries. Nearby attractions include historic Galle and whale watching trips from the beautiful beach of Unawatuna to ensure you have a memorable beach vacation in Sri Lanka. Get your flight tickets to Colombo here

#4 Padang Padang, Bali – Indonesia

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With funky guesthouses, surf shops and shacks serving up superior grilled seafood, you could well be in beach heaven.

If you’re hanging in Bali and want a change from the beach scene in Kuta and Seminyak then head to the dramatic beach of Padang Padang. Come here on a Saturday night or a full moon and you’ll find yourself raving until dawn at one of the beach parties here. Get your flight tickets to Bali here

#5 Cottesloe Beach, Perth – Australia

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The area is packed with activities from cycling and surfing to free music at the Cottesloe Esplanade.

Family-friendly Cottesloe Beach is over 1000m long and is perfect for a family beach day. The beach is informally divided into three parts, so choose the part which most suits your vibe; surfers and kite surfers head to rocky South Cottesloe whilst snorkellers hang out at Peter’s Pool. You can’t miss the sunset. Get your flight tickets to Perth here

#6 Palawan – Philippines

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A beachcomber paradise, charter a boat and go island-hopping.

Get away from it all at the Bacuit Archipelago in Palawan. A short distance away from El Nido in Palawan, its 45 enchanting islands are riddled with karst cliffs, limestone formations, and gorgeous lagoons. Get your flight tickets to Palawan here

#7 Phi Phi Islands – Thailand

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Fun fact: Phi Phi Don, the largest and only inhabited island, doesn’t even have roads!

Featured 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. Get your flight tickets to Phuket here

#8 Goa – India

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Goa has everything from adrenaline to adventure, solitude to sunbathing.

Where to begin with Goa’s spectacularly scenic beaches? Our picks: Mandrem Beach for honeymooners, Agonda Beach for relaxing, Baga Beach for parties, and seafood, and of course, the former hippie enclave of Anjuna Beach, for trance music and colourful flea markets. Get your flight tickets to Goa here

#9 Gili Lankanfushi – Maldives

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The tiny island is surrounded by endless blue and luxurious stilted villas on a lagoon.

As expensive as it is gorgeous, Gili Lankanfushi (formerly known as Soneva Gili) in the Maldives is the ultimate in luxury retreats. Rustic-chic rules at this tiny coral atoll set in a sparkling lagoon, complete with spacious villas, fine dining and private butlers. Get your flight tickets to the Maldives here.

#10 White Beach – Boracay, Philippines

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Boracay’s White Beach boasts stunning, extraordinarily pure powder sands that extend forever into azure blue waters.

There’s a good reason why Boracay, developed as it is, still makes it on this list. From water sports and diving, to spas and shopping, there’s something for everybody. Get your flight tickets to Boracay here

Important note: Boracay will be closed from 26 April 2018 – 25 October 2018 to make way for the rehabilitation of the island.

#11 Whitehaven Beach – Whitsunday Islands, Australia

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It’s no surprise that Whitehaven Beach is undoubtedly a photographer’s dream come true.

Often voted Australia’s best beach, Queensland’s iconic Whitehaven Beach is a 7km stretch of crystal clear waters and pristine sands. Explore the colourful cove of Hill Inlet, or hike up to the lookout at Tongue Point for a stunning, much-photographed view. Get your flight tickets to Whitsunday Coast here

#12 Sipadan – Malaysia

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Did you know: Only 120 diving permits are allowed daily in Sipadan.

Possibly one of the best dive sites in the world, Sipadan’s lush and healthy coral reefs support thriving populations of sea turtles and reef sharks. However, conservation regulations mean that there’s a limit to which diving permits can be given out every day, so do book your dives early. Get to Sipadan by domestic transfer to Tawau Airport. Get your flight tickets to Tawau here

#13 Koh Rong – Cambodia

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Idyllic and picturesque, this island off the coast of Sihanoukville is an unspoiled tropical paradise.

With over 40 kilometres of white sand beaches and turquoise-green waters, Koh Rong offers the simple pleasures of relaxing with a cold beer and freshly-caught seafood. Tip: Get to Koh Rong by ferry after flying into Phnom Penh (get your flight tickets here).

#14 Haad Rin Beach – Koh Phangan, Thailand

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Not a fan of parties? Go for quieter ones for some seclusion.

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, few places can beat the hedonism of Koh Phangan’s infamous Full Moon parties. If while there you need to recover from a hangover, there are quieter beaches perfect for taking it easy. Get to Koh Phangan by ferry after getting your cheap ticket to Koh Samui or consider alternative airports: Chumphon or Surat Thani. Get your flight tickets to Koh Samui here

#15 Mui Ne Beach – Vietnam

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Mui Ne Beach makes an ideal choice if you love a heady contrast of excitement and relaxation.

With strong winds, big waves, and clear skies, Mui Ne is ideal for wind-surfing, kite-surfing and all sorts of physical activities. Mui Ne also has some dramatic scenery: giant sand dunes, perfect for dune-trekking. Tip: Make your way to Mui Ne Beach from Ho Chi Minh City (get your flight tickets here).

#16 Hot Water Beach – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

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For one-of-a-kind beach experience, the Hot Water Beach is where to be and be seen at.

Not far from Auckland is the truly unique Hot Water Beach. The presence of hot springs along the coast means that hot water bubbles up through the sands, allowing visitors to dig their own personal, steaming spa pool to relax in… at least until the tide comes in. Get your flight tickets to Auckland here

#17 La Digue – Seychelles

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Dotted with massive granite boulders, the seriously scenic beach attracts all types of travellers.

OK, this beach isn’t really in Asia, but we couldn’t resist adding this gem to the list. The exotic islands of Seychelles are on many travellers’ bucket lists, attracting famous honeymooners like Prince William and Duchess Kate. Their pick? The exclusive and exquisite island of La Digue, home to L’Anse Source D’Argent, one of the world’s top beaches. Get your flight tickets to Seychelles here

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