Best beaches in Asia

  • Yonaha Maehama beach, Okinawa eyeblink / 123RF

    Maehama Beach // Japan

    Maehama is often cited as Japan's best beach and it is easy to see why. The fine white sand of this beach stretches seven kilometres around the south west coast of Miyakojima island. Here the water is warm, calm and crystal clear with a hint of brilliant green / blue. Despite its tropical appearance this is not a desert island beach and there are... read more »

  • Railay Beach, Krabi, Thailand PancakeTom

    Railay Beach // Thailand

    Railay is a narrow peninsula that is cut off from the surrounding area by high limestone cliffs. Whilst these cliffs are very popular with climbers it means that Railay is only accessible only by a short boat ride from Ao Nang or Krabi. This should be seen as a blessing as it has protected the resort from the tourist frenzy in nearby locations... read more »

  • Ko Kradan, Thailand Rapisan Swangphon

    Koh Kradan // Thailand

    Thailand is well known for its beautiful beaches and to some extent this has meant that many of the most amazing beaches are now over-crowded and heavily commercialised. However, you don't have to go to far off the beaten track to still find a pristine gem and the island of Koh Kradan is home to just such a beach.This stunning stretch of powdery... read more »

  • Beit Yanai beach, Israel yoni leibtag Pikiwiki Israel / CC BY

    Beit Yanai // Israel

    Beit Yanai ("House of Yanai") is a small settlement and community of farmers with a population around 450. Formed in 1933 by settlers from Poland and Lithuania, this settlement is in the Sharon plain in central Israel. Known for its beach of the same name, this coast ranks among the best in Israel thanks to its long and wide stretches of white... read more »

  • El Nido beach, Philippines softlight69 / 123RF

    El Nido // Philippines

    El Nido is an unspoilt tropical paradise often referred to as the Philippines' last frontier. Situated towards the northern tip of Palawan island El Nido is much more than just a single beach. In fact it comprises around 50 beaches set among a series of small islands, towering marble cliffs, lush tropical vegetation, ancient caves and enchanting... read more »

  • Varkala beach - Kerala Kerala Tourism / CC BY

    Varkala Beach // India

  • Akajima beach - Okinawa JordyMeow / CC BY

    Akajima Beach // Japan

    Akajima, pronounced Akashima, is an island forming part of the Kerama Islands group in Japan's Okinawa Prefecture. Nicknamed "Aka", this is a popular holiday destination from both Okinawa and the mainland. Situated roughly midway between the northern tip of Taiwan and mainland Japan's southern-most point, Aka enjoys a near tropical climate. It... read more »

  • Nai Harn beach, Thailand Chonnatun Sirikunkrittaphuk

    Nai Harn Beach // Thailand

    Located as much off the beaten track as anywhere can be in Phuket is one of the island's best beaches. The largely rocky coastline of the southernmost tip of Phuket gives way to this pristine strip of soft white sand with its backdrop of lushly vegetated hillsides. As you would expect the waters of this small sheltered bay are warm and crystal... read more »

  • Puka beach, Boracay, Philippines Pavel Chernobrivets / 123RF

    Puka Beach // Philippines

    Situated on the northern tip of the island of Boracay is the tranquil tropical idyl of Puka beach. The name of the beach comes from the type of shells which make up the sand here; whilst some may find it a touch coarse it looks lovely bleached white in the sun. The half a mile stretch of beach here is a place of calm where you can here the sea... read more »

  • Mibaru Beach, Okinawa inf_supTJ

    Mibaru Beach // Japan

    Mibaru is one of the finest beaches on the island of Okinawa itself. The long stretch of white sand leading into the crystal clear turquoise ocean will is a familiar them with the beaches in Japan's tropical south, but what makes Mibaru stand out are the various rock formations along its length. At lower tides these greenery-topped... read more »