With over 7,000 islands to choose from, it’s easy to understand why the Philippines is one of the top destinations to visit. Surrounded by mountain ranges, coral reefs, flora and fauna and tropical rainforests, the possibilities are seemingly endless. What islands should you visit? These are our five faves:
Coron Island, Palawan
Surrounded by limestone cliff formations, mountain cliffs and the purest sandy beaches, is none other than Coron Island. This island is situated off the coast of Busuanga in Palawan. Get ready wanderers! You’re about to experience the great outdoors – go through the secluded lagoons, hop on guided mangrove tours, manouvre through jungle treks and travel back in time to discover Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. Coron Island is the ultimate action-packed getaway – no wonder this sought-after getaway destination is on Forbes’ Travel Top 10 list!
Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
Also known as “the surfer’s paradise of the Philippines”, this island is not short of nature reserves, surrounding attractions and friendly locals. Siargao’s most visited spot is the Mapupungko Pool, a reef barrier tidal pool, shielded from the Pacific Ocean. The vibrant hues of this pool will make you want to take a dip it in ASAP! Mapupungko is surrounded by little villages, so if you feel a little more adventurous, hop on a rental bike and cruise around the area to unravel the behind-the-scenes of this island!
Cagayan Valley, Palaui Island
Remember the series Lost? Because we do! Now just picture Cagayan Valley – rolling hills, volcanic mountains and powder-white beaches. Located on Palaui Island, this place is absolutely stunning with its raw beauty and abundance of nature. What sets Cagayan Valley apart from the norm is the fact that there are no hotels or luxury resort developments in sight. But don’t get discouraged just yet! Friendly locals there provide homestay accommodations all year round. So venture on and live like a local – you might just learn a thing or two.
Pagupud, Ilocos Norte
Live the island life to the fullest with coconut trees, glowing waters and the scorching sun – island life is indeed the best life! If you’re dreaming of lounging around under blue Hawaiian skies, you’ll wake up and find yourself in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. Ideal for an intimate getaway, Pagudpud is almost like a secret little island. It’s a little bit of a mission to get there, but it’s totally worth it.
Foodie travellers – if you love seafood, this one’s for you. The coastal town of Gigantes is known for its ridiculously cheap and affordable seafood. Imagine having a picnic by Gigantes’ crystal clear waters and fiery sunsets with catches of the day prepared fresh! Squid, crabs, scallops.. did we get you a little excited? Then make sure to check out Tangke while you’re there – a secret salt-water lagoon with seafood starting from just one PHP (Philippino Peso).
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