There are over 7,000 islands officially declared in the Philippines and even more yet to be discovered so I’m not sure if one could ever visit them all… After doing a lot of research about the beauties and attractions of each island, we choose the following ones and weren’t disappointed at all with our choice. Each island we visited was so unique and stunning in its own way making it hard to choose a favourite which is why there’s no order of preference with this list.
After travelling for almost 2 days, it was a real pleasure to arrive on this beautiful island. Only 2km long, this paradisiac island is dominated by white sandy beaches, palm trees and turquoise blue sea. It’s a great place to relax and also to go snorkelling or scuba diving where you can see the thresher sharks.
You might have already seen this island on social medial and let me tell you that it’s even more amazing in real life. It’s approximately 700m long so you can easily walk around the island to discover its gorgeous isolated beaches. The iconic part is the long thin sand bank which lies at the end of the island...
Cebu is renowned for its tropical green vegetation, its diving spots and its many splendid waterfalls, like the Kawasan Falls as pictured. The island is very big and Cebu city is rather chaotic so make sure you have enough time to get around.
Bohol has two different sides to explore: the beach/diving area in Panglao and the amazing inland landscape which is full of green rice fields and lots of palm trees. It’s definitely worth renting a scooter to go around the small inland roads, especially to reach the famous Chocolate Hills.
Palawan is known worldwide for its northern part: El Nido. It has been voted several times as one of the most beautiful places in the world and this is no surprise. The water is so clear that you feel as though you’re in a dream and it’s a great place for diving and snorkelling. The contrast between the pristine limestone cliffs and the small fine white sandy beaches is extraordinary. I can guarantee that you’ll fall in love with some of the amazing secret spots on the nearby tiny islands.
Coron Island is not to be confused with Coron – the neighbouring town on Busuanga Island. The only way of reaching Coron Island is by boat as there is no accommodation on the island unless you go on an overnight camping tour. From coral reefs to isolated beaches and secret lagoons, you won’t believe your eyes when you reach these magical spots.
What’s your favourite island in the Philippines?
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