Philippines is a country with thousands of peaceful islands, plus world-class surfing and diving, the Philippines is a relatively undiscovered travel destination. The Philippines comprises of 7,107 islands of which only 2000 are populated, each one of the island offers a rich biodiversity extending from tropical rain forests, coral reefs, and mangroves to mountain ranges, lovely islands, world-class beaches and a varied range of vegetation and wildlife.
The country also compromises one of the extended white sand beaches in the world, one of its various visitor attractions. So, if you’re looking for a tropical retreat and still don’t have a travel destination in mind, odds are you’ll find approximately you like in the Philippines.
Here is our list of the best islands to visit Philippines.
1. Calaguas islands
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Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte is a world-class seashore destination that is must visit because of it’s the long, white shores and still most beautiful and enchanting in the northernmost region of Bicolandia. The clean blue waters of Calaguas are obviously entirely clear, so ensured that you’d have a decent time snorkeling, swimming, and taking your submerged or under water recordings.
Arriving at Calaguas is accessible through the cities of Paracale in Camarines Norte or Vinzons. The nearest airport terminal with customary business flights is Naga in Camarines Sur, and the frequent flights are Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific. Even you can take a bus or drive from Manila which takes approx. 8 hours.
2. Palawan Island, Palawan
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Palawan Island Philippines are the world’s largest and most famous islands. Located on the far northern coast of Philippines it offers some fabulous holiday spots to enjoy and retreat. The islands are still not very developed but provide a perfect place for scuba diving, snorkeling or hiking into the tropical jungle. More interestingly the Palawan’s secretive River is another major attraction for tourists, and has been recognized by UNESCO World Heritage Site for New 7 Wonders of Nature!
The average temperature of the island varies from 31°C. The Palawan Island well connected with both domestic and international airports at Manila, Cebu, and Caticlan (Boracay). The better way to get there is by road transport such as a jeep or either hire a bike.
El Nido, Palawan
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Visit the white sand El Nido Palawan, if you are looking for some adventure and exploring limestone sea cliff, coral reefs and access to the Bacuit archipelago. El Nido is a small town with the most different biological system in the Philippines, is sheltered for its unique vegetation and wildlife, and unspoiled geologic formations. The city, sandwiched between large limestone karst crags and Bacuit Bay, is jumbled with structures that crawl onto the shoreline and trades that take into account visitors.
Visitors can do a lot when in El Nido apart from relaxing at the grey sand beaches and witnessing the dusk to dawn. The real thrill starts when you board your outrigger ferry and go for an island hopping tour or hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, caving and much more. It is among best places in Philippines. Divers can crawl to reach an unseen lagoon, swimming into the underwater tunnel to arrive an underwater cave and alternative pool at high tide and many other exceptional experiences.
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The island situated on the north coast of Palawan Island, Coron is among the best and the beautiful places considered by many of the visitors. Besides wondering about the pleasant Kayangan Lake, voyagers can hop on the beaches, experience hot springs soak and divers can also explore the remains of ships in the surrounding islets.
This Island is a part of the Calamianes Islands with a history of more than 100 years. Tourists can also visit the historical churches and forts in this region, built around 1670’s.
There are direct flights to Coron from Manila and various other flights as well from different destinations. Even one can take a ferry ride from Manila or Puerto Princesa. The climate here is usually humid, but winters are pretty cold.
3. Malapascua, Cebu
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Malapascua Island situated on the north coast of Cebu, Philippines. It is well known for the amazing marine life which attracts most of the tourists especially the divers. This island has an extraordinarily beautiful unspoiled stretch of white sand, crystal clear blue waters surrounded by coconut trees and many scattered, native-style resorts. The tremendous attraction which drives the visitors here is the close interaction with sharks such as tiger sharks, hammerhead sharks, thresher sharks and whale sharks. Also, you may spot Giant rays and turtles under the crystal blue waters.
Visitors may arrive at Malapascua by air, bus, boat or ferry. Mactan-Cebu Airport is the nearest airport which serves both domestic and international flights.
4. White Island, Camiguin
White Island is beautiful horseshoe-shaped unpopulated white sandbar which changes in contour and size, depending on the different season. This island offers leisure walk, grilled lunch and pace clean surroundings with a memorable sunset at the Sandbar. One may also witness some of the best diving sites in the region.
White Island the name derived after the volcanic eruption which destroyed most of the area in Camiguin and the only part which remained unaffected is this place. It is the best suitable beach for swimming and diving but not recommended for those who have sensitive skin conditions, as there is no shacks or shelter in the beach area.
The island is easily accessible from Barangay Agoho and by hired boats.
5. Bantayan Island, Cebu
Bantayan Island is one of the sparkling rich waters beautiful islands with white sand beaches in Cebu. Bantayan is extended in the western and central region and popularly known for its scenic sunset and century’s old churches. There is various tourist attraction to keep you occupied in Bantayan like Island Hopping, Snorkeling where you can witness the rich and lovely corals. Visit the 20m long Ogtong cave of natural pool, enjoy the beautiful dawn and dusk by the beach side. Shop lots of local stuff at Bantayan Market and try some exotic cuisines at local restaurants.
The Bantayan Airport is accessed by some chartered planes from Mactan‑Cebu International Airport. But the most convenient mode of transport are the ferry services from Iloilo, Estancia, and Sagay to Bantayan port.
6. Caramoan group of islands
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Caramoan located on the farthest coast of Camarines Sur with white sand shorelines, limestone cliffs, islets, and islands. These group of islands is a little-hidden paradise spread in the Pacific Ocean, endowed with nature’s splendor and preserved by its isolation. The islands got media exposure and fame by the globally hit Survivor show.
The best time to visit these unspoiled beaches is between Novembers – May. The various activities offered on and nearby island includes Island and shore hopping, Camping, See the sights in Culapnit Cave, snorkeling, Trek to Mt. Caglago, explore Sorsogon and Albay, Naga or surf in Daet’s Bagasbas Beach.
Visitors can reach these islands by direct bus from Manila or via Naga. Flights like Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, fly and AirPhil Express from Manila to Naga.
7. Batan Island, Batanes
Batanes located on the north most province of Philippines is an exclusive blend of magnificent scenery, natural splendor, and well-preserved culture. The parts of Batanes Group of Islands formed after large underwater volcanic actions millions of years ago. Batan Island was the first to take its shape. The places to tour around North Batan mainly include Nakamaya Burial Grounds, which is designed like a boat and faces the water. The 5-door Dipnaysupuan Japanese Tunnel, Hidden in the hills of Tukon. Tukon Church (MT. CARMEL CHAPEL), a small hand-cleaved chapel built the old-fashioned way. Chadpidan Boulder Beach, fronting the West Philippine Sea. Basco Town Proper, the first Catholic Church in Batanes, constructed in the early period of 18th century. Vayang Rolling Hills, The lined landscape creates sheets of diverse shades of green; Naidi Hills, Basco Lighthouse is one of its kind and three in the entire province; Fundacion Pacita, is a boutique hotel; Valugan Boulder Beach, Beach lies on the eastern base of the volcano and not a good option for swimmers.
Flights are accessible to Basco via PAL Express from Manila, while the North Batan Tour can be explored on a bike or trek a tricycle.
8. Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte
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Siargao- The surfing capital destination in the Philippines with many natural attractions like white sand beaches, caves, sand bars, ral reefs, co enchanting lagoons, bizarre rock creations, exotic wildlife, waterfalls, endless rice fields, an extensive mangrove plantation reserve and so much more. Located in the north-east region of Mindanao on the edge of the Pacific Ocean the Siargao Island offers world’s best surfing experience on the huge waves that form at Cloud Nine Reef. Siargao is a culinary paradise when it comes to seafood, try some fresh Tuna and Octopus caught and cooked.
The best months to visit this island is after October and before June or before the big waves hit. The island is directly accessible by air from Cebu to Siargao. Also one can take a bus or a ferry to the isle.
9. Boracay, Aklan
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Boracay Island is one of the top most tourist destination not only in Aklan, Philippines but whole Asia. This beautiful island is well-known for its crystal clear blue water and its serene white sand seashores. Blessed with abundant aquatic and tropical attractions like White Beach, a beautiful stretch of powdered white sand alongside blue water. Puka Beach is one of the yachts, or Banca stops during a day trip. Bulabog Beach, famous for kite boarders doing high jumps and crazy actions. Baling Hai Beach, quiet little cove to enjoy swimming, diving, and dining in a calm, quiet environment. The Bat Cave, the bigger fruit bats, perch in the trees on the hillside overhead Punta Bunga Beach. There are various activities do as well including Kiteboarding, Skim boarding, Boat Tours, Massage, and Spa. The climate is perfect for the production of mangoes so all times you get them soft and sweet.
The Island is accessible from two airports Caticlan & Kalibo International Airport. Public transport and ferry services are also available round the clock.
10. Panglao Island, Bohol
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Panglao Island is one of the leading vacationer destinations in the Philippines. The islands comprise of 9 significant beaches namely Alona Beach, the main tourist spot for Water sports such as jet ski, kayaking, kitesurfing, scuba diving and snorkeling. Dumaluan Beach has the three famous beach resorts, Libaong Beach also known as White Beach of Panglao. San Isidro Beach, Barely explored by little secluded sandy bay suitable for a comfy picnic and snorkeling. Bikini Beach is a bit rocky, but therefore with crystal clear blue water and suitable for swimming and diving. Accessible by car or bike to the beach. Danao Beach lies next to Alona beach. Bolod Beach and Doljo Beach are also the part of this island. When in Bohol, do try their exotic delicacies such as ube halaya or ube jam (purple yam), kalamay (brown, sticky sweet treat).
The favorable months to visit are between December and March. While your visit check out Our Lady of the Assumption Church, which syndicates Byzantine and Romanesque inspirations, the underground lagoon at Hinagdanan Cave and the famous chocolate hills in Carmen.