Philippines Travel Guide: Must-visit islands aside from Boracay
The closure of Boracay, one of the most famous islands in the Philippines is a devastating news for all beach lovers, especially those who have considered it as their go-to beach destination during summer. But fret no more because this doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to white sandy beach, beautiful sunset view and the exciting nightlife. In today’s Philippines travel guide, we will feature a list of other tropical islands to choose from while Boracay takes a break in the next 6 months. So continue packing your sunglasses, swimsuit and cute OOTD because you’re going to make that beach trip happen soon!
With just an hour ferry ride away from Cebu, Panglao in Bohol is another tourism hotspot in the Philippines that deserves a place in your Philippines travel itinerary. It is home to the famous Chocolate Hills and tarsier – the world’s smallest primate. Compared to Boracay, this Philippines tourist place is less crowded which is why it is a great option especially if you want to stay away from too many tourists. Spend the whole day in Alona beach and enjoy the white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and the beautiful coral reefs.
Samal Island, Davao
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Blessed with beautiful shorelines, incredible marine life as well as wildlife attractions, Samal Island in Davao is teeming with local and foreign tourists who want to experience the pristine beauty of island living. Also known as the Island Garden City of Samal, this must-visit tourist attraction in the southern island of Mindanao has always been among the top list of the Philippines’ attractive islands. Rest on the beautiful beach, catch the lovely sunset view or go snorkelling and diving at Angel’s cove, there’s a lot you can do to keep yourself entertained while enjoying the surrounding natural wonders.
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Last year, Palawan was voted as the best island in the world – its 3rd recognition since 2013. And when you visit this Philippine attraction, it isn’t difficult to see why. Coron is located in the northern part above El Nido, another one of the most famous places to visit in the Philippines. Apart from the incredible powdery sand white beaches, another reason why Coron is a tourist haven is the endless breath-taking sites you can see here. Shipwreck dive sites, hot springs, and other postcard-worthy locations will take up most of your camera’s memory because you just won’t get enough of their beauty.
Isla de Gigantes, Iloilo
Situated in north-eastern Iloilo, right off the east coast of Carles and Estancia lies Isla de Gigantes, also known as the “Islands of the Giants”. This island chain has been featured in numerous Philippines travel guide thanks to its stunning Bantigue island sandbar, the virgin island of Cabugao Gamay Island and Tangke Lagoon, the natural saltwater pool. A picturesque view of the old lighthouse ruins at Gigantes Norte also await travellers. Another popular tourist spot within the island is Antonia, a snorkelling area where you can delight in the stunning marine life of Isla de Gigantes.
Caramoan, Camarines Sur
Unexploited by tourism, the virgin island of Caramoan located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Philippines’ Bicol region is the ideal island getaway you could dream of. Caramoan is a first-class municipality with limestone forests, deep caves, serene lakes and rich marine life. The beach here is pure, with white-sand that covers a long stretch of shoreline that gives the perfect spot for a sunset view. Fun water activities like snorkelling, scuba diving and island hopping show the rest of what the island has to offer and will leave you in awe with its array of majestic natural beauty.
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