The Philippines is one of the biggest archipelagos in the world. Located in Southeast Asia, at the crossroads of the Asian mainland and Australia, the archipelagic country is one of the must-see countries in the area. With more than 7,500 islands, it's difficult to know which one you should prioritize. Here are some of the best islands to visit in the Philippines.
El Nido, Palawan
El Nido might be the most famous spot in the Philippines. Renowned for its picturesque landscape, made up of pristine beaches, stunning lagoons, and gigantic limestone formations, it seems like it came straight out of a movie
Located on the island of Palawan, El Nido is usually one of the first spots on tourists' bucket lists, and as such, extremely packed all year round. The best way to experience life there is by taking one of the island's group boat tours or relaxing at Las Cabanas Beach, one of the most gorgeous white-sand beaches on Earth. At El Nido town, you'll be able to find food and bar spots that will satisfy your taste buds.
Moalboal's diverse sea life is one of the best things to see while island hopping in the Philippines. Located on Cebu Island, Moalboal is the perfect place to spend time underwater among the sea turtles and the island's beautiful coral reef.
This underwater activity is famed through the Sardine Run, where you can swim alongside sardines as they move as a group. If you're seeking sensations, head to Kawasan Falls in Badian where you'll be able to canyoneering to get your adrenaline pumping.
This one location is kind of an unknown one. Siquijor Island used to be called the Island of Fire because the whole land seemed to be glowing at night. As such, Siquijor has been often associated with witchcraft and magic.
There, you'll find hidden lagoons but also local cafes for lunch that seem extremely peaceful. Renting a scooter to explore the island in one day is the best thing to do, as you can easily follow the coastal ring road. You can swing off ropes into the Cambugahay Falls or go to Baha Bar to listen to local live music.
Coron also checks all the boxes of an island retreat under the sun. Located in Palawan like El Nido, Coron is a couple of miles north of the famous island. There you'll also find lagoons, lakes and amazing sunsets.
Coron is full of habited and inhabited islands that you should absolutely venture to. Surrounded by towering cliffs and blue water, Twin Lagoon is one of those major tourist destinations in the area, where you can enjoy a little piece of paradise.
Siargao Island is none other than the Philippines' surf capital. Elected the best island in Asia in the annual Condé Nast Traveler readers' choice awards in 2021, Siargao is one of the most beautiful islands on Earth.
Located 169 miles away from Tacloban, Siargao Island is home to the famous Cloud 9, a worldwide-known surfing spot. But aside from the surfing scene, Siargao also has a unique laid-back charm that will make you fall for its stunning landscapes.