“The Pearl of the Orient”, as the Republic of the Philippines is called, is a heavenly country made up of over 7,000 islands, some uninhabited, offering many spectacular places. Its pristine beaches and lush vegetation are a clear motive for tourist attraction besides its nightlife and friendly people (the slogan of the country is “It's more fun in the Philippines”). Don´t miss our top ten islands in the Philippines and don't miss our complete guide to the Philippines.
• PALAWAN ISLAND
Palawan is the westernmost island of the country and one of the favorite places for Filipinos to go on holiday because of the amount of options it offers. Spend a day snorkeling at Honda Bay and explore the Underground River (one of the seven wonders of the natural world since 2011) at Puerto Princesa.
• CORON ISLAND
North from Palawan, Coron Island is one of the best options for diving because there you can see countless species of fish and coral, and may even witness the famous whale shark.
• BOHOL ISLAND
Frequently called the jewel of the Philippines, Bohol Island fits perfect with nature lovers as well as adventurers. In the coast you can find marvelous beaches like in the rest of the country; but inland there is a rich and unique biodiversity that deserves to be discovered, including the “Chocolate Hills” and the Tarsier, one of the smallest primates in the world.
Siargao is a tear-shaped island considered as one of the best surfing places in the world. If you go between August and September, you may join waves that can reach up to 20 feet high.
• PANGLAO (BOHOL ISLAND)
If you´re travelling to Bohol island, you must visit Panglao, a small island linked to Bohol by two bridges. Known as the “little paradise for pure hearts”, Panglao boasts white sand beaches and world class dive locations.
• BORACAY ISLAND
One of the most famous destinations in the Philippines due to the amazing White Beach, which has been awarded several times as the best beach of the world. If you want to party go during the high season between March and May; otherwise, if you want to avoid the crowds visit Boracay around June - September.
One of the most unexplored destinations by tourists, Siquijor is popularly known for traditional folk healing and bewitching myths of sorcery. Besides, Siquijor offers some of the most tempting beaches of the country.
A pear-shaped island called by locals the Garden of Eden, Camiguin is an island made by volcano activity. Mount Hibock, the only active volcano of the island, shows a natural spectacle with steam soaring from its plenty of vents.
• CORREGIDOR ISLAND
An historical place located at the southwestern part of Luzon Islands. Corregidor was the place for battles between Filipino, Japanese and American troops during the World War II. Also, it is a fantastic place for bird-watching and having a scenic boat ride.
• MALAPASCUA ISLAND
A charming island where you will be able to see and even get close to many species of sharks, such as tiger sharks, whale sharks and hammer-head sharks. Giant manta rays and turtles can also be spotted.