With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines is an archipelagic country that is home to various landmasses with pristine beaches and rich biodiversity. These islands are also home to different tourist spots that will truly make you fall in love with. Who wouldn’t want to explore these amazing places? Here is a list of some Philippine islands that I want to wander and get lost to.
10. Bantayan Island (Cebu)
According to Lakwatsero by Angel Juarez, “There is no easy way of getting to Bantayan Island, but the journey to this little paradise will be rewarded by the charm of this tropical island. Bask in the sun, feel the sand and enjoy the sea of the paradise that is Bantayan Island!”
Roughly a strategic travel just like any other islands, Bantayan Island takes up the western and central areas of Cebu and known for its attractive sunset and time old church.
9. Balicasag Island (Bohol)
Balicasag is a tiny island off the coast of Panglao Island, Bohol. It is an aquatic preserve with white sand beaches and beautiful corals in its waters. Balicasag Island is a great destination for snorkelers and divers and also for people who just want to touch the pristine coastline of the island.
The island’s Black Forest really fascinated me as it contains black corals and schools of different fish species including eels, barracudas, and jacks. Dolphins are also sighted here in the sea between Balicasag and Pamilcana. According to some blogs, dolphins are often seen surfacing out here in mornings doing wonderful stunts in groups.
8. Malcapuya Island (Palawan)
Ohh Palawan..a paradise given by God to the Filipinos. Malcapuya Island is a part of Coron, Palawan that boasts fine white sand beach and picturesque views. It has a wide beach stretching along the entirety of the island side. I want to go to this island because some travel journals say that it will be soon converted into a private resort, and it will cost more bucks to go here in the future.
7. Siargao Island (Surigao del Norte)
Who wouldn’t be enticed with the tear-drop shaped island of Siargao? According to travel journals, “Siargao Island contains the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao, at Del Carmen. It contains long stretches of wetlands which indicate a potential for commercial seaweed propagation. Siargao Island is greatly influenced by the winds and currents coming uninterrupted from the Pacific Ocean, intensified by the Mindanao current running westward through the Siargao Strait.”
It is also known for “Cloud 9”, a place where the annual Siargao surfing cup is held. History also says that is became a hideout for convicted American drug smuggler and surfing entrepreneur Mike Boyum. Siargao is really worth a visit!
6. Caramoan Islands (Camarines Sur)
According to the website www.caramoanislands.com, “Caramoan Island is located in the lower eastern part of Camarines Sur in the Bicol region of the Philippine archipelago. It’s a first-class municipality, a rugged place of land extending into the waters of the Maqueda Channel on the north and east and Lagonoy Gulf on the south. It has a 4,000- hectare limestone forest well-endowed with a rich diversity of flora and fauna. It boasts of having perfect white sand beaches, tranquil lakes, deep caves, coves and rich marine life.”
It is also said that Caramoan Island is isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur, and very little is known about this island. Today, it remains untouched by commercial tourism and the fact that it is still not exploited by mass tourism really gives me the chills and excitement to visit these islands.
5. Calaguas Islands (Camarines Norte)
Another unspoiled place that remained untouched by mass tourism is Calaguas Island group. It really captivates me every time I hear of a place currently not into “mainstream” tourism. Calaguas Islands harbours fine white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and pristine natural resources, a place where one could really unwind by the beauty of nature.
Calaguas Island is also a good spot for island hopping and it also offers magnificent waterfalls like Saltahan Falls, Palanas Falls, Malatap Falls, Burok-Busok Falls, and Binuan Falls.
4. Malapascua Island (Cebu)
Lowkey wanna stay by the beach of Malapascua Island, highkey wanna dive and see tresher sharks and manta rays! Based on tourism journals, Malapascua became famous just recently, only in the early 1990s as a dive destination. Earlier to this, the island was known for its extensive white sand beach. It became also known for its coral walls and gardens as well as local dive spots and Shoals including Monad and Kemod. It is said that Monad Shoal is an underwater highland where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be seen.
3. Camiguin Island (Camiguin)
I am really interested in this island as it contains numerous volcanoes, springs, islets, and waterfalls. The province is also known for sweet lanzones, as the Lanzones Festival is annually held here. It is also famous for the fascinating Sunken Cemetery of Camiguin, and its inner forest reserves, commonly recognized as the Mount Hibok-Hibok Protected Landscape, which has been declared by all Southeast Asian nations as an ASEAN Heritage Park. According to tourism journals, there has been moves to create a formal nomination before for the province to be included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
2. Batanes Islands (Batanes)
Those northern highlands really captivated my soul plus the fact that it is just a few kilometres from the country of Taiwan. For me, the highlands resemble the country New Zealand, where legions of livestock freely roam the areas. It is consists of 10 differently sized islands, equally speckled with high cliffs and raging waves from the ocean. Some houses are amazingly made out of limestone and coral.
According to rappler, “Batanes is an overwhelming combination of majestic, imposing landscapes and quaint lifestyles. The cliffs are larger than life, the hills seem to roll on forever; the houses tend to be small and the Ivatans — the natives of Batanes — are a close-knit, (mostly) friendly bunch.
1. Apo Reef Islands (Mindoro Occidental)
I always wanted to see amazing coral reefs and swim to an entire marine biodiversity. Apo Reef Island is one of those perfect spots to dive and watch the wonderful wildlife under the water. The Apo Reef is a protected area of the Philippines classified as a Natural park. It contains abundant species of underwater floras and faunas. It has white beach, lagoon, mangroves and remarkable rock formation.
Apo Reef is a marine sanctuary and most of the attractions are beneath the sapphire waters. Schools of fish, colourful corals, and one might encounter sharks and manta rays loitering in the depths of the ocean.
Summing it up
Almost every other island in the Philippines have their stories to tell and spots to be proud of. This is a list of just some of the islands I want to be in someday. Do you have any suggestions? Tell me your thoughts! 🙂
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