Selecting the best island destination in the Philippines is not an easy job. The Philippines has nearly 7,107 islands, depending on the tides. Many islands have stunning scenery which is only found in this area of the world. Their natural beauty is certainly something that many visitors say made their trip a fantastic experience. The following top 10 islands in the Philippines are a must visit for those who want a once-in-a-lifetime vacation.
10. Tubbataha Reefs
(Shark at Tubbataha, Philippines , Photo By Simon Hefti, Schweiz)
This is a remote island that is more than ninety nautical miles from the Palawan province. This area has the most amazing underwater scenery that’s found in the world. It has beautiful sandy lagoons, steep cliff walls, reef platforms, and an unbelievable amount of interesting marine life. It has more than five hundred species of fishes and many types of corals.
9. Siargao Island
About eight hundred kilometers from Manila, this island is a great surfing haven. This island is four hundred square kilometers and it has gorgeous white sand beaches. The wind gusts produce waves that are perfect for surfers. In fact, international surfing competitions are held here. Visitors can also enjoy stretches of wetlands and large mangrove forests. The area also has well preserved coral reefs that can be seen when snorkeling or scuba diving.
8. Pamalican Island
Also, an area found in the Palawan province and it’s a very secluded island. It’s surrounded by seven kilometers of coral reefs and the luxurious Amanpulo Resort is located on this island. Visitors can enjoy activities such as scuba diving, windsurfing, snorkeling, or simply take it easy on the white sand beach.
7. Hundred Islands
Found in the Pangasinan province, this destination is located in the Lingayen Gulf. During the low tide, there are nearly 124 islands throughout the Hundred Islands. These islands had once been coral reefs in the sea bed which were exposed over the centuries. Each island provides visitors with wonderful opportunities to explore the exotic plants and creatures in this area.
6. Coron Island
Located in an area of the province of Palawan, this island is a popular destination for shipwreck diving. It has stunning steep cliffs, unusual marine animals, and pretty emerald-colored waters. Visitors can scuba dive or snorkel to see the dozen or so large Japanese ships that sank during World War II. This island is also renowned for its coral reefs and its hundreds of fish species.
5. Camiguin Island
This picturesque volcanic island is pear-shaped and is tiny island in northern section of Mindanao. It has seven volcanoes, several hot springs, white sandy beaches, stunning cascading waterfalls, and lush forests. Travelers can visit historical areas such as the Sunken Cemetery, Catarman Church Ruins, and the 1882 Santo Rosario Church.
4. Boracay Island
One of the Philippine’s best beaches is found on this seven kilometer long island. There are lovely white sandy beaches and spectacular clear waters for travelers to enjoy. There are all kinds of activities for visitors such as swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kite boarding, cliff diving, windsurfing and golfing. In the evenings, the island really comes to life with its many restaurants and night clubs. Families and single people alike, take pleasure in visiting this popular destination.
3. Bohol Island
This island is well-known for its magnificent Chocolate Hills. These are limestone hills that were formed by coral reefs during the last Ice Age. It’s home to different kinds of species of plant life and animals such as the Philippine tarsier. There are also more than one hundred caves to explore. Other major attractions are the countless white sand beaches, hidden waterfalls, and crystal clear waters.
2. Batanes Islands
Located in the smallest province of the Philippines, this island has many breathtaking landscapes including bottomless canyons, gently sloping hills, as well as rugged shores. This timeless destination offers travelers island hopping opportunities, incredible waters for swimming, scenic villages, and all kinds of fishing.
1. Apo Island
This protected, pastoral and pristine island is renowned for its fabulous diving sites that are perfect for scuba diving and snorkeling. It’s surrounded by striking coral formations and dazzling calm waters. The waters are home for all kinds of marine life. Snorkelers and scuba divers have all kinds of opportunities to see over six hundred species of fish, along with four hundred varieties of corals. The scenery of this island is very rural and the beaches that line the perimeters of the island have white, powdery sands. The local people live quiet, unhurried lives and they are very friendly.