From lush, thick jungle to dramatic mountain ranges and glistening white sand beaches, the Philippines is home to more than 7000 idyllic islands, waiting to be explored. But how does one choose their little slice of paradise? Luckily, we’ve picked nine of our favourite islands in the Philippines so you don’t have to.
Kick back on the powder white sand of Boracay
This once secluded island has quickly become a tourist hot spot. Aptly named White Beach hosts a mix of accommodation options – from budget-friendly bungalows to luxe 5 star resorts.
Kayak through the limestone formations at El Nido, Palawan
Joining the likes of Ha Long Bay in Vietnam and Krabi in Thailand, the lesser-known Bacuit Archipelago is perhaps even more breathtaking – 45 limestone karst cliffs punctuated with secluded lagoons and coves.
Hunt for lost treasure in the caves of Caramoan
Wander between incredible stalactite formations at Caramoan National Park before heading to Manipis Cave– believed to be the hiding place of General Yamashita’s treasure.
Catch a break at Siargao
Thrill seekers head to Cloud 9 beach, where waves average 7ft from October till March. This challenging right hand break is not for the faint-hearted.
Dive through Japanese ship wrecks at Coron Bay
Divers head here to see the WWII Japanese supply fleet that were sunk during the US air strike in September 1944. The vessels remain some of the best dive sites in the Philippines.
Take in 360-degree views of the Chocolate Hills, Bohol
More than 1000 grass-covered hills shaped like Hershey’s kisses cover land as far as the eye can see. It makes for an extraordinary photograph, to say the least.
Befriend wild sea turtles at Apo Reef, Mindoro
This stunning spot is an absolute diver’s paradise. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped – or, swum – back a few millennia when you find yourself alongside the ancient, and ever-beautiful, sea turtles.
Trek through the rolling hills of Batanes
You won’t be the first to draw comparisons between the sprawling scenery of Batanes and New Zealand’s sweeping views. With canyons, cliffs, unique geological formations and endless views of the sea, you’ll find yourself falling in love everywhere you look.
Escape to the Ardent Hot Springs, Camiguin Island
There are few things more invigorating than a dip in hot springs, and after an adventure-packed holiday through the Philippines, recharging in this world-famous spot is a must.