Traveling Philippines – Which Islands to see

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Are you thinking about your next holiday somewhere with crystal clear water, pristine white sandy beaches with palm trees leaning over? We might have found the perfect place for you. Although it’s impossible to travel all 7641 Filipino islands in a few weeks, we have created for you this list of islands to discover the best of the Philippines.

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The Philippines doesn’t just consist of remote islands, waterfalls filled with milky blue water and jaw-dropping limestone formations coming out of clear blue water. It offers hiking possibilities, diving spots, rice terraces and even one of the best surfing spots in the world!

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Travelling Philippines – Which Islands to see

Traveling around the Philippines is time-consuming because all the islands are quite far away from each other and divided by the ocean. Even tho you can´t travel the entire country in a few weeks, you can spend your holiday time on the best spots to discover as much as possible! Read our 3-week Travel Guide, where we created a route through all the MUST SEE spots in the Philippines.

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El Nido Palawan

El Nido is home to many limestone formations, hidden lagoons, sandbanks appearing only during low tide, hidden little islands and palm trees leaning over white sandy beaches. Get inspired by our detailed list of things to do and see in El Nido, Palawan.

El Nido is located on the north tip of Palawan Island. Together with Coron and Siargao, it´s one of the most visited places in the Philippines. We recommend spending here 3-5 days, depending on your time budget.

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Things to do and see on El Nido Palawan Philippines

  • El Nido Island hopping tour – Secret Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Entalula Island, and Snake Island.
  • Kayaking around Cadlao Island
  • Duli Beach
  • Taraw cliff
  • Nacpan Beach
  • Las Cabanas Beach

Where to stay in El Nido

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Coron Philippines

Coron in the Philippines is a part of Palawan Island. And similar to El Nido, the main reason for visiting is island hopping tours. Explore endless amounts of jaw-dropping views, limestone formations, hidden lagoons and lakes with a mixture of salt and freshwater with our Coron Travel Guide.

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Things to do and see on Coron Island Philippines

  • Island hopping tour – Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, Kayangan Lake Coron
  • Mt. Tapyas sunset hike
  • Cabo Beach
  • Maquinit Hot Springs

Where to stay in Coron

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Siquijor Island

Siquijor Island is just 1,5 hours from Bohol and 3 hours from Cebu Island. A little slice of paradise with stunning waterfalls, lovely local people and slow life. Rent a bike and explore Siquijor Island to its fullest. Book accommodation in Siquijor Island here.

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Things to do and see on Siquijor Island

  • Cambugahay waterfall
  • Lugnason Falls
  • Paliton Beach for sunset
  • Cliff Jump at Salagdoong Beach
  • Old Balete Tree
  • Butterfly Sanctuary
  • Tubod Beach
  • Quesnel Mountain View

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Bohol Island Philippines

Bohol is an island with such a unique landscape. Rice terraces, sunrise hikes, the chocolate hills, waterfalls, and caves… But the main reason for a lot of people going to Bohol is the Tarsier. The tiny little monkey-like animal is an endangered spice and active only during the night. Please make sure you visit only the real sanctuary where you are not allowed to touch them and respect their needs.

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Things to see and do in Bohol Island

  • Chocolate Hills
  • Hinagdanan Cave
  • Ingkumhan Falls
  • Tarsier Sanctuary
  • Dumaluan Beach
  • Alona Beach
  • Boat trip to Balicasag Island – swimming with turtles
  • Dimiao Twin Falls

➵ Where to stay in Bohol Island

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Siargao Island Philippines

Siargao Island was for us the one with the best atmospheres. The idyllic balance between being touristically developed yet with a local life feeling will give you a town called General Luna.

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Siargao is a place where you will find so many beautiful places to stay, to relax by the pool during the day and have drinks on the beach during the night. As well you will finally find some great western food options! Yet with so many local street food places, fruit and veggie markets, and second-hand markets.

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Things to do and see in Siargao Island

  • Island hopping tour – Naked Island, Daku Island, Guyam Island
  • Cloud 9 – Surfing spot
  • Magpupungko rock pools
  • Sugba Lagoon
  • Man-Made Forest
  • Rope swing at Maasin River
  • Palm trees viewpoint on the main road
  • Pacifico Beach
  • Alegria Beach

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Cebu Island Philippines

Cebu Island is where the best waterfalls are. Words can´t describe how much fun it is to hike all the waterfalls levels! And photos don’t do justice to all the natural beauty of them. That´s something you gotta experience on your own!:)

➳ Read our detailed guide on how to get there.

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Things to see and do in Cebu Island Philippines

  • Kawasan Falls
  • Inambakan Falls
  • Aguinid Falls
  • Dao Falls
  • Casino Peak sunrise hike
  • Diving in Moalboal

➵ Where to stay on Cebu Island

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