At first glance, the more than 7,100 islands that make up the Philippines may look alike.
Home to about 2,000 people, these islands vary according to history, culture and religion. In short, it attracts tourists for several reasons.
Here are six (some are famous and some are not) and have attracted every type of traveler.
Boracay was once known as a typical party island in the Philippines. Things have changed after a six-month shutdown in 2018.
With intensive environmental cleanup, the island has renewed its image. Now it’s ready for a family-friendly experience on a happy beach.
The abrupt closure of Boracay in 2018 has wiped out both the environment and reputation of the popular island.
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Boracay is divided into three “stations” or areas.
Station 1 is home to White Beach, which is famous for its sunsets, white sand and gentle waves where young children can have fun. To eat, drink and shop, travelers can walk the beach or ride a “tricycle” (motorcycle with a passenger car) to busy Station 2.
Station Zero is home to some of the island’s most luxurious hotels, including the Shangri-La Boracay.
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Station 3 is generally uncongested, but those looking for the most remote areas may consider the northwestern part of the island. Locals call it “Station Zero”. Home to three luxury resort companies, Crimson, Mövenpick, and Shangri-La, it’s for travelers who want a cool cocktail while their kids build a sand castle on the beach.
Some travelers might say that the soul of the island has been changed with a beach hut giving way to the resort. Sure, boracay is different now, but some might say it’s better.
Palawan is made up of one major island and over 1,700 other islands and islets. Limestone formations plunge into the turquoise waters, and some of the islands have luxurious resorts.
The municipality of El Nido attracts people seeking beach culture, restaurants and small resorts. It is also the place for travelers to discover Panglasian Island, an eco-luxury resort in Bucket Bay that is popular with divers.
Palawan, a narrow archipelago in the western Philippines, has been called the world’s most beautiful island by various media.
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Further north are the more rustic islands of the city of Köln. Run by Discovery Resorts, Club Paradise has the ambiance of Robinson Crusoe, with a thatched beach hut and breakfast that includes unexpected visitors. I think monkeys are running around the fruit basket. It is the starting point for wreck divers to locate ships sunk in World War II.
The resort, called Flower Island, is run by the family behind the Pearl brand Jewel Mar. Travelers can visit the company’s Pearl Farm there.
Divers explore the wreckage of World War II Japan near Koln on Palawan.
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Luxury vacationers can fly east to Cuyo Island and enjoy the best of Amanpulo’s service. Opened in 1993, the Private Island Hotel is still one of the most exclusive beachfront resorts in the country.
The island of Bohol is a great place to mix Filipino culture with the serenity of the beach.
The island has historical and natural attractions. Tourists can explore the Chocolate Hills, paddleboard the lush Lobok River, or visit the Tarsier Sanctuary to learn all about this big-eyed primate.
The tarsier is small and fits in the hands of humans, but tourists should be careful not to touch the tarsier.
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Rice fields cover the countryside against a backdrop of colonial churches and gazebos. Enthusiastic divers can explore the coral reefs on a day trip to Balikasag Island.
Most of the resorts are centered on Panglao Island, which is usually overcrowded but still provides a place to relax. Donatella Resort and Sanctuary does not face the beach, but has villas on the hill with ocean views from the main lawn. While travelers may think of Escaya Beach Resort & Spa as a luxury spa stay, Amorita is popular with families.
Bohol’s Chocolate Hills are named after the browning that occurs when the grass dries out in the first half of the year.
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The Anda Peninsula is quiet and the secluded family-run Amunini Beach Resort & Spa means “this is ours” in the local dialect.
Famous for its surf break called Cloud 9, the laid-back Sirgao Island attracts surfers from all over the world. The tide dominates most of the island’s activities, with many locals surfing in the morning and evening.
Ciargo is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines.
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Although not a place for soft sand and gentle surf, Siargao has ocean activities such as cocktails in the sandbar and visits to the bare islands. Named after nudity. In addition to surfing, travelers can swim in the Mug Poponko Rock Pool or cave diving at Sohorton Cove.
Most of the action is centered in the city of General Luna. Travelers there can find a cafe by the sea that offers cappuccinos and smoothie bowls. There is also a tapas shop along with local craft beer and a motorcycle pub where you can enjoy live music and ceviche.
Accommodations range from studio beach huts to yoga retreats and villas. Harana Surf Resort is an excellent location and a popular hangout for local surfing legends.
The island of Guayam is a small island near the island of Siargao and is popular among tourists visiting the island.
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Karineau Resort is a boutique hotel in the heart of General Luna. Run by two Frenchmen, the resort features large ocean-facing villas, many of which have their own swimming pools.
Nay Palad Hideaway is a more luxurious destination. Guests are advised to go barefoot and leave their concerns at the door.
Known as the island of witchcraft and witchcraft, Shikijor remains unaffected by the outside world.
Some locals are afraid to travel, and some foreign travelers know this. This is slowly changing due to the slow influx of curious foreigners and adventurous local visitors.
The villagers of Sikijor collect ashes from the cemetery and use them in ceremonies to protect their homes and livestock.
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Visitors can take a bike ride around it and then stop by the sea for snorkeling. Further inland, there is a network of rivers, waterfalls and lagoons surrounded by forests. The most popular is Kambughai Falls, where rapids flow into crystal pools, making it one of the most photographed spots on the island.
There are no flashy hotel developments and island accommodation is modest. However, there are comfortable options like Cocoa Grove Beach Resort and Bermuda Triangle Bungalows.
Kambughai Waterfall is a popular swimming hole in Sikijor with a three-storey waterfall.
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The mystical tradition of Sikijor is still alive, as evidenced by the annual healing festival. The combination of ancient beliefs, shamanist practices and Christian beliefs embodies the complexity of Philippine culture and history.
The Zamboanga Peninsula on Mindanao has a rich history and beautiful beaches, especially the pink sands of Santa Cruz Island.
The culture is a mix of indigenous people, local sailors and Spanish influences. The Spaniards are reflected in the dialect of the region called Chabacano. The result is a city along the sea, dotted with colonial buildings, vibrant hand-crafted local and traditional boats.
Two boys fishing against the backdrop of the sunset sky in Zamboanga, Philippines.
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Cooking is complicated. A local delicacy, kuracha is a grilled ranina ranina, usually eaten with albor. It is a sauce of crab eggs, coconut milk and spices. Kushiyaki called sati is served in a pungent mixture of chili peppers called tomes...
True to the region’s Spanish roots, paella is a favorite and is often cooked with fresh seafood. Notably, dishes such as Beef Rendang and Chicken Piangan are also influenced by Muslim Malay. These dishes are common throughout Southeast Asia, but Zamboangueno uses additional coconut and lemongrass.
Travelers who want to experience white sand can take a boat to One Swiss Lasso, Or Eleven Island – an ecotourism attraction that opened in 2018.