PLACES TO VISIT THIS SUMMER
Boracay has been, for a long time, the face of Philippine tourism. It is probably the most visited island in the country. With the growing number of tourists, the famous White Beach can get pretty crowded especially during the summer months of March, April and May. So we made a list of 8 (technically 31 islands because of #3) less popular but equally beautiful local destinations you may want to visit this summer!
The boat ride to this island can be a little rough because of the strong waves but it’s definitely worth it. The boats will dock at the back beach (not as nice). A short walk will lead you to white sand beach facing west. Among all the beaches we have visited so far, Malcapuya’s sand rivals Boracay’s. It is as white and as powdery as the one in White Beach, Boracay. Our travel guide here.
The small and unspoiled island province of Camiguin in Northern Mindanao boasts white beaches, diving spots, mountain trekking, volcano tours and a few waterfalls. Camiguin is a paradise for both tourists looking for tranquility or thrill-seekers hungry for adventure. Perhaps one of the most photographed destinations in the region, this island off the northern tip of the province is the must-visit place when in Camiguin. Our travel guide here.
Britania Group of Islands is located in Brgy. Britania in San Agustin, Surigao del Sur. It is comprised of 24 islands and islets in the crystal clear waters of Lianga bay at the eastern part of Mindanao. Most of these islands are uninhabited and only a few of them have a beach. It’s definitely Surigao del Sur’s best-kept secret. Our travel guide here.
Salagdoong Beach is another must-visit destination in Siquijor. Located on the south-eastern part of the island approximately 30 km. away from Siquijor Port. As part of our Siquijor island tour, we dropped by Salagdoong Beach after visiting the enchanting Cambugahay Falls. The beach is located at the town of Maria. Don’t forget to take a picture of the scenic drive through the Salagdoong man-made forest. One exciting activity you could do here is cliff-diving. Our travel guide here.
Malapascua Island offers an unassertive appeal for local and international tourists beyond its diving spots. The beaches are pristine and unspoiled, the people are determined and hospitable, and in their effort to slowly rise up after Yolanda in 2013, see how a paradise rebuild itself to a must-see destination in the Philippines. Our travel guide here.
If you’re looking for an off-beat beach destination in the Visayan island group, Kalanggaman Island should be on your list. It boasts a long white shoreline, clear and blue waters perfect for swimming and picturesque sandbars extending on both ends. Unlike other beach destinations in the country, Kalanggaman Island is not always crowded; a virgin island perfect to enjoy with your friends and family. Our travel guide here.
Developing Davao City is getting a lot of praise for ranking the 9th safest city in the world, but adventure awaits just a couple of hours outside the city for tourists who want to get lost. If you think you’ve seen the best beaches in country in Coron or Boracay, you should go to Dahican Beach in Mati City, Davao Oriental. The best part: you can fly over the beach for only P1,600. Our travel guide here.
Palaui Island is one overlooked paradise located off the northeastern tip of Luzon, specifically Sta. Ana, Cagayan.The island, being 10 kilometers long and approximately 5 kilometers wide, offers breathtaking scenery of tides coming from the Pacific, rolling hills and undisturbed rich forests. If you truly want to escape far away from the city and experience raw beauty of nature, Palaui Island is definitely a must-visit. Our travel guide here.
Palawan, arguably the world’s No. 1 island, is well known for Coron, El Nido and Puerto Princesa’s beautiful island hopping destinations and white sand beaches. An emerging destination not known to many is Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan. According to local tourism officials, it is the longest white sand beach in the Philippines. The whole stretch is 14.7 km long lined with endless palm trees with only three beach front inns and nothing else. It is a beautiful virgin beach – a perfect destination away from the city’s noise. Our travel guide here.