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The islands of the Philippines - here are the ones you must experience

Here you get a selection of both unique but also well-known islands, which are definitely worth a visit.
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The islands of the Philippines - here are the ones you must experience is written by Kristian Bräuner

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7.000 islands in the Philippines

Did you know that there are more than 7.000 islands in Phillipines? The Philippines is much more than the famous islands of Luzon, Boracay and Palawan with the famous destination El Nido and the Philippines' second largest island Mindanao.

The country of Southeast Asia is a paradise for you who love tropical islands. There is a sea of ​​unique islands with few visitors, and a sea of ​​famous islands, which hide on amazing attractions. Here at the editorial office, we have selected nine of the Philippines' islands you should visit.

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Bantayan Island

Chalk-white sandy beaches and crystal clear water; does not sound great? This is how Bantayan Island is best described. The small island, located west of the northern tip of Cebu, is known for its many bounty beaches. One in particular stands out: Paradise Beach.

Most of the year the beach is deserted and free of tourists, as there are no resorts or bars here. The island is an obvious destination for couples and for honeymooners or for you who want to be “Palle alone in the world”.

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Sumilon Island

"The enchanting island of Sumilon", as many travelers describe the island.

The name Sumilon actually means 'refuge', and the small coral island is also an unusually beautiful refuge where you can walk in tropical forests and relax on wide, postcard-worthy beaches.

However, the biggest attraction on the island is diving and snorkeling. Off the island there are unique diving areas with beautiful coral reefs and a pulsating colorful underwater life, where the whale sharks also swim a short distance - yes, it is almost enchanting.

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Cagbalete Island

Cagbalete is a small island to the east The Philippines largest island Luzon. Luzon is where the Philippine capital Manila is located. It is possible to sail to Cagbalete from the small coastal town of Mauban in under an hour.

Although Cagbalete is not far from the big city Manila, there is at least as tropical a atmosphere as on the other small islands.

The island has many unique plant and animal species, including a rare variety of birds, so if you are a nature lover, Cagbalete is clearly a must see.

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Calamian Islands Islands in the Philippines

The archipelago is located between Palawan Island and Mindoro. Like many of the Philippine Islands, Calamian is known for its snorkeling and diving spots. But this archipelago is not just any dive site. It is actually among the best diving destinations in the world. 

World-famous shipwrecks from World War II lie just below the turquoise sea surface along with sumptuous coral reefs. And if you are lucky, you have the chance to meet both the rare dugongs, also known as manatees, and whale sharks.

The town of Coron is located on the island of Busuanga in the Calamian archipelago. Here you are met by beautiful nature and mangrove forests, where you can go kayaking, and a jungle that is perfect for a half-day hike. 

If you are into snorkeling and nice bathing water, do not deceive yourself for the blue lagoon. It is the biggest attraction in this archipelago and is located between high cliffs.

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Malapascua is a beautiful little paradise island; so small that you can walk around the whole island in a few hours. The island especially appeals to travelers who want to get away from the big tourist circus, and instead find a holiday with laid-back atmosphere much more rewarding.

If you are a little superstitious, the island can definitely do something for you. In a small town on the island you will find a beautiful little church, which hides the famous 'Desamparados shrine'. A small doll believed to have saved the islanders from both fires and tsunamis. Well done by the little wooden doll who can not burn himself, and who even grows in size… 

A paradise island does not get more exciting - or wait… Malapascua is actually also in the top 5 of best dive sites in the Philippines. Malapascua - now I'm coming!

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Bohol Island - a popular destination in the Philippine archipelago

The country's 10th largest island, Bohol, is centrally located in the archipelago and surrounded by the other Philippine islands. There are many hotels here, and the island is often visited by tourists - but without being completely overrun, especially if you choose a place other than Panglao Island, which is a small island with a bridge to Bohol.

The excursions to the center of Bohol are very popular. Especially the trips to the famous mountains 'Chocolate Hills' attract many people.

From Bohol you can also get on a variety of trips to the water. From the boats that sail along the island close to the rainforest, you can see both dolphins and whales.

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The largest island in the Philippines is Luzon. Northern Luzon speaks directly to the heart of surfers. Pagudpud is a bit of an overlooked gift for surfers, especially in the summer months, when conditions are perfect.

In addition to having a fantastic surfing destination up north, the island of Luzon also offers thousand-year-old and man-made rice terraces - the world's unknown 8th wonder

So with unique experiences like 'the hanging coffins' in the city of Sagada and the active volcano Taal, which is actually a volcano in a lake in a volcano on an island, Luzon clearly has a lot to offer. 

At least there is something for every traveler on the island, and then it does not matter that the Philippine capital Manila is also located on the island of Luzon, so it is easy to get around.

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Philippines Islands: Visit Palawan

One cannot say the Philippines without mentioning Palawan, and especially the city of El Nido. But have you heard of Port Barton?

Port Barton is a smaller and more casual version of El Nido. The activities are pretty much the same, but there are far fewer visitors.

In addition, the price level is also lower in Port Barton. All of this makes the place perfect for budget travelers especially backpackers who come for snorkeling and diving. And in general, Palawan and the nearest islands are absolutely amazing places to visit.

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Boracay is about as popular an island destination in the Philippines as Palawan is. An idyllic tropical island with crystal blue sea, long white sandy beaches and palm trees rising from the sand. 

The island can do much of the same as the aforementioned islands, but unlike the islands that excel most in snorkeling and diving, Boracay also offers adrenaline-filled activities. Windsurfing and kiteboarding are definitely a hit, but have you considered parachuting or trying out a high-speed jet ski? Then Boracay is the place. 

Although many of the Philippine islands may seem similar, they always store something completely unique each. You are therefore always offered new experiences and excursions, regardless of whether you choose to sail up to the northern islands of the Philippines, or whether the southern islands appeal to you more.

Have a good trip to the beautiful islands of the Philippines!

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These islands are a must visit when traveling to the Philippines

  • Bantayan
  • Sumilon
  • Cagbalete
  • Panglao
  • Malapascua
  • Bohol
  • Luzon
  • Palawan
  • Boracay

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About the travel writer

Kristian Bräuner

I love to travel and I travel as often as the opportunity presents itself. I got my passion for travel already as a child, where my parents took my sister and I out into the big world.

My travel experience ranges from the classic city breaks in Europe, over road trips in the US, to backpacking in Asia and Australia.

Experiencing new cultures, unique nature and different societies, where people live very differently from life in Denmark, is what drives my desire to travel.




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