The fact that travellers can pick and choose the type of beach holiday they want from 7,000 unique islands is what makes The Philippines one of the Far East’s best-loved tropical destinations. Looking for relaxation? There’s an island for that. Looking for something a bit more active? There’s an island for that too. Our Kenwood Travel experts have gathered their favourite islands to visit for your Philippines holiday:
Island-hopping in El Nido, Palawan
The archipelago of El Nido makes it the perfect destination for an island-style getaway. From pristine beaches to underwater caves, with so many natural wonders to see, the best way to visit them all is by island-hopping. Pick and choose your tours whether you want an active trip with snorkelling or scuba diving, or would rather stay on the boat with a cocktail in hand. For a true island experience, book your Philippines holiday to the El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort. Set on the gorgeous Pangulasian island, you can enjoy the onsite beach and luxury 5-star amenities. Speak to the concierge who will be happy to help plan an island-hopping trip.
Let’s go Fly a Kite at Bulabog Beach, Boracay
The island of Bohol was once considered a tourist trap. However, in 2018, the Philippine government shut down the island to repair the wreckage from years of overcrowding and damages from on-beach vendors. As a result, popular beaches such as White Beach have been thoroughly restored to their natural state. Our Kenwood Travel experts recommend visiting the more secluded beach of Bulabog, a popular destination for kite surfing. In comparison to its sister beach, Bulabog is known to be less crowded with fewer hotels in the area. Since opening the island up to the public, the government installed strict regulations, including banning vendors on the beach and only allowing tourists with a hotel booking onto the island. To visit the island, be sure to book your stay at the Shangri-La Boracay Resort & Spa.
Dolphin and Whale Watching on Pamilican Island, Bohol
The little island found adrift from its main island of Bohol is famous for its dolphin and whale sightings. The residents of Pamilican are descendants of some of the best indigenous marine hunters. Today, they have dedicated their livelihoods to provide tours around the coast, using traditional methods to find the sea creatures. Tours run every hour from 5am to 9pm, and can be booked on the day for in advance. To get to Pamilican, book a flight from Manila to Tagilaran airport in Bohol, and take a taxi or tricycle (the Philippines’ own tuc-tuc) to Baclayon or Loay boat station. From there you can take a 30-minute boat ride to the island.
A Surfer’s Paradise in Siaragao, Mindanao
The island of Surigao in the southern region of Mindanao is celebrated as one of Asia’s top surfing destinations. The infamous Cloud Nine wave has attracted veteran surfers from around the world as its hollow tubes make it ideal for gliding through the waves. The sunsets at Siargao are also known to be legendary. With shades of pink, orange and coral filling the sky, it’s a sight you wouldn’t want to miss. The best way to travel to Siaragao from Manila is to fly to Cebu City and change for a flight straight to Siaragao.
Dive into Apo Island, Southern Negros
Apo Island’s beaches are enriched with colourful tropical fish and the Philippines’ famous coral, making it a widely popular dive site. The island mostly remains untouched, with most nearby vendors and restaurants being locally owned. You’ll find plenty of hotels catering to diving-enthusiasts, as well as PADI centres where you can earn your scuba diving certificate on your Philippines holiday.
Pearl-White Sand in Malapascua Island, Cebu
While Cebu is a popular Philippines holiday destination, with plenty of family resorts spread across Mactan, you can explore the island’s secret beaches a few hours outside of the city’s resort hub. Travel north of Cebu where you can hop onto a boat and set sail towards Malapascua Island. The tiny island boasts soft white sands along a turquoise shore. The island has hardly been inhabited, making it the perfect spot for some peace and quiet.