Bucket List #25: Swim with Sea Turtles ((Swam with sea turtles on Apo Island)
8 Must See Islands to Visit in the Philippines
The Philippines is a piece of paradise on earth made up of 7,107 islands. Each island ranges from world-class beaches and coral reefs to mountain ranges and tropical rainforests. If you are looking for a tropical getaway and do not have a destination in mind then I highly recommend visiting this incredible country. I had a wonderful experience and will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Below are the top 5 MUST-SEE Islands to visit in the Philippines!
#1: Coron Island
Coron truly takes the cake as the most magical island because it is home to natural beauty, including limestone cliffs, diving sites, white sand beaches, and mountain lakes.
- How to get there: Fly into Busuanga with Cebu Pacific and take a 45-minute van to Coron.
- Tip: There is nowhere to stay on the island overnight.
- What to do: Go scuba diving or rent a scooter and explore the golden fields, dusty roads, and rolling hills.
- What it is known for: This island has very few to no tourists, a few villages, and the fact that it is underdeveloped. This island does not have gourmet food and there is not much nightlife.
- Fun Fact: Coron is among the Top 10 Best Scuba Diving Sites in the World by Forbes Travel Magazine.
#2: Cebu Island
Cebu Island has everything that you could ask for on a dream vacation.
- How to get there: The fastest way to Cebu is by plane. You can fly from Manila to Matan-Cebu International Airport through Cebu Pacific.
- What to do: Swim with Whale Sharks off the coast of Oslob Beach. You can also complete Kawasan Canyoneering, a hike down a canyon. Lastly, you can go parasailing, jet skiing, and banana boating.
- Helpful Blog Post #1: 7 Tips for Swimming with Whale Sharks in Oslob, Cebu, Philippines
- Helpful Blog Post #2: Tips for Completing Canyoneering in Badian, Cebu, Philippines
- What it is known for: Cebu is known for being home to Canyoneering in Kawasan Falls.
- Fun Fact: The Sinulog grand and colorful festival is in Cebu! The festival features street dancing and novena masses.
#3: Apo Island
- What to do: Swim with Sea Turtles
- What it is known for: Apo Island is also known as Turtle Island because you will see giant sea turtles constantly surfacing for air all around you. I highly recommend jumping off the boat to swim with them.
#4: Bohol Island
Bohol is a magnificent tropical island located in Central Visayas in the Philippines.
- How to get there: Fly to Cebu City airport and take a ferry boat to Tagbilaran City.
- Tip: You can travel throughout Bohol by bus or rent a car.
What to do: Visit their infamous Chocolate Hills and explore the Tarsier sanctuary to observe their cute primates.
- Fun Fact: The tarsier is the second smallest primate on earth!
#5: Siquijor Island
- How to get there: Fly from Manila to Dumaguete in Negros Oriental. From there, get a tricycle or jeepney to the Dumaguete port, where you will travel by ferry to Siquijor Island.
- Tip: Rent a bike because public transportation is not always reliable and have money with you!
- What to do: Visit Cambuhagay Falls, the Enchanted Balete Tree, Lugnason Falls, and the beautiful beaches. Some famous beaches are Paliton Beach, Kagusuan Beach, and Salagdoong Beach.
- What is the Island Known for? The island is a land of witchcraft, enchantments, and sorcery.
- How to get there: Fly to Palawan Island from Manila through Cebu Pacific.
- Tip: There are no hospitals in El Nido.
- What to do: Visit the small and big lagoon in El Nido, go scuba diving or snorkeling, and visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River.
- Fun Fact: There are no sidewalks in town
- How to get there: Take the fastest route from Manila to Caticlan, a 35-minute flight via Cebu Pacific or Asian Spirit. Take a short tricycle ride to the Caticlan port and then take a 15-minute boat ride to Boracay.
- Tip: Boracay is overcrowded with many activities and attractions.
- What to do: Watch the sunset and sunrise on the Island’s beautiful white sand beaches, experience the lively nightlife and events, and go cliff diving.
- Helpful Blog Post: 5 Best Things to Do in Boracay, Philippines
- Fun Fact: The population consists of 12,000 people!
#8: Manila, Luzon
- How to get there: Take a bus ride to North Luzon that departs from Paway and Cubao in Manila.
- Tip: There is traffic, and Luzon is overcrowded because there are 12 million residents.
- What to do: Visit the 2,000-year-old Banaue’s rice terraces in Northern Luzon and explore Mt. Mayon in Legazpi.
Have you ever been to the Philippines? We listed 8 must see Islands to visit in the Philippines. Please comment down below about your experience. Listed are photos from my experience swimming with Sea Turtles in Apo Island!
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