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The top 3 most popular Philippine islands

The top 3 most popular Philippine islands

Best islands in the Philippines

February 24th, 2023

Thanks to it being an archipelago, the Philippines has a wealth of beautiful tropical islands, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, hidden lagoons, palm trees, world class diving, fantastic mountain landscapes and even volcanic landscapes too.

Boracay, Aklan

Boracay Island is the most popular beach destination in the Philippines. This island is a favourite by tourists the world over thanks to its powder white sand, crystal clear waters, and vibrant foodie and nightlife scene. On White Beach, check into one of the mega resorts like The Lind or Discovery Shores for a true luxe experience. Dine at Lemoni Café, which is a foodie institution on the island, or enjoy the fresh fish straight from the market in D’Mall. If you want to avoid the tourist hoards, then why not stay in one of the island’s quieter beaches? Kite surfer favourite Bolabog Beach is much quieter and our favourite spot here is Banana Bay Boracay – a boutique hotel that is Bolabog’s best kept secret.

For a more low-key beach vibe then head on over to Diniwid Beach, which sits on a small cove at the end of White Beach. Here, don’t forget to try out some of the cocktails at DiniBeach Bar – another local favourite.

Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Siargao Island is a favourite amongst surfers and backpackers thanks to its low-key appeal, beautiful beaches, and excellent coves and giant barrel waves. (Cloud 9 is an especially well-loved surf spot by both locals and tourists alike) Siargao is known as the Philippines’ surf capital drawing in surfers from all over the world, it also has a pretty cool foodie and nightlife scene. In Siargao you will find plenty of cool cafes and brunch spots during the day, and crazy beach parties that last all through the night. Beyond the beach, Siargao is also home to magical lagoons, rock pools and protected dive sites. Some of the most popular island destinations in Siargao are Naked Island, Guyam Island and Daku Island – but there’s plenty to discover here, preferably on Motor Bike.

El Nido, Palawan

Palawan is one of the most environmentally rich islands in the Philippines and El Nido is one of the most popular destinations here.

El Nido is home to plenty of magical limestone lagoons (think Leonardo Di Caprio in The Beach but better) where you can kayak or swim in. There is the Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon and the Secret Lagoon which can only be accessed via a small cave. Seven Commandos Island is one of the most beautiful beaches in El Nido – and was named after the legend of how seven Japanese commandos sought refuge on the island post World War 2.