If a tropical island vacation sounds like the ideal getaway for you, the Philippines archipelago has more than 7,000 islands with white sand beaches waiting to cradle you in warm sunshine.
Among these, approximately 1,000 are inhabited. With so many beautiful coastal towns to choose from, the hardest thing is to decide which to choose. Like always, it depends on what you’re looking for in your destination.
For instance, if you’re looking for a small island experience that still offers things to do, Borcay is small enough to get around on a rented bicycle or motorbike.
It features several outstanding beaches including White Beach known for beautiful sunsets, Yapak Beach where beach goers can collect beautiful white shells, and the more secluded Balinghai Beach which is really a cove and part of the Balinghai Hotel which a perfect choice for those looking for a more private beach experience.
Palaui Island makes a perfect choice of history buffs with a historic Spanish colonial lighthouse and those looking for a more rustic less crowded island experience.
Palaui Island is a National Marine Reserve and hard to get to which affords an extra measure of privacy for visitors. This island offers pristine beaches, and a marine park with 17,660 acres perfect for snorkeling and diving.
The one drawback is there are no hotels on this island, so you’ll have to plan to camp or find a home to stay in.
Luzon Island is the largest and most populated in the Philippines and is known for the famous Pagudpud beach resort. Even though Luzon is the most populated, though, a stay at the Pagudpud lets visitors enjoy the white-sand beaches without the crowds.
Even for those who stay elsewhere, beaches like the Blue Lagoon or Maira-ira offer other options. For those looking for a busier destination, the Blue Lagoon has gained popularity among international visitors with a number of large resorts springing up in the area.
It’s clear that there’s a perfect island experience awaiting you in the Philippines; just do your homework to find the best island to suit your interests and desires. However, no matter which island you choose to visit in the Philippines, plan your trip during the dry season which runs from late November and into May.