5 Astounding Remote Islands in the Philippines
It was only last year when the Philippines’ National Mapping and Resources Information Authority (NAMRIA) added some 534 previously unrecorded islands to the map of the country, making the official island count to reach a total of 7,641.
Apparently, those unexplored islands have few things in common such as the pristine white sand, crystal clear water and a fine weather all year long. But yet, only a few tourists flock around those islands due to its remote location.
Here are six lesser-known islands in the Philippines that stand out among the rest. Regardless if you are looking for something to satisfy your cravings for authentic foods or simply want to experience paradise even just for a while, these hidden beautiful islands are the perfect places to escape from your drudging life routine.
Bantayan Island, Cebu
Generally, Cebu is best known for its amazing local treats and historical architecture, but beyond that, its fine white sand beaches and fresh sea foods are enough reasons to travel to Bantayan Island at any time of the year. But, of course, your Cebu trip would not be complete without the famous Cebu Lechon, the best roasted pig dish across the globe. Moreover, Bantayan Island is also known for its historical 400-year-old Spanish-era Church, which is made of coral stones and a fort built to ward off pirates way back the 1800s.
Camiguin Island, Camiguin
Camiguin is best known for its volcanoes and hot springs. In fact, it is also referred to as the “Island Born of Fire” for having the most volcanoes than any Philippine island. It is the home of the famous Mount Hibok-Hibok, Mount Mambajao, Mount Uhay and Mount Vulcan. Moreover, it is also a home to beautiful waterfalls, white sand bars and hot and cold springs.
Palawan is most known for its serene lakes, astonishing lagoons and paradisiacal beauty. Just last year, it was named as the “Most Beautiful Island in the World” by Conde Nast Traveler. Obviously, it has everything that we could ever image in a tropical island – fine white sand, crystal clear blue waters, perfect rock formations and huge lagoons. In addition, its colorful coral reefs under the sea give a more unforgettable for scuba diving experience.
Banaue is best known for its picturesque mountain views and rice terraces. In fact, its 2,000-year-old rice terraces are the Ifugao’s claim to fame. It is one of the eight wonders of the world and is also listed as a UNESCO heritage site. The place is ideal for backpackers and hikers.
Siargao Island, Caraga
Siargao is best known for its beautiful isolated beaches and surfing spots. This tear-drop shaped island lies just southeast of Manila. Its warm sea waters and perfect waves make it even more popular among the surfing community.