6 Secret Islands To Discover In The Philippines

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The Philippines is a pot of gold. This country has over 7,000 islands, each one with its own set of charms. In this archipelago, there are literally thousands of islands and islets that will surely make you feel like an explorer setting foot on an undiscovered piece of paradise just as breath-taking as those usually featured in travel magazines.

The Philippines holds treasures when it comes to the coolest summer destinations. These destinations offer relaxing, breath-taking and picturesque spots that are seldom spoiled by congestion from other tourists. Some of these secret beaches may take a while to reach, however getting there is surely worth your while. We listed down six of the best yet not yet fully explored and underdeveloped islands in the Pearl of the Orient in this article.

Kalanggaman Island in Palompon, Leyte


It was the German luxury cruise ship MS Europa that put the Kalanggaman Island on the map after it made a stopover on the island. The beauty of the island can be compared to the pristine beaches of the British Virgin Islands. Though there are no private resorts in the area yet, overnight camping is allowed. But, take note, only 500 tourists a day are permitted by the government to preserve the place.

Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas

It’s not recognizable anymore but Fortune Island was once an exclusive high-end resort club way back in the 1990s. After getting hit by a number of typhoons, what was left of the then-grand resort is the Acropolis of Athens–like structure, which is now the island’s major attraction. This particular island in Nasugbu, Batangas is popular for its powdery white sands and crystal blue waters, however, offers no accommodation, no electricity, nor any toilet.

Palaui Island

Palaui Island is located in the Northern Philippines in the province of Cagayan. Palaui Island has several beaches, and it is considered as one of the most photographic spots in the country because it presents itself like an island where time stood still. The ruins of the Cape Engaño Lighthouse is one of the main attraction here. This Island was one of the chosen locations for the reality show Survivor, in the series filmed way back in 2013.


This peaceful city in the province of Davao Oriental has some of the least visited beaches in the Philippines. Dahican Beach offers some great choices for tourists that would like to see raw and underdeveloped beaches with their natural beauty being well-preserved.


Camiguin is known for its peculiar tourist destinations like the Sunken Cemetery. It is also a destination for a relaxing escape away from mainstream tourist spots. With gentle waves, cool and calm breeze, and perfect sunset scene, the beaches of Camiguin have so much to offer in just one stay.

Puraran and Gigmoto Beach

Catanduanes is located in one of the most common storm paths of the country. This is one of the reasons why it is not very known as compared to Caramoan and Misibis Bay, which are just also near the region. But, the lack of popularity yields an impeccable destination that is often visited by foreigners rather than local tourists.

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