The Philippines will never fail to amaze you. The breath-taking sights above and under the sea, the culture, the hospitality, the food, and of course, the friendly people willing to welcome tourist wherever and whenever. Spending a night or two on the island-blessed country is not enough when you want to savour all the Philippines has to offer.
With so many beautiful islands scattered in different parts from Luzon to Mindanao. All of which have a combination of different kinds of powdery sand, limestone and rock formations, and waters with varying hues of turquoise, azure and different shades of blue. Hidden, remote and undeloveped islands waiting for you to explore! Here top 9 Amazing island hopping destinations in the Philippines and All of these islands can be visited through a day-trip tour.
1. Isla De Gigantes
More and more tourists are going to northeastern Iloilo for a patch of paradise in the country. Gigantes Islands have become a favorite summer destination because of its powdery white sand, pristine waters, and stunning views. But,
Unlike Boracay Islas de Gigantes remains underdeveloped, leaving its raw beauty perfect.
The rich vast blue seascape brimming with abundant marine life; interesting caverns and caves and Palawan-like rock formations.
Gigantes Islands is composed of 2 big islands (Gigantes Norte and Gigantes Sur) and ten Islets, namely: Cabugao Gamay, Cabugay Daku, Balbagon, Waydahun, Bulubadiang, Bantigue, Gigantillo, Gakitgakit, Gigantona and Ojatras.
ISLAS DE GIGANTES TRAVEL BUDGET
Here’s the suggested budget when you visited Islas de Gigantes.
–Bacolod to Iloilo (Fastcraft Fare) – 260.00
-Iloilo Port to Tagbak Terminal (Taxi Fare) – 150.00
-Tagbak to Carles (Ceres Bus) – 197.00
-1 night, 2 day tour Package – 1,699.00
Local Travel Guide in The Philippines Tips
-Only Smart and Sun Cellular have signals at Gigantes Island. If you a postpaid subscriber to other telecom networks, you can simply buy prepaid Sim cards from Smart or Sun Cellular.
-Also, please take note: They are no banks and ATM Machines at Gigantes Island.So, bring enough cash.
2. Cabugao Gamay
Cabugao Gamay is a small island located two kilometers off the coast of Isla de Gigantes Sur in Carles, Iloilo.
This island is the icon of the 10 islands in Gigantes Islands, Iloilo. On a good summer day, the colors of the sands and the deep green of the coconut trees are in a beautiful contrast with the blue of the sky and the crystal blue waters surrounding the island.
A large chunk of the island consists of a rock hill covered by thick vegetation. Its defining feature is a gorgeous white sandbar located at the northern tip of the island. Like Antonia Beach, an interesting rock formation also sits at the end of the sandbar at Cabugao Gamay.
The island is surrounded at all sides by crystal blue waters, perfect for swimming.his island is so beautiful, and there is a small climb where you can see the island from above. An absolute gem.
3. Bantigue Island Sandbar
You shouldnt miss this when youre in Gigantes Island. A stunning spectacle, a tongue of land that extends to the sea, jutting out its powdery sand in pristine waters. But, depending on which side are you and the strength of the waves, you always have the option of floating in the calmer water.
The Bantigue Island sandbar is a stretch of white sand in the middle of the ocean, providing a picture-perfect scene…
When the water is high, part of the sandbar is submerged in the sea leaving just a small portion of the island exposed.
4. Sicogon Island
From Bantigue island, you can explore Sicogon Island, as everyone gets around by motorbike. There may not be any luxurious accommodations or amenities in Sicogon but travelers can still visit the island to enjoy its picturesque sandy beaches, virgin forests, and alluring waters.
Sicogon Island is one of the many beautiful attractions that grace the waters of Northern Iloilo. Sicogon became a popular tourist destination during the 70s and 80s because of the high-end resort suitably named “Sicogon Island Resort” operating in the island.
At present, there may not be any luxurious accommodations or amenities in Sicogon but travelers can still visit the island to enjoy its picturesque sandy beaches, virgin forests, and alluring waters.
5. MALCAPUYA ISLAND
Now, lets move to Palawan and explore the the fineness of Coron, Palawan made me fell in love with the place. As one of the top destinations in the country in terms of islands, beaches and underwater world, this place is truly an enjoyable destination to go to. With so much beach bumming and island hopping to do, there are a lot of reasons to go back and experience Coron, Palawan over and over again. They are must visit three islands in Coron, Palawan namely; Bulog, Banana Island and the most favorite — Malcapuya Island.
Malcapuya Island was definitely one of the highlights of our recent Coron trip. We have been to a lot of beaches and nothing compares to the famous Boracay white sand, until we explored this island.
The southern beach consists of a long stretch of fine, white sand with a long line of coconut palms that provide a good shade. A few native huts and white canvas party tents underneath the coconut palms provide more shade and a place to store one’s personal effects.
6. Pescador Island
Moalboal is the most popular tourist destination in Cebu south due to its amazing marine life and pristine white sand beaches. One of the town main attraction is Pescador Island, which is considered a world-class dive site due to protected corals and marine species.
Pescador Island in Moalboal is known as a paradise for divers because of its beautiful corals and different marine species.
Local Travel Guide in The Philippines Tip
You can go up the island when the tide is high. Climbing the lighthouse is prohibited.Watch out for the jelly fish and avoid touching the coral reefs.
7. Snake Island
The world’s best island guarantees awe-inspiring scenery that will surely blow your mind. Postcard perfect spots that will make you want to stay long and experience more. Beautiful crystal clear waters, pristine white sand island beaches, coral-carpeted underwater world, picturesque limestone islets and cliffs, cool green mountains, hidden caves and waterfalls, and more!
Hidden in one corner of Bacuit Bay is Snake Island, so-called not because of anything snake-related, but because of a naturally S-shaped sandbar that snakes across the water to it. Locals residents have another name for it, Vigan Island, howeber. tourists usually call it by its hissy nickname. The sandpit is made of fine white sand and connects the island to mainland Palawan.
A picture of paradise! A picture of El Nido! And when talking of El Nido, one of the images that always pops out is the iconic white sand bar popularly known as Snake Island(Vigan Island). The sandbar connects the small islet known as Snake Islan(Vigan Island) and mainland El Nido.
8. Daku Island
Daku Island is one of the finest best beaches in the Philippines can be found in Siargao. It is the biggest among the three popular island destinations in Siargao (the other two are Naked and Guyam Islands).
For first timers, you will be amazed by the breathtaking scenery of the island and also, for its cleanliness.
This unheard paradise has powdery white sand surrounded by superb crystalline waters. Unlike the well-known Naked Island, the island is sprinkled with tall coconut trees. Named after the Visayan word for “Big”, Daku Island is not overpopulated and is inhabited by only a number of families.
How to Get There:
By Air —From Manila, tourists can fly with most airlines going to Siargao. There is also a daily flight from Cebu to Siargao via Cebu Pacific Air. Travel time (from Cebu) is around 45 minutes to 1 hour. Upon getting to the Sayak Airport in Del Carmen, tourists can take a van or a motorcycle cab (habal-habal) going to their respective accommodation.
9. Mantigue Island
Also known as Magsaysay Island, is one of Camiguin province’s pride and tourism gems. The isle is just around 4 hectares in size and has been declared as a National Park and Sanctuary of different marine species.
The western side of the island is the beach area with fine gleaming sand, while the other side is a fishing village composed of more or less 20 homes.
Mantigue Island is just a 20-minute boat ride from mainland Camiguin. Boats can be chartered to take you there from Barangay San Roque (near Benoni Port) in the town of Mahinog for P550 round-trip, good for six.
If you wish to explore its depth, Dive Special offers dive trips here, their shop is located near Benoni Port. Meanwhile, Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort in Balingoan, Misamis Oriental also schedule dives here occasionally for a travel time of around one hour from their shop in Barangay Mantangale.
Getting Around the Island
When in Camiguin, there are many forms of public and private transportation available in the island. One only has to inform your host about your needs. Vans, jeepneys, multicabs (small jeepneys), tricycles (motorellas), and motorcycles are the most common forms of transport.
Getting to the White Island and Mantigue Island is also made very convenient with the availability of several motorized boats. One can arrange for a private charter or can go directly to pre-identified coastal areas where these boats gather. Mantigue Island can be reached by light water craft in 25–30 minutes from Brgy. San Roque in the town of Mahinog.