Island-Hopping, More Fun in the Philippines

philippines island hopping

Enjoy this guest post from writer, Nettie Gray.

Conde Nast Traveller tagged the destination as among those to watch in 2013. Travel + Leisure, meanwhile, cited Boracay, as the island destination preferred by majority of readers who participated in a survey they conducted. And we’re talking about two of the widely recognized and most reputable travel resource sites.

With that, let us get to know a few of Philippines’ crowning glory – its majestic islands.


For the close-to-nature-adventure seeker, head on to the virgin, Calaguas Islands in Camarines Norte. There are no accommodations on the island except for nipa huts and tents provided by travel organizers. There are also no top of the line restrooms. You will have to fetch water yourself, or pay locals for a minimal amount to do it for you.The fine sand, pristine waters, and scenic views, however, are more than enough compensation.

El Nido

Tranquility and beauty combined – that’s what El Nido is. Climb and walk limestone cliffs. Love snorkeling and deep-sea diving? Enjoy more with the 100 species of corals in 50 white sand beaches in the area. This island paradise is worth the long haul.


If it is supreme island hopping experience you want, Islas de Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo shall give it to you. Marvel at the beauty of no fewer than five islands in one day.  Climb to the top of one of the oldest lighthouses in the country, all in a budget-friendly package suited especially for backpackers. Add to that the welcoming locals and to-drool for seafood dishes served here.


Panglao, set in the small island of Bohol, is a favorite destination because of the powdery white sand and the snorkeling areas rich with marine life. After bathing under the sun, tour the town for more gastronomic and sightseeing activities. Visit Chocolate Hills, Loboc River and of course, get up close and personal with tarsiers.


And of course, we can’t miss out on the divine island of Boracay, located in the province of Aklan. Relaxing by the beach, kiteboarding or scuba diving the day away, enjoying the nightlife, shopping for souvenirs and haggling with vendors. Take your loved ones with you for bonding moments you are sure to treasure, forever.

Exploring the “Pearl of the Orient Seas”

Philippines isn’t known for this moniker for nothing. Endowed with beautiful islands, it is hard to get your eyes off of this tropical destination as you plan your travels for 2013.

Nettie Gray starts her day reading posts on travel sites. It is her way of conditioning her mind whether it’s a feel-good article she’s writing or an academic essay.