ISLAND HOPPING IN THE PHILIPPINES
Do you often dream of being alone on a desert island? With more than 7000 exotic islands, the Philippines is THE place to make that dream a reality! Quick overview, by Laurie, FIG ambassador.
Constituting the 3rd largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines have a wide variety of landscapes and activities to offer. Rice terraces, lagoons, volcanoes, beaches and megacities, there is something for everyone!
The best way to travel between islands is by boat or plane, so it is recommended to do a bit of research in advance and plan an itinerary that is not too busy. For example, visiting three main islands is probably enough for a one-month stay (ie the visa duration for most nationalities). No matter which region you visit, English is spoken fluently by locals and you’ll find accommodations that are suitable for all budgets!
" Rice terraces, lagoons, volcanoes, beaches and megacities, there is something for everyone! "
Home to the capital, Manila, this island is a good entry point to the country. If you’re feeling adventurous, just take the night bus that connects Manila to Banaue to find yourself in the middle of beautiful rice terraces. Lovers of the sea will opt instead for Donsol, where they can swim with whale sharks in their natural habitat.
Offering a mix of tranquility and adrenaline, this small island can easily be discovered by motorcycle. Do not miss the turquoise waters of Cambugahay Falls and take the plunge at Salagdoong Beach!
Not only my favorite spot in the Philippines, but worldwide, Siargao will charm you with its natural pools, lagoons with emerald waters, surf spots for all levels and laid-back, surfer lifestyle. A great place to disconnect!
- Currency: Philippine Peso
- Main languages: Filipino (Tagalog), English
- Best time to go: February to May (dry season and fewer tourists)
- In my suitcase: The WON tank top
- Lodging suggestion: Tori's Backpackers on Siquijor Island
- Restaurant recommendation: Baha Bar on Siquijor Island, located right on the beach, with a huge terrace and live shows!