With over 7000 different islands, many of which are some of the most beautiful in the world, island hopping is the best way to fully explore the Philippines. However, having over 7000 islands to choose from can make planning your island hopping itinerary quite a challenge, which is why OROGOLD is bringing you some of the best islands to visit during your island hopping tour of the Philippines.
Mystical, enchanting and spiritual are just some of the words that are most commonly used to describe the island of Siquijor. Most famous for its traditional mountain-dwelling healers, Siquijor is the island to visit for those who want to engage with the supernatural. In addition to its mystical sorcery myths, Siquijor bewitches in many other ways. From the secret sparkling swimming spots of Kagusan to Cambugahay Falls’ multi-tiered waterfalls to the stalagmite and stalactite formations in Cantabon Cave, there is much to explore on this magical island. While all of the resorts on the island offer great dining options, OROGOLD recommends venturing out to visit a local eatery, especially if you see a beach-side barbecue restaurant serving up authentic Filipino cuisine.
Located in the Philippines’ Bohol province, Panglao Island measures around 80 square kilometers, making it the tenth largest in the country. In addition to relaxing by the aquamarine water and putting on some snorkeling gear to explore the corals, many also come to Panglao Island to visit the tarsier sanctuary, where you can watch several of the smallest monkey species in the world playing in natural surroundings. Panglao Island is also home to the Chocolate Hills, as well as to a selection of traditional Spanish churches and quaint villages. If you are an avid diver, OROGOLD recommends booking a package deal that combines diving excursions with accommodation, as this will usually work out to be much better value for money than booking them separately.
Named the most beautiful island in the world in 2014, Palawan is considered to be the ‘last frontier’ of the Philippines, and its enchanting beauty, thrilling outdoor opportunities and undersea adventures are what makes it one of the most loved islands of the country. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but is also the longest underground river in Asia, as well as the second longest in the world. OROGOLD highly recommends a guided boat tour through the subterranean cave system, as the stalactites and stalagmites are truly breathtaking. Those who love to snorkel and dive will feel right at home in Palawan, especially after a visit to the island’s second UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
With 7107 islands to choose from, there are plenty of other islands of the Philippines that we haven’t mentioned, but are still worth visiting. Although you are unlikely to see all of the islands that you are hoping to see in just one visit, with some careful planning and some local help with planning your itinerary, your next island hopping trip to the Philippines will definitely not be your last!