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Top Islands in the Philippines

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There is no doubt that with over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, you’re ideal vacation is located someone within the landscapes and seashores of this bountiful country.  However, with over 7,000 islands in the Philippines, finding your perfect island match can take some research.  Here is a profile of some of the major destination islands that can help you locate the exact destination for your ideal Southeast Asia trip.

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Boracay – Without a doubt the most award winning and globally recognized face of the Philippines is Boracay.  Traveling here is great for spending time on the white beaches, taking comfortable tours out over the reefs, snorkeling, and mixing with plenty of other vacationers.  Off all the of the major Philippine travel destinations, this is by far the island where you are most likely to end up with a henna tattoo and a new mixed drink recipe to take back home.  While it is well traveled, the sites and accommodations are annually renamed as the best in the world for a reason, making travel here a comfortable, beautiful treat.

Ecological Adventures

Palawan – From massive, brightly colored reefs to luscious rainforest to the world’s longest underground river, this is the number one spot for ecotourism in the Philippines.  The strict adherence to preservation and protection of the plant and animal life has defined this place as the Philippines’s last ecological frontier, and is home to a ton of must visit beaches, lakes, lagoons, and coral reefs.  A couple of the most recognized attractions for travelers are floating down the Puerto Princesa Underground River and taking a boat out to visit the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park.

Nearby Calauit Island is home to the Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary, worth looking into if you are like me and very interested in animal conservation and interactions.

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Undiscovered

Mindanao – While many islands of the Philippines cater to those travelers looking to stay in luxury on the beach, Mindanao offers a mix of urban comfort and untamed wilderness perfect for bold adventurers.  This island is definitely off the beaten tourist track, and, with offerings as diverse as the urban Davao City (home to fine dining, Davao City hotels, and action activities like zorbing), the Maria Cristina Falls, and Mount Apo’s challenging mountain climbing, those looking for adventure and discovery will be very impressed.

Landscape

Bohol – While not short on water activities, Bohol is an island with a very unique and diverse interior. If you are visiting the landscape checkout the Chocolate Hills, which are different colors depending on the season and make for memorable pictures.  My personal must-see attraction though is the presence of wild Tarsiers – the world’s smallest primate, located only on Southeast Asia’s islands.  All in all, not as well traveled as the popular and populated Boracay, visiting here isn’t a solo experience either, simply a relaxing, easy stay.

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