Top 3 Islands in the Philippines That Every First-timer Should Visit

If you’re thinking of visiting the Philippines in search of the best tropical island vacation experience, then you won’t be disappointed. “The Pearl of the Orient Seas” has beautiful islands in abundance, with beaches and resorts that can compete with the best of the best getaways in the world. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie looking for thrill-inducing water sports and exciting night life or a peace-loving traveler seeking a serene retreat, there is an island in the Philippines that will surely exceed your expectations.

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Photo from nexttriptourism.com

Since the country is composed of an astounding 7,107 islands (7,108 during low tide, to be precise), a newbie traveler such as yourself will need a little help deciding where to go. It will take a lot of time for you to visit ALL the noteworthy beach destinations in the Philippines, so we narrow down the choices and give you the top ones that you must include in your first visit. We are supremely confident that you’ll come back real soon after your first time, but whatever happens, you will already have the bragging rights to have visited these top amazing islands.

  1. Palawan

There are countless reasons to drop everything and visit Palawan, but the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is the most enticing of them all. One of the longest underground rivers in the world and recently declared as one of the new seven wonders of the natural world, Palawan’s star attraction is 8.2 kilometers long (about 5 miles) and will take you through an awe-inspiring cave system where you can see loads of limestone and other rock formations.

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Puerto Princesa is just an hour and 15-minute flight away from Manila. From the international airport, you can already see lots of hotels and other accommodation types where you can get an enjoyable and convenient stay. Hotel Centro is just 10 minutes from the airport, an excellent choice if you’re seeking stylish accommodations with a calming ambiance. The front desk will be more than happy to arrange a trip to the subterranean river for you.

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Hotel Centro

  1. Boracay

Much has been said about this slice of paradise in Aklan, but you can never really believe them until you’ve experienced Boracay first-hand. It is always included in the credible lists of the top beaches in the world and a favorite among Hollywood celebrities who love to sneak off to the Philippines for an incognito adventure. The powdery white sand and shockingly clear azure waters are more than enough reasons to drop by, but you’ll also get a thriving night life experience and probably the best sunset in the world.

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Photo from Dianne Rosete via Flickr

As expected, Boracay is filled with top-rated hotels and you will never really run out of options. Try Asya Premier Suites Boracay for an exclusive 5-star experience in a secluded and romantic setting. It’s the perfect place to relax after mingling with the usual Boracay crowd. Another great choice is Best Western Boracay Tropics, with its Asian and Mediterranean-inspired architecture. Located just a few steps from the famous White Beach, it pampers guests with its first-rate rooms and facilities, as well as its excellent service.

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Asya Premier Suites

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Best Western Tropics Boracay

  1. Cebu

This beautiful, narrow island is surrounded with 167 islets and commanding views of the mountains. From the main island, take a two-hour boat ride to Camotes Islands for an idyllic tropical retreat. It’s the best place for a true taste of island life, perfect for the backpacker who wants to get away from it all. If luxury digs is what you’re after, head to Mactan Island and indulge in 5-star resorts, first-class spas, and intoxicating cocktails.

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Camotes Island

Photo from sharsy.wordpress.com

While you’re still finalizing your Cebu itinerary, why don’t you stay in a hotel in the city where comfort and convenience is a guarantee? Crown Regency Hotel and Towers houses not just great rooms, but also bars, cafes, restaurants, and other recreation facilities that will keep you well taken care of. It’s just 30 minutes from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport and also close to shopping centers and business districts.

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Crown Regency Hotel and Towers Cebu

For utmost convenience and safety, make sure to book directly to these hotels’ websites.

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