Top 5 Favourite Islands in the Philippines

Top Philippine Islands


Best Philippine Islands

Top Philippine Islands

Silverbackpacker welcomes Gamintraveler for this weeks Travel Blogger contribution post.
Gamintraveler introduces us to their 5 Favourite Top Philippine Islands of Camiguin, Bohol, Siargao, El Nido and Batanes. Have a read and let us know in the comments what you liked best, and also your favourite ones.


Most tourists who go to the Philippines would usually think of places such as El Nido, Coron and Siargao. While these three places are all amazing, Camiguin has a lot of islands and beaches with fine white sands to offer. Most of which are accessible by motor boats.
Two of its beautiful Camiguin tourist spots are islands named White Island and Mantigue Island. The water in both islands is crystal blue and very clear. You can also opt to try snorkeling by renting equipment or just bring your own. You’ll find different species of fish and colorful corals underwater.
The people are also friendly and hospitable, which is a common trait among Filipinos.
You can easily find accommodations as well, from cheap inns to luxurious resorts. You’ll definitely find Camiguin relaxing and beautiful.
Another spot that we love after the sunset was Hibok Hibok Hot Spring where you can relax with the locals. The water is clear and we recommend you to visit during sunset time to have the opportunity of seeing the place with vibrant colors of the nature.
Mantigue Island, Camiguin, Mindanao

Mantigue Island, Camiguin, Mindanao



Siargao is one of our favorite islands in the Philippines. It’s located in Surigao del Norte and you can get to Siargao from Manila, Cebu or Clark Airport  by plane. We spent 2 weeks in Siargao and we loved the island hopping experience in Siargao Island. We actually wished we could spend 2 weeks more in this paradise! We aren’t surfers, but most of the people go to surf in Cloud 9. Our favorite was the island hopping around Daku Island, Naked Island, and Guyam. By just renting a boat, you can visit these 3 islands and spend your whole day island hopping, swimming or just enjoying the sun.
Apart from the main islands, you can also do day trips to Sugba Lagoon and Sohoton Cove Natural Park. We highly recommended visiting them because of the epic views! Another area worth to visit is the Corregidor island!
Another activity to do in Siargao is renting a motorbike and going to the Northern part of the island, where you can enjoy the beaches to yourself. You will find almost nobody around the area. Pacifico beach and Alegria beach were our favorite beaches in Siargao. We recommend you to visit these beaches if you want to spend a couple of days relaxing in Northern Siargao.
Another experience you shouldn’t miss is the nightlife in Siargao. There are a few places where you can go for a drink after dinner. You can find foreign and local choices for dinner from restaurants and drinking bars. Nightlife in Siargao is really vibrant!
If you are heading to Siargao, we recommend you to book your accommodation in advance so you can have more time to choose the type of accommodation you want. Whether you want to backpack and spend a little money or if you have a little bit more, then spend more. There are numerous options, from small shared bunk beds to very lavish barefoot luxury accommodations.
Sugba Lagoon, Siargao, Mindanao

Sugba Lagoon, Siargao, Mindanao

El Nido, Palawan

El Nido is the most visited place in the Philippines by tourists. To get to El Nido, you have to fly from Manila or Cebu all the way to Puerto Princesa. After which, you’ll have a 5-hour ride in a van to reach there. Once you are in El Nido, you can stay in hostels, homestays or hotels. 
From all the things to do in your El Nido trip, island hopping will be your favorite! There are tours that have at least 20-25 people joining everyday or you can choose a private boat if you prefer going on your own or with your circle only. There are a few tours to do as well. Just choose from Tours A, B, C and D. Apart from that, you can rent a motorbike and visit Nacpan Beach which is a 45-minute ride from El Nido.
Planning on doing more? Go watch the sunset in Las Cabañas. They also have bars and it’s perfect for unwinding. Before going to Las Cabañas, you may try going on a zip line to reach there and get more stunning views!
Top Philippine Islands Big Lagoon El Nido Palawan

Big Lagoon El Nido Palawan


A trip to Bohol would not be complete without a visit to the iconic Chocolate Hills, one of the most popular tourist spots in the Philippines. Another must see in Bohol is the Loboc River where you can go ziplining for less than $7 USD.
You can also go sailing on the river itself and have lunch on the boat for around $9 USD. The river is surrounded by a lush forest and is a beautiful, authentic experience overall. We also loved our day tour of Panglao island for $6 USD where we just relaxed, drank coconut juice (straight from the husk!), went kayaking, explored the cliffs and beaches, and watched the sunset.
The best way to explore Bohol is renting a motorbike and get lost. There are also nice waterfalls to visit if you like adventure.
Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines

Chocolate Hills, Bohol, Philippines


Batanes is one of the favorite places of Filipinos. There are daily flights leaving from Clark and Manila.
The landscapes in Batanes are so beautiful and they will remind you of New Zealand. Our favorite spots were the Rolling Hills where you should visit at sunset time and Marlboro country with breathtaking views.
You can visit stones houses around the islands, try delicious local food, and ride round the island renting a tricycle or a motorbike to tour around. If you have time, visit the lighthouses and the islands of Sabtang and Itbayat.
The Rolling Hills, Batanes Top Philippine Islands

The Rolling Hills, Batanes

Gamintraveler are a travel couple! Ruben is a hardcore traveler, with 7 years of on-the-road experience. He has backpacked, hitchhiked and biked, and has traveled to 70+ countries around the world. He is always hungry for deeper life experience he gets through travel.

Rachel is a solopreneur, and has been working in the online scene since 2012. She crafts social media and content strategy for various clients in the US, AUS and the UK. She has been working remotely, and aims to be a full digital nomad soon.


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