The whole Philippine archipelago is composed of 7,107 islands. With many beautiful islands and islets, the best way to enjoy summer vacation in the Philippines is to go island hopping from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Here’s our top pick of islands to visit this hot season:
Calaguas Island – Luzon
Calaguas Island in Vinzons, Camarines Norte is an island lying in the Philippine Sea and facing the Pacific Ocean. The island, which is situated in the eastern part of province, is just 12 minutes away from Daet—the capital of Camarines Norte. Calaguas Island is known for its fine white sand, azure waters, and lush vegetation. The local community of Vinzons has made it clear to guests and tourists that everyone should do their utmost to preserve the serene ambiance in the island. As of today, there are still no man-made structures or commercial establishments in the island. Tourists have to pitch their own tents and bring their own food and other bare essentials while staying on the island.
Mactan Island – Visayas
A coral island that is part of the island province of Cebu, Mactan Island is among the popular tourist sites in Cebu with many resorts lined along its coasts. The island of Mactan is divided into two: the town of Cordova and Lapu-Lapu City. Mactan Island is just 15.8 kilometers from Cebu City and could be reached through a ferry ride or through the following bridges: Mactan-Mandaue Bridge and Marcelo Fernan Bridge. Being a coral island, the waters of Mactan is home to different marine species including blue-spotted string-ray, jack fish, ribbon sweetlips, drummers, crowned jellyfish, and stellate puffer. Mactan Island is among the best diving sites in Visayas.
Camiguin Island – Mindanao
The second smallest and least populated island province in the country, Camiguin Island is among the most popular paradises that Mindanao offers. Lying in Bohol Sea, Camiguin is dubbed as the Island Born in Fire; the island has seven volcanoes: Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Uhay, Mt. Tres Marias, Mt. Mambajao, Mt. Guinsiliban, Mt. Timpoong, and Mt. Vulcan. The island of Camiguin offers a lot of tourist attractions and among them are the Sunken Cemetery, White Island, Mantigue Island, Tuasan Falls, Sto. Cold Springs and Ardent Hot Springs. Camiguin Island is also the home of the delectable VjANDEP pastels.