I have spent 4 months out of the past two years in the Philippines and have been to many of the islands, like Fortune Island of Nasugbu, Batangas. They are all great depending on what your intentions are.. Are you wanting to party it up with other tourists? Well, Borocay Beach would be the answer. Pure beauty would have to go to Palawan… However, with over 7,000 islands in Philippines there are so many more islands that fly under the radar. These are beaches that take you away from tourist traps and immerse you into the true culture and beauty of the Philippines. Listed below are my top 5 “Unique” Island’s that many tourists don’t even know about!
Top 5 Unique Islands In The Philippines
Unique Island #1 – Apo
Apo Island is a rather tiny Island. It covers approximately 74 hectares in land area, 7 km off the SE tip of Negros Island. It is 30 Km south of Dumaguete.
Apo Island is one of the top diving destinations in the Philippines and popular for it’s unique marine sanctuaries.
If you love to dive, be sure to do some research on Apo Island and be ready to view over 400 species of soft and hard rock corals. You will also see hundreds of differernt species of fish and turtles. You will be amazed at the lava bubbles and other geographic formations under the sea.
Guimaras Islands – The “Mango” Capital of the Philippinnes
The Philippines is well known for it’s exotic fruits like mangos. Guimaras Island (western Visayas) has approximately 50 THOUSAND mango plants scattering the island. You will have a blast exploring the cafe’s and eateries that feature delicacies like mango pizza, mango burgers, and delicious mango desserts.. If you love Mangoes, be sure to check out Guimaras Island!
Also while you are exploring Guimaras Island you should check out Guis beach with it’s unique hidden coves that are hard to see until they are nearly on top of you. It’s like they come out of nowhere, until they are right in front of you. A magical illusion like an oasis, but don’t worry they really are there!
Tips : Turtle Island, Ave Maria, and Baras cave are quick Island jumps away!
Siquijor Island – Voodoo Island? Witches? Safe or No? – I Got Sick!
Yes, that is me above enjoying a sunset on Siquijor Island with a Margarita and bottle of water hand in hand. When we told the locals in Davao City that Siquijor Island was our next destination in the Philippines they looked at us in shock.. They said that the Island is haunted with witches. I asked what they meant.. They said that Siquijor Island has many witches who practice voodoo..
I must admit that this did freak me out a little. When we got to Siquijor it seemed like everyone was staring at me (not many tourists go there). I think because I was nervous from what the Davao locals told me, it felt very unnerving.
A few hours later I got very sick…. Coincidence?
That very night I started feeling ill.. I got a fever and just felt terrible. It was probably my worst night in the Philippines (only because I was sick). However, the day before at a hotel in Davao I mistakenly drank the water from the tap and this was the first time I had done this in Philippines. Was it the tap water that got me so sick, or was there a spell cast upon me?? I’m thinking it was the water, but it’s still a unique story that I like to tell 🙂
Olotayan Island (Roxas City) Known As “Little Borocay”
Did you enjoy Borocay Beach, but felt like it was too much of a “party” destination? I recommend researching Olotayan Island. Your close to city life in Roxas City but it’s unique in the fact that you can quickly be kicking back with your feet up on a white sand beach. I happen to enjoy both the city life as well as the relaxation of the beach. Olotayan provides the best of both worlds for a traveler with my particular tastes..
San Antonio Cove – Close For Those Near Manila
I have spent about a month in Manila, and the crazy city life can get to you after while (at least in my opinion). If you are in Manila and want a weekend getaway that is pretty close, I recommend San Antonio Cove.
You can find San Antonio Cove in well….. the town of San Antonio (Zambales province). You will find a coastline of white sand beaches that were created from Mount Pinatabu. Have fun enjing the unique hidden oves, and inlets.
Did you enjoy my favorite “Unique” Islands in the Philippines? While there are many more that I have yet to explore, each one of these destinations were unique in their own way. Hopefully one or two has perked your interest. Please Like “Travel Without A Map” on Facebook or Follow Me on Twitter to stay up to date on future posts about my travels around the world. Don’t worry, I don’t SPAM! 🙂