To be honest, I’ve been to a few island destinations with my family. I will never forget the memories that we made during that time. My parents are getting old, my sisters are enjoying their respective lives, and I’m enjoying what’s in store for me shortly. In the beginning, I didn’t like traveling and was more passionate about playing computer games.
However, when I started to explore places that I had never seen before, I finally realized that traveling abroad is so much fun. Whether I’m traveling alone, or with family and friends, the journey creates fun and excitement, motivating me to explore more breathtaking places.
One of my favorite traveling activities is known as island-hopping in the Philippines.
I love nature. Beautiful islands, crystal clear waters, fantastic wildlife, and breathtaking views from above is what makes me like to travel even on a limited budget. As a digital nomad, it is my dream to explore can’t-miss exotic places. I’m sure that some of you love island-hopping, too! If so, here are the five island-hopping destinations in the Philippines that you shouldn’t miss:
1 – Coron Island, Palawan
This island-hopping destination is the next on my bucket list. A few of my friends have traveled to this place and consider it as “a vacation hotspot and a true paradise that you can’t miss in the entire Philippine archipelago.” Some of them would say that visiting Coron Island is something that stays with you forever.
The easiest way to get there is by plane, either from Manila or Cebu. Coron is still part of Palawan, but the island is separate from the central province itself.
The Kayangan Lake, Twin Lagoon, Beach ‘91, Skeleton Wreck, CYC Beach, Siete Pecados Marine Park, and the Malwawey Coral Garden are some of Coron Island’s main attractions for island-hopping.
2 – El Nido, Palawan
I visited here with my family last May. When it comes to flight booking, we opt for an online travel agency owned by my sister’s friend. That way, we save money when traveling to El Nido. We took a plane from Iloilo City to Puerto Princesa and explored the entire city before going to El Nido. When riding on a private or agency van, it’ll take you up to 6 hours to get to El Nido.
In the El Nido island-hopping tour, the Helicopter Island, Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and the 7 Commandos Island are the main attractions. I’ve enjoyed my time there with the family before proceeding to the Underground River on the following day, one of the world’s 7 Wonders of Nature.
3 – Isla De Gigantes in Carles, Iloilo
Last August, 2017, my family and I decided to explore this place. To be honest, it is one of the best places I’ve ever been to. Although it is not like Coron or El Nido, the entire island-hopping tour is worth it. From Dumangas in Iloilo City, we started on a road trip going to Carles, and it took us 3 hours to get to the port. We rode on a “bangka” along with the other tourists and it took us more than an hour to reach our guest house on the island.
Sad to say, there’s no cellphone signal or internet on the island. To make up for it, however, they offer lots of delicious steamed and BBQ scallops, along with other seafood. The island was so peaceful.
The main attractions of Isla De Gigantes are Cabugao Island, Langub Sandbar, Antonia Island, Tangke Saltwater Lagoon, Bulobadian Island, Bakwitan Cave, and the Lighthouse. For sure, you’ll never regret booking your next trip here.
4 – Hundred Islands in Alaminos, Pangasinan
I haven’t traveled to Pangasinan yet, but now it’s part of my plans when the budget is ready. The Hundred Islands in Pangasinan is one of those island-hopping destinations that you shouldn’t miss as well. If you’ve studied here in the Philippines, the Hundred Islands were covered under the “Sibika” subject at the elementary level. All of these islands are scattered within the Lingayen Gulf.
In this island-hopping tour, the main attractions are Marcos’ Island, Romulo’s Island, Bat Island, and the Governor’s Island. If you are from Manila, you can take a bus ride for 3 to 4 hours to go to Alaminos, Pangasinan.
5 – Moalboal, Cebu
Moalboal is located in the southwestern part of Cebu, the Queen City of the South. Moalboal is well-known for millions of sardines moving and swimming in a single direction (a.k.a. Amazing Sardine Run). You can see them if you’d like to go scuba diving.
When it comes to island-hopping abroad in the Philippines, the Panagsama Beach and the Pescador Island are some of Moalboal’s main attractions. To get to this place from Manila, you should book your flight to Cebu. After that, you can ride a bus for at least three hours to get to Moalboal.
About the Author:
Jeff Caceres is a guy who likes to work and travel around the world. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science of Commerce, he decided to go full time into his passion to travel abroad and work at the same time as a digital nomad. He’s a guy who loves to explore new places as long opportunity arrives.