Exploring the Lesser-Known Islands of the Philippines

It’s no secret that the Philippines is renowned for its stunning beaches and rich culture. However, besides the popular tourist destinations like Manila and Boracay, there’s so much that this country has to offer! Especially if you’re someone who enjoys low-key and private beaches and vacations. That’s why we’ve decided to create a list of its hidden gems waiting to be discovered. So, if you’re looking for a unique and secluded place to visit this summer , here are some lesser-known islands of the Philippines.

Siquijor

Siquijor is not only known for its pristine beaches but also for its mystical charm. Legend has it that the island is home to shamans and healers who practice ancient rituals and herbal medicine. You’ll be able to explore the island’s lush interior, where dense forests hide hidden waterfalls and natural springs believed to have healing properties. Also, make sure to visit the famous Balete Tree, a massive banyan tree with roots that snake down to the ground. And don’t forget about Capilay Spring Park either, a serene oasis perfect for picnics and watching sunsets. So, if you’re in need of some pure relaxation and rejuvenation, this could be the perfect spot for you!

Camiguin

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Camiguin may be small, but it packs a punch when it comes to natural attractions. The island is home to seven volcanoes, including the towering Mount Hibok-Hibok, which offers challenging yet rewarding hikes with breathtaking views. Nature lovers will appreciate the diversity of ecosystems found on the island, from lush rainforests to black sand beaches and coral reefs. Don’t miss the chance to soak in the rejuvenating waters of Ardent Hot Springs or explore the underwater world at Mantigue Island Marine Sanctuary. This island is the perfect mix of adventure and bliss, which makes it ideal even for family vacations.

Samar

If you’re an outdoor freak who loves to explore untouched land, then we have something for you too. Samar is known for its rugged terrain, dense jungles, and unspoiled beauty. Outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty to do here, from trekking through the dense forests of Samar Island Natural Park to exploring the intricate cave systems of Sohoton and Calbiga. The island is also home to stunning waterfalls, such as Tarangban Falls and Lulugayan Falls, where visitors can cool off in the refreshing waters after a day of adventure. For a taste of local culture, be sure to visit the historic town of Basey, famous for its intricately woven banig mats.

Catanduanes

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Catanduanes is a haven for surfers and nature lovers alike. The island’s rugged coastline is dotted with pristine beaches, hidden coves, and towering cliffs, making it a paradise for beachcombers and adventure seekers. Surf enthusiasts will find some of the best waves in the country at Puraran Beach, where the legendary “Majestic” waves draw surfers from around the world. Away from the coast, the island’s interior is home to lush rainforests, stunning waterfalls, and diverse wildlife. You won’t experience one dull moment here. There’s so much to do — from hiking, birdwatching, to eco-tourism.

Kanita is a wanderlust-fueled traveler with an inclination for unraveling the mysteries of history, the paranormal, and the bizarre world of medicine. As a true crime buff, Kanita's nights are often spent delving into the depths of chilling mysteries. Yet, it's not just the paranormal that captivates her—her background in medicine fuels a fascination with the weird and wonderful world of medical oddities, from twisted historical practices to the myths and legends that shroud the field. From exploring haunted locales to uncovering the strange and morbid tales of medical history, Kanita is your guide to the unconventional, the unexplained, and the downright eerie.

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