Explore some of the most famous beaches in the Philippines

and discover what you can do during your visit to these little pieces of paradise. This map will tell you all about the best things to do and attractions to see while on your trip. We’ve almost made it easy for you to find the top hotels in Philippines nearby to all of these amazing places. Simply choose whether you’re retired, going with friends, visiting as a couple or with your family and start exploring these exotic Filipino beaches.

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Burot Beach
Malapascua Island
Samal Island
Camiguin Island
Mactan Island
Boracay Island
Panglao Island
Siargao Island
El Nido
Honda Bay
Puerto Galera
Burot Beach
Malapascua Island
Samal Island
Camiguin Island
Mactan Island
Boracay Island
Panglao Island
Siargao Island
El Nido
Honda Bay
Puerto Galera
Burot Beach
Malapascua Island
Samal Island
Camiguin Island
Mactan Island
Boracay Island
Panglao Island
Siargao Island
El Nido
Honda Bay
Puerto Galera
Burot Beach
Malapascua Island
Samal Island
Camiguin Island
Mactan Island
Boracay Island
Panglao Island
Siargao Island
El Nido
Honda Bay
Puerto Galera
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Burot Beach

What to do: Camping.

Activities in the area: Burot Beach offers beauty and simplicity. With that simplicity comes no established resorts, not even any electricity. Spend a night under the stars camping with the kids, in the perfect location for you to enjoy playing beach games undisturbed.

What/where to eat: Chez Deo Ristorante Italiano This is the nearest restaurant to Burot Beach. This pizzeria takes care with stone cooking your pizza on a log fire. Generous portions here ensure you make it back home well before you get hungry again.
Chez Deo Ristorante Italiano
Fe St. 4213 Balayan
+63 43 211 6868

Best time to visit: January-May are when Burot Beach experiences its dry season, so this is the best time of year to head over with the kids if you want to minimise any chance of a wet visit.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Park or Verde Island Passage.

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Malapascua Island

What to do: Snorkelling.

Activities in the area: Malapascua possesses an abundance of beauty that surrounds it. Enjoy an adventure out snorkelling with the kids, and experience the wonders of the wildlife. Rock pools around the beaches also offer plenty of marine life for you and the kids find.

What/where to eat: The Craic House has a wide variety of foods serving both European and local Filipino dishes. Keeping everyone in the family happy, a beautiful setting for once you've enjoyed your time at the beach.

Best time to visit: October - April is the high season for tourists so expect busy beaches. However the beach is busy for good reason as these months see the least rainfall and highest temperatures.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Beach games or Rock pooling.

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Samal Island

What to do: Monfort Bat Sanctuary.

Activities in the area: Take yourselves and the kids down to Monfort Bat Sanctuary to learn about the obscure, yet fascinating lives of a bat. With very informative guides, you're guaranteed to leave the caves more informed about these mysterious creatures.

What/where to eat: Venus Resto Bar. This beautifully situated restaurant serves a variety of local and fresh fish dishes. They'll even cook up any fish you may have caught whilst out fishing during the day.
Purok 2 Caliclic
Babak
Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte
Philippines
+63 933 578 0047

Best time to visit: October - April During the season of summer is when the sun is consistently out, with little rainfall. This however does mean that everyone else is looking to holiday during this period so ensure you book early enough.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Kaputian Beach Park or The Coral Garden.

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Camiguin Island

What to do: Swimming in the Springs.

Activities in the area: Blessed with a number of different springs, all with their own uniqueness. Check out Ardent Hot Spring, with temperatures around 40°C. Alternatively if you're all looking to cool off, Sto Nino has cooler springs.

What/where to eat: Shardana Bar & Grill. Catering for a variety of different tastes, Shardana serves German, Italian, and Filipino. Very reasonably priced, and with a friendly atmosphere you can feel comfortable taking the kids along too.
National Road
Bug-ong
Mambajao
Mindanao 9100
Philippines
+639056038968

Best time to visit: All year With Camiguin Island being spared from any Typhoon activity, temperatures also tend to stay consistent with little rainfall. This makes it the perfect destination to go during any period of the year.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Binangawan Falls or Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery.

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Mactan Island

What to do: Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary.

Activities in the area: Get interactive with the sea life at the Nalusuan Island Marine Sanctuary. With its crystal clear waters, and abundance of sea life this is the perfect place to go snorkelling with the kids to see and learn about some of these beautiful creatures.

What/where to eat: Giuseppe Pizzeria & Sicilian Roast. An Italian that even Italians can't falter. Serving traditional Italian dishes, this is a firm choice to keep the kids' appetites filled. A child friendly atmosphere makes this the perfect little place to enjoy lunch or dinner.
Punta Engaño Rd
Lapu-Lapu City
Cebu
Philippines
+63 32 406 2432

Best time to visit: December - March The best time of year to visit to avoid the overly hot temperatures, and rainfall of the wet season, is during this time period.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Lapu Lapu Shrine (aka Liberty Shrine) or Magellan's Marker.

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Boracay Island

What to do: White Beach.

Activities in the area: Enjoy the beauty of White Beach, with its three separate areas to choose between and plentiful activities. Spending the day here definitely won't get boring, and if it does, take a walk along the beach, which is packed with numerous shops, stalls and eateries.

What/where to eat: The Sunny Side Café. This small friendly café serve some well renowned signature breakfast and lunches. With original grilled sandwich combinations, this place isn't to be passed up on.
White Beach Path
Malay
Aklan
Philippines
+63 36 288 2874

Best time to visit: November - May Known to be the dry season this is when you can expect the majority of tourists to be flooding the beaches. With good reason however, as temperatures average 30°C.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Butterfly Garden or Glass Bottom Boat.

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Panglao Island

What to do: Bohol Bee Farm.

Activities in the area: The Bohol Bee Farm offers accommodation as well as a profound restaurant serving delicious home sourced ingredients. The Bee Farm tour is however the real attraction of this place though, and well worth taking the kids too.

What/where to eat: Bohol Bee Farm Restaurant or Saffron. Either of these restaurants will satisfy your appetites, located and serving different cuisines. Saffron is situated with beautiful views looking over the sea, with a friendly vibrant atmosphere.
Dao
Dauis
Panglao Island
6339 Bohol
Philippines
+63 38 510 1822

Best time to visit: November - March This is dry season on Panglao Island; the weather is that much more enjoyable than other times of the year, as temperatures aren't too high and the rainy season hasn't quite started yet either.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Loboc River Cruise or Chocolate Hills.

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Siargao Island

What to do: Ocean Fishing.

Activities in the area: Famous for its sport fishing, take the family to catch dinner for the evening. See what you can collectively catch between you from, yellow fin tuna, sword fish, Spanish mackerel and many others. Make it a competition and you could have enough food for the rest of your holiday.

What/where to eat: The Pleasure Point Cafe Siargao. This small, intimate café serves up some of the islands best coffee, and a tasty lunchtime menu. Providing free Wi-Fi to let you catch up with anything you need, while the kids can enjoy the company of the local kitten that loves to play.
General Luna
Surigao del Norte
Philippines
+63 917 760 3837

Best time to visit: March - November The dry season in Siargao Island runs between these months, with the wet season beginning at the end of November to February.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Siargao Yoga or Island Hopping.

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El Nido

What to do: The Philippine Experience.

Activities in the area: Take you and the kids on a holistic experience, where you'll enjoy all aspects of the Filipino culture. From, hiking, shopping, crafting, weaving, dancing, climbing and playing games. This experience will keep you busy all day long and allow you to indulge fully into the local culture.

What/where to eat: Altrove. The best pizza place in town according to many. With a large open wood fire oven, you're treated to the sight of your food being prepared. Can tend to be busy, so arrive early, or make sure you book.
Calle Hamma
Calle Hama Barangay Buena Suerte
El Nido
Palawan Island 5313
Philippines
+63 917822871

Best time to visit: December - March This is the dry season in El Nido so expect there to many other holiday makers. If you're trying to keep costs down, it's advisable to book early or just outside the peak season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Snorkelling or Caves and Coves.

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Honda Bay

What to do: Island Hopping.

Activities in the area: Find a local island hopping boat tour, and pack your day bags. Explore the beautiful islands that surround you as well as the waters around them. Both the beautiful beaches (Pristine beach) and reefs (Pambato Reef) are enough to blow you away.

What/where to eat: Picnic. Honda Bay doesn't have too much in the way of food places to eat at. This is the perfect time to pack yourselves a picnic to enjoy on the beach with the whole family. It also saves any waiting times, just remember to take any rubbish with you when you leave!

Best time to visit: October - May This immaculate island beach is best enjoyed during the dry season. With the temperatures averaging 30°C the perfect weather for a family holiday away.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Snorkelling or Beach Games.

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Puerto Galera

What to do: Gold Panning.

Activities in the area: Get the kids hunting for gold, where they can join in one of the oldest traditions in the Philippines, they might even find you some treasure.

What/where to eat: Capt’n Greggs. With a nautical theme there's maritime décor hanging all around this restaurant. A western menu with local fish dishes, keeps the little ones happy as well as maintaining its local fishery edge.
Philippines
Sabang Beach
Puerto Galera
Oriental Mindoro
Philippines
+63 43 287 3070

Best time to visit: November - June To avoid any typhoon holiday disruptions it is best advised to book your holiday during the dry season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Go-Karting or Banana Boat.

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Burot Beach

What to do: Beach Activities.

Activities in the area: Enjoy your trip away with each other by camping out on Burot Beach. Indulge in some beach volleyball and finish your evening around a campfire looking out over the sun setting behind the sea.

What/where to eat: Mama Mia Pizzeria. Using homemade ingredients, the pizzas are cooked with care and affection in a hand-crafted brick charcoal oven. Although a selection of pastas are offered if either of you'd prefer.
Apacible & G.Ternida Street | Barangay 3
Calatagan
Luzon 4215
Philippines
+ 639198952096

Best time to visit: January-May If you're looking to revel in hot beach days at Burot then ensuring you travel there during the dry season is essential. A wet camping trip on Burot Beach isn't how you want to spend your holiday.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Snorkelling or Rock pooling.

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Malapascua Island

What to do: Spa.

Activities in the area: Why not pamper you and your partner's tired bodies with a tropical rooftop spa day. A choice between a variety of massages, and holistic mind, body and soul treatments.

What/where to eat: Isla Bonita. A small restaurant with an intimate vibe and friendly owner, who cooks their food fresh. With very reasonable prices and a great variety of European and Filipino dishes, you can't go wrong.
Barangay Logon
6013
Philippines
+0917 430 7160

Best time to visit: October - April This is the high season, that'll see lots of tourists flooding the beaches. The benefit of traveling at this time of year are the better chances of seeing some of the beautiful marine wildlife.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Malapascua Light House or Diving.

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Samal Island

What to do: Resort Hopping.

Activities in the area: Samal Island possesses some of the most romantic and stunning resorts. Paradise Island Parks and Beach Resort offer beautiful white sandy beaches, along with a spa and other amenities.

What/where to eat: Bahay Kubo Restaurant. Very much off the beaten path, this unique tropical restaurant is a firm favourite of many. A very personable experience is created by Alphonse and his wife Jacqueline, serving up quality European and Filipino fare.
Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte
Philippines
+63 912 806 6372

Best time to visit: November - May To enjoy the sun of Samal Island, you're best off visiting during the summer season. This does mean that tourist numbers will be high, so ensure you leave time to book in advance.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Paradise Beach Resort or The Vanishing Island.

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Camiguin Island

What to do: Tanguines Lagoon.

Activities in the area: As part of the 'Benoni Marine Sanctuary' the Tanguines Lagoon can easily be found. It's serene setting makes for the perfect place to go fishing, or alternatively try out the zip line that travels across the water.

What/where to eat: J & A Fishpen Resort and Restaurant. This local restaurant stretches out over the lagoon, where you can book yourself a floating cottage to dine. With the freshest seafood in Camiguin, you can even cook up anything you may have managed to catch during the day.
Barangay Benon
Mahinog
Mindanao 9101
Philippines
+ 63 88 387 4008

Best time to visit: December - June Camiguin is largely spared of a terrible wet season full of typhoons. For this reason visiting Camiguin at any time of the year will provide a positive experience.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery or Waterfalls and Mountain Peaks.

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Mactan Island

What to do: Island Hopping - Scuba Diving.

Activities in the area: Scuba diving trips are available all over Cebu. Taking you between the islands, exploring the wide variety of aquatic animals together with your partner. Dives will be filled with beauty regardless of your level of expertise and experience.

What/where to eat: Lantaw Native Restaurant. This Filipino serving restaurant is set in a beautiful location on stilts in the sea. Creating the perfect seaside atmosphere for you to enjoy a romantic dinner.
Sa Baybayon
Cordova
Cebu
Philippines
+63 32 514 2959

Best time to visit: January - May The summer months are the best time of year if you're looking for a hot sunny time away. Avoid the later months of June and July as the area suffers from the heavy rainfall of the wet season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Magellan Shrine or Enjoy a colourful Filipino cultural show..

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Boracay Island

What to do: Zorb or Zip line.

Activities in the area: Jump either inside a big inflatable ball and roll down the beach, or on a zip line and zip across the beach. Both very exciting experiences that'll leave you with that wind swept beach look.

What/where to eat: Mayas. This beautiful restaurant setting is coupled with incredible service and an exceptional menu. Very flexible on the dishes they serve, compromises to your meal are happily made. The shakes are definitely something that Mayas is known for so don't forget to give one of them a try.
Jony's Beach Resort
Balabag
Aklan Province 5608
Philippines
+63 2886325

Best time to visit: November - May Typically the dry season, the months within tend to display blue skies with warm sunny days. From July to October is where stormy weather with heavy rain can dominate the local climate.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Horseback Riding or Beach or Water Activities.

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Panglao Island

What to do: Tarsier Sanctuary.

Activities in the area: The Tarsier is the smallest primate in the world, and this sanctuary dedicates itself to the survival of many of these tiny creatures. With good viewing areas, and lots of informative posters, you're sure to leave more informed about these beautiful creatures than you arrived. The sanctuary is located a 50 minute drive from Panglao Island, just past Tagbilaran City.

What/where to eat: Oasis Resort Restaurant. This beachside restaurant provides beautiful views, and comfortable seating for you to enjoy your meal in. With an international menu, most tastes are catered well for, leaving you with a difficult choice of great foods to choose between.
Panglao
Bohol
Philippines
+63 38 502 9083

Best time to visit: December - March These are the cooler months of the dry season. Not cold, just cooler than the 38°C temperatures from May to August. Which you'll find after that'll be scattered with unreliable rainy and stormy weather conditions.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Diving or Beach Walking.

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Siargao Island

What to do: Kite Surfing or Kite Boarding.

Activities in the area: Get physical and both try out something new, unless you've been Kite surfing before of course. Located 50m from the lagoon in General Luna. A shallow sandy sea bed provides the perfect conditions to enjoy a day of Kite surfing or boarding!

What/where to eat: Kalinaw Resort Restaurant. A beautiful Italian restaurant that serves very high quality pastas and pizzas. Whilst more expensive than other places, the quality, and experience that is created makes it well worth the cost. What better way to enjoy a romantic dinner for two.
General Luna
Surigao del Norte
Philippines

Best time to visit: November - May Is the height of the dry and thus tourist filled season. However many of the surfers trying to catch the best waves tend to visit from July to November.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Ocean Fishing or Stand-up Paddle board.

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El Nido

What to do: Kayaking.

Activities in the area: Taking Kayaks out into the sea opens up the opportunity to explore areas more difficult to reach. These areas have a lot fewer tourists and some spectacular sights you can share together. One such sight is the Cathedral Cave that lights up when the sunlight comes through holes in the ceiling.

What/where to eat: Republica Sunset Bar. This exceptionally situated restaurant/bar has wonderful views over Corong Corong bay, where the sun sets for a truly sensational sunset dinner. Serving amazing Spanish and Mediterranean foods, you'll enjoy a romantic dinner for two here for sure.
Sitio Lugadia
Corong Corong
El Nido
Palawan
El Nido
Palawan Island 5313
Philippines
+63 905 486 2499

Best time to visit: December - March Are the cooler months of the dry season, where subsequently April to June see temperatures soar above 35°C. These months tend to be busier with tourists as well.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Beach walking (Yaposan Beach, Marimegmeg Beach, Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches) or Mangrove Eco Park.

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Honda Bay

What to do: Snorkelling.

Activities in the area: The coast line round Honda Bay and many of the neighbouring islands is beautiful. With incredible sea life in abundance, you'll be sure to come across some weird and wonderful creatures when snorkelling together.

What/where to eat: Honda Bay is best enjoyed with a home made picnic for you both to enjoy at your leisure. The nearest eatery is quite a while away from the actual bay itself.

Best time to visit: October - May This dry season can be enjoyed between these months, where warm temperatures and little rainfall are the norm. Avoid visiting between September to October as this is when the wet season really sets in.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Try your hand at some local instruments or Sunset beach walks.

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Puerto Galera

What to do: Rent a Vehicle.

Activities in the area: Rent a motorbike and create your own adventure. Head in whatever direction your hearts desire, and you'll be sure to discover something remarkable. Explore the abandoned resorts, or Tamaraw Falls. Alternatively view the island from the highest point you manage to get yourself too.

What/where to eat: Tamarind Restaurant. Overlooks the beach and boats of Sabang, giving a great setting to your meal before you've even chosen what you'd like from the menu. A great selection of Filipino dishes are accompanied by a plethora of American cuisines. Notably the steaks and pork ribs are a must try, arguably the best on the island.
Sabang
Puerto Galera
5203
Philippines
+63 919 861 4363

Best time to visit: November - May These months spell the joyous warm and sunny period of Puerto Galera. If you don't mind risking potential rain over your visit, then the low season from July to October when tourist numbers are down and so are prices.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Massage or Trekking.

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Burot Beach

What to do: Camping.

Activities in the area: If you're traveling with friends and find yourself near Burot Beach, why not stay the night away from your hotel and pitch up a tent for the night. Build yourself a fire to sit round and tell each other stories whilst looking out over those beautiful Pacific waters.

What/where to eat: Sari-Sari store. This is the only store that serves food in Burot. So either pick up food for a picnic on the beach from here, or plan to bring something to eat from the market before you make the trip over to the island.

Best time to visit: January-May For a guaranteed hot and sunny trip away with blue skies, ensure you visit during this dry season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Swim with the marine wildlife or Explore the nearby beaches.

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Malapascua Island

What to do: Scuba-Diving.

Activities in the area: It's impossible to say where the best diving in the Philippines can be enjoyed. However if you want to guarantee yourselves a sight of a rare and illusive shark, Malapascua is the place to go. With sightings all year round of the Thresher shark, it’s the only place these beautiful creatures can be seen consistently and with little chance of disappointment.

What/where to eat: Ristorante Angelina. This Italian Restaurant is highly-rated, which isn't surprising as it serves an array of traditional Italian dishes. You'll find the pizzas cooked in a conventional stone oven, able to be enjoyed on a small beach looking over the glistening waters.
Malapascua Island
Daanbantayan 6013
Philippines
+63 915 340 4906

Best time to visit: October - April Is the high season for this little island, and is when you can expect beaches to be full of other young tourists. However to have the best chance of seeing some of the larger marine animals in your dive try going from December - April.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Explore Kalanggaman Islet or Malapascua Light House.

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Samal Island

What to do: Attend a Festival.

Activities in the area: Check out one of the many festivals they have on Samal Island. Choose between, Caracoles, Kabasan, Regatta, White Knights, Samal or Pangapog Festival. All celebrating diverse occasions at different stages in the year.

What/where to eat: Aznebo Grill & Restaurant. With great food, quick service and very reasonably priced. You can't go wrong with Aznebo Grill & Restaurant. Serving especially good and of course fresh sea food.
Babak
Island Garden City of Samal
8119 Davao del Norte
Philippines
+63 999 513 9347

Best time to visit: October - April Is when the tourists are in full-swing enjoying the beautiful weather and beaches the Philippines have to offer. If you want to miss the large influx of tourists then be sure to look slightly outside these months beyond April and into May.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Bluejaz Beach Resort and Water Park or Pearl Farm or Hagimit Falls or Spelunking.

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Camiguin Island

What to do: Katibawasan Falls Trip.

Activities in the area:If you and your friends are feeling fit and ready for a challenge, test yourselves by reaching Katibawasan. Expect to be trekking, canyoning, rappelling, and climbing your way there.

What/where to eat: La Dolce Vita. Don't be fooled by the slightly drab exterior to this little restaurant, it's all part of the atmosphere. The menu is filled with a number of delicious Italian dishes, catering also for vegetarians. Also offering a great selection of wines for you all to indulge in with your meals.
Camiguin Circumferential Road
Mambajao
Camiguin
Phone number 0906-6968352

Best time to visit: October If you want to enjoy the festivities of Lanzones Festival then aim to get there for the third week in October. As Camiguin Island is located south of the high risk typhoon area of Philippines, it maintains its hot weather and low rainfall year round.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Explore the Cross Marker and Sunken Cemetery or Tuasan Falls or Binangawan Falls.

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Mactan Island

What to do: San Vicente Marine Sanctuary.

Activities in the area: Check out the San Vicente Marine Sanctuary, with great opportunities to go diving and snorkelling in the area. With a variety of tropical marine life to see swimming in the waters. Just hop on a boat across Olango Island.

What/where to eat: Ibiza Beach Club. This pearly white restaurant setting by the beach creates a very sociable environment. Offering a large buffet or an equally profuse array of courses on a well set menu. The Ibiza ambience is created with summer house vibes playing over the speakers with dancers, and those of you that wish to join in.
Punta Engaño Rd
Lapu-Lapu City
Cebu
Philippines

Best time to visit: December - March During the winter months, Mactan enjoys sunny days with cooler evenings. March onwards can see very high temperatures and later into June, typhoons can be expected with heavy falls of rain.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Lapu Lapu Statue or Magellan Shrine.

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Boracay Island

What to do: Beach and Water Sports.

Activities in the area: There are tons of activities to get involved in on the beaches of Boracay. Why not try your hand at Paraw Sailing, Stand-up paddling, or enjoy the views from the skies by going Parasailing with your friends. If the water isn't your forte, there are plenty of other sports to get involved in on the beach, such as beach volleyball or you could even have a go on the zip line.

What/where to eat: Kasbah. This small charming Moroccan cuisine restaurant sources and serves up some really amazing dishes. With very personable service, and located just out of the way of the street sales people. Enjoy your food in peace overlooking the sea.
Station 1 Boracay Hwy Central
Boracay
Malay
Aklan
Philippines
+63 36 288 4790

Best time to visit: November - May This is the known dry season, however the high tourist season lays between December - April. So if you want to enjoy the warm weather but avoid large crowds and expensive accommodation look to organise travel outside of peak tourist season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Crystal Cove Caves or ATV Buggy riding or Snorkelling/Diving.

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Panglao Island

What to do: Hinagdanan Cave.

Activities in the area: Check out the beautiful rock formations of Hinagdanan Cave. Naturally lit from the incoming sunlight, the lake has become a popular swimming spot for those daring enough.

What/where to eat: Tarsier Paprika. Once you've found this place, you won't want to leave. With an exceptional menu of classic Philippine cuisines, the view you can expect to enjoy while eating is mesmerising.
Km 16 hoyohoy tawala
Panglao
6340
Philippines

Best time to visit: March - May Are the prime months to visit boasting great weather and local festivals. However due to the island not being on the typhoon pathway, poor weather conditions can usually be avoided.

Any attractions or activities nearby: QI Retreats or Water Sports.

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Siargao Island

What to do: Surfing.

Activities in the area: Even if you're not a seasoned surfer, regardless of your experience level. Cloud 9 is one of the best surfs in the world and definitely a good place to check off the list. Even just going to watch all the surfers catch the waves is worthwhile.

What/where to eat: Kermit Siargao. This casual Italian and Filipino restaurant has a young, fun and vibrant atmosphere. Enjoy your meal alongside a great selection of cocktails with a lengthy happy hour to accompany.
Purok 5
General Luna
Siargao Island
Philippines
General Luna
8417
Philippines
+63 917 655 0548

Best time to visit: July - November This is the height of the surfing season where the waves at Cloud 9 are at their best.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Magpupungko Beach or Taktak Falls or Island Hopping.

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El Nido

What to do: Sports Activities.

Activities in the area: Why not get physical while on the island of El Nido. Enjoy Kayaking, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Wind Surfing, or many other activities. Whether you and your friends are competitive or not, any of these can be enjoyed regardless.

What/where to eat: Art café. Located in town, and offering live music in the evenings, this is a place to enjoy with friends. Serving both Western and Filipino cuisine there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Serena St
El Nido
Palawan
Philippines
+63 920 902 6317

Best time to visit: December - March The dry season between these months is usually the best time of year to visit. Avoiding both wet and humid conditions, the more manageable temperatures can be enjoyed.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Mangrove Eco Park or Snorkelling.

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Honda Bay

What to do: Island Hopping.

Activities in the area: There are stunningly beautiful islands that surround Honda Bay. Why not explore further afield and bounce between Luli Island, Starfish Island, and discover what sea life there is at Pambato Reef.

What/where to eat: Your island hopping trip is best enjoyed with a packed lunch of anything you wish to bring with you. Just make sure you don't forget any water, because it'll be a thirst quenching day.

Best time to visit: October - May For enjoyable and more moderate temperatures, go to Honda Bay during its dry season.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Snorkelling or Fish feeding.

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Puerto Galera

What to do: The Falls.

Activities in the area: Beautiful falls in Puerto Galera are dotted around the island, and are far too amazing to be missed. Travel to either Tukuran Falls or Tamaraw Waterfalls and swim around in the tranquil waters.

What/where to eat: McRoms Restaurant. Located along Sabang Beach, this premium restaurant serves an array of international dishes. Renowned specialities include the Buttered Fish in Lemon Sauce. As part of a chain, you'll find the prices of meals here very affordable.

Best time to visit: November - June The best months to visit Puerto Galero are from November to June with the later months affected by the wet season. Being just below the typhoon belt, the weather wouldn't be holiday destroying. You just might find yourselves inside out of the rain more than you'd like.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Scuba Diving or Nightlife.

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Burot Beach

What to do: Visit Cape Santiago Lighthouse.

Activities in the area: A short drive south down to the coast will bring you to a historic 1890s light house. Built during the period of the Spanish inquisition, request a tour up the lighthouse from the caretaker for a snapshot back in time.

What/where to eat: The Tree House Restaurant is a modest little restaurant that’s a firm favourite of many of the locals. Catering very traditional Batanguenyo foods, this is the perfect place to immerse yourself in what the local cultures cuisine has to offer. Done so however in a quiet environment allowing you to enjoy your meal together in peace.
Angol
Manoc-Manoc
Aklan Province
Philippines

Best time to visit: January-May Offers the Batangas dry season, which boasts clear skies and hot sunny temperatures.

Any attractions or activities nearby:  Calatagan Mangrove Forest Conservation Park (Calatagan).

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Malapascua Island

What to do: Sunrise/Sunset watching.

Activities in the area: Malapascua is a small remote island, but within its intimate island shores are some incredible locations where you can both watch the sun set. If sunset chasing is what you enjoy doing whilst enjoying your retirement. The best sunset location can be found near the lighthouse. However other good spots can be found either from The Blue Coral Resort, or on the opposite side of the same resort.

What/where to eat: Oscar's offers the islands most premium servings, catering a menu of international dishes, that'll keep everyone satisfied. Located high up on the palm fronds above the Thresher Shark Divers, offering a gorgeous open air view of the sunset in the evening.
Bounty Beach
Malapascua Island
Daanbantayan
6013 Cebu
Philippines
+63 927 612 3359

Best time to visit: May - September experiences higher rainfall, which means fewer tourists. However December - April is when the waters are richest with larger marine animals.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Island Hopping.

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Samal Island

What to do: Hagimit Falls.

Activities in the area: Enjoy your well earned down time and relax in the tranquil waters at Hagimit Falls, where you can spend the day away from the noise of the city.

What/where to eat: The Bahay Kubo Restaurant. is a firm island favourite that has a particularly amiable and intimate touch. The restaurant's owner and chef Alphonse and his wife, Jacqueline both provide a personable fresh menu with locally caught seafood for you.
Island Garden City of Samal
Davao del Norte
Philippines
+63 912 806 6372

Best time to visit: April At the end of the month Caracoles de Samal a festival celebrating the islands marine life and local culture can be experienced.

Any attractions or activities nearby: The Hagimit Falls or Monfort Bat Cave.

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Camiguin Island

What to do: Giant Clams Ocean Nursery.

Activities in the area: Take a pleasant trip to the bottom of the island to visit the Giant Clam sanctuary, an amazing experience and opportunity to learn about the wonders of different clams. Housing over 2,600 clams, seven of which are a species of giant clam. You can both get up close and personal by going for a light swim at Kaliba Beach located within the sanctuary.

What/where to eat: Casa Roca Inn is a brilliantly quaint rural restaurant that serves a variety of dishes from Filipino to North American or Italian. A personable and family run place, the location and atmosphere offer an experience perfect for the older couple.
National Highway
Baring
Naasag
Camiguin
Mambajao
9100
Philippines
+63 88 387 9500

Best time to visit: December - June See the lowest rainfall of the year. But without a dedicated monsoon season, rainfall and temperatures are largely similar all year round.

Any attractions or activities nearby: There are a number of beautiful natural attractions to see, from water falls (Katibawasan, Tuasan, Binangawan) or springs (Ardent Hot springs, Sto Nino Cold spring). There's also the famous (and still active) volcano Hibok-Hibok that’s well worth exploring.

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Mactan Island

What to do: Ocean Dreamer Island Tours.

Activities in the area: Take a trip round the local islands, by catching a boat over to Olango Island and meeting with a tour guide and their team. The experience you share will also introduce you to the wonderful sea-life that swim around the shores of these special islands.

What/where to eat: Abaca Restaurant. A small boutique restaurant perfect for two that serves traditional Filipino foods, whilst also catering a number of other European dishes.
Punta Engaño Rd
Lapu-Lapu City
6015 Cebu
Philippines
+63 32 495 3461

Best time to visit: December - March The temperatures aren't as hot and humid between this time, also missing the monsoon conditions between July and August.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Witnessing some Filipino colourful cultural shows. or Visit the Magellan’s Marker and learn more about the history of why it was built..

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Boracay Island

What to do: Beach walking.

Activities in the area: The two main beaches on Boracay island are both exceptionally beautiful, yet very different beaches. White beach is the tourist hub, with an array of food outlets and seaside activities on offer. Only a kilometre away, Bulabog beach is a quiet, much smaller, more secluded beach.

What/where to eat: Dos Mestizos provides a mixture of Spanish and Mediterranean seafood, with the owners choosing a menu that reflects their Castilian origin. Some must try dishes include; the pescado el salsa mongja, lengua estofada, or try a number of dishes and order some tapas.
Remedios street, Sitio Manggayad
Boracay Island
Sunset Road
Malay
5608 Aklan
Philippines
+63 36 288 5786

Best time to visit: December - April Between these months are the peak season of Boracay. Which is also when many of the islands festivities and sporting events occur.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Willy's Rock - Offers a fantastic sunset photo opportunity or Butterfly Garden located on bolabog beach.

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Panglao Island

What to do: Dolphin Watching.

Activities in the area: Leave Dumaluan Beach in the early hours and take a boat out to sea to go dolphin watching. An experience that you can fully take advantage of with your free time. There will also be the opportunity to get out and snorkel so make sure you're prepared for a boat trip of a lifetime.

What/where to eat: Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast Italian is a must visit Italian. This popular restaurant destination has a menu that'll keep everyone happy. Enjoy your meal out together accompanied with a selection of great wines.
Tawala
Panglao Island
(975 meters away from Alona Beach)
Panglao Island
Bohol
Philippines
+63 38 502 4255

Best time to visit: March - May Offer the best weather conditions coupled with fiestas. Although the island enjoys many months of good weather, not being on the typhoon path.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Loboc River Cruise or Baclayon Church or visit Chocolate Hills.

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Siargao Island

What to do: Island Tour.

Activities in the area: Join an island tour to really explore the area. Visit the mangroves and witness salt water crocodiles in their natural habitat. If that's not your thing, why not make your way to Del Carmen an old settlement founded by the Spanish, for a real history lesson.

What/where to eat: Patrick’s on the Beach. is a beautiful resort that is situated in General Luna, surrounded by palm trees and white sand beaches. A popular mecca for many surfers that enjoy riding the waves of the world famous Cloud 9 surf breaks. Preferring the drier shores why not both watch the surfers as you enjoy a meal looking out over this picturesque setting.
General Luna
Siargao Island 8419
Siargao
Surigao del Norte
Philippines
+63 918 481 6483

Best time to visit: March - May Are the best months of weather for island hopping. However if its surfing you want to see July to October is when the surf is at its peak.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Magpupungko Rock Pool or Tiktikan Lake.

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El Nido

What to do: Island Hopping.

Activities in the area: El Nido is based in Bacuit Bay, with a number of different tour packages available for you to choose from. Each trip taking you around the beaches, caves and coves the islands offer.

What/where to eat: The Happiness Beach Bar. This small intimate diner offers a very personable touch, with fantastic food. Recommended dishes include the Falafel or Hummus plate. The setting can be enjoyed with a stunning sunset, which makes up the rest of the holistic experience gained from an aptly named bar.
El Nido
Palawan
Philippines

Best time to visit: December - March will enable you to enjoy the dry season, although up until May will also have warm weather. April and May is the high season, so avoid high prices and busy roads.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Mangrove Eco Park or Nacpan and Calitang Twin Beaches.

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Honda Bay

What to do: Island Hopping.

Activities in the area: Take a relaxing boat tour from Honda Bay and make your way around island hopping the local islands.

What/where to eat: Kalui Restaurant. A small traditional Filipino restaurant, that serves Philippine, Seafood, other Asian, and Vegetarian dishes. The bamboo and artwork create an ambiance that can hardly be matched in the local area. Alternatively you can opt to take lunch with you whilst you island hop.
369
Rizal Avenue
Puerto Princesa
Palawan
Philippines
+63 48 433 2580

Best time to visit: October - May This is the optimal time to go with temperatures being manageable and rain fall being rare. For those cheaper prices, the off-peak season is from September - November.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Drive up Mt. Cleopatra's Needle.

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Puerto Galera

What to do: Visit Abandoned Resorts.

Activities in the area: Puerto Galera is home to a number of derelict resorts that have become part of the islands history. These abandoned buildings can be interesting to walk around and explored with care.

What/where to eat: Hemingway Bar and Restaurant. This illustriously renowned restaurant is a favourite of many travellers. Serving international dishes that follow the travels of one of the worlds most famous writers Ernest Hemingway. Covering Cuban, Spanish, Caribbean, Italian cuisines to name a few. You'll both have an abundance of choice when it comes to picking something from this menu.
Hemingway's Bistrot
Sabang Beach
Puerto Galera
5203 Oriental Mindoro
Philippines
+63 920 206 0553

Best time to visit: July - October Are considered to be off-season, this meaning cheaper accommodation and travel to the island. November to June are warmer months to enjoy but expect beaches and attractions to be busy.

Any attractions or activities nearby: Visit Mangyan Village or Visit any of the Talipanan, Tamaraw, Tukuran, falls.

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