Nothing defines Palawan more than the water around it. With seascapes the equal of any in Southeast Asia, and wildlife terrestrial and aquatic, the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most beguiling. Because of its silhouette – a long sliver stretching 650km all the way to Borneo – there’s a certain liberating logic to travel here.
The best beaches of the Philippines
The Philippines are generating a buzz as a less-discovered alternative to southeast Asian beach hotspots like Bali and southern Thailand. It's not hard to see why...
While only 7km tall and 500m wide at its bikini line, tiny Boracay has rapidly become the Philippines' top tourist draw, fueled by explosive growth and a tsunami of hype; in 2013 the readers of Travel & Leisure voted it the second best island destination in the world after Palawan.
Island adventures in the Philippines
The Philippines are justifiably known for their beaches, but the country isn't just about finding an isolated patch of sand and sinking into a sun-kissed stupor...
Sagada & Around
Imagine: mists shredding through dark jungle valleys, lizards carved into coffins stacked like soda cans, bodies hanging from boulders and hot rice wine washing down sweet oatmeal cookies. Got that image in your head? Cool. Very cool, actually – you’re imagining Sagada, and in terms of vibe and temperature, this is as cool as the Cordillera gets.
Relatively unspoiled and of an ideal size for exploration, Camiguin (cah-mee-geen) can be singled out for its imposing silhouette – drop it down next to Hawaii or Maui and it wouldn’t look out of place. With over 20 cinder cones 100m-plus high, Camiguin has more volcanoes per square kilometre than any other island on earth.