The forested island of Capul, west of Dalupiri, has a delightfully easygoing pace of life. It was a galleon staging post during Spanish days – the name probably comes from Acapulco, where the ships were headed – and has a lighthouse and ruined fort, which you can just glimpse upon arrival, where sentries once combed the horizon for Moro pirates. There's only electricity from 4pm till midnight.

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1. Seven Islands

8.77 MILES

This remote cluster of islands lies east of Capul. Previously virgin territory, a new beach resort has started to put them on the map. Sila Island is…

2. Bulusan Volcano National Park

22.69 MILES

About 16km southwest of Barcelona is Bulusan Volcano National Park. Just inside the park, Bulusan Lake is a popular picnic spot, and there’s a 1.8km…

3. Rock Formations

23.31 MILES

Some of the most renowned rock formations are 2km to 3km from Biri town. Head to the northeast edge of the island, where two boardwalks take you halfway…