At first glance, Sibuyan looks like ecotourism heaven. The island has an impressive peak, an exceptional amount of intact primary forest, loads of waterfalls and a high percentage of endemic species, leading local resorts to cleverly promote it as 'the Galapagos of Asia'. But in reality there is only one quality resort, hardly any beaches, very little snorkelling (the island is surrounded by a coral plate), no towns of note and no poster animals. The only endemism you're likely to see is tropical plants, and most won't impress you unless you're a botanist. The exception is spectacular Mt Guiting-Guiting (2058m), one of the Philippines' best climbs – if you go about it carefully.
Of the few lethargic towns here, Magdiwang on the northern coast is noteworthy as the gateway to Mt Guiting-Guiting and the main island entry point. Cajidiocan and San Fernando in the south have a few attractions and services.