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The Philippines off the beaten track: 15 destinations and insider tips for explorers

The Philippines off the beaten track: 15 destinations and insider tips for explorers

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The Philippine archipelago offers so many wonders of nature where sea and sand, rock and vegetation combine at will. To this unique identity, add a bundle of cultural influences and you will fully appreciate its charm. Still, besides the hotspots, there is a lot to discover.

15 Insider tips for Backpackers in the Philippines

Boracay Island, Alona Beach, El Nido, and, maybe even with the rice terraces of Banaue - these are the names of the top destinations that most backpackers and many individual travelers who have been to the Philippines can somehow relate to. 

But, what about the other destinations among the 7,107 Philippine islands?

This beautiful tropical country that boasts emerald lakes and countless mountain peaks allows travelers to have an adventure like no other. There’s no doubt that the Philippines is the place for spontaneous adventures, romantic getaways, and interesting cultural experiences,  where visitors can spend time in the cities and see the life of the locals, immerse themselves in the secret islands, and enjoy the majesty of the sun, sand, and sea. 

If you are thinking of having a dream vacation in the Philippines, this article should inspire you to go on a journey to discovering the country’s off-the-beaten tracks. We’re here to tell you that it will be worth it!
1. Camiguin Island
Beautiful Camiguin Island two boats on white sand beach with mountains and blue skies
Camiguin will easily be a favorite island for backpackers because it is incredibly varied! Here, snorkelers and divers get their money's worth, adventurers can hike the "Hibok Hibok" - one of the seven volcanoes on the island, there are also "hot springs" and "cold springs", and unspoiled waterfalls. The sporty ones can rent a bike and explore the approximately 65 km island of Camiguin in one day. In addition, hotspots like the "sunken cemetery", an underwater cemetery, or White Island with a magnificent view of Camiguin should not be missed during a visit. A trip to nearby Mantigue Island is also highly recommended. Here you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, sunbathing, or exploring the mini trail of the forest the tiny island offers.

Our Tip:

The Philippines tends to have high relative humidity. As a very good thirst quencher, fresh coconuts can be bought on the way. The Buko juice is an excellent natural alternative to commercial isotonic drinks.

Getting there:

The easiest way to reach Camiguin is from Cebu City, either by night ferry or plane. Otherwise, there are also connections from Jagna (on Bohol) or from Balingoan and Cagayan de Oro (both on Mindanao).
2. Siargao Island
3. Samal Island, Davao City
4. Vigan City
5. Cagayan de Oro
6. Leyte
7. Donsol
8. Pagudpud
9. Bantayan Island
10. Apo Island
11. Siquijor Island
12. Anda
13. Caramoan, Camarines Sur
14. Grande Island Santa Cruz, Zamboanga
15. Palaui Island, Cagayan Valley

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