Hundreds Island, Philippines

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We know how difficult it is to choose which of the 7,107 islands to explore first. But if you’d like to hit roughly 100 islands in all at once, the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos is the place to go.

Head to Don Gonzalo Montemayor wharf in Barangay Lucap and rent an outrigger or two. This is the quintessential island hop, where you’ll be visiting islands of all shapes and sizes. Some simply look like little pieces of land. Others have intact cave systems and hilly terrain; fantastic for all-out hiking and camping.Governor’s Island has a viewing deck, and even a small house that can be rented.
There are 123 islands covering 1,844 hectares. Many of them have attention-grabbing names such as “Devil’s Island” and“Kissing Island.” And of course, like the rest of the country, the water is an exceptional hue of blue-green and holds fantastic coral reefs. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!

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Maria Cristina Falls, Philippines

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The Maria Cristina Falls is the Second Highest Falls in the Philippines with a 320 feet high waterfall which is located in the boundaries of Barangay Maria Cristina, Ditucalan, and Buru-un, Iligan City, 9.3 kilometers away southwest of the city proper.

Maria Cristina Falls is sometimes called the “twin falls” as the flow is separated by a rock at the center of the waterfall. Maria Cristina Falls considered as the most splendid falls among the 23 waterfalls found in Iligan City mainly because it offers an alluring natural beauty and grandeur of Mother Nature. As a matter of fat, is it called as the Mother of Industry and Fountainhead of Progress because it generates 70% of Mindanao’s electricity system.

Tubbataha Reefs, Philippines

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This wonder of the underwater world is a source of Philippine pride.Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is one of the best dive sites in the world. An astonishing density and diversity of coral and fish thrive in this underwater sanctuary.

The country’s first national marine park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And in October 2012, the Future Policy Awards in Hyderabad recognized the Tubbataha Reefs as a global model in coral reef conservation, giving it two Silver Awards.

This is a place for environmentally-conscious travelers. Visitors who experience its beauty become aware of their responsibility to protect it for future generations.

Mount Mayon, Philippines

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World-renowned for its near-perfect cone shape, Mayon Volcano is the province’s most iconic landmark. Towering almost 8,000 feet above sea level, the volcano dominates the center of three lively cities and 15 vibrant towns. It gets its name from the local word “Magayon,” which means “beautiful.”

Best known as the Mayon Volcano, Mount Mayon is an active volcano        located in Legaspi City, Albay. It is one of the best nature spot in the       Philippines mainly because of its “perfect cone” formation which is almost in symmetric conical shape.

Bulkang Mayon (locally coined term) is actually the most active volcano in the Philippines with over 48 times recorded eruptions in the past 400 years.

Puerto Princesa, Philippines

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Puerto Princesa is a coastal city on Palawan Island in the western Philippines. It’s a base for boat trips through the massive limestone caves and underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles and rays. Close to the port is the 19th-century Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral.

In the center, the Palawan Museum displays exhibits on the city’s history and people. South of the city, the Irawan Eco Park has hiking trails and ziplines through the forest canopy. A boat ride away off Palawan’s eastern coast, the islands of Honda Bay are dotted with white-sand beaches and resorts. The bay’s clear waters and coral reefs are home to a rich variety of marine life, including starfish on Starfish Island. There are more secluded beaches on Palawan’s west coast, including Nagtabon, known for its shallow waters.

Boracay Island, Philippines

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Out of all the islands in the world, Travel+Leisure Magazine chose to name Boracay as its Best Overall Island of 2012.

Located in Malay, Aklan, Western Visayas, Boracay is just seven kilometers long, and less than a kilometer wide at its narrowest point – a postcard-sized tropical paradise.

Any iconic photos of Boracay you’ve seen are likely to be from the westward-facing White Beach — four kilometers of white, powdery fine sand dotted with resorts, shops, and restaurants.

White Beach is composed of three sections.

The northernmost section – Station 1 – has the widest beachfront. This has the best (and most expensive) resorts and hotels.

The center of White Beach is Station 2. People come here to eat, shop, and party.

If you’re looking for a quieter area, then Station 3, the southernmost section, is for you.

Because the waters off White Beach are calm during Amihanseason (November to May), tourism is at its peak during these months when the northeastern winds blow. Conditions reverse during the rainy season, when the Habagat or monsoon winds blow.

Bulabog Beach, on the eastern side of the island opposite White Beach, has large waves and strong winds year-round. This makes it a hotspot for windsurfing and kiteboarding. In fact, Bulabog Beach is considered Asia’s top kitesurf destination.

Whichever side of the island or end of the beach you choose, there’s a room for every type of traveler here. Budget accommodations start at around US$ 17, and can go all the way to US$ 300 per person at prime resorts like Discovery Shores.

And because Boracay gets tourists from different parts of the globe, you’ll find a wide variety of food choices: Chinese, Indian, American, Mexican, French, Italian, Swiss —even Moroccan food! Fresh seafood is a given.

There’s no shortage of activities for you at this island paradise. Boracay has around 25 dive sites that cater to all levels of experience. You can go parasailing. Take a paraw (native outrigger boat) for a tour of the island. Go waterskiing. Or cliff diving.

After all the sports, indulge in a luxurious massage right on the beach or at one of the spas. Enjoy a healthy fruit shake at Jonah’s. Take a relaxing dip at the infinity pool of the Shangri-La Resort and Spa, with its mesmerizing view of the sea. Shop for shell jewelry. And when the sun goes down, you can head to any of Boracay’s bars for a taste of the island nightlife. Cocktails, draft beer, and imported ales flow nightly as live bands and pounding disco music entertain you.

Most importantly, don’t forget to soak up some rays and lounge around on the fine white sand that made Boracay famous.