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Island Hopping

About Island Hopping in Philippines


The Philippines is a tropical paradise blessed with over 7,600 islands, each beautiful in its own way. If visiting the different islands of the Philippines is on your bucket list, then the best way to explore them is to go island-hopping.

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in the country because it takes you to see, not only the various islands, but also the beaches as well as the many snorkeling and dive sites for your dose of underwater thrills.


The island-hopping experience

The transportation mode of choice for island-hopping in the Philippines is a boat. This boat ferries passengers to the various islands and beaches that are included in your tour's itinerary. When you stop by an island, you will be allowed to explore it and enjoy the activities listed on your tour, while your boat waits for you to take you to the next attraction.

Though you can do island hopping DIY-style, most island hopping is done by organized tours, with an itinerary and schedule. If you don't want to be hassled with planning your own itinerary or finding a boatman for your trip, then organized tours are recommended for you. In some organized tours in some destinations, packed lunch is already included in the package.


Island hopping destinations

Whether untouched or developed, the Philippines has so many beautiful islands scattered across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, but if you want to narrow your search for your island-hopping trip, some destinations stand out because of the amazing island-hopping experience that they present to travelers.

In Luzon, Palawan is among those destinations best known for their island-hopping. With three amazing locations that feature a remarkable host of islands and beaches, you will definitely have an unforgettable experience for your trip.

El Nido is at the forefront when it comes to amazing island-hopping adventures in Palawan. Named as one of the best beaches by Conde Nast Traveler, its natural attractions surely won't disappoint. Travelers can choose from an array of island-hopping tours named as Tour A, Tour, B, Tour C, and Tour D. The tours have varied itineraries and different sets of attractions depending on which one you intend to visit. The most popular would have to be Tour A, which takes you to the lagoons and beaches of Bacuit Bay. Featuring crystal clear waters and a bustling marine life and coral reef, these islands allow you to enjoy various activities, from swimming to kayaking and snorkeling

Not to be outdone is Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan. It also offers island-hopping tours that will take you to see the amazing islands of Honda Bay. Feast your eyes on the beauty and wonder of Luli Island, Starfish Island, and Cowrie Island- just some of the islands that are commonly included on the Honda Bay island-hopping tour.

Then there's Coron, which is known for its wreck diving sites and also boasts many amazing bodies of water which you can explore via an island-hopping trip. Just like El Nido, it has several tours that you can choose from, but if you want to enjoy the best of Coron's attractions, tour A is the way to go. Explore its most popular offerings, from the cleanest lake in the Philippines (Kayangan Lake) to the various beaches like CYC beach and Vivian Beach.

Boracay is undoubtedly one of the Philippines' best beach destinations so it comes as no surprise that it also offers island-hopping experiences. If you're exploring Visayas, you might want to avail of Boracay's island hopping tour which will take you to the underrated spots in the island such as Crystal Cove and Puka Beach.

Meanwhile, if you want to explore the hidden gems of Mindanao, head to Surigao del Sur and go on an island-hopping tour to the Britania Islands. This group of untouched islands will give you the serene tropical getaway that you seek. Naked Island, Boslon Island, and Hiyor-hiyoran Island are only some of the places that you will be able to discover when you go on this tour.