This archipelagic province in the Luzon region is a consistent fixture in yearly ‘best of lists’ created by respected travel publications such as Conde Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, and National Geographic Traveler. Palawan pretty much solidifies the reputation of the Philippines as the location of the most enchanting tropical islands this side of the proverbial paradise. Among these magical places is El Nido, home of the stunning Bacuit Archipelago — 45 limestone islands dotted with karst cliffs, white-sand beaches, lagoons, sinkholes, and coves.
Home to 15 separate surf breaks including the acclaimed Cloud 9, the tear dropped shaped island of Siargao is rightfully regarded as the ‘Surfing Capital of the Philippines’. It counts the rock star Anthony Kiedis and the legendary Kelly Slater — the most dominant surfing professional ever — amongst its fans who are in the know. Although one doesn’t need to be a surfer to enjoy the island’s idyllic atmosphere, gorgeous white-sand beaches, coral reefs, secluded waterfalls, tranquil forests, and warm local hospitality.
Bohol is one of the few places in the world where the Tarsiers — those tiny, nocturnal, and cute arboreal primates with bulging eyes — are endemic.
The palm-sized creatures prey on insects, lizards, and even snakes. They move through the rainforest by deftly launching themselves from trunk to trunk; a surefire treat to behold.