The Republic of the Philippines (to give it’s full name) is made up of over 7, 107 Islands. Give or take a few due to high tide and Global warming. In fact I find it quite difficult to get exact details on what is actually considered an island in the Philippines. A sand bar, a hunk of sheer rock in the sea, or a place where you can actually set foot on. Knowing the Philippines quite well by now, I will take the latter on that one.
1) I’ve already traveled the North of the Philippines. Here the air is cooler in places like Sagada or Banaue, the people friendly and the landscapes lush with mountains and rice terraces.
2) There’s Cebu where the expats roam the streets and the city is full of metro life.
3) Palawan, a long strip of beach and rock frequented by divers, the rich, and an occasional backpacker.
4) Then there’s Mindanao, a place constantly in the news as a conflict zone. Yet Davao still remains high on the list of many a expat and traveler.
5) Bohol, tourist land of tarsiers, chocolate hills, mountains and beaches.
6) A tiny little island called Camiguin off the coast of Mindanao offers untouched rural bliss.
7) Then there’s the likes of Boracay A heavily promoted tourist spot who’s prices are so out of touch with the rest of the country it’s hard to believe it’s possible.
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