Nine of the most beautiful smaller islands to visit in the Philippines

Did you know there are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines? So there is no doubt that the country is the place to go if you are thinking of going island-hopping. But having to pick from that many might not be as fun. To make it easier for you to decide, we have picked out the nine out of the thousands of islands that you definitely should not miss.

1. Matinloc Island, Palawan 


Located in El Nido, Matinloc Island is a must on everybody’s list. Some of the most famous tourist attractions you will find are the Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach and Hidden Beach. The beaches are tucked away behind the iconic limestone formations in El Nido where the best panoramic views of the area await. You can make these stops including the Star Beach and Helicopter Island as part of El Nido’s Tour C package.

2. Miniloc Island, Palawan


Another island not to be missed while you are in El Nido is Miniloc. It is famed for its beautiful aquamarine lagoons: Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon and Secret Lagoon. Paddle through the amazing wonders of nature that is on this island aboard kayaks which are available for rent on site. You will find these stops on the El Nido Package A tour, as well as Shimizu Island and Seven Commandos Beach. 

3. Islas de Gigantes, Iloilo

On the province of IIoilo, sit a group of lesser-known islands called Islas de Gigantes. A tour around the islands will take you to stops like the picture-perfect Bantigue Island, Bakwitan Cave, Antonia Beach and Cabugao Gamay that has a rock hill and a prime viewing point. Seafood lovers will be delighted to know that there is an abundance of scallops on these islands and can look forward to a sumptuous seafood feast. 

4.  Panglao Island, Bohol