The islands all look good in photos...
The islands all look good in photos… Corno van den Berg

The Philippines is made up of around 7.107 islands, so it’s perfect for island hopping. You can take a ferry, or try one of the locally built wooden fishing boats. Or you can take a sailboat. A ferry is nothing but a way to get from A to B, so you might as well try something more exciting.

A wooden fishing boat is more something you’d imagine in a tropical place like this: a nice wooden deck to catch some sunshine, the sun on your face and the wind in your hair. The sea all around, here and there an island with palm trees, beaches and villages.

A local is happy to be in the picture.
A local is happy to be in the picture. Corno van den Berg

You have to experience the Philippines, above and under water. There are many options for exploring the underwater world here: there’s famous Apo Island with its sea turtles, Donsol with its whale shars, Coral Garden near Puerto Gellera and Hundred Islands National Park. But everywhere is great for snorkelling and diving, really. And you venturing out on your own can sometimes be the most exciting way to explore.

Kids enjoying a snack in the shade of a tree.
Kids enjoying a snack in the shade of a tree. Corno van den Berg
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