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Boracay?! Why not visit these 3 Filipino Islands instead?

Boracay is probably the most famous destination in the Philippines, and more than a million visitors visit the 7km long island each year. But for some hardy travellers, they might find the island overly touristic and gimmicky: McDonald’s and 7-Eleven chains sprouting amongst local shops, restaurants and bars with exorbitant prices above the country’s norm, flashy resorts constructed in between shabby villages, children building sandcastles for tips and over-congestion marring the natural beauty of the white sand beaches.

If you share these sentiments and crave a more local experience untainted by tourism, you can consider visiting these 3 islands in the Philippines instead:

1. Siargao (Mindanao)

Cloud 9 Boardwalk, SiargaoBoardwalk leading to the “Cloud 9” surfs
Magpupungko Tidal Pools, SiargaoTidal pools at Magpupungko during low tide Jellyfish lagoon in Sohoton Cove, SiargaoYou can carry these stingless jellyfish on your palm!

How to get there: 45-minute flights ply the Cebu-Siargao route every 1-2days.

YAY: If you are a surfing enthusiast, Siargao is the place for you! The earliest surfers experienced such euphoria from riding the waves, that they dubbed the waves “Cloud 9”. If you are a non-surfer, don’t worry. You can visit the gorgeously green Magpupungko Tidal Pools which appears during low tide, or go for a boat-tour to the jellyfish lagoon (!!) in the Sohoton Cove National Park.

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