7 Best Summer Destinations in the Philippines ...


If you ask me, there is a long list of summer destinations in The Philippines. The country where I came from is a land of perpetual summer bliss and blessed with 7,107 islands to choose from. I just got back from my vacation there and wanted to share to you my favorite summer destinations in The Philippines:

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Kalanggaman Island

Kalanggaman Island There are no resorts or holiday accommodation on the island itself but don't get discouraged because its real, pristine, virgin beach is enough reason for you to take that boat and head off to this island shaped like a bird (hence, the name kalanggaman). The island is located in Palompon, Leyte in Eastern Visayas but can be reached via Cebu - the country's second largest city. This is one of the least visited summer destinations in the Philippines so it's not really packed, unlike number 2.


Imagine yourself basking under the sun, with the fine white sand beneath your feet and the crystal-clear waters lapping at the shore. Kalanggaman Island is a hidden gem where serenity meets beauty. Perfect for those seeking a tranquil escape, it's a tropical paradise for sun-lovers and water enthusiasts alike. Whether you want to swim, snorkel or just laze around, the island's unspoiled nature promises a blissful retreat. Accessible via a scenic boat ride, this secluded sanctuary offers day tours for you to indulge in an idyllic day-trip away from the bustling city life.



Boracay This one is a crowded beach but I still included it in the list because Boracay is FUN! Several resorts line up in this multi-recognized travel destination where people of different races converge to spend days frolicking on the beach and enjoying different water sports.


Boracay is a small island located in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. It is known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, and vibrant nightlife. The island has been consistently ranked as one of the top beach destinations in the world, attracting millions of tourists each year. In addition to its beautiful beaches, Boracay also offers a wide range of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and island hopping. It is also home to numerous luxury resorts and budget-friendly accommodations, making it a popular destination for all types of travelers. Despite its popularity, the island has been working towards sustainable tourism practices to preserve its natural beauty for future generations to enjoy.



Baguio/Sagada From the capital city of Manila, you can take an eight-hour public bus to Baguio. Pine trees surround this city known as the Summer Capital of the Philippines. If you have more days to spare, from Baguio you can reach another destination in the Mountain Province called Sagada. Take a bus that will travel five to six hours before you arrive in heavenly Sagada. There is so much to see there: burial caves, hanging coffins, rice terraces. Don’t worry, everyone speaks English so you won’t get lost if you don’t speak the native language.


Venturing into Baguio's cool climate offers a delightful respite from the tropical heat, where the aroma of pine and vibrant flower blooms set a unique highland atmosphere. Be sure to explore the Burnham Park, stroll along the captivating Session Road, and enjoy the panoramic views from Mines View Park. As you ascend to Sagada, embrace adventure with the exhilarating Sumaguing and Lumiang Caves. Witness the mystical charm of the Echo Valley's hanging coffins—a testament to the area's rich cultural heritage. Amidst all this, a serene encounter with the emerald-green Banaue Rice Terraces—often dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World," is an absolute must for any traveler.



Tagaytay Dan Brown in his book Inferno described Manila as the "gates of hell" that infuriated some Filipinos. I wasn't one of them. Truth is, Manila is generally crazy hot. Tagaytay is a happy, cool escape from the capital heat and only two hours away. Think verdant gardens, a variety of resorts to choose from, and captivating views. Add great food to the mix and you're all set! The main tourist destination is Taal Volcano, the world’s smallest volcano.


Feed your adventurous spirit by trekking down to the crater of Taal Volcano where a stunning lake awaits. But Tagaytay isn't just about the awe-inspiring natural sights, it's also a culinary haven. Indulge in a bowl of steaming bulalo (beef marrow stew) while overlooking the lush scenery. For a touch of romance, dine in one of the many cliff-side restaurants that offer a panoramic view of Taal Lake, especially mesmerizing at sunset. With its blend of relaxation, scenery, and sumptuous cuisine, Tagaytay truly is a refreshing getaway.



Davao This city in Mindanao, southern Philippines, has a special place in my heart because of a garden resort named Eden. The city exudes mixed vibes of old and new, traditional and modern, oriental and western. It is home to many resorts too. When in Davao, eat the durian fruit but be warned, it may be too strong for you.


Eden is just the tip of the iceberg; Davao is brimming with natural splendor and urban charm. Dive into the clear waters of Samal Island, or take a trek up Mount Apo, the Philippines' highest peak. The city's rich cultural tapestry is evident in its vibrant night markets, eclectic cuisine, and the annual Kadayawan Festival which celebrates bountiful harvests with street dances and colorful parades. Davao is also known for its conservation efforts, most notably the Philippine Eagle Centre, providing a sanctuary for the majestic national bird. A visit gives you a taste of the region's commitment to nature and heritage.

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Bantayan Island

Bantayan Island The island is four to five hours away from Cebu City. You will have to travel by land and sea to get to this place. Once there, you have the freedom to choose which resort to stay in. I recommend doing prior research because it will save you money, time, and pressure. There’s a resort there where rooms are made of container vans, you might want to try that out.


Travelers to Bantayan Island are welcomed by pristine white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and scuba diving. A sanctuary of tranquility, this island paradise captivates with its laid-back charm and natural beauty. The local cuisine, especially seafood, is a must-try, with fresh catches available daily. As part of your itinerary, consider exploring the old church of Sts. Peter and Paul, which dates back to the 16th century, or taking a leisurely bike ride around the peaceful coastal roads. Whether it's for adventure or relaxation, Bantayan promises an unforgettable escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.


Canigao Islet

Canigao Islet If you're adventurous, go to Canigao. It is uninhabited so there's no electricity but the beach is filled with energy. The northern part of the island is a marine sanctuary so expect great views underwater. There are no developments yet around the islet so you can say that it’s a destination that only locals have so far enjoyed. It’s located near the municipality of Matalom in Leyte (Eastern Visayas) and can be reached by motorized boats. Be sure to bring your own stash of food and water though when you're there.

Are there any readers who have visited these islands? What do you think of them?

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Awesome beaches!!!!!! it will be in my bucket list for sure.

You forgot about Palawan it's also very beautiful 🌴

omg philippines ??? PROUD TO BE PINOY ;D

Pinoy :)

Where in Batangas?

Super YES to Kalanggaman Island at Palompon, Leyte. I've been there last summer and it's one of the best beaches I've went to. PROUD PINOY here! ❤️

I agree with Izabella. You missed out one of the most beautiful islands in the Philippines - Palawan. Not to be missed!

Pinoy and proud

fr. Batangas,Philippines here :)

omg i wish i can go their.....everything is beautiful...

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