Reading stories from foreign visitors about the rich marine biodiversity of my home country gave me the inspiration to write these reasons to visit the Philippines. The country, aptly called the Pearl of the Orient Seas, has been hammered, whacked, bruised and tattered but it's not the type to surrender. Today, it bounces back after Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan struck parts of the country last November. What many people do not understand – and media reports contributed to this misinformation – is that Tacloban City is only one of the cities of the Philippines. The country is home to 7,107 islands with various flavors, lifestyle and sceneries. More than four months after that catastrophic event, here are seven island destinations which can be your reasons to visit the Philippines.
1. Malapascua Island, Cebu
The island located north of Cebu City is known worldwide as a diving destination. It is home to the Monad Shoal, an underwater island where thresher sharks are seen every day from 5:30 to 7:30 a.m. within recreational diving depth. Its white sand beach is a joy to behold especially from March to May. There are more than 40 resorts and dive shops in the island. The island quickly recovered from effects of the typhoon thanks to the help of foreign and local individuals and organizations. Unity in diversity – meaning foreigners and locals co-existing harmoniously – is best exemplified in this island making it one of the many reasons to visit the Philippines.