June 05, 2017

Five Most Romantic Islands in the Philippines

People ask me all the time what are the most romantic places to visit, so I figured that I should write a quick guide about it. Only when I sat down to begin writing, I realized exactly how hard this task is. There are literally hundreds of stunning islands, all perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway. Since each place has its own unique style, it's practically impossible to choose only a few.





So, what I did instead was to build a shortlist which would be as diverse as possible. The islands i chose to highlight are all very different from one another – so you get a diverse list of romantic places. Hopefully you'll be able to find at least something that matches your style and budget. The destinations I ended up choosing are based on my own personal taste, and are listed in no particular order.

Camiguin

Honestly, Camiguin is a personal favorite of mine. I've already written detailed guides on the place that explain how to have fun there on a budget. Camiguin is a perfect choice if you both love nature and the outdoors, and wish to be active during your vacation.


Small and relatively off the beaten path, Camiguin is also a great place for couples to find some privacy. You could easily find a stunning beach there, and have it all to yourselves. With many activities and adventures to be had – diving, hiking, waterfalls and much more – you are sure to find something fun to do together.

Visiting Camiguin doesn't necessarily mean you have to go backpacking style. There are plenty of nice resorts on the island, so your standards are sure to be met. If you prefer a more luxurious experience, consider booking a Camiguin package. Travel agencies like philippinestravelpackage.com can take care of all your needs and let you focus only on each other.


Batangas

Batangas made this list because it's an extremely diverse location – you have so many sites to choose from and they are all very special. It's also a great budget option, since it's so close to Manila, allowing you to save both money and time.

It's hard to recommend specific spots in Batangas, you can just pick the one you like best for your vacation. If you want to relax at the beach, go to Laiya or Nasugbu. Or, maybe choose Tingloy or Burot for a more private beach holiday. On the other hand, you could go diving at Anilao or visit Taal and Lipa for the beautiful churches.


The list goes on and on, and that's exactly what's so great about Batangas. If you have enough time, you can even combine a few different places and activities! It will surely lead to an amazing romantic holiday with tons of shared memories.

El Nido, Palawan

It goes without saying that El Nido is the perfect honeymoon destination. So many words have already been written about the most beautiful island in the world. Palawan is a great place for high-end vacations, which can be extremely romantic as well. You can also do it on a budget though, just check my guide here.

With some of the best resorts in the whole country, a trip to El Nido can really make you feel like kings. There isn't many better ways to spend your honeymoon, than relaxing in a private beach resort where all your needs are being catered to. That being said, there are also plenty of cheaper accommodation options there, so this trip can be done on a budget as well.




Some of the most scenic locations in the world and an extremely developed tourism industry are what makes El Nido a great place. If you choose this island for your vacation, you are guaranteed to have a lot of tours and activities to do and fill up your days. Be sure to try out some diving and island hopping while there, so you can get a full taste of the beautiful nature around you.

Batanes

If you want a really one of a kind romantic holiday, maybe Batanes is where you should go. It's the complete opposite of any of the other island destinations. In fact, you could argue it's completely different from any other place in the Philippines. After all, there's a reason why it's called the paradise of the north.


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Batanes is the smallest province in the whole country, and the least populated one. Combine that with amazing nature, with landscape you can't see anywhere else, and you get a really amazing place to relax and forget all your troubles. A visit to these islands also provide a chance to get familiar with the Ivatan culture and history – which is quite different than those of the mainland.

People in Batanes are very friendly, and there's a sense of community and comradery everywhere you go. All these make Batanes a great place to go, relax, clear your mind and focus entirely about spending time with your loved one. Since Batanes isn't tourist focused and quite hard to reach, it's another place where booking a travel package might be a good idea.

Siargao

All the islands I mentioned so far really excel at one specific aspect. If none of those styles appeal to you, then there's Siargao. This island is basically the ultimate package – it combines the best of all worlds to provide a truly full vacation experience.



It used to be a surfers-only haven, but Siargao really changed over the last few years. Tourism is really on the rise, but not yet crowded and noisy like Boracay for example. You can rent a motorbike to tour the island, and easily find empty beaches not far away from the main tourist spots. Still, the island is popular enough that you can find a nice bar or a party almost every night.

The views here will remind you of those of Palawan, and there are just as many beach activities and dive sites as well. Of course, if you are already here you should try and surf as well! The surfing scene is very developed, so you can easily find a guide and people to practice with. You don't even have to try the high waves at the famous cloud 9 beach - there are plenty of other, beginner friendly beaches nearby.