Best Secret Islands on Earth 2010
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Philippines: Siargao Island
Great Value Siargao, a teardrop-shaped, 169-square-mile getaway an hour’s flight from Cebu, was discovered by surfers for its right-breaking wave known as Cloud 9. But surf shacks are giving way to hotels. The eight Javanese-inspired villas at Pansukian Tropical Resort (doubles from $174) are located on the island’s southernmost tip. Kalinaw Resort (doubles from $152) has five cottages on Cloud 9 beach. Surfing is still a draw, and most resorts arrange lessons; or rent mountain bikes from Island Bike and pedal through rice patties.
T+L Tip: Visit Pansukian’s shell museum to see the hotel owners’ collection.