There may be no better place to island hop than in the Philippines. After all, the Southeast Asian country is made up of well over 7,000 islands. The country is ethnically and culturally diverse, with influences from as near as China and as far away as Spain.
Most visitors to the Philippines arrive in busy Manila, the capital located on the island of Luzon. From here, travelers can branch out with inter-island flights and boats to other areas of the country, like the pristine, Eden-like islands of Boracay and Palawan, where you’ll find spectacular beaches and teeming, lush jungles.
Or head to Siquijor (an island known for mysticism) and hilly Bohol. Regardless of which islands you choose to visit on your adventure to the Philippines, plan ahead. Be sure to pack the tropical essentials, like shoes fit for rough marine terrain, hiking boots, and light clothing.
And remember to field tips from the locals upon arriving at a new island. After all, there's a lot to uncover here, from regional cuisines and festivals to natural areas perfect for hiking and diving. But consider this your introduction to island hopping in the Philippines.