5 Little Known Islands in the Philippines

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With its warm, tropical climate and friendly people, the Philippines is gaining a reputation as a must-see destination in Southeast Asia.

While most travelers have been to the capital Manila and experienced its bustling streets and great cuisine, few of them have ventured out to experience the country’s beautiful tropical islands – and there are more than 7,000 of them to choose from.

Here are five of our favorite islands in the Philippines that you’ve probably never heard of, and should definitely visit.

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Itbayat | Rapang Cliffs and Stone Bell: Otherworldy Landscape

Sunrise at Rapang Cliffs
Sunrise at Rapang Cliffs

The summer solstice extended the days in the country. But here in Batanes, the days felt a lot longer. 4:11 AM the sky was already showing shades of blue. The milky way slowly dissolves into the sky over at Mt Riposed. The purple glow brightens and unveils the landscape. We were at the sunrise point of Rapang Cliffs. I climbed on some sharp limestone rocks to get a better view near the cliffs. As soon as I saw the view behind the high rocks, my jaw dropped in amazement. I never thought Batanes could mesmerize me anew, but the landscape near the northern edge of the country just did.

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Echague | Home of the Yogad Tribe

The yogad tribe bayle de bakal performers
The yogad tribe bayle de bakal performers

I’m ashamed to say that when they said we’ll be meeting one of the smallest minority group in Isabela, I was thinking they were some remote tribes still wearing their traditional garbs similar to the Dumagats. The Yogad tribe in Echague, Isabela is quite different. They were wearing old Spanish style costumes in bright blue and red colors. They have small mirrors attached strategically at the front and back. They have swords and seem to be ready for battle. They did not come from deep into the mountains nor live by the sea. They sailed all the way from Mindanao many decades ago but today are facing extinction as an indigenous group.

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Echague | Exploring the Madadamian Falls Circuit

Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague
Mada Falls in Madadamian, Echague

As the second largest province in the Philippines, Isabela seems less explored. Maybe the places are far between that it takes considerable time to explore them. Or municipalities are cut-off by the Sierra Madre mountains like coastal villages Maconacon, Divilacan or Palanan that it takes a plane ride to get there. When an invitation to explore Echague, one of the municipalities of Isabela, came in, I immediately took the offer. Exploring new places is always exciting whatever I may find there. In this case, Echague is getting ready to showcase their eco-tourism attraction, the Madadamian Falls. A network of falls and streams found within the lush forest region of Echague.

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Excursions in Bali with The Seven Holiday

The Seven Holiday in Bali
The Seven Holiday in Bali

Bаlі, an іѕlаnd оf Indonesia, hаѕ ѕuсh picturesque ѕсеnеrу аnd beaches thаt wіll leave уоu flabbergasted. It is one оf thе best рlасеѕ tо gо for a vacation. Bаlі Packages tаkеѕ уоu to a lаnd whісh wіll іnvоlvе you іn a number оf еntеrtаіnіng асtіvіtіеѕ аnd a vіѕіt tо аll thе fаmоuѕ tourist аttrасtіоnѕ оf thе рlасе. When lооkіng fоr a Bаlі Tоur, уоu must еnѕurе thаt thе package іѕ аll inclusive of уоur nееdѕ, requirements аnd budgеt. If уоu аrе rеаdу fоr a holiday аnd have a trорісаl dеѕtіnаtіоn in mіnd, then a Bаlі іѕ the реrfесt сhоісе fоr уоu. Hеrе you wіll bе ѕроіlеd іn thе luxurу аnd personalized services thаt Bali offers. Bali іѕ a bеаutіful іѕlаnd that bоаѕtѕ оf аmаzіng ѕаndу beaches, соrаl rееfѕ tо еxрlоrе bу dіvіng еxсurѕіоnѕ or ѕnоrkеlіng аdvеnturеѕ, luѕh trорісаl fоrеѕtѕ, glіѕtеnіng wаtеrfаllѕ, lаkеѕ, rіvеrѕ, warm аnd сlеаn shallow ocean waters, rising mountains, a rісе terrace, lосаl flаvоr, trаdіtіоnѕ, architecture, vаrіеtу оf hоtеlѕ and vіllаѕ аnd аnсіеnt temples. Yоu can еnjоу аll thе bеаutіеѕ оf Bаlі wіth a vеrу lоw price. Bаѕе оn уоur budgеt, you wіll gіvеn the bеѕt ѕеrvісе аvаіlаblе in Aѕіа.

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Stay | Batanes Pension Ivatan: From Hometel to Boutique Hotel

Pension Ivatan at night
Pension Ivatan at night

In a span of a decade, I can say I am seeing how Batanes transform. Recently, accommodations are on the rise to cater to the increasing number of tourist in the country’s smallest province up north. While new ones are being built or old homes converted into homestay, a long-time establishment asserts its place in Basco. Pension Ivatan, a small hometel with a restaurant known to serve Ivatan cuisines is already considered an institution. I have seen the trend of dining options come and go in Batanes but this is one of those that has stayed ever since I remember.

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Batanes | Diura Fishing Village: Languid Morning and Tracing the Archaic

Sunrise at the Diura Fishing Village
Sunrise at the Diura Fishing Village

Oh I am so looking forward to this. After days of hiking around Batanes, and recently a couple of daily hikes in Itbayat I was yearning for a place quiet to rest and recharge. I am excited to spend a night in Diura, an idyll fishing village in a quiet cove, east of Mahatao. I had been to Diura Fishing Village several times but haven’t tried spending a night. I wanted to take sunrise photos at the bay so being there would be advantageous. Our boat for Basco from Itbayat should have left already 2 hours ago. But I had to wait for 2 cows and 2 pigs on the boat. The sudden malfunction on the crane to hoist the cows added to the agonizing wait. I guess its just a little more time to endure for that much awaited repose.

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