The Philippines is an archipelago of islands offering thousands of travel opportunities to those who want to visit its world-famous island beaches, as well as a variety of eco-adventures for thrill-seekers who intend to island-hop to any of the country’s 7,107 islands. These photos show several hideaways where one can expect to find solitude and adventure, away from the madding crowds of the metropolis and island-party beaches such as Boracay.

Camotes Islands, Cebu Province
Early morning sunrise in Camotes Islands, Cebu Province.
Camara Island, Zambales Province
Outrigger boats used to ferry island hoppers to Camara Island, Zambales Province.
Lake Danao, Camotes Islands in Cebu Province
Footbridge in the edges of Lake Danao, Camotes Islands in Cebu Province.
Sunset in Nagsasa Cove in Zambales Province
Orange hues bathe the Zambales Mountain ranges during sunset in Nagsasa Cove in Zambales Province. Nagsasa Cove was formed out of settled volcanic ashes and lahar after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the early 1990s.
Ferry boat ride in Cebu Province
Tranquil blue summer sky and calm turquoise sea during an outrigger ferry boat ride in Cebu Province.
Island El Nido, Palawan
Island hoppers take an afternoon to cool off in one of the islands in El Nido, Palawan.
Tanned feet, marks of an island hopper/backpacker.
Low tide on Cagbalete Island, Quezon Province
A kilometer-long exposed shore during low tide on Cagbalete Island, Quezon Province. Cagbalete Island is located east of Luzon Island in the Philippines.
Kayaking in front of the entrance to the Small Lagoon
Kayaking in front of the entrance to the Small Lagoon, in El Nido Palawan. El Nido is one of the prime snorkeling and diving sites in the Philippines, featuring karst-limestone rock formations and islets in clear blue waters.

Your thoughts on "Nine Philippine photos – off the beaten path"

  • If paradise looks like that, I'll be a good boy from now on:)

    on April 19, 2010 at 2:17 pm Reply
  • Wow! Really beautiful! I especially like the one of the expansive sand.

    on April 19, 2010 at 2:49 pm Reply
  • Love the photos, what a great place to travel =)

    on April 19, 2010 at 11:41 pm Reply
  • Sure did capture the beauty of each places-- really enticing travelers to visit Philippines!

    on April 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm Reply
  • wow should have included our trip to mt. hibok2x...

    on April 21, 2010 at 11:06 pm Reply
  • @Joanna: I've been there at the place you might want to go.. I'd say.. its a really great place to make memories at.. great see breeze.. and a unique treat to your eyes..:D

    on April 22, 2010 at 12:33 am Reply
  • Whoa sealds! What great photos you've got there. They are truly captivating...I hope I get the chance to travel in those places...Keep those photos coming... Two thumbs up...:)

    on April 22, 2010 at 3:18 am Reply
  • I'm DROOLING!!!!!!!!!!! What amazing photos. Unreal! I can't wait to visit one day. It's definitely on the top of my list.

    on April 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm Reply
  • Great! These are real scenery of Philippine Archipelago. I am really captivated and I'm sure I'm gonna visit one or more of this beautiful spots when I got home to the country. Well taken pictures Seal (My Niece)!

    on April 23, 2010 at 7:55 am Reply
  • WOAH - incredible. The vivid colours just blow you away. Damn - incredible. Did I already say that?

    on April 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm Reply
  • Wow, absolutely stunning pictures! Thanks for sharing. I am speechless! Regards, David Malaysia Asia

    on April 23, 2010 at 1:06 pm Reply
  • Wow - bring on the sunshine. I want to be there!

    on April 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm Reply
  • Beautiful shots! Must definitely get to Philippines soon.

    on April 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm Reply
  • Thanks for the comments! While those places are stunningly beautiful and relatively "easy" to visit (all of these places involves an outrigger boat ride...a heart-stopping ride on bad weather). However, do not expect any five-star resorts (thank God there aren't any yet!) on these areas. Accommodations are quite rudimentary and very basic but definitely very scenic.

    on April 25, 2010 at 7:57 am Reply
  • I journeyed to the Philippines in February and was blown away by its beauty. Palawan, in particular, has become one of my favorite destinations in Asia.

    on April 26, 2010 at 10:08 pm Reply
  • Wow - gorgeous shots!

    on June 14, 2010 at 3:50 am Reply
  • Some amazing shots... I can sit and look at beach pictures all day!

    on August 25, 2010 at 10:22 am Reply
  • Amazing colors!

    on July 31, 2011 at 6:57 am Reply
  • Amazing. The photos are beautiful and you have also included El Nido Palawan. I am a Filipino blogger, I blog about tourist spots in the Philippines and I know that's the picture of Kayangan Lake near Barracuda Lake which is good for snorkeling and wreck diving. That lake is considered as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. If you want to know more about Philippines, you can visit my blog here:

    on January 11, 2015 at 9:42 am Reply
  • This post makes me love my own country more! Philippines is like a paradise, well not to mention the people xD but yeah, if only Philippines will improved and promoted more, I believe we could gain more tourists. And it means more job opportunities! This might help solve the country's poverty. Thanks for this post.

    on May 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm Reply
  • So beautiful.

    on January 29, 2016 at 10:07 am Reply

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