If your modest backpacker’s budget won’t get you as far as Hawaii, the Philippines is an often-overlooked Asian destination of indescribable beauty that deserves your attention. The archipelago of 7000 islands is so full of natural wonders that you can spend a lifetime exploring them. If you find yourself in the Philippines with a backpack, here’s where you should go.
1. Go island-hopping at the Bacuit Archipelago
While Vietnam’s Halong is spectacular in brochure pictures, it’s overrun with tourists. If you’re hopeful of great natural beauty that you get to explore by yourself, the peaceful islands of the Bacuit Archipelago north of Palawan should be at the top of your list. It’s one of the few tropical paradises on earth where you still get to find secret, undiscovered beaches that you can call your own.