Quest for the most perfect island in Philippines

We love hearing from people who have fallen in love with our country. Jean from Holy Smithereens shares her search for the perfect island in the Philippines. You can find her original blog post here.

We’ve pulled together the contenders, so visit Jean’s blog to see the results! You can find more of the adventures here from Coron, Boracay and Caramoan.

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So here I am transiting at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport at 4 AM. We leave for Manila in a couple of hours and therein starts my Beach Island face-off travel!

Our first stop will be in Coron, Palawan. This will be mine and the Zombie’s first time to Palawan. We’ve been wanting to visit for the longest time as we hear the diving is awesome. And as such our main activity in Palawan will be wreck-diving. A number of Japanese bomber ships have sunk around the island during World War II and they are now popular diving sites. Definitely excited about that!

I frequented Boracay when I was in my late teens-early 20’s. The last time I was there was 2003 (when the Zombie and I first met!) So 10 years later, we go back to see how Boracay has been. I have to say, Boracay has developed into a party island of the Philippines. And though we’re not so much into the partying scene, I believe Boracay still has some of the best waters and pristine white sand beaches to offer. Here we plan to do abit of relaxing, and if we get the chance, go cliff diving at the infamous Ariel’s Point.

One of the advantages of a country having more than 7,000 islands is that there’s still so much more to discover! Caramoan is a more-recently known island due to the TV Series, “Survivor”. A season of “Survivor” has just been recently shot in these group of islands and people are (slowly) starting to flock. I’m heading down there before it becomes the next “Boracay” (touristy area). I honestly have no clear set of itinerary here but for sure there will be lots of island hopping and snorkelling.

So that’s my rough itinerary for the next 2 weeks. Oh did I mention that to cap the island face off travel, I will be climbing an active volcano on Sunday!


About the blog

Holy Smithereens is a Sydney based blogger who’s developed a love for writing and traveling at a young age. She is always in pursuit of adventure and enjoying luxury experiences. For more of her adventures, visit


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