As the Philippines shuts down the most popular Boracay island for six months, there are a lot of emerging destinations in the Philippines which also offer an amazing experience close to Boracay.
Bohol is not as popular as Boracay in terms of nocturnal hangouts but this island has its own aura. It hosts laidback beach scenes, mesmerizing chocolate hills, and the adorable Tarsiers.
Alona beach in Bohol is a stretch of powdery white sand just like Boracay located in Panglao Island (connected to Bohol by bridge). Every bit as beautiful as any other dreamy white sand beach in the world, it is also famous for scuba diving, snorkelling, and fishing. Unlike Boracay, Alona is quite off the radar and not crowded by tourists.
Chocolate Hills is the Philippine’s third National Geological Monument. These interesting cone-shaped hills are made of grass-covered limestone. They turn chocolate brown during the dry season and hence the name.
Tarsiers are adorable tiny creatures, found only in the Philippines locally known as mawmag. With faces as cute as a baby, Tarsiers can easily fit in the palm. Although it is quite hard to find them as they are tiny nocturnal species, staff members will spot them for you at Tarsier sanctuary at Corella, Bohol.
Wanted to go on Boracay island hopping? El Nido is also a popular destination for island hopping tours, you can explore the eye-catching scenery in El Nido archipelago. The island is full of beautiful limestone karst cliffs exclusive to this place and white sand beaches. Try Kayaking at lagoons and explore the rich biodiversity of fishes, hawksbill turtles, whale sharks, dolphins, and stingray.
Carabao Island, located in the Province of Romblon, which is a commonly covered itinerary on a Boracay vacation package, hosts a lot of fun activities. Obviously not as crowded as Boracay, it is no less beautiful when it comes to beautiful white sand beaches and the turquoise blue sea.