Islands Category

Fort Drum

June 6, 2018

Most people know about the historic island of Corregidor found at the mouth of Manila Bay. But did you know that Corregidor is just one (albeit very major) part of the American-built defense system in Manila Bay? Other islands that were fortified include Caballo Island which was the site of... (read more)


January 12, 2014

There are two stories of how the islet of Capitancillo got its name. The first story, a legend set during the Spanish Colonial Period, tells the tale of Capitan Basillo, a skipper of a trading vessel, who angered Rajah Bugtopasan, a contemporary of Lapu-Lapu. Capitan Basillo tried to escape Bugtopasan,... (read more)

Apo Island

September 1, 2013

I think the top tourist attraction of Negros Oriental outside of Dumaguete is Apo Island (Wikipedia). Famous for its excellent snorkeling and diving sites, the island and its surrounding waters is a very successful case study of developing a sustainable community-managed marine protected area. In the 1970s, fishing stocks around the... (read more)

Pamilacan Island

March 21, 2011

Just like Balicasag Island, Pamilacan Island is another island of Bohol that is located quite some distance from the mainland. If Balicasag is famous for its scuba diving and coral reefs, Pamilacan is famous for its dolphin and whale watching, though it does have some dive sites of its own. Located... (read more)

Guyam Island

June 24, 2010

I haven’t featured Surigao del Norte yet here in Vista Pinas so let’s go to Siargao and see the tiny island of Guyam! (Guyam Island is spelled as Guyang Island in some online databases.) Try to imagine the typical tropical deserted island having a small grove of coconut trees and... (read more)

Starfish Island

May 19, 2010

I’ve already blogged about two islands in Palawan’s Honda Bay: Arreceffi Island (where the Dos Palmas Resort is) and Snake Island. So let’s “island hop” once more and virtually visit Starfish Island, also known as Tabuan Island among the locals. Unlike Snake Island which was named that way because of... (read more)

Potipot Island

April 16, 2010

My officemates went to Potipot Island one Saturday last March and their pictures of the trip on Facebook piqued my curiosity. Knowing that Google Maps had high-resolution satellite imagery of the Zambales coastline, I quickly searched for the island and found it with no problem since it was amply documented... (read more)


January 17, 2010

Located in the southeastern part of the Visayan Sea, between Bohol and Leyte, is the really fascinating island of Dawahon. This island is actually a barangay of Bato, Leyte and it is the only barangay of the town outside the Leyte mainland. Along with the nearby island of Hingotanan in... (read more)

White Island (Camiguin)

November 3, 2009

One of the most popular tourist attractions in the Mindanao island of Camiguin is Medano Islet, popularly known as White Island. This island is actually just a sandbar with fine white sand (hence the name) and its shape changes with the constantly-shifting currents. In fact, what you can see in... (read more)

Apo Reef

October 16, 2009

I’ve decided to participate in Blog Action Day for the first time this year. Blog Action Day is a collective action among the world’s bloggers to talk about one important topic on October 15 of every year. For 2009, the topic is climate change. This is a timely topic since... (read more)

Balicasag Island

September 23, 2009

Situated about 6 kilometers west-southwest of Panglao Island in Bohol is Balicasag Island. This 35-hectare round island is quite popular among scuba divers since it is ringed with glorious coral reefs. The island is inhabited, and located at the western end is the Balicasag Island Dive Resort, the only resort... (read more)

Bonito Island Resort at Culebra Island

July 15, 2009

I’ve featured several solitary island resorts here in Vista Pinas. Those are resorts that have a whole island to themselves. These include Grande Island Resort in Subic Bay, Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island in Puerto Princesa, and Amanpulo in the Sulu Sea. So now I’ll be featuring yet another one and... (read more)

Kawit Point (formerly Kawit Island)

June 19, 2009

Kawit Point used to be an island called Kawit Island that was located about a kilometer off the coast of Cebu City. The reclamation of this area of the Mactan channel that the city undertook connected this island to Cebu’s mainland and it is now part of the South Road... (read more)

Snake Island (Honda Bay)

June 1, 2008

Honda Bay is one of those places in the Philippines where you can truly go island-hopping (unlike other places where the boatman just brings you to various beaches on the same island). And one of the islands you can hop to is Snake Island. Some people who have been there... (read more)

Ligao Island

March 4, 2008

Ligao Island, one of the Spratly Islands and internationally known as Itu Aba Island, figured in the news last month when Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian landed on the island on February 2. He inaugurated a newly-built runway there and was accompanied by an impressive naval fleet. This visit raised diplomatic... (read more)

Capones Island

September 25, 2007

There’s something weirdly romantic about a rocky cliff-strewn island off a mainland coast (think Ko Phi Phi Ley from The Beach). But there’s nothing romantic about Capones Island. It’s not a tropical paradise. It’s rocky. And it’s mostly barren. But it invokes instead a sense of adventure that would appeal... (read more)

Grande Island Resort

August 14, 2007

I remember seeing this nice small island in the middle of Subic Bay back when I went a few times to Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales and Bataan. I thought that it would be a nifty place for a private resort. Well, apparently, Grande Island is a resort and... (read more)

Pag-asa Island

July 22, 2007

Located deep in the South China Sea, Pag-asa Island is possibly the remotest village in the country. Internationally referred to as Thitu Island, Pag-asa Island is the second largest (32.7 hectares) among the disputed Spratly Islands, all or parts of which are claimed by China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines,... (read more)

Dos Palmas Arreceffi Island Resort

June 17, 2007

At the start of this month, June 2007, Google updated their satellite imagery data for Google Earth. In my main blog, I talked about this update and found that the only spot in the Philippines that used to not have high-resolution imagery but now has, is Puerto Princesa City’s Honda... (read more)

Y’ami Island

May 20, 2006

If you know your Philippine geography, then you should know that the northernmost island in this archipelago is Y’ami Island in the province of Batanes. This small island, also known by its modern name Mavudis Island, is separated from Taiwan by the 200-plus-kilometer Bashi Channel. On a clear day, one... (read more)

Tubbataha Reef

April 8, 2006

Located in the middle of Sulu Sea is the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park. This remote set of islands is designated by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. The reefs are reached by motor boat from Puerto Princesa City in Palawan and is one of the popular... (read more)


March 15, 2006

Located in Agutaya, Palawan is the hyper-exclusive and ultra-expensive Amanpulo resort. Amanpulo occupies the whole of Pamalican Island, part of the northern group of Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea and halfway between Boracay and El Nido. The only way to get to this tropical heaven is via the resort’s chartered... (read more)

Lagen Island

March 10, 2006

Lagen Island, in El Nido, Palawan, is the 12th pit stop of Season 5 of The Amazing Race. Our weary racers rested in the resort located at the cove (the bright blue spot) to the northwest end of the island. The resort is part of the world-class El Nido Resorts... (read more)

Hundred Islands

March 5, 2006

The Hundred Islands National Park, located in Alaminos City, is Pangasinan’s foremost tourist destination. There are actually 123 islands dotting this stretch of the historic Lingayen Gulf (and the number increases to 124 at low tide, so the story goes [could this be the proverbial 7,108th island of the Philippines?]). The... (read more)

Island Cove Resort

March 1, 2006

Let’s leave the public places a bit and head into the resort and leisure world. Our next feature is Southern Metro Manila’s secret hideaway, the Island Cove Resort and Leisure Park in Kawit, Cavite. This 12-hectare resort is only about an hour away from Manila via the Coastal Road and... (read more)