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5 Islands Near Manila You Can Visit on the Weekend

Beach bums, take note.
5 Islands Near Manila You Can Visit on the Weekend Beach bums, take note.

While we’re all for a good road trip (admit it, Grouplove’s “Way to Go” was practically made for your windswept hair dreams), there’s still something strangely satisfying about getting home without the butt ache that accompanies a long drive back to the city. With that, we’ve rounded up a little list of islands you can run off to minus the hassle of clocking in horrendous hours of traffic. Plus if you’ve been fantasizing flying off to some unchartered island, we may have the closest (and quite possibly one of the more convenient) solutions to temporarily calm that wanderlust, stat.

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Capones Island


Nearby treats (and strongly recommended detours) include the two gorgeous coves: Nagsasa and Anawangin, favorites of folks looking to experience the whole “sea to summit” trip. For history buffs, take a quick trek up to the island’s lighthouse that was reportedly built in the 1800s.


Fortune Island


Those dreaming of a trip to Greece yet still lacking frequent flier miles can settle (although trust us, it’s not at all a bad settlement) for what locals like to call the Santorini of Batangas. Ruins of columns reminiscent of ancient Greek architecture, cliffs perfect for cliff jumping, and turquoise waters make this island one of the most  idyllic settings out there.

Potipot Island

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Throwing shade has never looked this good—the island is full of trees, meaning you can practically set up a hammock anywhere to enjoy some overdue summer reading. Potipot’s also just a ten-minute boat ride away from Uacon (your starting point) so there’s no need to worry about battling motion sickness en route to the island.

Sombrero Island


Another perfect sea to summit destination is Sombrero Island off the coast of Anilao, Batangas. Mt. Gulugod Baboy hikers can easily head for the small island (known as a surprising diving spot) right after a morning trek. Although the Sombrero’s beach itself is pretty small, what the island lacks in size definitely makes up for in terms of privacy.

Cagbalete Island



Turquoise waters and a flat shoreline (make sure not to miss Cagbalete during low tide) make this island one of the perfect getaways from the city’s craziness. A considerable detour nearby is Bonsai Island—think mangroves and a whole lot of walking so make sure to bring your aqua shoes.

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