Saturday, September 1, 2012

My Philippines Island Hopping Update

Last weekend I got to go to Cagayan de Oro for a day to attend a wedding, marking the first time I visited Mindanao, our country's second largest island. The visit was less than 24 hours, but at least I can say I've been there.

This is what the map of the Philippines would now look like if it only included islands that I have set foot on:

Un-visited islands are in very faint gray. Most of the smaller islands I've been to are too tiny to even be visible on this map.

Major islands I've visited (land area over 500 sq. km):

  • Luzon
  • Mindanao
  • Negros
  • Palawan
  • Panay
  • Leyte
  • Cebu
  • Bohol

Smaller islands, with the city or municipality they're part of:

  • Siquijor
  • Panglao (Panglao, Bohol)
  • Mactan (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)
  • Boracay (Malay, Aklan)
  • Crystal Cove (off of Boracay, Malay, Alkan)
  • Bantayan (Bantayan, Cebu)
  • Malapascua (Daanbantayan, Cebu)
  • Apo Island (Dauin, Negros Oriental)
  • Balicasag (Panglao, Bohol)
  • Virgin Island (Panglao, Bohol)
  • Grande Island (in Subic Bay, Bataan)
  • Maribago (Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu)
  • Lagen (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Miniloc (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Dibuluan (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Entalula (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Pinasil (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Vigan (El Nido, Palawan)
  • Corregidor (Cavite City, Cavite)

The only large islands I haven't get been to are Samar, Mindoro and Masbate, and I don't imagine I'll be going there any time soon. Not much interesting to see there I'm afraid.