Still un­ex­plored, still un­spoiled, and still a great choice for a mem­o­rable ad­ven­ture. best of all, it’s just a few hours’ drive away.

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Hop on a bus or a car and head to Zam­bales, just three hours north of Manila. Find kilo­me­ter-long stretches of un­tainted for­est land­scape, the Sierra Madre moun­tain range, com­mu­ni­ties that prac­tice liv­ing tra­di­tions, and vast stretches of sandy beaches. Try your hand at surf­ing, camp­ing, hik­ing, snor­kel­ing, or take it easy with is­land hop­ping and some good old beach bum­ming, for an ad­ven­ture that will ease your wan­der­lust.

ma­g­a­lawa is­land, palauig

It might as well be called Starfish Is­land: On the bed of its white sand beaches are the most num­ber of starfish you’ll ever get close to. They’re harm­less, and you can touch them, but don’t to take them out of the wa­ter. This tiny is­land is the ul­ti­mate chill place. A walk along its length will take less than an hour, but you’ll en­counter a beau­ti­ful white sand beach, rich beds of seagrass, a small fish­ing com­mu­nity of light-hearted peo­ple (where you can get ad­di­tional sup­plies for your stay), beau­ti­ful tidal rock for­ma­tions, and man­grove forests and sprouts.

Set up camp. Pitch a tent un­der the shade of the trees, fac­ing the shore. Wake up with a beau­ti­ful view of the is­lands and sea, and watch the sun­rise and the sun­set (the is­land will have views of both). You can cook your own food, but we rec­om­mend the daily fresh seafood meal sets the lo­cals pre­pare—they’re re­ally good. sec­ond stop

li­wliwa, san Felipe

Find this sleepy surf town at the end of a road flanked by tow­er­ing pine trees. Stop by the town of no strangers, where ev­ery­one in­stantly be­comes your friend. In Li­wliwa, ev­ery­one is like fam­ily and you’re very wel­come. It’s the perfect

Com­mune with na­ture at Ma­g­a­lawa

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