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Ev­ery des­ti­na­tion has the se­cret spots only lo­cals know about, and the Philip­pines is no ex­cep­tion.

While we only spent 10 days en­joy­ing the sights, we man­aged to hunt down some beau­ti­ful places un­touched by most tourists.

Moal­boal: The sea­side town has it all, ex­cept the tourists. Most peo­ple head to Os­lob to swim with whale sharks, but just a few hours to the west this sleepy lit­tle town has ac­cess to both the beach and jun­gle. Co­conut Beach: Just a short kayak around the point from Port Barton lies a beach with plenty of palm trees and no foot­prints. Hun­dreds of palm trees dot the shore­line and co­conuts float past in the ocean as you ar­rive. Un­like nearby White Beach, this 200m-long stretch is free to en­ter and much nicer.

Corong-corong Beach: A few min­utes from the bustling El Nido town cen­tre, this small cliff­side vil­lage boasts a bunch of restau­rants and lo­cal mar­kets to ex­plore. While the beach is mainly rocky, you can soak up the tra­di­tional Filipino at­mos­phere with­out the crowds and en­joy some bou­tique shop­ping if you have some left­over cash.

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