When God shaped the 7,107 Islands of the Philippines, He favored the province of Surigao Del Norte to be the home of some of the finest and most gorgeous islands and islets in the country. This include pristine lagoons and untouched coves that made up the reason why this is one of the most beautiful places in this tropical paradise. A paradise for lovers of island life.

21Bucas Grande Islands SurigaoIt was love at first sight. It was three years ago when I first marveled at its magnificent beauty that is entirely different from all the places that I’ve visited. As a self-proclaimed son of the beach, I’ve been to various island destinations in the country but this perfect picture tropical haven possesses an enigmatic charm that is so hard to resist. I’m talking about the Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro, Surigao Del Note, my personal favorite in my island Mindanao.

247Bucas Grande Islands SurigaoThe Bucas Grande Islands are pristine island jewels of Surigao Province and the whole CARAGA Region. It is situated in the vast waters of Siargao Islands and belongs to the Municipality of Socorro. Endowed by Mother Nature with such untainted magnificence, it is groomed today to become one of the finest eco-tourism destinations not only in the region but the whole country.

251Bucas Grande Islands SurigaoSince my first visit to the Islands, Bucas Grande has become my favorite among the many places I’ve visited in Mindanao. To be fair, there are countless of stunning places in the country that have wowed me in so many ways but there is something in this breathtaking group of islands that make it so exceptional among others. The transcending tranquility of the whole environ is so enchanting that I feel like I’m in a magical world of all that is beautiful. Perhaps, it is designed by God to be a sanctuary of those who long to find peace and quiet in nature. And I must say – it is communing with nature at its best!

47Bucas Grande Islands Surigao98Bucas Grande Islands Surigao211Bucas Grande Islands SurigaoThe group of beautiful islands and islets are beautifully scattered in the tranquil clear blue waters of Siargao. The abundant verdant vegetations that cover the mountains are thick and untrimmed. The coves are mystical and enchantingly mesmerizing. All that comprise the Bucas Grande Islands are glorious natural wonders.

69Bucas Grande Islands Surigao 89Bucas Grande Islands Surigao 103Bucas Grande Islands Surigao 110Bucas Grande Islands Surigao Among those extraordinary attractions in the Islands that offer exciting things to see, Sohoton National Park tops the list. Declared by the Philippine Government as a National Park, it covers a total area of 70 hectares featuring mystical coves, blue lagoons, underwater caves, and the picturesque seven Islets. To reach the Park, one must pass through a 60-meter cave-like entrance which can only be accessed by boat during low tide. The cave-like entrance looks like an underground river. That alone is a thrilling experience.

Bucas Grande Islands 5 Bucas Grande Islands 8 Bucas Grande Islands 9 Bucas Grande Islands 10 Bucas Grande Islands 11 Bucas Grande Islands 12 Bucas Grande Islands 14 Bucas Grande Islands 16Adding to the many wonders of this paradise is the Jellyfish Kingdom. Perhaps it is this one that makes Bucas Grande Islands out of the ordinary. It is one surreal place that bedazzled me until now. Among the number of lagoons there, one seemed to possess an enchanting magic that makes it the only lagoon in the Islands where millions of non-stinging jellyfish abound. Imagine you diving and swimming in body of water filled with friendly jellyfish. You just don’t swim, you swim with them. What a surreal experience.

Bucas Grande Islands 40 Bucas Grande Islands 41 Bucas Grande Islands 42Bucas Grande Island for me is a destination I will never get tired of coming back again. Everything in the island is a beautiful work of nature and experiencing every bit of it is truly special. Such unspoiled, it a rare beauty so immaculate and magnificent. It is like journeying to another world – a world of enchantment.

29Bucas Grande Islands SurigaoAnd wherever I’m there, I always muttered this to myself, “I must have done something right that I deserve to see this kind of place – a paradise on earth”. And yes, I’ve been to a paradise – the Paradise Islands of Bucas Grande. WHY I LOVE BUCAS GRANDE ISLANDS? It’s worth all my LOVE! 


Recently, I’ve gotten loads of emails from readers from across the globe asking for The Travel Teller’s pick of the best island destinations in the Philippines. Honestly, I have been backpacking to the different towns and provinces in the country blessed with amazing Islands and Islets but collating the best and most beautiful ones is not an easy task. You see, the Philippines is an archipelago composed of 7,107 stunning islands and most of these islands boast of sparkling, dazzling even untouched beaches.

And so instead of giving you the best of the best, let me pick one Island/Beach destination each of three main Islands of the Philippines (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao) that has truly impressed me and left me with an awesome memory. It is with great hope that this may entice you to come and relish for yourself a kind of beach holiday you too will never forget. So, brace yourself. Get ready to fly bound to these destinations. This is The Travel Teller’s pick of the best island destinations in the Philippines.

THE ISLAND OF LUZON. Luzon, being the biggest Island in the country is home to some of the world class beach destinations now renowned to the world. Among those that I’ve visited and considered “top of the line” is the Caramoan Group of Islands.

The Limestone Mountains and Rock Formations of Caramoan
The Pristine Beaches of Caramoan
This Blogger at the Enchanted Lagoon of Caramoan

Caramoan is one of the thirty-five municipalities of the Province of Camarines Sur in the Bicol Region. It is situated at the heart of the Caramoan Peninsula at the southernmost tip of Luzon. The islands came to fame when it became the location of the 6 different International Survivor Franchises, the most celebrated reality show on earth. Long before the invasion of Survivor, Caramoan used to be a secret Island Paradise of the province. Isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur, it teems with pristine white sand beaches, stunning twin islands, limestone islets, undisturbed caves, enchanting lagoons and rich marine life making it an ideal island destination. It has gained a world class reputation as the one of the best Island Getaways in the whole Luzon. Today, despite its international fame, Caramoan remains unexploited and laid back retaining its enchanting and alluring beauty that charmed tourists, both locals and foreign alike.

THE ISLAND OF VISAYAS. Visayas, dotted with the most prized island and islets in the country is undoubtedly the home of the most famous Islands and beach destinations in the Philippines. I can’t enumerate these gems of the Island as most of them are equally charming and worth visiting. But to top it all, no one can deny that the Island of Boracay is incontestably the most beautiful, most famous not only to the whole Visayas Region but the whole country.

Puka Shell Beach of Boracay Island
Posh Beach Hotels in Boracay
This Blogger enjoying the famous Sunset of Boracay

Boracay is a tiny island about 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas. The Island and its world class beaches have received awards from numerous travel publications and agencies around the world describing it as the crown trophy beach of the Philippines. Boracay is every beachgoer’s dream destination. It has everything what holidaymakers look for – posh beach hotels, classy resorts, restaurants, great food, shopping, water sports, souvenirs and island party. If you are up for great sun, sand and the sea, Boracay is for you. Everything is in Boracay.

THE ISLAND OF MINDANAO. Being a proud son of Mindanao, I can say our Island is truly blessed with so many pristine beaches waiting for hungry beachcombers and islander-wannabes to come. I have toured 75% of the whole Island and I can truly say every province we have here possesses beach havens one should never miss to explore. Among the islands and beaches I have explored in Mindanao, the one that left an indelible mark in my heart is the Bucas Grande Islands.

The Serene Lagoons of Bucas Grande Islands
Club Tara, one of the finest resorts in Bucas Grande Islands
Kisses Islets dotting the crystal clears waters of Bucas Grande Islands

The Bucas Grande Islands is part of the Municipality of Socorro and belongs to the Province of Surigao Del Norte. Socorro is one of the nine municipalities that comprise the famous Siargao Islands, the famed surfing capital of the Philippines. While the main island of Siargao is home to world-class surfing seas, the Bucas Grande Islands of Socorro features amazing wonders of nature set together in a group of incredible Islands so best to commune with Mother Nature. Everything that surrounds Bucas Grande Island is perfect work of nature – Limestone Mountains, karsts and rock formations, kisses islets, undisturbed lagoons, Underground River, underwater caves, twin lakes, pristine white sand beaches and many more. The most unusual feature that I truly say the rarest is the jellyfish lake sanctuary, home of the million stingless jelly fish in the island. Bucas Grande is so special to me that until now I wouldn’t get tired of telling beautiful stories about her.

THERE THEY ARE! The Travel Teller’s pick of the best Island Destinations in the country. Caramoan for Luzon, Boracay for Visayas and Bucas Grande Islands for Mindanao! They are just THREE of the best of the best! There are more to boast in this 7,107 Islands of the Philippines, the Pearl of the Pacific! Have your backpack ready, hit the road and see these wonders of the Philippines.