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Jumping from island to island in the Philippines helped me appreciate the diversity of this beautiful archipelago in South East Asia. But in spite of the fact that there are islands for all tastes, Malapascua and Kalanggaman stand out over the rest.


I have always been attracted by islands: these micro-worlds surrounded by water have a different lifestyle. And this is not due to the isolation: mountain tribes of the Tibet are also isolated. The sea meticulously massages every meter of its coasts, and its inhabitants, considerably relaxed, thank it.

With only 10 km², Malapascua is one of the smallest islands of the Philippines. It is located in the North of Cebu Island, and to get to the island, you have to take a ferry at Maya port. Resorts are spread all over the coast, and more humble houses and hostels are located in the centre of the island. Roosters are absolutely everywhere: they love cock fighting in the Philippines, whether we like it or not.

The turquoise shades of the sea and its fine sand make Malapascua a must. Underneath its water, you can enjoy coral formations and clowny shoals. If you are lucky enough, you may even find a slender thresher shark.



After sailing for two hours, Kalanggaman shyly peeps out in the horizon. This is the smallest island I have ever been to and, I must admit, the most beautiful one: some palm trees, pristine water, and loneliness. For those of us who love islands, happiness is right here.


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