With over 7,000 islands, the Philippines has a lot of hidden travel gems to explore and discover. If you want to experience something new, here are some places that you should add to your list:

Tablas Island, Romblon

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Tablas Island is one of the best travel gems you should visit, especially when you love the sea. And if you’re a diver, make sure you check out the massive Blue Hole – it literally looks like it was plucked from a sci-fi movie.

Cobra Falls, Ozamiz City

This gorgeous 30-foot waterfall tucked in a lush green slope of a mountain range is possibly Ozamiz City’s best-kept secret. Visiting may feel somewhat bizarre as it’s only less than an hour away from the madding crowd of the city.

Carnaza Island, Cebu

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Carnaza is a tiny island off the northern coast of Cebu. It is home to white sand beaches, forests, and caves waiting to be explored by those who are adventurous at heart.

Aliguay Island, Dipolog

One of those travel gems with amazing snorkeling and incredibly friendly people. This island should be on your next beach destination full of fresh seafood to try.

Tagnote Falls, Agusan del Norte

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Only an hour from Butuan City is this magnificent two-tier waterfall with natural pools that you can relax in. It’s so peaceful and quite that you can feel the warmth of the forest, hear the dance of the trees, and listen to every chirp and call of life.

Hindang Caves, Iligan

Might be quite a trek for some, but the breathtaking view is worth the trip. Journey through caves and see beautiful rock formations, where you can thank Mother Nature for its wonderful gifts to mankind.

Kingfisher National Park, Coron

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This is an eco-friendly reserve near Coron where you can watch fireflies fill the night sky, surrounded with diverse wildlife and beautiful ecosystems.

If the travel bug bites you hard, take the trip to these beautiful places and experience these travel gems this New Year!