Island-hopping anywhere is an easy sell. But with the promise of islets so secluded you can have them all to yourself, Palawan, Philippines, sets a high bar for anywhere.
Of the 7,000-plus islands that comprise the Philippines, some 1,780 belong to Palawan, the archipelago’s westernmost, and most isolated, province. Long, skinny Palawan island sits at the center, drawing a diagonal between the South China and Sulu seas, stretching almost as far south as Borneo. Surrounding it are small, undisturbed islets whose siren calls have yet to bring the mobs that descend on Thailand, Vietnam, and Boracay, the beach of choice for many travelers to the Philippines.
Photographer and Matador Network’s very own Creative Director Scott Sporleder, who’s been visiting Palawan for the past decade, shares what it is that keeps him coming back, and why anyone would be lucky to spend five perfect days island-hopping around the Philippines.