Since Boracay’s reopening in October after a six-month hiatus, the island has seen many travellers flocking back to the Philippines. However, while Boracay is the most popular island in the archipelago, most travellers to the Philippines are missing out on many others in the Pearl of the Orient.

It was previously believed that the Philippines was home to 7,101 islands, but a project by National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA) discovered 400 to 500 new islands last year, putting the actual number to 7,641.

So there’s no better place to go if you’re an avid diver or planning an island hopping adventure. If you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city next year, skip the usual tourist destinations in the Philippines and visit these beautiful islands instead.