Located in the famous Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Luli Island is composed of three long sandbars clustered together. Snap the perfect beach photograph in this golden expanse, which is the only island in the bay that disappears underwater during high tide. The name Luli actually originated from the island's constant state in flux: "lulubog, lilitaw", which translates to "sink, float". Mangrove forests dot the waters in one section of the isle, while the other sides are framed by gently sloping shores ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It's a popular stop for lunch during island hopping tours.
How to get there
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa daily. From the airport, take a taxi or tricycle to the Honda Bay Port, where outrigger boats are available to take you to the islands in the bay, including Luli.
Cover photo from @lorenzmarasigan on Instagram.
By Celia Nachura
Published November 2016