Hidden in Bacuit Bay in El Nido, Palawan, Snake Island was named after its S-shaped serpentine sandbar visible during low tide. Water is shallow on either side of the strip, and waves crash in from both directions, sending small rocks and shells to the narrow shore. Walk along the sandbar all the way to the mangroves on the other side of the island, swim or hike up the island's hilltop for the best view of the sandbar. If you're not keen on anything too active, then pack a picnic, spend a lazy day working on your tan, and take a dip in the shallow waters when it suits you. We think everything about the island is instagram-perfect island.
Cebu Pacific Air, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia fly to Puerto Princesa daily. From Puerto Princesa's San Jose Terminal, board a RoRo bus for about P400 to El Nido. You could also ask your resort to book a private shuttle van to El Nido or to arrange an island hopping tour, with Snake Island as one of the stops. DayTripper Palawan rents out a 10-seater van for P7,700, one-way. Travel time is 5 to 6 hours.
Originally published in InFlight Traveller December 2009 to January 2010. Updated November 2015