Biliran

The province holds a multitude of photogenic waterfalls, whose features range from impressive drops to inviting swimming spots.

The Tomalistis Falls are most notable for its water’s peculiar sweet taste — the sweetest in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

The Tinago Falls make for a good photo-op, steadily plummeting down to an enclave surrounded by verdant rocks.

Get up-close to the majestic Ulan Ulan Falls (ulan is the Filipino word for rain) to hear and feel the thunderous sound of a heavy downpour.

Scouring Biliran’s secluded shores is another way to discover your personal pocket of paradise. The beaches here are pristine — all sun-kissed sand and cobalt waters. Best of all? No crowds.

Take a boat to Sambawan Island and snorkel among its coral gardens, or tie up a hammock and nap on the thin strip of Dalutan Island.

Higatangan Island’s shifting 200-meter sandbar stretches beautifully toward the sea, and its shores feature attractive natural rock formations and exotic seashells. Former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos reportedly took refuge on this island during World War II, prompting its highest point to be named “Marcos Hill.

The sprinkling of natural attractions throughout Biliran continues. Tingkasan Bat Cave is a good spelunking and spear-fishing site. Locals believe its distinctive rectangular entrance was created by Japanese forces during World War II.

The Mainit Hot Springs deliver flowing water in varying degrees of heat, good for soothing sore muscles. And if you can’t make it to the northern province of Ifugao, the Iyusan Rice Terraces make for a cool miniature alternative.