People visit the Philippines to enjoy the amazing beaches, go hiking, island hopping, and go exploring. As well as visiting the Philippines, people also want to relax and party at night. But what are the best party islands in the Philippines?
Boracay was the crazy party island in the Philippines. But since Boracay was closed in early 2018 and reopened at the end of 2018. It is no longer a party island. Leaving party goers wondering what other islands have a good nightlife in the Philippines.
Of course, those who want to enjoy amazing beaches won’t be disappointed. But the fact is that many people travel to explore, have fun and party.
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What Are The Best Party Islands In The Philippines?
I have carefully selected what I considered the best party islands for those planning a trip to the Philippines and looking to party. The list is as follows.
- El Nido on Palawan island.
- Cebu Island.
- Siargao Island.
- Panglao Island.
- Bantayan Island.
El Nido On Palawan island
El Nido is a small town on Palawan island. It is an awesome spot to party, and relax on the beach. Plus there is the island hopping and the beautiful scenery. Corong-Corong Beach is where the nightlife is in El Nido.
The reason El Nido is on the list is that it has its own version of the full moon party. It the similarity to the full moon party in Thailand but not as crazy. It is free to enter and held every month.
The full moon party includes live bands and DJs as well as fire dancers and giant bonfires. If you’re not in El Nido during the full moon, there are plenty of beach parties and there’s always something going on.
Read on more things to do in Palawan, here.
Cebu Island is famous for swimming with the whale sharks in Oslob and diving in Moalboal with the sardine run.
In Cebu city, there are all assorts of bars from clubs, live music bars, bikini bars, karaoke bars, pubs, and regular bars in and around Cebu City. And a lot of restaurants.
Cebu City does not offer much in terms of a beach. There are resorts in Cebu, particularly on Mactan island but they will charge to use their facilities.
Or you can visit Tagbilaran on Bohol and then get a taxi to Panglao island. So you can spend the day on Alona beach before going back to Cebu City.
There are a few ferry companies providing this service between Cebu City and Tagbilaran. The trip takes about 90 minutes.
Read on more things to do on Cebu Island, here.
This island is home to surfing in the Philippines and is one of the top-ranked surfing spots in the world. This brings with it a good mix of people from all around the world, young and old, and has a very relaxed vibe.
At night there is always something going on from live music, beach parties, full moon party, etc.
There are parties on the beach on Siargao island but they are more of a relaxed vibe than anything too crazy. The more wild parties are in the bars and at the pool parties.
Other than parties, the island prides itself as a top surfing spot, here are more things to do on Siargao island.
You will find Panglao Island over in Bohol. It is a small island connected to Bohol by a bridge. In and around Panglao’s Alona Beach is where the nightlife is.
Panglao has been considered Boracay’s less developed competitor but since Boracay island was closed and reopened it is no longer the crazy party island of the Philippines.
Alona Beach is small so it is a lot easier to meet and get chatting with fellow travelers. Bohol and Panglao are great places to go diving and there are good few dive bars along Alona Beach.
On the beach, you’ll find the karaoke bars, live music bars, and the usual happy hour promotions and cocktails, so there’s plenty going on. During peak season it can get very busy and lively.
The Bantayan islands are quieter than the first 4 on the list. Bantayan Island has amazing beaches and friendly locals but I won’t class it as a party island. And certainly not for the financially challenged.
Most of the nightlife on Bantayan Island is in Santa Fe. There’s a good range of bars and restaurants in Santa Fe but no clubs. There is a good mix of tourists and locals in the Karaoke Bars and in the other bars around you might only find tourists.
Depending on where you’re staying on Bantayan, most resorts are only a short distance away from Santa Fe.
Read on more things to do on Bantayan Island, here.
Tips To Stay Out Of Trouble When Partying In The Philippines
Everyone wants to have fun going on their holidays and out partying but you need to use your common sense. Here are our top tips to still safe went partying.
- Still away from drugs in the Philippines. The Philippines has a strict policy with serve penalties, And I would consider that the police have a shoot-on-sight policy regarding drugs.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Pickpockets are not a big problem but they are there. Make their jobs as hard as possible, like using your front pockets and having a zip on your bag and shorts.
- Don’t get into a fight with locals, it is not worth it.
- Bring a copy of your passport and leave the original locked in your hotel safe.
- Don’t accept food or drinks from total strangers.
- Wear runners or shoes when out partying to protect your feet from broken glass.
Finally, the Philippines in terms of party islands is nowhere near as crazy as the party islands in Thailand. In saying that the islands in the Philippines have a good nightlife, that is a compliment to the amazing beaches and the locals.
Remember partying on the beach is always fun but use your common sense and remember you are in an Asian country. Enjoy the night.
And that’s it for now! I’d love it if this post on the best party islands in the Philippines was helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any other islands that I might have missed.