The most well-known and biggest islands are Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Negros, Samar and Panay. Of these only Cebu and Bohol receive substantial amounts of visitors. The island of Boracay is the most popular tourist destination of the Visayas. The beaches of Boracay are world famous and the island has received numerous awards and accolades over the last decades. The island has developed into a destination in itself. Accommodation, activities and nightlife are world class standard. Many people fly directly in and out of airports near Boracay and miss out on the other islands of this stunning archipelago. Every island has its own specific traditions and history.
If you want to look for more authentic experiences you don’t have to look far though. Islands such as Leyte and Samar attract very few visitors and have many hidden gems to offer. Panay, Negros and Siquijor are other islands with many great destinations that have a lot to offer but need more promotion. Cebu and Bohol are more established destinations but also here it is not difficult to go off the beaten track and discover the authentic Philippines.
Connections between the islands of the Visayas are mostly by ferries. There are some domestic flights available such as from Cebu City to Bacolod and Dumaguete. Cebu City is really the hub of the Visayas. Travel Authentic Philippines has a large number of itineraries that include visits to one or more islands of the Visayas. The Visayas is a fascinating area waiting to be explored.