About 250 miles from Manila, 3-mile-long Pamalican island lies in crystal-clear water and amid warm trade winds. This is one of the greatest places I've stayed. Each bungalow is like a small house on the beach or atop the tree canopy. And each one has its own golf cart, so you can explore the small private island, drive to your massage, go to the clubhouse for fresh lobster or a daiquiri, or just drive to get lost on one of the many white-sand beaches. Amazing diving, snorkeling, and sailing hobie cats is included. You will feel like you are the only guests on the island. While I was there, we helped put sea turtles into the sea as they hatched on the protected birth zone. After you arrive by a short flight from Manila, villas will run $800 to $4,500 USD.... but be prepared to be pampered! This backpacker was in heaven! Luckily it was for work so I didn't have to worry about the bill!