Islands For Sale in The Philippines

Updated: November, 2022

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In its entirety, the Philippine archipelago comprises upwards of 7,640 islands, making it one of the world’s largest archipelagos. Though, only around 2000 of said islands are inhabited. 

Islands are sold on the Philippine market as freehold or leasehold properties. The former is not possible for foreign investors, though there are some processes that circumnavigate any obstructions. Regardless, most islands properties in the Philippines are therefore sold via lease, granting the purchasing party stewardship of the land for a designated length of time.

The Philippines: a nation characterised by its welcoming population, rich cuisine, an abundance of beaches, and first-class aquatic leisure opportunities. From the unearthly landscapes of Coron to the surfing shores of Siargao and from the sweeping beaches of Cebu to the reefs of Palawan, the Southeast Asian nation has become synonymous with the planet’s best island destinations. 

Long stretches of tropical heat and sun are to be expected, as are intense periods of monsoon rain. Temperatures, however, remain consistently high throughout the calendar year – ideal for beach leisure, sunbathing, and adventure.

12 Private Islands for Sale in The Philippines

Philippine Private Islands in Numbers
Private islands for sale: 12
Median island size: ~153,880 SQM
Median island price: ~$2,028,650 USD
Median island square meter price: ~ $25 USD
Updated: November, 2022

1. Dao Island ($7,500,000)

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  • Location: Busuanga, Palawan
  • Size: 118 acres, ~47.8 hectares
  • Description: 11km from shore, ~17km southwest of Salvacion
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth

Also known as West Nalaut, Dao Island spans 47.9 hectares and is located off the west coast of Busuanga Island – the second largest body of land within Palawan province. 

Dao is an exceptional property for several reasons. 

Foremost, Dao is the only known island within the Palawan province with a clear title suitable for commercial development – other private islands within the region frequently contend with underlying indigenous claims.

Ownership rights aside, the property boasts an inspiring roster of features: a primary sand beach, several beach coves, 80-metre cliffs in some sections of the three-kilometre coastline, dense interior rainforest coverage, ample wildlife, and a surrounding coral reef. 

Undeveloped and brimming with paradisiacal attractions, Dao Island exhibits abundant potential as a tourist resort or private retreat.

Dao Island is listed for sale here

2. Janoyoy Island ($5,600,000)

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  • Location: Surigao del Norte, General Luna
  • Size: 3.6 acres, ~1.5 hectares
  • Description: 500m from shore, ~4km southwest of General Luna, Janoyoy Island is 5-10 mins from mainland General Luna
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Existing under both the Janoyoy and Hanoyoy monikers, this 3.6-acre property offers a white sand beach, dense interior vegetation, rock pools, and proximity to the mainland – a compact yet rich private island. 

Janoyoy is located off the southeastern coast of Siargao Island – one of the most happening tourist destinations in the Philippines and the country’s surfing capital. However, regardless of its touristic ascension, much of the land remains raw and undeveloped. This not only leaves room for investors to capitalise on commercial developments in the region, but also guarantees peace and serenity for island owners.

Purchasable under a leasehold contract, Janoyoy is a tempting investment.

Janoyoy Island is listed for sale here

3. Ligpo Island ($4,500,000)

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  • Location: Province of Batangas
  • Size: 1 acre, ~0.4 hectares
  • Description: 100m from shore, ~200m west of Bauan Divers Sanctuary Resort
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

One of the Philippines’ turnkey investment opportunities; Ligpo Island comprises one acre of land in a protected marine environment complete with a luxury four-bedroom residence and heated swimming pool.

The property’s Balayan Bay location not only grants it proximity to and from Manila – residents can complete the journey from the capital in two hours by car, or 20 minutes by helicopter – but also direct access to some of the best diving waters in the country.

Finally, Ligpo Island targets a clientele looking for immediate, yet long-term, leisure – the property is being offered on a 999-year lease from its current owners.

Ligpo Island is listed for sale here

4. Calampuan Island ($4,300,000)

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  • Location: Capayas, Dumaran
  • Size: 18.2 acres, 7.39 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~4km west of Dumaran Poblacion Landing Port, ~6km northeast of Sta Teresita Port
  • Ownership: Information upon request
  • See on Google Earth

Also known as Calangpowgn Island, Calampuan is a 7.39-hectare property nestled between the northern mass of Palawan and the west coast of Dumaran Island. 

Aside from a prime location in one of the Phillipines’ most desirable provinces, Calampuan’s resumé is headlined by a white sand beach that curves away from the island’s interior and reaches into the surrounding waters. The rest of the island features dense vegetation coverage atop undulating hills. 

With its natural resources, undeveloped status, and tropical aesthetic, Calampuan is a testament to the uncapped potential of private islands in the Philippines.

Calampuan Island is listed for sale here

5. Munroe Island ($4,000,000)

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  • Location: Laoag City, Ilocos Norte
  • Size: 160 acres, ~65 hectares
  • Description: 500m from shore, ~1km north of Laoag International Airport
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Munroe Island is a 160-acre property located within the Padsan River estuary. The site enjoys convenient proximity to the provincial capital and commercial hub of Laoag City. 

The island, being sold on a leasehold contract, is characterised by flat topography, sweeping stretches of sand, and thickets of native vegetation. 

Undeveloped and with ample space, Munroe is a property with great potential.

Munroe Island is listed for sale here

6. Double Island ($2,500,000)

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  • Location: Isugod, Quezon
  • Size: ~20 acres, ~8.3 hectares
  • Description: 2km from shore, ~15km northeast of Villa Esperanza Hardin
  • Ownership: Information upon request
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Double Island is a ~20-acre parcel of land that serves as a testament to the natural beauty of Palawan – the province is an exemplar of Philippine splendour and is consistently voted as one of the world’s finest island archipelagos. 

Double’s reflection of Palawan’s acclaim begins with its offering of immaculate, white-sand beaches. The island also comprises dense foliage coverage, shores rich with marine life, and several traditional beach residences. 

While easily accessed via the airport in Puerto Princesa, reaching the island is set to become even more streamlined with the budgeting of a new airport just two kilometres from Double’s transit pier. 

Investors can either purchase the island in its entirety or inject capital as part of a development partnership with the current ownership.

Double Island is listed for sale here

7. Camanga Island ($1,260,000)

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  • Location: Coron, Palawan
  • Size: 75.15 acres, ~30.4 hectares
  • Description: 9km from shore, ~22km northwest of Barangay Turda Wharf
  • Ownership: Leasehold
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Camanga is an undeveloped island in Palawan that spans a generous 75 acres. An exemplar of the region’s natural beauty, the property features a perimeter of sand beaches, dense interior vegetation, and rich surrounding waters. 

Palawan is a mainstay among the world’s most impressive island destinations and, as such, has become a hotspot for tourists seeking tropical leisure. An investor would thus have the scope to use the island as a personal retreat and enjoy the allures of Palawan with family and friends, or develop the space for commercial use and capitalise on the region’s tourist foot traffic.

Camanga Island is listed for sale here

8. Milagrosa Island ($1,035,000)

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  • Location: Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao
  • Size: 12.35 acres, ~5 hectares
  • Description: 200m from shore, ~1km northwest of Libay Fishport
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

A union of natural beauty, connectivity, and tourism potential.

Known best as Ubay Island, Isla Milagrosa is a unique property in Murcielagos Bay – the inlet is located on the western limb of the island of Mindanao. The surrounding area has picked up momentum as a haven for adventurers and thrill seekers, making it an intriguing option for further development. 

The island itself spans 12.35 acres and is surrounded by an offshore, 3×1-metre rock dike – this addition, while a distance from shore, forms the full extent of the property’s boundary and can be used to expand Ubay’s usable landmass.

Milagrosa island is listed for sale here

9. Marina Island ($1,000,000)

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  • Location: Coron, Palawan
  • Size: 7.1 acres, ~2.9 hectares
  • Description: 3km from shore, ~6km southwest of Coron Town
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Coron is a municipality on the western island of Palawan that’s renown transcends that of the Philippines – the area features some of the most impressive landscapes in the country and is also considered one of the world’s best dive locations. 

Marina Island exists on Coron’s doorstep: a gateway to its landscapes and adventures. 

The property spans an excess of seven acres and enjoys protection from harsh weather in a semi-cove. Mangrove forests and snorkelling reefs surround much of the island. The island’s existing owners have also been diligent in their stewardship of the land and have consistently planted new flora to create a thriving ecosystem. 

An island primed for private development.

Marina Island is listed for sale here

10. Kabo Island ($650,000)

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  • Location: Barangay Day-asan, Surigao City
  • Size: 57.8 acres, ~23.4 hectares
  • Description: 100m from shore, ~5km east of Surigao, 15-20 minutes from the mainland Surigao/port of Surigao
  • Ownership: Leasehold
  • See on Google Earth

Kabo Island, also known as Kabusgan Island, resides just off the northern tip of Mindanao. Though, the property’s most notable neighbour is Siargao Island – arguably the Philippines’ finest surfing destination. 

Spanning ~58 acres, Kabo’s main features include mangroves along one shoreline, a reef located half a kilometre north of the island, six springs that provide water, potential farmland, existing pineapple growths, and significant developable land. 

Simply put, Kabo presents a valuable opportunity to expand into the Philippine real estate market – be it commercial or for private use.

Kabo Island is listed for sale here

11. Farolan Island ($450,000)

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  • Location: Igang Bay, Guimaras
  • Size: 0.32 acres, 0.13 hectares
  • Description: 4km from shore, ~6km west of Nueva Valencia, 30 minutes by boat from Iloilo
  • Ownership: Leasehold

Farolan Island is located in Igang Bay – a sheltered inlet on the western flank of Guimaras Island. Though the smallest property on the Philippine market – spanning just 0.32 acres – Farolan constitutes a highly manageable island investment. 

The island’s surrounding waters are ideal for aquatic sports – scuba diving, sailing, and waterskiing opportunities are plentiful. 

The nearest major settlement is Iloilo City – a large community on Panay Island famous for its Spanish colonial architecture and influence. 

Given its location and natural features, Farolan is an ideal candidate to house a private retreat.

Farolan Island is listed for sale here

12. Dumaran Island Pair (Price Upon Request)

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  • Location: Dumaran Channel
  • Size: 62 acres, ~25 hectares
  • Description: Renambacan Island & Capsalon Island are both 1km from shore, ~6km northwest of Dumaran Poblacion Landing Port
  • Ownership: Freehold
  • See on Google Earth / Google Earth

To be sold together, this island pair is located 530 metres apart in the Dumaran Channel – a body of waters that separates Dumaran Island from the Palawan mainland. Aside from its prime location, the channel is known for harbouring sheltered beaches and calm waters. 

Spanning a combined 62 acres, the two properties offer a wealth of space for development and leisure. Specifically, one island is ~58 acres in size, and the other has a four-acre reach. The former features over four kilometres of soft sand beach, fruit-bearing vegetation, an encompassing reef, and abundant marine life. 

A unique opportunity with open-ended potential.

Island Pair in Dumaran is listed for sale here

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