Hello Sunshine indeed. First stop on this wonderful Philippine trip is Gaspar Island. Just a short motorboat ride from my hometown, this small yet charming paradise boasts clear aqua water and less tourists for a more secluded experience.

What kind of postcard would it be without showing you every angle of this place? The water appears darker from the aerial shots but still absolutely gorgeous.

Now you may be wondering, why the flip flops? The island mainly has large corals instead of fine sand so stepping on them is not the most comfortable. But the water is so refreshing to swim in so you’ll quickly forget the lack of sand.

These photos may look like they were taken mid day, but believe it or not it was only around 7:45 am. To avoid sunburn and depending on how far you are from the island, you should make your way to the seaside to board the boat at around 5 to 6 am. That way you’ll have a few hours for swimming before the sun becomes unbearably hot.

Swimsuit: Forever 21 Hat: Charming Charlie Sunglasses: Sunnies Philippines

There were a few of these small huts along the water to leave your stuff when you go swimming, a spot to eat at, or to just sit and relax with a puppy or friends. Say hello to my little doggo.