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Coron, Philippines
The mountainous Coron Island, just northeast of Palawan, is part of the officially designated ancestral domain of the indigenous Tagbanua people (possibly descendants of the original inhabitants of the Philippines). They steward the land and sea,...
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Malapascua Island, Daanbantayan, Philippines
Malapascua, a tiny island in the Visayan Sea north of Cebu, is well-known for its thresher-shark cleaning station, where divers gather daily to see these beautiful creatures ascend from below to be cleaned by fish before returning to deeper...
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Access Lane To Caalan Beach, El Nido, 5313 Palawan, Philippines
One of the top spots to watch the sun set behind the islands that make up the Bacuit Archipelago, Cadlao Resort is also one of El Nido's most enticing resorts.  Most of the 25 rooms offer views of El Nido Bay or the South China Sea--but, for...
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Pamalican Island, Sulu Archipelago, Agutaya, Palawan, Philippines
Occupying its own island in the Cyuo Archipelago—where members of the animal kingdom outnumber humans by some comical order of magnitude—Amanpulo is the consummate artist’s escape. Adding to the resort’s castaway cred is...
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Boracay, Malay, Philippines
Even during the low season White Beach on Boracay Island is full on. Dance music blares out of clubs and bars. Restaurant hawkers shout out their daily deals in front of massive seafood buffets. Korean tour groups block the beach path and touts...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
I’ve always wondered what it would be like to explore far-flung islands and experience life as a castaway or something like it. My fantasies became reality when I discovered Tao, an organization in the Philippines offering adventures to the...
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Coron, Palawan, Philippines
Discovering shells on the beach made me realize that I'm just another tiny puzzle piece in the universe.
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Tiaong, Quezon, Philippines
Spend a weekend at Villa Escudero South of Manila, near San Pablo. The former coconut estate welcomes guests in rustic bungalows and idyllic surroundings near an artificial lake. In addition to peace and quiet (and romantic evening serenades by...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
There is no shortage of beaches in El Nido on the long island of Palawan, Philippines. While most are best accessed by boat or kayak, Las Cabanas Beach is reached on foot or tricycle (the Filipino motor-taxi or tuktuk). We had heard that the beach...
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This seldom-visited island in the Southern Philippines is a favourite of mine for swimming with whale sharks. Most places that receive regular whale shark visits become very touristy and have numerous tour operators competing to get their...
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Batad Rice Terraces, Banaue, Ifugao, Philippines
Still in use today, the Ifugao Rice Terraces were carved into the hillsides of Ifugao Province by hand some 2,000 years ago, and are fed by an elaborate irrigation system that captures water from the forests above. While many people explore this...
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Baclaran, Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
I come to Manila several times a year for work, which has given me the fortune of developing a great group of friends that have helped me experience the Philippines from the pure and honest perspective that only locals can offer, starting with...
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Arreceffi Island Resort Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan, Philippines
Just off the coast from the Dos Palmas Resort & Spa sits an atoll that's the size of a football field. It's perfect for an afternoon BBQ, snorkeling, swimming and just chilling out on a hammock swinging in the breeze!
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Ugong Rock is a beginner spelunker's joy--though people with a fear of tight spaces should opt out. You climb through a maze of tight passages, crawling through the small holes between the rocks, squeezing through tight spaces, and climbing up...
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Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Puerto Princesa Underground River is set in a protected area of the St. Paul Mountain Range in Palawan. It’s a five-mile stretch of the Cabayugan River that runs through a huge limestone cave and directly into the West Philippine Sea near...
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Pinagbuyutan Island, El Nido, Philippines
El Nido trumps them all when it comes to above water sceneries. The towering karst formations around the archipelago are absolutely stunning! One of the highlights of an El Nido island hopping is Pinagbuyutan Island. It came as no surprise if...
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El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
This photo has not been retouched. And ironically, when we pulled into Secret Lagoon (yep - that's the actual name), no one was there. I expected hordes of tourists, but it lived up to its name. You can book a 3-day boat tour with several...
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Calle Hama, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, 5313 Palawan, Philippines
El Nido, Palawan is best enjoyed by hopping from one island to another. There are several day tours offered labeled Tour A, B, C, or D. If time is limited Tour A is highly suggested. While on Tour A you will be surrounded by a backdrop of...
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Natalio Bacalso Avenue, Oslob, 6023 Cebu, Philippines
With so many islands in the Philippines, figuring out which to visit can make or break a trip. Travellers visiting the Island of Cebu will find Cebu City worthy of a day or two - while the rest of the island offers waterfalls to the south,...
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Kalanggaman Island, Philippines
With two unforgettable visits in 2011 and 2013, this little island between the coasts of Leyte and Cebu islands in the Philippines remains my favorite. With two stunning sand bars at its east and west sides, this virgin island has maintained its...
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Santa Fe, Cebu, Philippines
Bantayan Island's fine white sand beaches and clear light blue waters are as enchanting as far busier Boracay, minus the noise and go go go night life. The island's Ogtong Cave Resort offers a well-kept landscaped garden, a pool, and individual...
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Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Crystal Cove Island Resort is a 15 to 20 minutes boat ride from White Beach of Boracay Island. One of the best island hopping delights in the area. A short trek to the top of the hill brings a 360 vista of the neigboring islands, exotic picnic...
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Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Crystal clear waters, warm water year-round, lush greens, and fresh food... sounds pretty close to paradise. This is Boracay, a tiny island south of Luzon, easily accessible by a quick flight from Manila, or other parts of the country. Locals and...
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Malcapuya Island, Culion, Philippines
After an almost 2-hour boat ride from the main island of Coron, we stopped in the breathtaking island of Malcapuya, my favorite island around Coron in Palawan, Philippines. We climbed the cliff that has an amazing view of the beach. We spent the...
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Mangenguey Island, Busuanga, Philippines
Mangenguey Island is literally the perfect island getaway. Here, you get to experience island life, go back to nature, while still getting the best gourmet food. Although some people associate it to a luxury hotel, this is definitely not one of...