PALAWAN

PALAWAN refers to the long main island from its capital Puerto Princesa to El Nido and on into outlying islets anchored by Coron. Puerto Princesa is a base for exploring beaches, bays, caves and inland jungles. The Underground River in St Paul Subterranean National Park is the premier attraction of the northern Palawan. North of Puerto Princesa is the island of Honda Bay which is popular for beach fanciers and water sports enthusiasts. Travelers may go island-hopping, snorkel or scuba dive into the bay’s corals.

Northwest of Taytay, 50km away is El Nido, which is the base for excursions to the surrounding limestone islands of the Bacuit Archipelago. Stay in one of the upmarket resorts, Apulit Island, Lagen Island, Miniloc Island or Pangulasian Island, which are havens for divers and lovers of aquatic sports. Some of the cottages stand on stilts right over the edge of a cove. Guests can feed wild fish which gobble offerings from your hand.

Daily flights from Manila now land in Coron airport in Busuanga Island. Coron Island has built a reputation as an adventurer’s delight. Barracuda Lake, a basin emerald water trapped in virtual circle of tropical verdure and karst formations, is also home to a giant barracuda, which frequently shows during lake dives. All around Coron Bay, divers may spot the wrecks of Japanese ships and planes that went down during World War II. Off the northern tip of Busuanga Island sits the Calauit National Wildlife Sanctuary, where giraffes, elands, zebras, bushbucks, impalas, gazelles and waterbucks shipped here from Africa.

Airports in Coron, El Nido and Puerto Princesa handle regular flights from Manila which is about an hour and a half by air. Cebu Pacific and PAL Express fly daily to Coron (Busuanga) and Puerto Princesa and AirSwift flies daily to El Nido.

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