Dos Palmas, Palawan © denAsuncioner
The island of Palawan stretches from Luzon towards Malaysia. Thickly forested and accented by coves, beaches, lagoons and limestone cliffs, the gorgeous region is a must for nature lovers. Puerto Princesa is the primary gateway to the island. Most travellers head north after arriving in the coastal city. That said, the Puerto Princesa area has many hiking and spelunking opportunities, and the underground river near Sabang is certainly worth visiting. Travellers will find El Nido in the north. The small, lively beach town is Palawan's most popular destination, and is geared towards island hopping. It also has plenty of places to eat out and buy local handicrafts. From El Nido, travellers can choose to take a boat to the neighbouring island of Busuanga and the town of Coron. They will find fewer niceties than on Palawan's main island, but can explore the island's gorgeous aquamarine lakes, and experience some of the best scuba diving in the region. Indeed, the island's Tubbataha Reef is extremely important to the Philippines from an ecological point of view, given that it's a feeding ground and nursery for marine life. The area is archaeologically significant too, as palaeolithic remains have been discovered on the island. They date back approximately 22,000 years.