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Palawan: Paradise with a Thousand Virgin Islands

The most protected island group in the Philippines, Palawan’s sacred territories never fail to stun even the most jaded of travelers. Located in west central Philippines, the Palawan archipelago has a mind-boggling 2,000-kilometer coastline and almost 1,800 islands and islets. There is no other place in the Philippines that has more concentration of tropical islands.

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Hotels & homes

Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa offers an exceptional escape into the Philippine’s last frontier. The 4-hectare oceanfront property is perfectly located approximately 5-minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport. Here, detached from the places of bustling activity, one can completely break away from all their stresses and take that well-deserved luxury. It is ideally located for both leisure and business travelers who want a taste of what Palawan has to offer, while taking pleasure from a variety of accommodations and services. Choose from our suites or water villas and indulge yourself. The 78 room resort centers on its Asian-themed architecture infused with a native touch, which blends in completely with the foliage surrounding the resort. Immaculate, powdery white sand; crystalline blue waters; the crisp, salty tang in the air can be experienced at the tranquil ambiance at the sandbar. At Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa, getting away isn’t just a journey; it’s a beautiful escape.Quick facts about Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa:• 4 hectare oceanfront property• Located 5 minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport• 68 rooms and suites• 10 water villas• 4 restaurants and bars• 1,640 sqm chlorine free swimming pool • White sand at the sandbar• Grand pillar-less ballroom that can sit up to 500 persons (banquet style)• Function rooms that can sit up to 170 persons (banquet style)• Chapel that can sit up to100 personsHilot Spa with 9 treatment rooms with private shower. Treatments are inclusive of the use of Sauna, steam and Jacuzzi• Salon• Complimentary Recreational facilities for all guests: Kayak and stand- up paddle, biking, gym, billiards, darts, soccer table, seaside volleyball, jumbo chess, 9-hole mini golf, day-care center, art center



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Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

This captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site covers a half-submerged extensive cave system whose water flows out directly to the open sea. Situated in St. Paul mountain range about 50km away from the city proper, its unique feature is the 8.2km Underground River. Here you'd see dramatic tunnels, cavernous chambers, and catch sight of wildlife in and around the tunnel such as monkeys, bats, and giant monitor lizards. Only the first two kilometers is open to the public, however, because to the lack of oxygen in its deeper interiors. The national park is also a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, a Philippine National Geological Monument, a key aspect of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve, and, most recently, one of the Seven New Natural Wonders of the World. Group tours are easily available from tour operators in the city, but early booking is encouraged to make it to the daily cap of tourists permitted to go inside the cave. From Sabang wharf, it takes one motorized banca to go to the mouth of the underground river. A short forest walk among centuries-old indigenous trees will lead to the embarcation point for the 45-minute paddled boat ride inside. An audio guide is now provided to give tourists vital information they need to know while on the tour, as well as to minimize unnecessary sound distraction to the inhabitants of the cave. The tour to the underground river from the Sabang booking station costs P500 for the walk-in permit, P150 for the environmental fee, P85 for the audio gear, and P1,200 for a boat for 6 persons. At a travel agency this costs about P1,400 to P2,500 per person depending on the inclusions.


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