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#41 Palawan Underground River

 The Palawan Underground River, also known as the St. Paul Subterrenean River National Park, is one of the most fascinating natural sights in the Philippines. Located around 50 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa, capital city of Palawan province.  The park has a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 kilometre navigable underground river.

The underground river, one of Palawan’s most popular tourist attractions, winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. The entrance to the subterranean river is a short hike from the town of Sabang. On the way to the lagoon visitors pass through the park’s protected rainforest jungle where a variety of sub-tropical trees can be found.

Visitors ride a motorised canoe but the boatmen paddle throughout the trip while inside the cave so as not to disturb the bats and birds that have nested on the cave ceilings and walls. Pitch-black in darkness, only the boatman’s battery lights will show the river’s major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences and during inclement weather, particularly during the moonsoon season, park visits are often restricted or cancelled to avoid accidents. 

The underground river is known to be one of the world’s longest and is listed in the World’s Heritage Sites.

Mabuhay ang St. Paul Underground River National Park!

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#16 Tubbataha Reef

Tubbataha Reef is an atoll coral reef located in the Sulu Sea, Mindanao, southern Philippines.  A marine sanctuary protected under the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park administration, Tubbataha is located around 98 nautical miles (181 km) southeast of Puerto Princesa,the capital city of Palawan Province.

According to Wikipedia facts, the reef is made up of two coral atolls divided by an eight-kilometer (five miles) wide channel. Declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in December 1993, it is under protective management by the Philippines Department of National Defense (DND).

Tubbataha’s coral walls is known to divers for its great depths and provide habitats for many colonies of fish and sea life such as giant jacks, hammerhead sharks, barracudas, manta rays, palm-sized Moorish idols, moray eels and even the endangered hawksbill sea turtles

Hopefully UNESCO’s support can help enforce environmental regulations in the high seas considering the impact of commercial and indiscriminate fishing that is happening in Philippine waters.

Mabuhay ang Tubbataha Reef!

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