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#116 Puerto Galera

Puerto Galera, located in Oriental Mindoro, central Philippines, is known as one of the most accessible and lush island beach resorts in the Philippines. Relegated to the background with the growing popularity of island resorts such as Boracay in the Visayas, Puerto Galera  once had the fame and attraction of Boracay in the 1970s.

The main beach resorts of Puerto Galera are in Sabang, Small and Big La Laguna, White Beach and Talipanan Point. The short ride to these beaches provide fantastic views of the islands with tourists getting a glimpse of the shimmering emerald waters, tropical trees and winding, hilly roads that can compare to the more celebrated beach resorts in Hawaii. Lush mountains and the greenery of coconut groves welcome the visitors.

So-called  “backyard tourism” wherein local residents accept local and foreign tourist as stay-in guests remain popular. Several hotels and resort chains, however, have sadly made their mark in recent years, eroding Puerto Galera’s rustic charm.

The channel between Puerto Galera and Verde Island, known internationally as the Verde Island Passage, is  considered  as  “one of the world’s richest marine biodiversity” according to American scientists – making Puerto Galera’s underwater world a favorite amongst dive enthusiasts.  Puerto Galera also has the biggest number of dive schools in the entire Philippines offering both PADI and BSAC courses in various languages.

Mabuhay ang Puerto Galera!

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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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