The Philippines is an insanely gorgeous and underrated travel destination. Travelers to Southeast Asia often overlook it for Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. They’re missing out on something incredible. Did you know it consists of over 7,000 islands? One of them happens to be voted as the most beautiful island in the world, named Palawan.
The island is accessible by either boat or airplane. It’s about an hour and a half by air from Manila, although travelers can also get there from Iloilo and Cebu. Many say the ideal time to head to Palawan is between about October and May.
In Palawan, you’ll find beautiful crystal blue water that mixes with emerald green. The whole island boasts of rainforests, majestic mountains, karst cliffs, primitive caves and virgin beaches.
Palawan is a diver’s paradise. It’s known for being one of the best spots to scuba dive in the world. Coral reefs, surrounding the island, stretch for miles and miles.
Visitors say high points include island-hopping around the Bacuit archipelago to discover the cliffs, sinkholes and lagoons, and venturing to Puerto Princesa for culinary delights.
Save one day to take a boat tour through down Puerto Princesa’s Underground River, one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. It’s 8.2 kilometers long and runs through caves with impressive limestone rock formations.
The island is also home to some of the worlds most incredible and rare wildlife, including the Cobra king, Mouse Deer, Palawan Bearcat and many butterflies, some of them as big as your hand.
Because they’re kind of magical.