Between Borneo and Manila, there is an archipelago with a biodiversity that is virtually unmatched, both underwater and above. Robinson Crusoe would feel right at home here on this final frontier called Palawan. With a kayak, snorkel and hiking shoes, I cross this boundary and enter paradise.
Words and Photography: Daan Vermeer
As central Philippines recovers from the devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, many of the nation’s 7,107 islands are ready to receive visitors. The monsoon season has come to a close, making now the ideal time for a beach getaway. Help kickstart the local economy by turning up on these shores. No two islands are the same in this archipelago, so here are 7 to get you started on your holiday planning.
Compiled by Abby Yao
With over 7,000 islands in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines has bountiful waters and a seemingly endless shoreline. Three centuries under Spain and 50 years under the United States haven’t fazed the 90 million karaoke-singing, basketball-playing people of this country often skipped—undeservedly—on journeys to Southeast Asia. Come get a glimpse of the Philippines through the lenses of Travel 3Sixty readers.
Compiled by Abby Yao
Palawan province south of the Philippine capital has enamoured many an adventurer with its famed Underground River, Tubbataha Reef and exclusive resorts in El Nido. On the northern tip of the province, the Calamian group of islands beckons to travellers willing to forego luxury comforts for unspoilt natural beauty. It is here, on these sparsely populated islands, that I found myself smitten by the homeland I am only beginning to explore.
Words & Photography: Abby Yao
Touted as one of the best islands in the world, Palawan Island in the Philippines is an untouched paradise teeming with natural wonders, rugged landscapes and deserted shorelines. El Nido on the northern tip of this pencil-thin island is a great point to start your exploration of this amazing piece of paradise.
Words & Photography: Edgar Alan Zeta-Yap
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