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Palawan: Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

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Located 80 kilometers north of the city center of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area that had recently brought not only Palawan but also the country into International spotlight. 


Famously known as Puerto Princesa Underground River (due to the shorter and easier to memorize name) or PPUR, this national park is actually found on the western coast of the Saint Paul Mountain Range, hence its other name St. Paul's Underground River Cave.




Quezon Adventure: Cagbalete Island

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Our adventure today takes us 98.6 kilometers southeast of Manila. Cagbalete Island is a tourist destination found in the jurisdiction of Mauban, in the province of Quezon.

Cagbalete Island is defined by its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, mangrove forests, and picturesque scenery. Aside from that, it is surrounded by waters that are teeming with multitudes of colorful marine life. It's interior on the other hand is quite opposite from its picturesque beach fronts. It is full of shrubs and cogon grass. There is also an eerie forested part where only the muddy time beaten trail hints the existence of man. 
The island is home to about 60+ thousand people. Most of their homes are concentrated around the areas near Sabang Port in the southwestern part of the island. There are also several resorts in the different parts of the island particularly in its eastern side. 

Although not that remote or far from the town of Mauban, Cagbalete Island's natural beauty is quite preserved due…

Palawan: Big Lagoon

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Located in the eastern side of Miniloc Island in El Nido in the province of Palawan, Big Lagoon is one of the five locations included in Tour A of the El Nido Island Hopping Tours.

Big Lagoon is best known for its picturesque entrance that is probably the most photographed backdrop of anyone who availed of Tour A. 


Unlike Small Lagoon which is also found in Miniloc Island, visitors could enjoy touring Big Lagoon without leaving his boat. However, one may opt to rent a kayak at the floating kayak rental shop near the mouth of the lagoon. Sadly, visitors are discouraged from swimming in Big Lagoon. Our boatman explained that Big Lagoon is deep and boats are busily going in and out of the lagoon which of course would pose a serious threat to any swimmer if there is one. 
However, my theory is that there are sharks or other dangerous creatures of the deep the often find their way to Big Lagoon because of its wide entrance. Of course the boatmen would not want to scare away tourists, which wo…