Palawan

Filled with stunning seascapes, and a designated UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve, Palawan is the largest and least populated province in the Philippines. Often called the “Last Frontier”, emerge in its astonishing biodiversity and indigenous cultures. Relax and unwind on some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine beaches. Swim in crystal blue waters and inviting lagoons surrounded by limestone cliffs. Kayak, paddleboard or jump aboard a bangkas (motorized outrigger canoe) to discover hidden coves, islets, uninhabited islands and fishing villages. End the day with delightful fresh seafood and local Filipino dishes.

Meander along the world’s longest underground river at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, or dive/snorkel amidst colourful coral reefs teeming with hundreds of species of fish including manta rays, whale sharks and turtles at the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park. Both are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Deemed one of the world’s top 10 best scuba sites, Coron is home to 12 WWII Japanese shipwrecks. More adventure can be found on land. Hike or trek along nature trails in jungle-clad mountains or mangrove forests to glimpse at native birds and animals. Unspoilt, secluded beauty—beguiling Palawan.