Palawan’s underground river, with its million years old natural rock-arts, is one of the new seven wonders of nature; it is expected to pave the way for foreign tourists to visit other Philippine natural wonders such as Apo Reef, Tubbataha Reef and Mount Pulag.
Malapascua Island, Taal Lake, Baguio and other popular destinations for locals may not be new for Filipinos, but they are still new as far as millions of tourists are concerned.
In addition to the natural rock-arts of Palawan’s underground river, Sabang Beach and Honda Bay are excellent swimming destinations, while El Nido and Coron are best for scuba and wreck diving.
Northeast of Coron, Busuanga, Palawan is Apo Reef, a 34 sq km diverse corals and the second largest contiguous coral reef in the word. Although submerged, it is marked on the surface by three uninhabited islands. Apo Island is 22 hectares (54 acres) with mangroves and beach vegetation the other two, Apo Menor (Binangaan) and Cayos del Bajo (Tinangkapan) are much smaller. Apo Reef is part of Occidental Mindoro province.
Tubbataha Reef is an uninhabited island measuring 970 sq km (374.6 sq mi) located 150 km (93 mi) southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It is part of the island municipality of Cagayancillo, Palawan, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Mount Pulag, in Luzon’s mountain province, is famous for its airplane view where the “sea of clouds” are below you and you can view the Milky Way Galaxy at dawn. Mount Pulag is the third highest mountain in the Philippines at 2,922 metres (9,587 ft) above sea level.
Malapascua Island is a small island about 2.5 by 1 km(1.55 by 0.62 mi), which is part of the island province of Cebu. Beautiful coral gardens, coral walls and dive spots are some of the island’s attractions.
Taal Lake is known as a ‘volcano within a lake that is within a volcano that is within a lake’. Confused? Imagine a volcano within a lake that blew its top literally hundreds of years ago. The crater took in water but left what remained from the original cone protruding above the water now called the Vulcan Point. Located in Tagaytay, which has a cooler climate despite being only an hour and a half drive away from Manila.
The Philippines possesses an abundance of natural wonders you will never get tired of visiting. Palawan’s underground river is just one of the many exciting destinations.