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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Philippine Travel Photo Essay : Puerto Princesa, Palawan


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Star Fish Island, Puerto Princesa, Palawan


PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN 

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Starfish Island

Puerto Princesa is famous for the Subterranean River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Or mostly as the take-off point to other gorgeous beaches and islands in Palawan - Port Barton and El Nido. But Puerto Princesa also offers a lot more than the underground river.

This trip was my first taste of Palawan. And based on observation and experience from our 4 days stay there back in August 2010, I honestly think that Palawan can survive and function on its own. It is so rich with natural resources to provide for the people’s basic necessities and to provide employment from its tourism industry. It also has several laws and ordinances to protect the environment to ensure continuity of the province’s sustainable development. Really admirable. 

Our vacation was filled with wonderful and unique experiences. Met prisoners who walk freely around their correction facility, held a baby crocodile, cave spelunking, rainy underground river experience, snorkeling, island hopping, and feasted on great food. Here's a photo essay of our trip.

Crocodile Farm

Pueto Princesa Crocodile Farm

Croc Farm
with Mayen and Kat :)

Crocodiles vs Alligators
and learned the difference between crocodiles and alligators

Iwahig Penal Colony
an old colonial building in Iwahig Penal Colony

Entrance to Underground River
The only better photo we have of the Underground River...well, at the entrance. 
But I assure you inside it's magnificent.

Ugong Rock 

Ugong Rock Cave
preparing for cave spelunking

Ugong Rock Cave Spelunking
cave spelunking!

View from Ugong Rock
view from the top

Honda Bay Island Hopping

Puerto Princesa
take-off point for the island hopping

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Pandan Island

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sand bar in the Star Fish Island

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clear waters

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beautiful!

Starfish Island, Puerto Princesa


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calm and serene :)

Starfish Island, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines