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Though the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) has a lot to offer visitors, most people make the trip from Puerto Princesa only to see the underground river, which is heavily celebrated as one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. Also part of UNESCO history, the river is now a huge source of pride to the Philippines. The subterranean river system is 8.2km long and has several large chambers, up to 120m wide and 60m high. It flows underground almost the entire length, and empties into the ocean, so the lower part of the river is brackish (a mix of fresh and salt water) and subject to tidal influence, which makes it a natural phenomenon. When the sun is shining, the brackish water is known to turn an eye-popping bright blue-green (more green than blue). The river isn’t the only attraction of the PPSRNP though, as the beach by the mouth of the cave features an impressive karst landscape, and the old-growth forest that fills the park is full of exotic flora and fauna. I nearly jumped out of my skin when I saw a handful of large monitor lizards crawling around, forked tongues darting about! Since the river was given the honor of being one of the new seven wonders of nature, there was a huge jump in the amount of daily visitors, so much that a cap has been put into law for preservation reasons, which allows only 900 tourists a day into the subterranean river… but that seems to be largely flexible depending on the clout and amount of pesos you hold.
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181 Kms from Puerto Princesa
El Nido was originally a small town, established as a getaway to the famous Bacuit Archipelago. Populated by various businesses catering to tourists and restaurants and hotels every 100 meters, El Nido in itself is not a quiet island anymore. But there are around 45 islands around El Nido where you can go for a day trip and enjoy the surreal beauty and absolute solitude. You can also camp on these deserted islands but you will have to carry all camping gear and your food with you.Best Time To Visit: November to AprilHow To Reach: Fly from Delhi to Manila and take a domestic flight to El Nido from Manila. Once in El Nido, you can connect with fishermen or even the concierge of your hostel or hotel and get transportation arranged if you wish to camp in one of the adjoining islands.Things To Do: Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities to do while at El Nido; you can explore some of the deserted islands nearby; you can also trek to the Taraw Peak and the Makinit Hot Springs. For those who are looking for some mischievous fun, a trip to the Nagkalit-kalit Falls is highly recommended. And for those who want to just relax, there are plenty of masseuse available all over the island!
299 Kms from Puerto Princesa
Far from Coron, but worth the travel.