Puerto Princesa, Philippines

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Puerto Princesa is a coastal city on Palawan Island in the western Philippines. It’s a base for boat trips through the massive limestone caves and underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles and rays. Close to the port is the 19th-century Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral.

In the center, the Palawan Museum displays exhibits on the city’s history and people. South of the city, the Irawan Eco Park has hiking trails and ziplines through the forest canopy. A boat ride away off Palawan’s eastern coast, the islands of Honda Bay are dotted with white-sand beaches and resorts. The bay’s clear waters and coral reefs are home to a rich variety of marine life, including starfish on Starfish Island. There are more secluded beaches on Palawan’s west coast, including Nagtabon, known for its shallow waters.

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