Hundreds Island, Philippines

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We know how difficult it is to choose which of the 7,107 islands to explore first. But if you’d like to hit roughly 100 islands in all at once, the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos is the place to go.

Head to Don Gonzalo Montemayor wharf in Barangay Lucap and rent an outrigger or two. This is the quintessential island hop, where you’ll be visiting islands of all shapes and sizes. Some simply look like little pieces of land. Others have intact cave systems and hilly terrain; fantastic for all-out hiking and camping.Governor’s Island has a viewing deck, and even a small house that can be rented.
There are 123 islands covering 1,844 hectares. Many of them have attention-grabbing names such as “Devil’s Island” and“Kissing Island.” And of course, like the rest of the country, the water is an exceptional hue of blue-green and holds fantastic coral reefs. Don’t forget to pack your bathing suit!

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.