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Philippine Butterfly Gardens

Butterfly Farms and Gardens

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Butterflies are the most beautiful and colourful members of the insect world and the name for butterflies in Filipino is Paruparo. The Philippines is endowed with many butterfly species which you may see in the wild if you’re very lucky.

But the surest way to see these colourful insects is to visit one of the many butterfly gardens. At the smallest, butterfly gardens are simply meshed enclosure where the butterflies are bred and you can walk amongst them.

However Filipinos like to do things in style and to do them big. Therefore your visit to a butterfly garden is likely to be a theme park, so you may want to take your lunch,

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El Nido

Chill out and Dive

Situated some 238 kilometers and a very long drive northeast of Puerto Princesa, El Nido is at the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. Visitors from around the world come to El Nido for the dramatic scenic land/ seascapes with spectacular limestone cliffs similar to those found in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, Guilin in China, and Krabi in Thailand.

With crystal clear waters and relative isolation, the 45 islands and islets provide endless opportunities for adventure, nature appreciation, and simple relaxation. Popular activities include kayaking in secret lagoons, snorkeling or diving with colorful tropical fish, trekking to the peak of an island, fishing, bird watching, exploring uninhabited islands, picnic lunches or sunbathing on the

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Underground River

A navigable underground river with a cathedral like interior

Due to the risk of mostly bat droppings falling from the ceiling, you get to dress like a construction worker. The hi-viz vests double as life jackets.

After a flight from Mactan, Cebu and a comfortable night at our hotel, we were told that transport was irregular, so we took a tour from our hotel and after 90 minutes drive through forested hills from Puerto Princesa we arrived at Sabang to see the longest navigable underground river in the world.

At over 8 kilometres in length with its crystalline waters and spectacular cave formations, this site was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The winding path of

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Palawan

The largest island of the Mimaropa region

Palawan is popular for its resorts and the navigable underground river. Just slightly over an hours flight from Manila (3-5 flights daily) the capital of this island province is Puerto Princesa which has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines.

Puerto Princesa is a nature lover’s paradise and attractions ranging from beaches to wildlife reserves. The islands people see conservation and friendliness as good economic practice although English is not as well spoken away from Puerto Princesa city. This is one part of the Philippines that you won’t have to share with a million other tourists, but now the highways are sealed,

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Mimaropa

Paradise islands

Mimaropa is one of two regions of the Philippines having no land border with another region. It is within the greater region knows as Visayas and stretches from the north near Luzon south to near Borneo.

Like much of the Philippines, there are miles of sandy beaches, coral reefs and great holiday locations including the Bathala Cave, Balanacan Bay and Tres Reyes Islands in the province of Marinduque; the White Island in Mindoro; Bonbon Beach in Romblon; and, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and El Nido Marine Reserve Park in Palawan.

Marinduque & the capital city of Boac Occidental Mindoro & the capital city of Mamburao Oriental Mindoro & the capital city

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