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A guide to ​Palawan Island as its name the most beautiful in the world

​Palawan Island has been named the most beautiful island in the world for three years in a row and it is easy to see why.

With its white sandy beaches and inviting seas, ​this wonderful and diverse island - which is located in the Palawan Province of the western Philippines - can offer a something for everyone. From the beautiful waters and beaches of the north to the limestone cliffs and marine life of El Nido to the jungle, which is home to over 100 different species of birds, Palawan Island has been described as "the last ecological frontier of the Philippines".

Whilst visiting this island, make sure you don't miss the famous Underground River in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This wonderful natural formation has been named one of the new seven wonders of nature and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The river goes underneath the St Paul Mountain Range and local tour guides regularly conduct tours through the 4.3 kilometres of the underwater river that is accessible by boat.

With just the light of a small torch, you can see the wonderful stalactites and stalagmites that have grown and even get a look at the Italian's Chamber, which is one of the largest cave halls in the world.

For those who prefer to head underwater, the Palawan province provides fantastic diving sites. See whale sharks in Donsol or head to Malapascua if you want to encounter the Thresher shark. If you want to see something truly unusual, Palawan is also the home of the Dugong - also known as a sea cow - and whilst they are rarer now, Coron Island is a great place to get a chance to look at this amazing creature.

The best way to get to Palawan Island is to take a connecting flight from Manila, the capital of the Philippines, which roughly takes an hour and 15 minutes. This will bring you to Puerto Princesa City. However, if you want to visit El Nido, you'll need to choose a shuttle van transfer, which will take you up to the northern municipality by road in a six hour trip.

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