Monday, March 4, 2013

Making A Soulful Retreat: Things To Do In Palawan

A guest post by: Rome Beley

There are a few places in the world that can offer much relaxation and retreat. Although there lots of famous attractions all over the globe, only a handful gives you an out of body experience, one that really relaxes and entwines the soul with reality and experience the true meaning of life itself. With such beauty and wonder, you will realize that being alive means enjoying what is given to you to the fullest.

Of all the places I’ve been to, Palawan seems to be the most memorable. It gave me an experience that really tickled my curiosity for beautiful places. Located in the southwestern part of the Philippines, it is famous for its breath taking beaches and unique attractions. If you are a traveler by heart and has never been to Palawan, here is a quick guide to make sure that you if ever you visit Palawan, you’ll be enjoying every millisecond of your stay.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is a spectacular limestone or karst mountain landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river that flows directly to the sea.You can explore this cave via boat and marvel at its spectacular stalactite formations that some believe have taken the form of familiar objects. This is definitely a must see.

Tubataha Reef
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Tubataha Reef is a very popular place for diving enthusiasts. It is home to almost 300 species of tropical fish and beautiful coral formations. A wide variety of sharks as well as mantarays can also be seen here. You have to make sure that you have a reservation because this place is only available during March up to June because of unstable waters.

Paraw Sailing
Paraw Sailing is a popular way of seeing the wonders of Palawan. This involves in riding a sail powered boat called a paraw and will be able to give you a tour around the islands of Honda Bay. Marvel at the natural beauty of the sea and the spectacular islands that seem to be close to paradise itself.

Dolphin Watching Tour
Get a fun filled experience from watching dolphins aboard a big boat. Your boat guides will be contacting other fishermen who will serve as dolphin spotters. And best of all, these friendly creatures, if given the right time, will give you an acrobatic act like flips and summersaults.

Puerto Princesa City Tour
Get a taste of Philippine History with a tour of Puerto Princesa City. In this activity you’ll be able to see different Spanish influenced architecture like the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and Plaza Cartel. Places such as Baker’s Hill and Mitra’s Ranch will provide a place for you to enjoy the view in Honda Bay. Plus, you can also get an adrenaline rush from visiting the Crocodile Farm, which is home to hundreds of Philippine Salt Water Crocs.

Whale Shark Diving
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Laslty, if you really want to a very exciting experience, go whale shark diving. In this activity you’ll be able to encounter the whale shark, or butanding to the locals, which is the largest fish in the world. This gentle giant may be from the shark family, but it feasts on shrimp, planktons and other small fish through filter feeding.

About the Author:
Rome Beley is a travel ambassador and blogger from Deck Chair Cruising. They offer rv rental and other services. Despite of her busy schedule, she never forgets to indulge in her wanderlust.

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