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Palawan is the Philippines’ most exotic tourist destination with its coral reefs, deserted islands, limestone cliffs, misty mountains, and teeming wildlife. Attractions in the capital of Puerto Princesa include the Palawan Museum, Palawan State University Museum, Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (with its famous crocodile farm), Butterfly Garden, and Puerto Princesa Bay.

The Pista Y Ang Kagueban is a unique tree-planting festival celebrated annually. The Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has an 8.2-kilometer underground river winding through a cave complex and emptying out into the South China Sea. It is believed to be the longest of its kind in the world. Going north is Nagtabon Beach, Sabang Beach and Waterfalls and the islands of Honda Bay. Off to the northernmost tip are Calauit National Park, a haven of exotic African animals, and the fabulous resorts of El Nido Marine Reserve and the Calamianes, Coron and Busuanga island groups.

Towards the south is the home of the endangered Philippine cockatoo in Rasa Island, Estrella Falls in Narra, and Tabon Cave, site of the 22,000- year-old remains of the oldest known Filipino, the Tabon Man. The renowned Tubbataha Reef, also in the UNESCO Heritage list, is one of the richest dive sites in the world. The Ursula Island Bird Sanctuary shelters more than 50,000 birds.

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