’20 Best Travel Destinations in the World for 2011′ list by National Geographic Traveler includes Palawan

By on Jan 8, 2011 in Lifestyle, Travel, World Comments
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The island of Palawan in Southern Philippines was selected as one of the best travel destinations in the world by the National Geographic Traveler editors. The magazine has listed down 20 best travel destinations in the world for 2011 and Palawan was among the favorite destinations chosen, according to a DZMM radio report on Friday, January 7, 2011.

The complete list of National Geographic Travelers 20 best travel destinations in the world for 2011 include:

  • Palawan in the Philippines
  • Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia
  • Plitvice Lakes in Croatia
  • Sardinia in Italy
  • Tasmania in Australia
  • Fjord Norway
  • Shimla in India
  • Messinia Region in Greece
  • Kodiak Island in Alaska
  • Black Sea Coast in Crimea
  • Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec
  • Shikoku in Japan
  • Kurdistan in Iraq
  • Dominica
  • Namibia
  • Uruguay
  • Laos
  • Scottish Highlands
  • Tunisia
  • Papua New Guinea

The official website of the National Geographic Traveler specified that the limestone karst cliffs, coral atolls, mangrove forests, sugar-white sandy beaches, and extensive fringing reefs in Palawan has established the Philippines‘ most biodiversified terrestrial and marine environments. The NatGeo website also published the island’s Monkey Trail to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park‘s navigable underground river which spans to about 5-kilometers.

Here are some of the notable descriptions of Palawan that was specified in the National Geographic Traveler Magazine:

Designated as a fish and wildlife sanctuary in 1967, the Philippines’ largest (in total land area) province encompasses nearly 1,240 miles (1,995 kilometers) of coastline stretching across 1,768 islands.

The five-mile (eight-kilometer) coastal rain forest route is home to long-tailed macaques, blue-naped parrots, and other indigenous wildlife. In the province’s northern Calamianes islands, Coron Island is considered one of the world’s top scuba diving destinations, offering World War II-vintage wreck diving and snorkeling in calm, crystalline waters.

Nearby Culion Island, a former leper colony surrounded by sea grass beds and coral reefs, is an emerging ecotourism destination worth a day trip.

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