March 12, 2014

El Nido in Palawan, Philippines

Photograph by Mon Corpuz Photography/Getty Images

For divers, snorkelers, and anyone looking to get away from it all, the El Nido protected area on the Philippine island of Palawan is the launching pad for island hopping in the enchanting Bacuit Archipelago. Hire a guide or join a tour to explore this tropical playground's secluded beaches, secret sea caves, hidden lagoons, and coral reefs teeming with marine life.

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