The island-hopping, kayaking, diving and trekking in the Calamian Islands, to the north of mainland Palawan, in many ways trumps the parent island, especially when it comes to its world-famous wreck diving. From the main settlement of Coron Town on the largest island, Busuanga, you can explore the awe-inspiring islands and reefs of Coron Bay, beginning with the lagoons and coves hidden among the staggering limestone cliffs of Coron Island. Here you can climb up to volcanic Kayangan Lake, not only a bewitching place to swim but also one of the Philippines’ most unusual dive sites. Further south is Culion Island, the intriguing former home of a leper colony, while off the northern tip of Busuanga, Calauit is the home of a bizarre African wildlife sanctuary. The waters around the Calamians are also feeding grounds for the endangered dugong – the best tours are arranged by Club Paradise.

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The stunning Philippines in pictures

The stunning Philippines in pictures

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Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

Gorgeous video explores the Philippines from above

The Philippines is beautiful from the ground, but from above it's even better. This video soars hundreds of metres into the air to give you a bird's-eye view …

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Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Batanes: off the radar on The Philippines' remotest islands

Kiki Deere, co-author of the Rough Guide to the Philippines, heads off the tourist trail to Batanes. This cluster of islands, located almost 150km off the north…

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