Philippines With Palau And Taiwan

    Philippines

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    “The Pearls of the Orient” a tropical world of soaring limestone cliffs, rainbows of coral reefs, lush jungles and welcoming island culture. Departing on February 29, 2020.

    Itinerary

    Arrive in Koror on March 1

    Board a local boat for a cruise among the limestone islands and islets of Palau and enjoy world-class snorkeling among vibrant coral reefs.

    Palau’s surrounding reefs are home to more than 1,500 species of fish and 700 species of coral.

    Two days at sea offer a chance to relax onboard, scan the skies and waters on deck with naturalists.

    Arrive in the Philippines this morning.

    Today visit Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a marine and bird sanctuary that covers over 370 square miles.

    Explore the natural and cultural wonders of Coron.

    The second-largest contiguous coral reef in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.

    Comprised of 124 lushly vegetated islands, Hundred Islands National Park.

    Established in the 16th century, Vigan stands as Asia’s finest example of a planned Spanish colonial city.

    The Babuyan Islands are home to steep foothills, volcanic cones, mangroves, and a marine sanctuary.

    Batan was the first domino to fall during Japan’s invasion of the Philippines during World War II.

    Arrive in Taiwan’s second-largest city, located on the mountainous east coast.

    Taiwan’s capital offers a captivating mix of Asian and Western influences.

    Transfer to the airport for your independent homeward flight.

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    Mangrove forests, limestone islands, crystal-clear waters, historic cities, and legendary Filipino hospitality await on this epic journey through Palau, Taiwan, and the Philippines. Discover luminescent anemones, pygmy seahorses, barracudas and sharks in the colorful Apo Reef.  Hike up the vertical cliffs and take a dip in the glass-like waters of Coron Island before enjoying an evening of rich cultural traditions with the Banuang Daan. Explore Palau’s world-class snorkel sites and swim amongst vibrant coral reefs, fascinating wrecks and a kaleidoscope of marine life. Stroll through the cobblestone streets of Vigan where colonial architecture will instantly transport you to the Spanish era of the Philippines. Marvel at the surreal rock formations of Taipei’s Yehliu Geopark then eat your way through the city’s bustling night markets. Led by Mike Messick, a fellow of the Explorers Club and travel veteran of nearly 35 years, you’ll enjoy lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps to bring an educational component to your adventure. Mike is regarded as one of the most experienced expedition leaders in the industry and has visited an impressive 195 countries around the world, so you can be sure he has plenty of travel stories to share! Along with Mike, you’ll be joined by a team of renowned naturalists, divemasters, marine biologists, historians, ornithologists and more. Specially chosen for this voyage, they’ll bring a comprehensive educational component to your adventure through lectures, guided excursions, and daily recaps.

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    Duration: 16 Days
    Starts in: Philippines
    Group Size: 100

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