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"Life's an Adventure"
Reader Photo Album
This month's reader photos have it all—inspiring locales, great composition, and
travel tips to take you there.
Reader Photo Album
Hike Missouri's backcountry, ski to a Rocky Mountain yurt, raft Class IV runoff in
Arizona. Plus eight other
ways to mix it up this spring.Weekend getaways
Alive! Then & Now
Experience the first
expedition to retrace the
Alive Andes escape route
with our 3-D, interactive
map, survivor audio interviews, and trek photographs.
Survivors, maps, photos
Sleek shoes and running clothes that will get your
Paddling Croatia Photos and Video
Digital Cameras Review
Audio: Ed Viesturs
Video: Climbing Icebergs
Video: Ayahuasca in Peru
Robert Young Pelton's Travel Tips
Philippines: Bay Dreaming on Palawan Island
Adventure-approved trips for right now. Text by Costas Christ
The Base Camp
When Chinese explorer Chao Ju-Kua stumbled upon Palawan in 1225, he dubbed the 270-mile-long (435-kilometer-long) island the "land of beautiful harbors" where "lofty ridges and cliffs rise as steeply as the walls of a house." Today, one of these beautiful harbors—Bacuit Bay—is home to El Nido Resort's Lagen lodge, an environmentally friendly property situated on a sculpted island inside the bay. The resort's 18 cottages rest on stilts right next to El Nido's marine sanctuary, where towering limestone cliffs jut from the shimmering surface and unspoiled coral reefs lie just below it. In a single day, guests can scuba dive, kayak, rock climb, and trek—returning just in time to witness a Gauguin-inspired sunset from their cottage's private balcony. Rather take it easy? Just spend your day relaxing on the beach. You certainly won't miss the sunset that way.
It's worth noting that a group of tourists was kidnapped in Palawan in 2001. The incident occurred far from El Nido and has not been repeated. Still, it is wise to check security updates before you go.
Outfitter: El Nido Resorts www.elnidoresorts.com
Photograph courtesy of El Nido Resorts
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