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Puerto Princesa is a coastal city on Palawan Island in the western Philippines. It’s a base for boat trips through the massive limestone caves and underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles and rays.
The Philippines’ sprawling capital city is a bustling hub of diverse cultures and heritage. Manila’s heady assortment of historical influences combine to give the city its unique identity.
A long and varied history stretches back as far as 5,000 years, with human life occupying the area from around 3000 BC. The city first flourished during the Ming Dynasty due to trade relations with China, before experiencing invasions by Indian, Bruneian and further Chinese empires and then becoming the seat of the colonial government of Spain.
Charming Hualien has a laid back, small-town vibe and one of the most scenic and naturally beautiful areas in Taiwan. It also provides access to the magical Taroko Gorge.
Hualien boasts an old-fashioned island culture with a friendly blend of ethnic minorities. Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the imposing Central Mountain Range, it’s also home to some of the most stunning scenery in Taiwan.
Keelung is the port city of Taiwan, just 20 minutes ride from capital Taipei. Its long, deep harbour provides ample berth for the impressive number of cruise and container ships that keep it thriving.
You’ll find most of Keelung’s highlights in the central areas of the city, or within three miles of the downtown area. A walking tour really helps you develop affection for this beguiling port.
Approach Ishigaki with your eyes closed and you could easily believe you’ve been transported to the Caribbean.
Your guide to Ishigaki.
Japan’s southernmost city is the definition of paradise: pure white beaches, intense turquoise sea and verdant emerald vegetation as far as the eye can see. It’s a sight straight out of Robinson Crusoe; only with the addition of purple ice cream to cool you off. But, make no mistake, Ishigaki isn’t just for sun seekers. The island is rich with Samurai and Ryukyu Kingdom history, while adventurous visitors can kayak through mangrove-lined rivers, hike palm-laden forest and dive among manta rays in colourful coral reefs.
Okinawa is the largest of the Ryukyu Islands in the Pacific Ocean and the homeland of the martial art of Karate. Meanwhile, the underground Navy headquarters have some incredible war stories to share.
Almost entirely destroyed in 1945, during one of the most extreme battles of World War Two, the island has rebuilt and renovated itself, managing to retain much of its rich cultural history.
The Japanese port city of Yokohama to the south of Tokyo on the main island of Honshu. It is a starting point for excursions to Tokyo, Mount Fuji or the Hakone National Park, but the local attractions are worth a visit as well.In addition to bars and restaurants, the former lighthouse at the port of Yokohama has an observation deck which offers a beautiful view of the city and the surroundings. If weather permits, you can even see Mount Fuji in the distance.