PHOTOS: Miss Universe candidates stay behind to bask in the Palawan and Cebu sunshine

It will make you want to hit the beach, too...or maybe the gym.

( It's been a week since the pageant, but some Miss Universe candidates have actually stayed behind to bask in the Philippines' sunshineand our famous beaches, of course. Their lovely photos on Instagram are the perfect excuse to gear up for the gym or actually push through with all those getaway plans.


Take, for instance, Miss U.S. Virgin Islands Carolyn Carter, who happily explored Palawan:


Island hopping


Her stop in the Underground River


At the Big Lagoon in El Nido


We wish we looked like this sitting in a bikini, too


Carolyn wasn't the only beauty queen in Palawan; Miss Germany Johanna Acs was also enjoying the Palawan sunshine with her family.


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In Puerto Princesa


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At the Underground River


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Island-hopping in El Nido


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She looks right at home by the beach


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We love that beachside view!

Meanwhile, Miss New Zealand Tania Dawson was having a blast in sunny Cebu. 



At Plantation Bay


Coconuts and a bit of henna by the shore


She promises she'll be back in June


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