Palawan is an exquisite destination in the south-west part of the Philippine archipelago. It is a long, narrow island pointing to Borneo. It is known as the “Last Frontier” and is the ecotourist destination of the country, attracting a steady stream of visitors. It is one of the most visited tourist spots in the Philippines. It is host to the only two Natural World Heritage Sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.
There are daily flights to Puerto Princesa, Palawan’s capital, from Manila and twice a week from Cebu and Iloilo.
Here, you will find diverse and rare species of flora and fauna. There is the fish-eating Palawan eagle, the scaly anteater, giant turtles, Palawan peacock pheasant, Palawan bear cat, mouse dear and the Tabon bird. But Palawan’s beautiful beaches, islands, reefs, resorts, forests and Underground River are what really lure visitors to it.
Beneath the waters of Palawan lies a stunning display of underwater life – an ideal destination for snorkelers and scuba divers.
In the capital town of Puerto Princesa, you can stroll along the waterfront where picturesque houses are built over the water. Visit the Palawan Museum which has a display of archaeological artifacts and fossil remains; and the Palawan State University, which as a smaller museum with displays of archeological finds, artifacts, butterfly and shell collections. For those who wish to enjoy Palawan’s resplendent natural sights, there is a 30-minute ride to Honda Bay where boatmen will readily cruise you along the shores of Palawan and further down Cowrie, Pandan, Snake and Bat Island. Full or half-day cruises, snorkeling, island explorations and accommodations are available in these islands. For those who are interested in longer treks, there is a 3-day 2-night safari that will take you camping out in coves during the evening and exploring the beaches and waterfalls by day. Go to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park – Palawan’s best known attraction. The river exits from a cave into a beautiful pool near the beach in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park (formerly St. Paul’s National Park).
There are also beautiful offshore islands and caves in the northern and southern parts of Palawan. The Tabon and Diwata Caves in Quezon; El Nido, Pangalusian, Busuanga, and Coron Islands are worth visiting. There are boat tours and trips from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, and other destination which we can help you arrange.
Every December 8, the Feast of Immaculate Concepcion is celebrated in Puerto Princesa in honor of the city’s patroness. This event is highlighted by a parade and a procession of culminating in a festive celebration of a city come alive.
The seduction of Palawan lies in its unique combination of nature’s grandeur and seclusion. And because it lies several kilometers away from most of the Philippine islands and is sparsely populated, it offer the traveler privacy to truly enjoy the delights of paradise.
You may visit www.palawanpages.com to search for airline companies that have regular flights to Palawan.