The Philippines' Last Frontier

            The island province of Palawan has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world, and for good reason. It is wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves, and pristine beaches. It is surrounded by a coral shelf that abounds with varied and colorful marine life. It boasts of exotic flora and fauna, like the mouse deer and the scaly ant eater, that are found nowhere else.

            Drop off your bags and set off to explore the Bacuit Archipelago- a garden of limestone islands shooting straight out of crystal blue waters. Every outcrop has something different to offer.

            Palawan means “The Land of Beautiful Safe Harbor”. The name, once intended for merchant ships sailing through the centuries, takes a new meaning: a land of beautiful haven for traveler who seeks refuge and oneness in nature. Palawan has been given numerous accolades as the country cleanest, greenest and most peaceful city. On top of this distinction, Palawan has been dubbed the “ Last Ecological Frontier” in honor of its unique ecological balance. Safeguarding this frontier are the hospitable Palaweno’s who are deeply committed to the tenets of environmental conservation and protection.

            In Coron Island, 75% of the forest overlying limestone rock is still intact. The Kayangan Lake which has been given the distinction of being the country's cleanest and greenest lake makes Coron Island a worthy destination.

            As the last dugong stronghold in the Philippines, El nido was originally established as a marine reserve for the protection of the marine turtle protection. Its status eventually expanded to include mangrove forests and watershed areas. Travelers to El Nido are rewarded with outstanding seascaes, marine life, cliffs, secret coves and archeological sites.

            Palawan means “The Land of Beautiful Safe Harbor”. The name, once intended for merchant ships sailling through the centurie, takes a nes meaning: a land of beautiful haven for every traveler who seeks refuge and oneness in nature.

 

 

 

 

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GETTING THERE:

By Water: From/To Manila:
Every Thursday, Negros Navigation departs from Manila for Puerto Princesa. It heads back to Manila every Saturday. On the other hand, Super ferry departs from Manila for Puerto Princesa every Friday and heads back to Manila every Sunday. The journey takes between 18 and 22 hours from Manila and includes a stopover at Coron.

From/To Coron:
Negros Navigation leaves Coron for Puerto Princesa every Friday and heads back to Coron every Saturday. Super ferry, meanwhile, leaves from Coron every Saturday and returns on Sunday.

By Air: Palawan is connected by air from the international as well as domestic airports at Cebu, Manila and Caticlan (Boracay) through four gateways: El Nido Airport in El Nido, Puerto Princesa City Airport, and Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport in Taytay and Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga.


GETTING AROUND:

Getting around the island province is as easy as getting there, though road journeys tend to be bumpy, time consuming and frustrating at the moment a new road is currently being built between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. You can also use boats instead to travel: two ferries go up and down the islands, and a Bangka (boat) can also be hired if you want to go from a point on the coast to an offshore island.

On the mainland of El Nido, one has to travel either by jeep or tricycle as the roads are too narrow for any larger forms of transport. Both jeeps and trikes are easily available. The rates for normal routes are fixed and applicable on a per passenger basis. However, motorbikes and bicycles can be hired for special trips.

What's more, outrigger boats are also available for hire on a per day basis.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Tagalog
  • English
  • Palawano

 

MUST SEES!

  • Underground River
  • Tubbataha Reef
  • Coral Garden
  • Banana Island
  • Banol Beach
  • Honda Bay
LET’S GO TRY
  • Suam na Sikat-Sikat
  • Guinataang Sikat-Sikat
  • Halabos na Lobster

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Try and visit the Kalui Restaurant
  • Try one of the Exotic Foods in Palawan which is the Suam na Sikat-Sikat
  • Visit the famous Underground River in Puerto Princesa

 

MALAMPAYA SOUND another protected area is Taytay's Malampaya Sounch which is sustained by one of the largest mangrove forests.

LITTLE BAGUIO FALLS this attraction difffers from others because of the way the water shimmers as it gently rolls down the rocks. The thick foilage surrouning it further enchances its natural grandeur. Located in San Vicente, western coast of Northern Palawan.

NEW AGUTAYA its beach holds the distinction o being the longest in the country. Enjoy the sun, sand and sea as you pick your spot along its reort-dotted 14km strecth. Ideal for youth and adventure travelers. Located in San Vicente.

DAPLAC COVE this gorgeous swimming spot is found in a calm, crystal clear setting that gives off the a take in the appearance of a swimming pool. Spend the day lazing in the water as you take in the sight and smell of flower-laden Talisay trees which line the shore. Located in San Vicente, on the northern side of Boayan Island.

DECALA HERON SANCTUARY this shallow cove becomes a busy hotel as it welcomes thousands of White herons that fly in from every conceivable direction just before sunset. Capture the opportunity of seeing these birds roost. This fabulous sight is must see or everyone bound for San Vicente.

MALAPACAO ISLAND is a private island home to island retreat. It offers an alternative way of living that is wholesome, healthy and unfettered by artificial convinience. Explore its caves and corals, grab a massage or just strecth and absorb the beauty around you. Found among the islands in Bacuit Bay.

TAPIUTAN ISLAND an ideal island for exploring the enthralling world under the sea with its rich marine life that entices you to be part of the fun. Located on the fringes of Bascuit Bay.

BACUIT BAY this haven for exploration offers many stunning sights and places scattered about manu islands. Hidden Lagoons and deserted beaches, plus seas full of life and color, all these await discovery and promise a well remembered adventure.

PAGLUBAGAN ISLAND a showcase of some of the best coral gardens. Ideal venue for seeing first hand splendor of underwater cities and life that abounds with biodiversity. Located within the El Nido Marine reserve area.

LAGEN ISLAND the island is ahaven of El Nido's flora and fauna. A rich diversity can be found in its forest, a home to a myriad of birds and mammals. Take the trail behind Lagen Island Resort to explore the hidden wonders in nooks and crannies of the forest. Paddle back to the resort via kayak.

CAALAN BEACH if sunsets are your thing, then head off to this beach. It is lined with quaint cottages. Sit on the sand and watch the sun shed the last of its golden light. Caalan Beach is a short shoreline hike from the town of El Nido.

CADLAO ISLAND white sands, lagoons and healthy forest surround a 609-meter peak. These are the main attractions of this island in Bascuit Bay. A chartered boat from the twon of El Nido brings the visitor to the island.

CULION ISLAND once the site of the biggest leper colonies in the world, its victory over the dreaded disease has enabled it to earn a place among the jewels of Palawan's crown. It is now a feast for the eyes with its rolling mountains and hills that serve as a gorgeous backdrop for icons such as the Culion fort and the Culion Cathedral. It;s also blessed with mangrove and rich marine environment for dugong. This island is part of the Calamian Group in Northern Palwan.

KAYANGAN LAKE awarded as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Set among limestone cliffs, it is also known as the Blue Lagoon for its breathtaking beauty. Lose yourself in the magnificence o nature, trek along its trails and take in the splendor of a big picture view when you reach the peak. Located in Coron Island, Northern Palawan.

CORON ISLAND this sparsely inhabited island is among the most scenic in the country. The sky sets perfect backdrop as it showcase the towering limestone cliffs and pristine lagoons. This destination is an example of beauty found only in nature. Located in the Calamianes Group of islands in northern Palawan.

MANGUAO LAKE covering 660 hectares, this freshwaters lake hosts endemic and rare species of fish, thus becoming focal point for environmental protection and management. Paddling, trekking, swimming, fishing and camping are the activities of choice around the lake perimeter. Lake manguao in Taytay is the biggest lake in the province.

LAKE DANAO covering 661 hectares. Lake Danao is believd to be the remains of an extinct volcano that collapsed millions of years ago. This freshwater lake, located in Taytay, Northern Palawan, os a 2 hour hike from the town proper.

ULUGAN BAY this haven offers eco-tourism and its finest. Go on guided boat tours along mangrove of bahile River, sail in a Paraw, and try snorkeling, diving, spelunking or trekking. You can also climb to the view of deck on the summit of Ugong Rock or simply go on a picnic on a beach. Travel time from the city lakes approxiamately two hours.

TUMARBONG FALLS tumarbong falls is a must free if you carve for something more than just sand and sea. It's about 30 minutes from the town proper through a jungle which is home to a variety of birds. Trek through the jungle trail to reach the river, then ffollow the sound of the rushing water until you reach your goal.

LITTLE BAGUIO FALLS this attraction differs from others because of the way the water ahimmers as it gently rolls down the rocks. The thick foilage surrounding it further enchances its natural grandeur.

NEW AGUTAYA its beach holds the distinction of being the longest in the country. Enjoy the sun, sand and sea as you pick your spot along its resort-dotted 140km stretch. Ideal for youth and adventure travelers. 

DAPLAC COVE this gorgeous swimming spot is found in a calm, crystal clear setting that gives off the appearance of a swimming pool. Spend the day lazy in the water as you take in the sight and smell of flower-laden Talisay trees which line the shore.

DECALA HERON SANCTUARY this shallow cove becomes a busy hotel as it welcomes thousands of white Herons that fly in from every conceivable direction just before sunset. Capture this opportunity of seeing these birds roots.

MALAPACO ISLAND malapaco is a private island home to an island home to an island retreat. It offers an alternative way of living that is wholesome, healthy and unfettered by artificial conveniece. Explore its caves and corals, grab a message or just stretch out and absorb the beauty around you.

TAPIUTAN ISLAND an island for exploring the enthrailling world under the sea with its reach marine life that entices you to be part of the sun.

BACUIT BAY this haven for exploration offers many stunning sights and places scattered about the many islandsw. Hidden lagoons and deserted beaches, plus seas full of life and color, all these await discovery and promise a well remembered adventure.

 PAGLUBAGAN ISLAND a showcase of some of the best coral gardens. Ideal vfenue for seeing first hand the splendor of underwater cities and life that abounds with biodiversity.

 LAGEN ISLAND the island is a haven of Elnido's flora and fauna. A rich diversity can be found in its forest, a home to a myriad of birds and mammals.

 CAALAN BEACH if sunsets are your thing, then head off to this beach. It is lined with quaint cotteges. Sit on the sand and watch the sun shed the last of its golden light.

BULALACAO FALLS this attraction is recommended for the fit and advanturous. For those who travel in trekking through ricefields and forested mountain slopes, getting there will certainly be half the fun.

 CADLAO ISLAND white sand, lagoons and healthy forest surround a 609-meter peak. These are the main attractions of this island in Bacuit Bay.

CULION ISLAND once the site of the biggest leper colonies in the world, its victory over the dreaded disease has enabled it to earn a place among the jewels od Palawan's crown. It is now a feast for the eyes with its rolling mountaind and hills that serves as a gorgeous backdrop for icons such as the Culion Fort and the Culion Cathedral. It's also blessed with mangroves and a rich marine environment for dugongs.

CALAUIT ISLAND as a breeding center, this island sanctuary is home to Africcan animals and those endemic to the Philippines. Observe this habitat and the varieties of flora and fauna. After the wildlife tour, freshen up in the surrounding clear waters and reefs teeming with biodiversity.

BUSUANGA ISLAND white beaches, emerald seas and sun-drenched islands greet visitors. Busuanga is blessed with good weather ideal for naturer lovers. Diving and hiking are popular activities because of the many nature trails, attractions and excellent dive sites.

KAYANGAN LAKE awarded as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Set amoung limesote cliffs, it is also known as the Blue Lagoon for its breathtaking beauty. Lose your self in the magnificence of nature, trek along its trails and take in the splendor of a big picture view when you reach the peak.

CORON PALAWAN this sparsely inhabited island is among the most scenic in the country. The sky sets a perfect backdrop as it showcases the towering limestone cliffs and pristine lagoons. This destination is an example of beauty found only in nature.

ULUGAN BAY this haven offers eco-tourism at its ginest. Go on guided boat tours along mangroves of Behile River, sail in a Paraw, and try snorkeling, diving, spelunking, or trekking. You can also climb to the view deck on the summit of Ugong Rock or simply go o n a panic on a beach.

MANGUAO LAKE covering 660 hectares, this freshwater lake hosts, endemic and rare species of fish, thus becoming a facial point for environmental protection and managemant. Padding, trekking, swimming, fishing and comparing are the activities of choice around the lake perimeter.

LAKE DANAO covering 661 hectares, Lake Danao is believed to be the remains of an extinct volcano that collapsed millions of years ago.

TUMARBONG FALLS tumarbong falls is a must-see if you crave for something more than just sand and sea. It's about 30 minutes from the town paper through a jungle which is home to a variety of birds. Trek through the jungle trail to reach the river, then follow the sound of the rushing water until you reach the reiver, then follow the sound of the rushing water until you reach your goal.

TABON CAVES transport yourself to a place that can truly be called a land before time. This acient wonder connects you to the earliest Filipinos reaching as far as 22,000 years and shows you life as it was back then.

DOUBLE ISLAND an island that splits in two on a daily basis, it appears as a single land mass during low tide and divides in two when the tide rushes back. Double Island is an ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon. Favorite activities of travelers here are swimming and picnics.

URSULA ISLAND this oval shape island is a diving paradise and sanctuary to more than a hundred thousand birds. A huge coral ecosystem larger than Ursula's 17 hectares lies at the South of the island and is a diverse playground for those who have a passion for diving. You can also watch the birds as they congregate and fly just before sunset.

ARENA ISLAND this island is a safe haven for ocean-going sea turtles that crawl up its shores year-round.

RASA ISLAND he hieghest concentration of the Philippine cockatoo can be found here. This sanctuary offers you the chance to see these endangered animals in their natural habitat and inspire you to help save these magnificent birds. With the 87 species that cll this island home, bird-watching will enthrall and yield the orthologist in you.

PUERTO PRINCESSS CITY the Spanish colonizers it as a royal refuge of sea vessels. Historical accounts attribute the name as a tribute to Princess Eulalia, daughter of Queen Isabella II of spain. The capital city serves as venue for conferences, unique festivals and sporting events. It is the main gateway to the province.

UNDER GROUND RIVE aunique destination with the 8-kilometer underground river that flows through cavern. Explores this UNESCO World Heritage Site's pitch black interior adorned with stalactites and rock formations using a small paddled outrigger boat equiped with a searchlight.

HONDA BAY ISLAND go island hopping and revel in doxens of white sand beaches, spectacular dive spots and snorkeling sites. Points of interest include Luli Island, a small sandbar that appears and disappears depending on the tide; Snake. Pandan, Arredeffi, Cowrie, Starfish, and Señorita Islands.

VIETNAMESE VILLAGE this Village is home to a number of Vietnamise immigrants who first came to Palawan in 1979. They have since formes a community of their own and have integrated themselves and their way of life into the cultural fabric of the city. Their delectable cuisine is a welcome treat for visitors looking for the taset of Vietnam.

CROCODILE FARM palawan Wildlife Rescue and conversation Center (PWRCC), commonly known as the Crocodile Farm, protects endangered crocodile species, including the endemic Philippine crocodile. It sits on 10 hectares of land that also houses a small zoo featuring animals indigrnous to Palawan.

TUBBATAHA REEFS diving these UNESCO World Heritage Site can be described as no less than stunning. Enter a world of whales, hammerheads, mantas, whalesharks, sea turtles and fish of diverse species, and be astounded by spectacular coral reefs.

MALAMPAYA SOUND this largebay harbors Irrawady dolphins, dugongs and sea tultles. It also surrounded by lush forests and is home to many different animal species such as bearcats, civets, mynas, and eagles. It might seem hard to believe that there is a world outside this veritable Garden of Eden as you take in its splendor of nature's bounty.

DINOT ROCKS enjoy snorkeling or diving amid its wide, colorful coral formations with many species of colorful tropical fish and crustaceans. This gem of an island is also a feeding ground of sea tultles that feed on the abundant seaweed growimg around it.

ABALONE ISLAND this lush island is uninhabited yet its reefs are a source of abalone, an expensive delicacy in Asian cuisine. I t is nature's success story as its southern reefs that sustained damage from the El Niño phenomenon aare now sand bar which only appears during low tide.

PABELLONE ISLANDS composed of the Elephant and Castle Islands, Pabellone is guarded because of the prized swiflet nests. You can explore Pabellone's caves, the most facsinationg of which has a crystal clear pool lit by a natural skylight. With such an uncommon sight., swimming in it is definitely a must.

                   

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Balayong Festival (Held every 4th of March)
  • Pangalipay sa Baybay (Held every 1st week of April)
  • Seafood Festival (Held every 3rd week of April)
  • Feast of the Forest (Held every 3rd week of June)
  • City Fiesta ( Held every 8th of December)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • The biggest game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines is located on Calauit Island in Palawan, which has the largest land area among the Philippine provinces.
  • The longest underground river system accessible to man IN THE WORLD is located at the St. Paul National Park in Palawan.
  • The Tabon Cave in Puerto Princesa, Palawan was the site where the remains of the oldest Homo Sapiens in Southeast Asia were found, dating to 47,000 years ago. 

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
It is best to go to Palawan in the month of November to May. Summer months serve as peak season for Palawan. Sea voyage is most favorable from March to early June when the seas are calm. 


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