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Known the world over as the Philippines' last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan harbors vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness. Thick canopies of trees carpet mountain ranges running the length of the mainland. Fringing reefs and coral atolls open a new realm to discover under the clear waters surrounding this archipelago of more than 1,700 islands some of them the site of first class resort development in the country.

Points of interest

  • Puerto Princesa Bay Walk - is the city’s entertainment promenade which is Palawan’s version of the Roxas Boulevard in Manila. Health enthusiasts jog or brisk walk early mornings along the bay walk which also gives them a good view of Puerto Princesa Bay. Boats are for rent for those who are interested in sailing and would want to feel the coolness of the afternoon sea breeze. Puerto Princesa Bay is the jump off point for dolphin and whale watching that has become a popular activity among tourists visiting Puerto Princesa.
  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - A "World Heritage Site," this natural wonder features an 8.2-kilometer navigable Underground River, reputed to be the world's longest that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying out into the South China Sea. Cathedral Chambers, wide hallways, and interesting geological formations greet the wide-eyed visitor to the grotto hidden beneath St. Paul Mountain. At the mouth of the cave, ancient trees growing right of the water's edge frame a clear lagoon. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. Underground river National Park is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
  • Nagtabon Beach - Nagtabon is a lovely stretch of white sand beach with crystal clear waters offshore located 45 kilometers west of the city proper. Travel time takes 45 minutes. The beach stretches 800 meters long and 15 meters wide ideal for sunbathing, swimming and other water sports. Small resorts offer food and lodging facilities for visitors.Bacungan's natural attraction includes panoramic views of mountains and ravines. Island-hopping to the nearby Hen and Chicken Island is a nice experience.
  • Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary - Located in the northern Calamianes Islands is home to exotic and endemic species of animals.
  • Ulugan Bay - A deep channel on the northwestern coast of Puerto Princesa is Ulugan Bay, projected to be another Eco-tourism destination and site for marine culture. Tres Marias, a cluster of three islets, stand guard at the mouth of the bay. Inside is Rita Island, another popular dive spot. Mangrove forests abound in river deltas, while dense vegetation packs gently rolling hills in the distance. Modest lodging is available at the nearby village of Macarascas. Try Ulugan Bay Experience. The local communities around Ulugan Bay now offer visitors a range of interesting and adventurous activities making Ulugan Bay a unique tourism experience.
  • Honda Bay Islands - Just a few minutes north of the city proper, hop onto a boat and go island hopping at Honda Bay located in the mid-eastern coast of the city. Each island offers different thrills: Pandan Island, a well-known dive site, has good reefs near small drop-offs. Visitors may also explore the island's large vegetative cover. At Dos Palmas Areceffi Island Resort, the AA class Island resort offers visitors facilities for scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking and fishing activities. Lu-li Island is a diminutive sandbar that derived its name from the Tagalog Term "lulubo-lilitaw" as its disappears and resurfaces upon the action of the tide. Structures on stilts serve as picnic area for island-hoppers, and diving board attracts acrobatic swimmers. Snake Island has long stretch of sandbar that slithers on the surface of the sea, much like the critter that bears its name. It is best for snorkeling, swimming, or simply basking in the sand. Skycraping coconut trees and the shade-providing talisay trees frame the picturesque Cowrie Island. Goat's foot vines creep on the fine white sand beach with crystal-clear waters offshore. Starfish Island is a sandbar that is just great for swimming and snorkeling and has a resort that offers facilities for overnight stay and picnic huts for day trips. To take a spice to your island-hopping sortie, take a tip at Señorita Island and have a glance of seaweed farming and fish cage culture. And if you happened to be in the bay at sundown, watch thousands of bats making their way out of Bat Island to look for food in the mainland.
  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center - The crocodile farm is a showcase of successful conservation project. The farm breeds two endangered species found in the country including the endemic Philippine crocodile. There also a mini-zoo where the colorful Nicobar Pigeon, the raucous talking mynah, the elusive bear cat, and other animals found in Palawan are sheltered.
  • Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm - Established by the Americans in 1904 to supply food to other prisons all over the country, Iwahig has since become synonymous to finely handcrafted bags and other souvenir items. In the prison without walls, inmates tend vast farms instead of idly spending time behind bars.
  • Fort Sta. Isabel - A major landmark in the province of Palawan is the famous Fort Sta. Isabel built in 1667 under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and named in honor of Spain’s Queen Isabel in the 1800s. The Fort was used as a military station during that period . Its small chapel and cannon are still intact. The Fort is now under the supervision of the National Museum.
  • Tabon Caves - located in Quezon, Palawan known as the "Cradle of Philippine Civilization", can be reached within 20-30 minutes of pumpboat ride from Quezon wharf. Tabon Caves is known as the Philippine's Cradle of Ancient Civilization where the skull of the Tabon Man (the earliest human remains in the Philippines buried for 16,000 years) was discovered.
  • Cuyo Fort - located in Cuyo Island, this was built during early Spanish period, purposely to protect the natives of the island, the Cuyunons, from their enemies. It is considered as one of the most ancient and unique fort in the archipelago. Unique in the sense that you could find the church, the convent and the only Perpetual Adoration Chapel in Palawan within the Fort.
  • Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park - The Tubbataha Reefs and surrounding water, 33,200 hectares, were declared as National Marine Park by virtue of Proclamation No. 306 issued on August 1, 1998. On December 11, 1993, the UNESCO designated the reefs as a World Heritage Site. The Tubbataha Reefs are located in the middle of Central Sulu Sea approximately 98 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City. It is composed of two large shallow platform enclosing a sandy lagoon. The reefs are a rookery of birds and turtles. A divers assemblage with about 46 coral genera has been recorded in the area and a very high diversity of fish fauna. Tubbataha is the top Scuba diving destination in the Philippines. The reefs are visited by local and foreign divers between March and June. Diving may continue until the end of the southwest monsoon but is limited after June.

How To Get There

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air have daily flights to Puerto Princesa. Travel time is approximately 55 minutes. Seair has direct flights from Manila to El Nido, Sandoval, Amanpulo, and Busuanga where upscale resorts are found. The cheaper way to go to Palawan is by boat of WG & A and Negros Navigation to Puerto Princesa from Manila.


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