Palawan is an island province of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa and it is the largest province in terms of land area. It is considered as the last frontier of the Philippines.
The island of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. Palawan is considered to be the Philippines' last ecological frontier. The province boasts many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River two of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are located.
Cities and Towns
- Puerto Princesa - the island's administrative capital
- Quezon - It is where the Tabon man lived a long time ago. Some referred to Tabon Cave as the cradle of Philippine civilization.
- Coron - wreck diving
- El Nido - major tourist destination with parties, limestone cliffs, lagoons, and beautiful beaches away from the main town
- Port Barton - quiet town with a great beach
- Sabang - town with a long underground river in the National Park
- San Jose
- Brooke's Point Mostly fishing and farming, but some beautiful scenery
- Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
- Aborlan - a rural university town
- San Vicente - town on the northwest edge of Palawan comprising several barangays and islands. It has one of the longest beaches in the world, the cream-coloured "long beach" which is 14km long and at some places up to 80m wide. With the near completion of an airport in the city, some are saying the beach could rival Boracay.
- Calauit - game preserve and wildlife sanctuary
- Narra - The Rice Granary of Palawan.
- Palawan Butterfly Garden - located at South of Puerto Princesa
Palawan is home to dozens of local languages, since the island is home to numerous indigenous gatherer hunter groups.
Until a few decades ago the most widely spoken language was Cuyonan, which became prominent as a trade language as a result of the favored economic status enjoyed by the nearby island of Cuyo under American colonialism.
Today, Tagalog is also widely spoken as the result of a massive influx of immigrants, from Luzon, over the past half-century. The Philippine government in 2005 officially changed the administrative designation of Palawan to be a member of region IVB, an area recognized as Tagalog-speaking.
However, this decision was later reversed, partly as a result of lobbying by the many Cebuano immigrants from Mindanao; many speak English and a group of expatriate Swiss also operate a shortwave radio network using Swiss-German!
Puerto Princesa International Airport(IATA: PPS) is the main gateway to Palawan, major airlines serve international and domestic flights; Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia have flights to and from Manila and Cebu. Cebu Pacific also fly to Iloilo. Air Asia also fly to Davao.
El Nido Airport(IATA: ENI), charter flights are provided Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) while Seasonal flights are offered by SEAIR.
A new community airport is near completion in San Vicente.
Cheapest option while getting around is the local jeepney, tricycles are also available. Getting from one island to another is possible; daily boat trips are available. Car and van rentals are also available.
- Tabon Caves in Quezon. The Caves were the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man estimated to be 22,000 years old. Explore its 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view.
- Try Tamilok food
- Hike The Taraw Peak
- Get wet at Nagkalit kalit Falls
- El Nido Beaches and Lagoons, El Nido. See Dilumacad and Matinloc islands where Bourne Legacy was filmed, Helicopter Island, Secret Beach, and Star Beach. Join one of the boats leaving from El Nido pier. Most trips include lunch and a kayaking experience. 1400-1500 Pesos. edit
- Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa. Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the longest navigable subterranean river in the world. Incredible rock formations along the river. 1500-1600 pesos. edit
- Scuba Diving, liveaboard vessel. Join a liveaboard tour of Palawan to enjoy one of the world's best dive spots edit
- Puerto Princesa Firefly Watching. See thousands of fireflies glowing in the dark in a rich mangrove ecosystem in Iwahig edit
- Subwing Palawan, Risal Street, Port Barton, Madrid Road, Puerto Princesa, ☎ +63 9569152285, . 9:00-17:00. Located in Port Barton and Puerto Princesa, Subwing Palawan is the place that allows you to basically flight underwater. Their newly open Puerto Princesa's branch has also different diving packages and PADI certification courses available. < 1200 PHP. edit