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 – limestone cliffs, lagoons, beautiful beaches
- Port Barton – a truly laid-back coastal getaway 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!
Things To Do In Palawan
Like every destination, there are many things to do in Palawan. Some of these would be:
- Snorkeling – One of the most reputed places for snorkeling would be Honda Bay. Honda Bay is one of the most beautiful spots in Palawan. It boasts of white sand beaches and clear water that serves as home to many varieties of marine life
- Diving – For avid divers, Tubbataha Reef in Puerto Princesa is the place for you. This marine natural park is the home for a myriad of marine life from colorful fish to sharks and manta rays
- Kayaking – Kayaking is also one of many things one can do at Palawan. Exclusive resorts and other tourist hotspots will allow you to kayak for free or for a fee. Don’t forget your safety gear!
- Island Hopping – You can rent from one of the local rig boats and ask the local fishermen / boat owners to give you a tour of Palawan’s beautiful islands for a small fee.
- City Tour – Puerto Prinsesa is one of the country’s most beautiful cities. It’s rich with Palawan culture, a colorful history, and its people hospitable and good natured. The city is the home to several popular tourist attractions such as Mitra’s Ranch, The Crocodile Farm, Hunda Bay, Hot Springs, etc.