Palawan has been labelled as the Philippines last frontier due to nature’s pristine condition thanks to the help of the inhabitants and the local government. The province is blessed with awesome landscape and seascape, lush vegetation, crystal clear water, abundant wildlife, diverse and colourful marine ecosystem, historical sites, limestone karsts, spectacular islands and islets surrounding the mainland and of course friendly people.
Popular places to visit in Palawan include the capital city – Puerto Princesa, Taytay, El Nido and Coron. Puerto Princesa is usually the main entry point due to the availability of an airport that connects the capital city to different provinces in the country.
Palawan is easily accessible from Manila and other parts of the Philippines. More likely, you could fly into Manila and spend a night in the city, then hop on a plane or boat to Palawan the following day. Flights to Palawan from Manila take just about an hour or two.
So what to do in Palawan? You could try snorkelling and scuba diving at Honda Bay colourful reefs or if you’re a daredevil you could get a thrill of shark sightings in the waters of Tubbattaha, which is also known as one of the best diving spots in the world. Taytay, El Nido and Coron are the places where you could find secluded beaches, lagoons, hidden coves and hot springs. These are also the popular places for water sports, hiking, boating and other adventure sports. You could also see a collection of WWII shipwrecks in Palawan.
Food in Palawan is as diverse as its rich natural resources. Seafood is one of the main delicacies and some exotic dishes include “tamilok” or the shipworm which is often prepared as Kinilaw. You could also find great Vietnamese dishes here because Palawan used to host a lot of Vietnamese refugees in the past and their dishes are popularly accepted by locals and foreign visitors alike. Palawan is also famous for its sweet mangoes and cashew nuts which you shouldn’t miss trying especially when you visit Coron.
Palawan could also be a great destination for history and archaeology buffs. They found remnants of what’s believed to be from one of the oldest inhabitants of the Philippines in one of the caves in Southwest Palawan known as Tabon Caves. This is a complex of around 219 caves where only 29 are explored. Seven of these caves are now open to public.
Palawan offers a variety of accommodations ranging from upscale hotels and resorts, mid-range and budget hostels and inns and you’ll surely find a place to stay in that will fit your budget.
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