Palawan, also known as the Philippine’s Last Frontier is a must visit for everyone who wishes to see nature at its best. This is definitely one of a must visit places in the Philippines because of its white sandy beaches, gorgeous scenery, friendly locals, amazing landscape and seascape and a variety of flora and fauna. Palawan is a perfect vacation getaway. Palawan is also a tourist’s hotspot because of its caves, lagoons, rain-forests, and rich diversity of marine life. There are lots of things to do and see in Palawan so here are our Top Ten Places to Visit in Palawan.
1. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park –The Park is located in the Saint Paul mountain range and the entrance to the underground park is just a short hike from Sabang. This is said to be one of the longest underground river in the world.
2. El Nido – This is one of the most beautiful places in the whole Philippines and it’s a great best to dive and snorkel, island hop or just to relax and lie comfortably on the beach.
3. Honda Bay – is just a 30 minutes’ drive from Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is a must go to place too if you’re in Palawan. Island hopping is a popular activity in Honda bay among foreign and local tourists alike.
4. Coron – Coron is another gorgeous destination in Northern Palawan. A lot of foreign and local visitors frequently go here because of the direct flight that it has with Manila. It’s a great place to explore a variety of island and to snorkel and dive to see sunken ships. Coron is also home to a variety of colourful marine life which makes snorkelling and diving in Coron so much fun.
5. Sabang – This beach village is the nearest place to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park so if you’re going there, you’ll surely pass through this town. The beach here is quiet and beautiful and it’s a great place to relax after your day tour to the underground river. You can also explore the nearby mangrove forest and learn about the ecosystem that it supports.
6. Batac Tribal Community – An indigenous group of people in Palawan that dwells in the river valley just north of the provincial capital. Some say that there are only less than 500 of them left and these people are slowly disappearing.
7. Puerto De Sta. Isabel – also called the Taytay Port is one of the historical places to see in Palawan. The fort was used as a military station during the Spanish Era. The fort was built under the order of the Augustinian Recollect Fathers in 1667.
8. Port Barton – a quiet and beautiful fishing village, you can see here white sand beaches and a lot of beautiful sceneries and attractions. There are some restaurants here too and the place just has a laidback and relaxing atmosphere, activities are island hopping, snorkelling, swimming and a lot more. When you visit port Barton, be sure to check out the Pamoayan Falls as well.
9. Tabon Cave – The cave is located in the southern part of Palawan and labelled as the “Cradle of Civilisation” of the Philippines. This is where archaeologists found a skull cap and other remains of what they believed as the oldest inhabitants in the country.
10. Calauit Island – Calauit island will come up as a surprise to everyone because the main feature of this island is the collection of African animals such as giraffes, zebras and gazelles among others that are roaming freely in the wild. This is in response to an international effort to help save the animals in Kenya during the 70’s. Eight species arrived in Calauit in 1977 which include; impalas, giraffes, zebras, bushbucks, waterbucks, gazelles, elands, and topis. From then on, the animals proliferated and existed in this island together with some local species. This island is now a wildlife sanctuary.
There are more places to discover in Palawan. Come and visit this island and see for yourself.
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Photo Credits (Flickr Creative Commons): Underground River by Simon Schoeters/ El Nido by FlipNomad/ Honda Bay by ewen and donabel/ sabang by ewen and donabel/ Port Barton by Thorsten Martens/ Calauit Island by Mike Ocampo