The province of Palawan occupies the northeastern part of the Philippines. The main island of the same name is 40 kilometers wide and 425 kilometers long, separating the semi-enclosed South China Sea to the northwest and the inter-island Sulu Sea to the southeast.
The capital of Palawan, Puerto Princesa, occupies the middle part of the island and is located 500 km from Manila. 740 thousand people live on the island of Palawan and other 1768 islands of this region. people belonging to 81 different ethnic groups.
Palawan is a precious emerald, a lost paradise, where vast plains and mountain rainforests have survived. The jungle carpets a majestic mountain range that stretches across the entire main island. Its highest point is Mount Mantalinghan, reaching 2086 meters. Rare species of animals live in the wilds of prehistoric forests, such as bizarre lizard pangolins (“rolling into a ball”). White, powdery-sand beaches, precipitous limestone cliffs and mangrove forests define Palawan’s graceful coastal landscape. Idyllic turquoise lagoons and countless small islands, where the traveler is often the only guest, guarantee a heavenly holiday full of romance and peace.
Most of the islands of the province are surrounded by coral reefs, which are distinguished by an extraordinary variety of marine flora and fauna. Unique underwater gardens, such as the Tubbataha reefs and the El Nido marine reserve, have made this region one of the most popular and alluring dive routes. In the local coastal waters, there are even amazing sirens, descendants of extinct sea cows. The ocean blue here does not drown out the multicolored fish and corals – they, even lying at great depths, can be easily seen from the surface.
Calamian Islands. To the north of Palawan lies the Calamian Islands. This is an enchanted archipelago, a paradise for connoisseurs of natural beauties and beach lovers. Numerous snow-white sandy bays, mysterious paths leading into the wilds of prehistoric rainforests and fishing villages slumbering in the sun are hidden here. The emerald-azure canal of unprecedented beauty runs between the islands of Coron and Busuanga. On the one hand, it is outlined by the steep limestone cliffs of Coron, on the other hand, it is bordered by the delicate greenery of the hilly landscape of Busuanga: this area is similar to that seen in a dream.
Calauit Island. Calauit has become world famous for its extraordinary wildlife:
since 1976, African ungulates such as zebras, giraffes, gazelles and waterbucks have inhabited the eponymous wildlife sanctuary. In the 1970s, the International Union for Conservation of Nature called for more action to protect African wildlife, and the then President of the Philippines responded to this call by founding a reserve. In addition to exotic animals, many endangered native species such as the Palawan hornbill, the Asiatic deer and the wild Bengal cat also live here today.
Coron Island. Full of wild romance, Coron Island is made up of towering limestone cliffs, lush greenery and hidden coves. In its inner part there are seven mountain lakes: one is more beautiful than the other, they are surrounded by rough boulders and the water in them is clear as glass. Nature lovers will enjoy excursions to the heart of the island, where many endemic species of plants and animals can be found along the forest paths. Among the few people inhabiting the island are the semi-nomadic mountain people of the Tagbanua, whose territory is closed to the public. The Tagbanua Cultural Center in Coron City on Busuanga Island provides information on which of the island’s beaches and lakes are open to travelers.
El Nido and Bacuit archipelago. El Nido, a sun-drowsy port city on Palawan’s northwest coast, is surrounded by charming coastal countryside. Directly in front of him lies the Bacuit archipelago, a group of 45 islands with imposing limestone cliffs, secluded paradise beaches, picturesque bays and lost lagoons. This exotic marine oasis is surrounded by crystal clear waters. The region belongs to the most beautiful and most impressive tourist routes in Asia – the gods must have been in love at the time of its creation! Peace, tranquility and a sense of complete harmony with the surrounding nature have made this archipelago a promised land for romantics and those seeking solitude. Above the water – a lush riot of greenery and flowers, below it is one of the most attractive and species-rich oceanic gardens in the Philippines. Protected by conservation organizations, the El Nido Marine Reserve is home to magnificent corals of all shapes and colors, countless species of fish and marine mammals that can be seen in the sparkling water even from the boat. The resorts here offer many ways to relax or go on an adventure: gliding through the calm turquoise waters in a kayak or canoe, enjoying the breathtaking nature, or sunbathing alone on a whole island of white, fine sand and snorkeling in between. Exciting dive safaris are also organized here. El Nido is a balm for the soul and nothing more and nothing less than heaven on earth. Feel its magic for yourself!