DISCOVER PALAWAN – PHILIPPINES’ LAST FRONTIER SEE AND DISCOVER TO BELIEVE
Discover Palawan where superlatives abound: exotic islands, white beaches and coves draped with rocky cliffs; reefs and atolls teeming with marine life; vast mountains and tropical forest with rare flora and fauna – all converged to become a paradise.
Palawan is the last frontier in the Philippines where Man and Mother Nature happily co-exist; its natural beauty evokes bliss and serenity; its people welcome you to enjoy your pilgrimage with this reminder: bring with you good intentions, and leave nothing but beautiful memories and the lessons of life learned from nature as you discover Palawan!
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WHERE IS PALAWAN? …
About 1 hour by plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa; more than 20 flights a day during peek season (December to June), and about 12 flights during lean months of July to November.
The Territorial Jurisdiction of Palawan
Palawan is an archipelagic province of 1,768 islands and considered the last ecological frontier in the Philippines. The largest province in land area and occupies more than half of the internal waters of the Philippine archipelago.
Sprawling more than 650 kilometers from the northernmost island of Tara in Coron to the southernmost island of Mangsee in Balabac, its mainland measures 450 kms long, and 40 kms at its widest.
Discover Palawan with its protected areas sprawling from the Calamianes: the Coron Island Natural Biotic Area; and the Calauit Zafari Park, home to exotic and endemic species of animals, including African wildlife.
In the northwest coastline, the El Nido Managed Reserve Protected Area, noted for its edible bird’s nests and limestone cliffs; and the Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape Seascape, known as the “fish bowl” of the Philippines.
In Puerto Princesa, the St. Paul Underground River National Park, a World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature; and the Palawan Fauna, Flora and Watershed Forest Reserve;
Farther south, Mt. Mantalingahan Protected Landscape; and the Tabon Caves National Park, considered the cradle of Philippines civilization and home to the first Filipino who inhabited Palawan 16,500 years ago;
In the mid-east, the Rasa Island Wildlife Sanctuary, home to red-vented Philippine Cockatoo; in the south-east, the Ursula Island Birds Sanctuary; and farther east in the middle of the Sulu sea, the Tubbataha Reefs National Park, another World Heritage site.
Surrounded with almost 2,000 kilometers of rocky and sandy beaches, and with Nature’s gift of about 11,000 sq. kms. of coral reefs, Palawan has one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world exemplified by the amazing diving sites in El Nido and Coron, and the famous Tubbataha Reefs.
The whole province was proclaimed as Game and Wildlife Sanctuary in 1967, being habitat to rare, exotic and endemic species of flora and fauna. Over 1500 species of plants provide sanctuaries to some 200 kinds of birds and 600 species of butterflies in the vast mountains and verdant fields of Palawan.
Some of these unique creatures are the metallic-colored peacock pheasant, the smallest mouse deer, the tamely bearcat, the scaly anteater, the endangered hawksbill and green sea turtles, and the gentle dugong are among the rare animals found in Palawan.
And… wow, just recently, scientific expedition discovered a rare specie of unnamed orchid – rare to the scientific world but common and endemic in Mt. Matalingahan, the highest peak in Palawan.
In 2007, a “rat-eating pitcher plant”, named Nepenthes Attenboroughii was discovered in Mt. Victoria, (in the municipality of Narra) creating a global sensation among scientists that made headlines worldwide. There were many species of pitcher pants discovered in this wild mountain paradise, the most recent is named – Nepenthes Leonardoi.
For starter… see Palawan on the Air, a video shared by Matador Network…
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Palawan voted as Best Island in the World in 2014 according to the Conde Nast Traveller’s Readers’ Choice Awards
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