Palawan: The Pride of the Philippines
Palawan typically needs no introduction, at least for those well-travelled enough to be familiar with most of the globe’s most-visited holiday locations. Often listed in the Top 10 of tropical beach destinations, Palawan has maintained its fame with a combination of natural beauty and careful stewardship. Locals are heavily invested in the province’s tourism trade. As such, this place is a weary traveler’s dream come to life: a site where meticulously maintained natural attractions come together with five-star resorts and all the warmth of true tropical hospitality.
Like most other famed tropical paradise spots, Palawan boasts turquoise-blue waters, spectacular seascapes and aged limestone cliffs, impressive karst structures, and rainbow-colored local fauna.
But it also has its share of unique attractions. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is found here, for instance—the longest navigable underground river in the world. Palawan is also home to the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park: a 332 sq.km. spread of atoll reef positively teeming with life.
Diversity is a strong point in Palawan’s local fauna. More than 600 types of butterflies fill the air when the local plants start to bloom, saturating the air with color even as hundreds of species of birds saturate it with their songs. Metallic-blue birds strut about the lush greenery, which borders white sands running into crystalline waters. And it is those waters that constitute a significant part of the province’s appeal: beneath their glitter they hold vast wonders, from all sorts of endangered marine species to astounding dive sites unequalled in the region.
For these and many other reasons, Palawan has become a haven for nature-lovers and tourists seeking idyllic trips to a tropical paradise. It has also become a popular location for documentaries as well as films. Who knows what else it could become for you in particular after you’ve finally managed to sample all it has to offer?