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The Bacuit Bay Archipelago around El Nido is why everyone visits Palawan. Well, unless the crowds that go to the Underground River.  <img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click for full image
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Palawan Travel Guide

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    Palawan is an island province of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa and it is the largest province in terms of land area. It is considered as the last frontier of the Philippines.

    The island of Palawan stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. Palawan is considered to be the Philippines' last ecological frontier.

    The most common local language is Tagalog, but many speak English or Cebuano, and a group of ex-patriate Swiss operate a shortwave radio network using Swiss-German.

    Attractions on Palawan

    Palawan boasts of many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is located. Palawan primary tourist attractions are the Bacuit Bay Archipelago around El Nido and - sadly enough - the Underground River near Sabang

    Entrance to the Underground River near Sabang.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

    Palawan's main city, Puerto Princesa, offers few attractions to visitors and your only reason to stay here is to get a ticket to the Underground River early in the morning.

    San Vicente

    San Vincente town is located on the northwest edge of Palawan Island and consists of several barangays and islands. It has one of the longest beaches in the world, the cream-coloured "long beach" which is 14km long and at some places up to 80m wide.


    Game reserve and wildlife sanctuary.

    Tabon Caves

    Located in Quezon, the Tabon Caves is the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man, estimated to be 22,000 years old. Explore the 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view.

    Getting to Palawan

    The beach is a much better reason to visit Sabang than the nearby Underground River.  <span style='white-space:nowrap;'><img src='http://www.guidegecko.de/images/spyglass1.png' align='texttop' /> Click to enlarge</span>

    Puerto Princesa International Airport is the main gateway to Palawan, major airlines serve international and domestic flights; Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have flights to and from Manila and Cebu, PAL Express (Air Philippines) have flights to and from Busuanga, while SEAIR connects the whole of Palawan internationally with Kota Kinabalu.

    El Nido Airport is used for charter flights, provided by Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) while Seasonal flights are offered by SEAIR. SEAIR is renowned for its unreliable service, often cancelling flights with less than two days notice via email only. Many travellers have reported being told that they would receive a refund "within 30 working days" but their money has never been returned. While ITI is a smaller airline, services are more reliable. A new airport is near completion in San Vicente.

    The cheapest option to get around Palawan are the local jeepney. Tricycles are also available. Getting from one island to another is possible; daily boat trips are available. Car and van rentals are also available.


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