Palawan is known all over the world as the Philippine’s last ecological frontier. Home of lofty mountains, unspoilt rainforests and the world’s longest underground river, Palawan is situated between Mindoro Island and North Borneo. It harbours a vast expanse of tropical rainforests and marine wilderness; Sloping mountain ranges run the length of the mainland, with thick trees providing sanctuary to many rare fauna species. Equally astounding are the rich marine life and coral reefs which are strictly protected from exploitation.
Palawan is known for its strict adherence to wildlife preservation and protection, having more protected areas than any other province in the country. And for that it has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world. The Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary found in northern Calamianes Islands is where one will find exotic and familiar animal species roaming freely in the lush hills and plains. More like Africa in Asia is what it is. El Nido Marine Reserve on the northern coastline is known for its bird’s nest and limestone cliffs.
Palawan waters are among the world’s best. A diver’s paradise. Palawan’s coral and rainbow reef walls surrounding the coasts and coves teem with marine resources. Diving and fishing expedition are common to travellers taking advantage of the beautiful waters of Palawan. Who wouldn’t? The place has diverse ecosystems – rainforests, mangroves, coral reefs, white-sand beaches, limestone cliffs, notwithstanding a variety of fishes – manta ray and the sea cow or ‘dugong’, a rare marine mammal.
Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa is a favourite destination for water sports activities like snorkelling, swimming. Snake Island, Pandan Island, Starfish Island and Pambato reef are all perfect to swim and snorkel. Pandan Island is a good diving site, too.
The Irawan Eco Park is located south of Puerto Princesa where Flora and Fauna Protected Area is an adventure in its own. This is a place to commune with nature and walk along its crystal clear pristine river. The sights and sounds of the jungle seem to isolate you from the world, into your own secret world.
A good World War II wreck dive site is the Coron Island, which is also surrounded by large limestone cliffs and wildlife aside from the white sand beaches that sprawled in the island. Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoon are must-see explorations to discover the wonders of nature.
Another world recognized Palawan destination is Puerto Princesa Underground River which was declared in January of 2012 as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The park has a limestone mountain landscape and a habitat for biodiversity conservation. It boasts of 24 km long cave with an 8.2km long underground section of Cabayugan River. The cave has unique and amazing stalactites and stalagmites formations which are rare and out of the ordinary.
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is Palawan’s pride. It is the country’s pride and it is a living testimony of Palawan’s successful discipline and determined efforts for the preservation of everything that belongs to Mother Nature.