Palawan means “The Land of Beautiful Safe Harbor”. The name, once intended for merchant ships sailing through the centuries, takes a new meaning: a land of beautiful haven for every traveler who seeks refuge and oneness in nature. Palawan has been given numerous accolades as the country’s cleanest, greenest an most peaceful city. On top of this distinction, Palawan has been dubbed the “Last Ecological Frontier” in honor of its unique ecological balance. Safeguarding this frontier are the hospitable Palawenos who are deeply committees to the tenets of environmental conservation and protection.
The discovery of the Tabon Caves in Palawan’s Quezon municipality brought greater understanding of the roots of Philippine ancestry. The caves hold many treasures of Tabon Man’s beginnings dating back 50,000 years, from tone-age tools that simplified tasks to burial jars which proved his understanding of the divine. These archeological treasures along with the islands’ natural wonders beckon those who appreciate and enjoy rich heritage, and diverse terrestrial and marine resources.
Palawan Travel Facts and Tips
Land Area, Municipalities and Language With a land area of 1.5 million hectares, the province of Palawan is composed of 1,780 islands and islets. It is politically subdivided into 23 municipalities with Puerto Princesa as the capital city. English and Pilipino are widely spoken, as well as Cuyunon.
How to get there and go around By air, Palawan is connected to Manila via Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Busuanga, Taytay and Pamalican (Cuyo). There are also flights from Cebu and IloIlo going to the capital during peak season. By sea, major carriers travel from Manila to Coron and Puerto Princesa. Travel within the city proper is usually done via tricycles and jeepneys although one may rent a van or other private transportation. Getting to destinations can also be done through public transport or via pump boats for island travels.
What to wear and bring
Light casual wear is recommended. During rainy months, July to September, jackets and umbrellas are advisable. From March to May, pack sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. Remember to bring insect repellent, mineral water and flashlight for activities like spelunking and trekking.
• Travelers’ Checks and currency exchange can be availed in the city. • Credit cards are accepted in major establishments. • Observe the Cleanliness and No Littering Policy. • Interactions with cultural minorities need to be coordinated with the Local Government Units. Diving in Tubbatah, expedition to the Calauit Sanctuary and tour of the Underground River also require permits. • Electricity runs 24 hours in the city but may be scheduled in some municipalities. Most island-based resorts operate their own power generating sets.