Palawan Travel Guide

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Palawan Overview

Palawan - the long, narrow island in the southwestern part of the Philippines - has often been called the last frontier of the Philppines: there remain indigenous tribes that have not fully integrated into modern society. This is not to say, however, that the island is untouched by development. On the contrary, large tracts of clear cut land can easily be seen, and there are many cities and tourist resorts, especially on the northern half of the island.

Puerto Princessa City, the capital, has an airport and can be easily reached from Manila. There are several other airports in the north of the island and on smaller islands immediately to the north. Once there, however, getting around Palawan is a bit difficult; more often than not, a boat will be needed to get to the more remote villages.

Northern Palawan: The more popular and scenic resorts in Palawan are located in the northern area, however. They are known because of the white sand, crystal clear waters, and house reefs you can explore while snorkelling or diving. More information can be found on the net by typing 'Northern Palawan' on any one of the search engines.

Palawan, the only Philippine island cited, has been rated by National Geographic Traveler magazine as the best island destination in East and Southeast Asia region in 2007, and the 13th best island in the world having "incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes. One of the most biodiverse (terrestrial and marine) islands in the Philippines... The island has had a Biosphere Reserve status since early 1990s, showing local interest for conservation and sustainable development".

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