Palawan is an island province of the Philippines; it is the largest province in terms of land area.
The island of Palawan stretches from close to Mindoro in the northeast almost 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 province boasts many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is located.
Palawan Island is much the largest part of the province both in land area and in population, but a number of other islands are also included in the province:
- the Calamian Islands , northeast of Palawan Island
- the Cuyo Islands, to the east in the Sulu Sea
- Cagayancillo, south of the Cuyos
- Kalayaan, to the west in the contested Spratly Islands group
On Palawan Island:
- Puerto Princesa - provincial capital
- Quezon - where "Tabon man" lived a long time ago. Some refer to Tabon Cave as the cradle of Philippine civilization.
- El Nido - limestone cliffs, lagoons, beautiful beaches
- Port Barton - a truly laid-back coastal getaway with a great beach
- Sabang - town with a long underground river in the National Park
- San Jose
- Brooke's Point Mostly fishing and farming, but some beautiful scenery
In the Calamian Islands:
- Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
- Aborlan - a rural university town
- San Vicente - town on the northwest edge of Palawan comprising 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. With the near completion of an airport in the city, some are saying the beach could rival Boracay.
- Calauit - game preserve and wildlife sanctuary
- Narra - The Rice Granary of Palawan.
- Palawan Butterfly Garden - located at South of Puerto Princesa
Like most of the Philippines, many people understand the official national language of Pilipino (based on Tagalog). However, the majority of inhabitants have a Visayan language such as Cebuano or an indigenous local language as their mother tongue.
Again, like most of the Philippines, you will never be far from English speakers.
A group of expatriate Swiss operate a shortwave radio network using Swiss-German.
Puerto Princesa International Airport (IATA: PPS) is the main gateway to Palawan, major airlines serve international and domestic flights; Philippine Airlines/PAL express, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific. have flights to and from Manila Cebu Pacific also have Fights to Cebu city, Iloilo, Davao city. while MASWings part of Malaysia Airlines connects Palawan internationally with Kota Kinabalu.
El Nido Airport(IATA: ENI), charter flights are provided Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI).
A new airport is near completion in San Vicente.
Cheapest option while getting around is 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.
- Tabon Caves in Quezon. The Caves were the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man estimated to be 22,000 years old. Explore its 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view.
- Kalui in 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa is a popular Filipino restaurant that serves varieties of seafoods