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About Palawan

Palawan History

Palawan, located on the western side of the Philippines, is the fifth largest island in the country. Palawan archipelago boasts of 1,780 islands and islets out of the 7,100 islands of the Philippines. It is the country’s largest province with an area of 1.5 million hectares, yet the least densely populated.  Historians attribute the origin of its name to the early Chinese traders who called it “palao-yu” or land of beautiful and safe harbors.

The province, also called the Last Frontier, has the largest forest cover in the country. Owing to the uniqueness of its plant and animal life, it has been considered as a biodiversity hotspot. Moreover, two UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be found here, the Tubbataha National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, as well as numerous protected areas. Palawan is considered as ideal for travel, statistically and geographically speaking. It has a low crime rate and its location favors fair weather almost the whole year round. Aside from that, it is the only island of the Philippines with no earthquake records and is seldom visited by typhoons.

Dubbed the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization”, Palawan is the home of the Tabon Man, the oldest Filipino whose remains have been estimated to be 25,000-27,000 years old.

The confluence of history, caring people, beaches, wildlife, underwater sceneries, and life’s simplicity in this archipelago of adventure are waiting for you to see and experience.

Through the years, Palawan has consistently received accolades, such as; 2016 World Best Island – Palawan was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the world’s best island for the second straight year, 2015 World Best Island – Palawan was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the world’s best island 2015, 2015 Top 9 Amazing Sandbar in the Philippines – Snake Island in El Nido was included as a Top amazing Sandbar in the Philippines by Skyscanner, 2014 World Top Island – Palawan was named by Conde Nast Traveler as the World’s Top Island 2014, 2013 by the Daily New Dig – Linapacan was ranked among the 35 Clearest Waters in the World to Swim In Before You Die, 2013 International Science Magazine – Palawan was regarded as the Earth’s most Irreplaceable area for Endangered species and made it to Lonely Planet’s top 10 list of World’s Best Travel Region for 2013, 2011 Top 20 Travel Destinations – Palawan was selected as one of the TOP 20 Travel Destination by the National Geographic Website, HALL OF FAME AWARDEE – National Search for the Cleanest and Greenest Province of the Philippines. community based sustainable tourism in Palawan

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