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PALAWAN

PALAWAN

General Description

    Palawan, a narrow archipelago of more than 1,780 islands and islets on the western border of the Philippines, is a vast reserve of natural beauty and zoological wonders, a stunning haven of flora and fauna. As far back as the 9th century, Chinese traders already had a fitting name for it Pa-lao-yu, meaning "land of beautiful, safe harbor."

    A mountainous ridge, covered with incredibly lush forests and marked with astounding limestone mounds and peaks, largely forms this kris-shaped island province bounded by the South China Sea on the west and the Sulu Sea on the east. The largest island in the Philippine archipelago, it has a total land area of nearly 1.5 million hectares with an irregular 2,000 kilometer-long coastline notched by numerous bays and coves fringed by many spectacular, almost mystifying rock and limestone formations.

    The Palawan archipelago is divided into three groups: the Calamian Group of Islands of Busuanga, Culion, Calauit, and Coron in the north; the main island Palawan with Puerto Princesa, the provincial capital, in the center; and the islands of Balabac and Bugsuk in the south. These islands have something in common: majestic mountains with their lush vegetation; high limestone cliffs covered by rock-clinging plants and trees; storied lagoons, lakes and bays with transparent, emerald waters hiding ancient shipwrecks; small islands and, deserted islets ringed by coral reefs; and spectacular sea gardens teeming with marine life, mangroves swamps and forests; pristine white sand beaches; and, thickly forested and mountainous landscapes that are still unexplored and less visited with sceneries that are stunningly beautiful and almost mystical and mysterious.

    More than just a vast reserve of natural beauty and zoological wonders, Palawan is also the home of various ethnic groups whose codes, quaint customs, morals and beliefs date back to a thousand years. They live in remote villages in the mountain and coastal areas but they are part of the melting pot that the island province has become with the growing influx of migrant settlers from various parts of the Philippines and other countries.

    Apart from Pa-lao-yu that the ancient Chinese traders called Palawan, the island province is called by other names, too. Anthropologists and archaeologists call Palawan "The Cradle of Philippine Civilization" and modern-day naturalists and ecologists call the province "The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines" because of its unique ecological balance preserved amidst rapid changes and economic growth. The province boasts of two World Heritage Sites that are also listed by The ASEAN Heritage Parks Programme as among ASEAN's Greatest Parks.

    Today, sustainable development of Palawan's terrestrial and marine resources serves as the framework and main strategy of the province's developmental efforts.

    With the discovery of huge deposits of natural gas in western Palawan, the province has now become a pivotal force in the national economy. As the single biggest investment in the history of the country's economy, the CamagoMalampaya Deep Water Gas-to-Power Projects brings Palawan to the forefront as the first economic frontier of the Philippines.

    With its vast natural beauty, amazing zoological wonders, Palawan is, indeed, a tourism destination with distinction.

How to get there

By Air

    Palawan is accessible within an hour's flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa City or through a 20-hour trip by sea voyage.

    Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Sea Air, Asian Spirit and Air Philippines service the province of Palawan. Chartered flights are also available to Puerto Princesa City, where connecting trips to nearby tourist sites can be arranged. Regular and charter flights to other points in Northern Palawan are available through Island Trans-Voyager, Pacific Air, Asian Spirit, and Seair.

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For the latest flight schedules, visit the website or contact the telephone numbers of the airlines listed below.

AIR PHILIPPINES

    420 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City

    Tel. No. (63-48) 433-8045/434-4191

    Email reservations@airphilippines.com.ph

    Website www.airphils.com

    Routes from/to Palawan: Manila; Cebu

CEBU PACIFIC

    East Asia Ticketing Service Inc., Puerto Princesa Airport, Rizal Ave. Ext. Tel. No. (63-48) 434-5872

    Email reservations@cebupacificair.com

    Website www.cebupacificair.com

    Routes from/to Palawan: Cebu

PHILIPPINE AIRLINES

    Puerto Princesa Airport, Bangkaw, Puerto Princesa

    Tel. No. (63-48) 433-4565/2561

    Email webmgr@pal.com.ph

    Website www.phiIippineairlines.com

    Routes from/to Palawan: Manila

SOUTH EAST ASIAN AIRLINES (SEAIR)

    Ticketing Office, Floral Travel, 399 Rizal Ave. Ext., Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2540

    Email reservations@flyseair.com

    Website www.flyseaircom

    Routes from/to Palawan: El Nido; Busuanga

By Sea

    WG&A Shipping Company plies the Manila-Palawan route on weekends.

For the latest schedules, visit the website or contact the telephone numbers of the shipping line listed below.

WG&A SUPERFERRY

    #42 Rizal Ave. cor. Sandoval St., Puerto Princesa City

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-5736

    Fax No. (63-48) 433-2511

    Website www.superferry.com

    Routes from/to Palawan: Manila; Coron

Tourist Attractions

AGUTAYA FORT / CHURCH OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST

    Agutaya, Palawan

Completed in 1784, the church and fortress named after St. John the Baptist was built by the Augustinian Recollects as

    a defense against invasion. Named as Baluarte de San Juan Bautista, it was constructed with the help of the Agutaynons

    and the Encomiendero Don Antonio de Rojas, who laid out the building's plan. The church was fortified with cannons and

    mortar weapons. During World War 11, the church fortress became an evacuation and refuge center for the people of

    Agutaya.

    CAGAYANCILLO PORT

    Cagayancillo

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    It was built on the coast atop the small mountain and is made of sea rocks mixed with lime. Within this old fort is the old church, ground force and safety place of the residents during pirate attacks.

CALAUIT GAME PRESERVE & WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

    Busuanga

    3,700 hectares was designated as a unique game reserve and wildlife sanctuary of exotic African animals and the endangered endemic fauna of Palawan. The sanctuary was established on August 31, 1976 by Presidential Decree No. 1578 in response to the appeal of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature to help save African wildlife, after former President Ferdinand Marcos attended a conference in Kenya.

Entrance fee Adult Children

    Local Tourist P 250.00 P 100.00

    Foreign Tourist P 350.00 P 250.00

    Government P 150.00

    Official/Employee

    Senior Citizen Free

    Filming - Local P 5,000.00

    - Foreign P 10,000.00

    Accommodations P 200.00/head

    Camping Site P 350.00 per group

    (max of 7 pax)

    Truck Service P1,000.00

    (Pick-up) (maximum of 20 pax)

CUYO PORT

    Cuyo, Palawan

    Built during the early Spanish period to protect the people from their enemies, it is considered as one of the most ancient and unique forts in the Philippines. Within its walls are the church, the convent and the Adoration chapel. Finished in 1680, the fort is a historical naval structure that was built during the early part of the Spanish colonial period. Three forts

    were constructed as protection against the attacks of Moros which were very prevalent during the 15th 18th century.

    Cuyo became the second capital of Palawan from 1873 to 1903.

EL NIDO MARINE RESERVE

    Miniloc Island, El Nido

    Occupying an area of 98,000 hectares, this popular nature spot boasts of diverse ecosystems such as rainforest mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs and limestone cliffs. Blessed with extraordinary natural scenery, El Nido is the sanctuary of various forms of wildlife. Countless varieties of fish are also found here. Manta rays are a common sight; when in season, divers may spot the sea cow, known locally as dugong, one of the world's rarest marine mammals.

    Accommodation facilities are available at El Nido Resorts in Miniloc and Lagen Island. El Nido is noted for its hidden lagoons, palm forests, orchids and offshore cruise points. Apart from the high-end accommodations, there are a number of budget accommodations in the town proper.

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HONDABAY

    Sta. Lourdes Tagbanua, Puerto Princesa City

    The bay consists of several islets with shallow reefs bordering its beaches which have become favorite sites for swimming, snorkeling and diving. These islets, namely Cannon (Cowrie) Island, Bat Island, Lu-li Island (derived from the word lulubog-lilitaw, meaning floating and sinking) are visible only during low tide. Meara Marina, which is known for its fine white sand and clear water, teems with starfish and many varieties of marine life.

    Snake Island, Pandan Island and Senorita Island are some of the smaller islands in the area.

Tour Cost : P900.00 per person

    Boat Fare : P800.00 max of 6 pax

    Snake Island

    Entrance Fee : free

    Cottage Rentals : free

    Pandan Island

    Entrance Fee : P 30.00

    Cottage Rentals : P 100.00

    Starfish Island

    Entrance Fee : P 45.00

    Cottage Rentals : P 60.00

IWAHIG PRISON AND PENAL FARM

    Puerto Princesa City

    The colony was established by the Americans in 1904 to supply food to other prisons all over the country. It encompasses a 37-hectare farm planted with coconut trees, rice and other crops cultivated by the prisoners and their families. lwahig is operated like a farm, rather than a prison, where prisoners toil their farms unguarded. They are allowed to earn an income by working in the many shops that produce various handicrafts derived from discarded wood.

MELVILLE LIGHTHOUSE

    Balabac

    More than 100 years old, the lighthouse is still functional and serves as guide for international vessels passing through the Balabac Strait.

PALAWAN WILDLIFE RESCUE AND CONSERVATION CENTER

    (formerly Crocodile Farm Institute)

    Brgy. lrawan, Puerto Princesa City

    Mobile No. (0921) 739-9147

    The center aims to preserve and undertake research studies on endangered species of crocodiles. One of the structures is a hospital for sick and disabled crocodiles. The facility also formulates the various uses of raw materials derived from the crocodile species. It also maintains a Mini Zoo featuring some of Palawan's endemic animals. It is a joint project of the Japanese and Philippine Governments under the supervision and management of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. Entrance Fee: P 40.00

PLAZA CUARTEL

    Puerto Princesa City

    Former site of a Japanese garrison, a few yards from the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. One hundred forty three (143) American soldiers were burned inside a tunnel during the Second World War. A memorial park in honor of the heroes of Puerto Princesa City and the American soldiers was thereafter constructed.

    PORT MILLER AND LIGHTHOUSE TOWER

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Brooke's Point

    A historical landmark in Brooke's Point, Point Miller is a concrete water tank built as a source of potable water for the natives and settlers of the municipality. The original Lighthouse Tower constructed by Sir James Brooke is still visible, but most of the area is now occupied by a new lighthouse tower.

PUERTO DE STA. ISABEL

    Taytay

    The historic fort was built in 1667, under the Augustinian Recollect Fathers and was used as a military station during that period. The fortress was constructed to protect the general area from marauders and sea pirates. Taytay was an important naval installation, being the designated capital of the Calamian island group in 1818. The fort's small chapel and cannon are still intact.

PUERTO PRINCESA SUBTERRANEAN RIVER NATIONAL PARK

    Brgy. Cabayugan, Sitio Sabang, Puerto Princesa City

    Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2509

    A world heritage site inscribed by the UNESCO, this natural wonder features an 8.2-kilometer navigable underground river that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying out into the South China Sea.

    The river flows within a deep cavern under rugged limestone and marble cliffs, the special features of the park. Within the awesome recesses of the cave, one winds through the tunnel aboard a paddleboat. Stalactite pillars, rock formations, domed amphitheaters and cathedrals are the outstanding features of the park.

    Land area : 5,753 hectares

    Marine area : 292.74 hectares

    Tour cost : P 1,300.00 per pax

    Entrance fee : P 150.00 (local/adult) P 200.00 (foreigner)

RASA ISLAND

    Narra

    Bird sanctuary of the cockatoo (Katala or Abucay). Also found are 68 bird species such as the blue headed racket tail (Kilit-kilit), black-naped oriole and the white vintage shama.

TABON CAVES

    Lipuun Point, Quezon

Known as the Cradle of Philippine Civilization, Tabon Cave consists of a series of chambers where anthropologists

    discovered the remains of ancient man and his stone tools. Anthropological significance came to the fore with the discovery of the remains of the 22,000 year-old Tabon Man in one of its interiors, along with other artifacts.

TUBBATAHA REEF NATIONAL MARINE PARK

    Cagayancillo

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434 5759

    Marine sanctuary located in the Middle Central Sulu Sea, 98 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City.

    It is within the municipal territory of Cagayancillo, with travel by boat from Puerto Princesa City that takes approximately 12 hours.

    It was declared as one of the World Natural Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on December 1, 1993. The park is under protective management by the Department of National Defense (DND) and co-managed by the Palawan Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

    URSULA ISLAND GAME REFUGE AND BIRD SANCTUARY

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Bataraza

    This island is a haven for different species of birds that converge here two hours before sunset, to rest after a day's flight.

Accommodation Facilities

    (DOT-accredited)

Palawan is known for its high-end resorts that cater to international celebrities and the extremely wealthy. However, it

    also has hotels, resorts, cottages, and rooms that cater to mid-range patrons and the budget-conscious.

HOTELS

Standard

ASTURIAS HOTEL

    Km. 3 South National Highway, Tiniguiban Height Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-3852

    Fax No. (63-48i 434-3730

    Email info@asturiashotel.ph

    Website www.asturiashotel.ph

    Total No. of Rooms: 60

HOTEL FLEURIS PALAWAN

    Lacao St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-4338

    Fax No. (63-48) 434-4203

    Email hfleuris@mozcom.com

    Website www.fieuris.com

    Total No. of Rooms: 46

THE LEGEND PALAWAN

    Malvar St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Tel. No. (63-48) 434-4270

    Fax No. (63-48) 433-9078

    Email sales@legendpalawan.com.ph

    Website www.legendpalawan.com.ph

    Total No. of Rooms: 100

RESORTS

Class "AAA"

AMANPULO RESORT

    Parnalican Island, Cuyo, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-02) 759-4040

    Fax No. (63-02) 759-4044

    Email amanpulo@amanresorts.com

    Website www.amanresorts.com

    Total No. of Rooms: 41

    Room Features: Decorative details pay homage to neighbouring islands: pebble-washed walls, coconut shell tables,

    rustic Palawan rice and knife baskets, a king-size bed with a rattan headboard and sliding glass doors that r eveal

    outdoor decks with his-and-her divans; bathroom, with twin vanities, separate changing areas, a shower and an elegant

    bathtub; satellite TV, CD and DVD players.

EL NIDO - LAGEN ISLAND RESORT

    El Nido, Palawan

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Tel. No. (63-02) 759-4050

    Email holiday@elnidoresorts.com

    Website www.elnidoresorts.com

    Total No. of Rooms: 51

    Room Features: Individually controlled airconditioning, writing desk, daybed, mini bar, IDD/NDD telephone, private toilet

    and shower with hot and cold running water, bath amenities including biodegradable soap and shampoo, hair dryer,

    stereo system with CD player and selection of CDs, television with VCD player (in Forest Suites only).

Cottages and rooms have polished wooden floors made of recycled wood from old Filipino houses and furnishings made

    from indigenous Filipino materials. Each cottage and room has a full height sliding glass doors and windows that open up

    to a private verandah. The glass doors and private verandahs afford guests different views of the cove, cliffs, forest, bay

    or the sunset.

Class "AA"

CLUB PARADISE

    Dimakya Island, Coron, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 911-9704

    Email reservations@clubparadisepalawan.com Website www.clubparadisepalawan.com

    Total No. of Rooms: 52

    Room Features: Airconditioning unit, tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar and veranda

DOS PALMAS ISLAND RESORT & SPA

    Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-3118

    Fax No. (63-48) 434-3119

    Email info@dospalmas.com.ph

    Website www.dospalmas.com.ph

    Total No. of Rooms: 48

    Room Features: Mini bar, toilet and bath, airconditioning unit

Class "A"

CAPARII BEACH RESORT

    Bo. Panindigan, Poblacion San Vicente, Palawan Tel. No. (63-48) 433-4868

    Fax No. (63-48) 433-8078

    Email palawan@mozcom.com;

    capari@mozcom.com

CRYSTAL PARADISE RESORT PALAWAN

    1 Sea Road, Antipuluan, Narra, Palawan

    Mobile (0919) 456-3042

    Fax No. (63-48) 434-5901

    Email crystalparadise@shasta.com

    Website www.crystalparadiseresort.com

DIVE CORON LINK

    Uson Island, Coron, Palawan

    Mobile (0928) 433-2428

    Email info@divelink.com.ph

    Website www.divelink.corn.ph

EL NIDO MINILOC ISLAND RESORT

    Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-02) 759-8482/4041

    Email holiday@elnidoresorts.com

    Website www.elnidoresorts.com

    EL RIO Y MAR RESORT

    (formerly Maricaban Bay Marina Resort)

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Sitio Talisay, Brgy. San Jose, Talisay, Coron, Palawan

    Mobile (0920) 951-5009

    Email info@elrioymar.com

    Website www.elrioymar.com

Class "SIR"

CORAL BAY RESORT

    Popotan Island, Coron, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 375-2561/2048

    Fax No. (63-48) 371-9928

KOKOSNUSS GARDEN RESORT

    Brgy. 6 Poblacion, Coron, Palawan

    Mobile (0919) 448-7879

LALLY & ABET RESORT

    Ei Nido, Palawan

    Tel. No (63-48) 929-3944

    Telefax (63-48) 455-5656

    Email info@lallyandabet.com

    Website www.laIlyandabet.com

    SUMMER HOMES BEACH RESORT & COTTAGES Purok Pag-asa, Brgy. Port Barton, San Vicente, Palawan

    Mobile (0921) 529-9838

    E-mail summerhomes@indigo.net.ph

    Website www.portbarton.info/

    summerhome/index.hilm

INNS/PENSIONS

DARAYONAN LODGE

    National Highway, Brgy. 1, Poblacion, Coron, Palawan Tel. No. (63-48) 550-9207 loc.16/196-2522 Email drayonan@i-manila.com.ph

HILLSIDE RESORT

    Sandiwa, Tiniguiban, Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 433-7318

    Fax No. (63-48) 433-7851

LOLA ITANG PENSION & RESTAURANT

    Roxas St., Brgy. Magkakaibigan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2990

MOANA HOTEL

    Rizal Ave. Ext., Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-4753/434-4759 Fax No. (63-48) 434-5197

    Email moanate@mozcom.com

PUERTO PENSION

    35 Malvar St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Tel. No. (63-48) 433-4149/433-2969 Fax No. (63-48) 433-4148

    Email ppension@pal-onl.com

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SKYLIGHT APARTELLE

    210-A Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

    Tel. No. (63-48) 434-4872/7886/7884 Fax No. (63-48) 433-4596

    Email skylight-apartelle@yahoo.com Website www.skylightapartelle.com

    TARING DAGAT LODGING HOUSE & RESTAURANT Brgy. Balala, Culion, Palawan

    Mobile (0918) 536-1964

TROPICAL SUN INN

    152 ManaJo St., Puerto Princesa City, Palawan Tel. No. (63-48) 433-6493/8288 Fax No. (63-48) 432-6526

Dining Facilities

    (DOT-accredited)

Savor seafood specialties and local gourmet items in well appointed resorts like El Nido and in the premiere restaurants

    and hotels in Puerto Princesa City.

Filipino Cuisine

HAIM CHICKEN INATO

    294 Manalo Ext., Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2261/433-8595 Email jcyayen@yahoo.com

KINABUCHS GRILL & BAR

    348 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 434-5194 to 95

OTHER DINING FACILITIES

Chinese Cuisine

EDWIN'S FOOD PALACE

    Valencia St., Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2338/4567

PHOENIX SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

    Abrea Road, Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 433-4633

ONG'S MAKI HOUSE

    Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City Tel. No. (63-48) 434-2999

Indo-Chinese Cuisine

ROYAL ORCHID

    Badjao Inn, Rizal Ave. Ext., Puerto Princesa City

    Tel. No. (63-48) 433-2761/2380

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International Cuisine

KARAENAN

    Dos Palmas Arreceffi Resort, Arreceffi Island, Puerto Princesa City

Japanese Cuisine

SUSHI BAR & RESTAURANT

    Hotel Fleuris, Lacao St., Puerto Princesa City

Entertainment Facilities

Relax and unwind the old-fashioned way. Lay back in a slowly swinging hammock, read a good book and listen to the

    gentle lapping of the sea.

EDWIN'S RESTAURANT

    (Disco and Videoke)

    Cor. Valencia and Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City

ISLAND SAMURAI

    (Videoke and Restaurant)

    Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

KAMARIKUTAN KAPE AT GALERI

    (Art Gallery and Cafe)

    Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

KAMPUCHEA INDO-CHINESE RESTAURANT

    (Restaurant and Videoke)

    Badjao Inn, Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

NICK'S VENUE / COMMODORES

    (Bar and Restaurant)

    Admiral Hotel, Junction 1, San Miguel, Puerto Princesa City

PHOENIX RESTAURANT AND VIDEOKE

    (Live Band)

    Abrea Road, Puerto Princesa City

SCENARIO

    (Disco and Bar) Asturias Hotel

SPICE BAR

    (Live Band and Disco) Rizal Avenue Extension Puerto Princesa City

Shopping

Marvel at woodcarvings, shellcraft, fashion jewelry, fruits and local handicrafts found in local stores, arcades and stalls.

BALAI GIFT SHOP

    Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

CAL SOUVENIR SHOP

    Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City

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