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Tigman Beach Palawan
An ideal beach for swimming. Resorts include Camille del Sol and Princessa Holiday.
Mangit Cave Palawan
Located at the mountain interior part of Bgy. Sagpangan in Sitio Ibato.
Estrella Falls Palawan
Fresh cool waters cascading rapidly from Victoria Peak to twin falls at the mountain’s edge, Estrella Falls is a favorite destination of locals and visitors. The clear waters flow to three natural pools of varying depths. One has a depth that is just right for good swimmers; another has a medium depth that is safe for those who do not swim well and there is a shallow pool that is ideal for children. It won the Cleanest Inland Body of Water - River Category in the national search. Through the initiative of the Municipal Government of Narra, resort facilities have been provided such as cottages, huts, shades, rest rooms and provisions for grilling.
Rasa Island Palawan
Home to the last dozens of Philippine cockatoo, locally known as katala or kalabukay. Also found in the island are 68 kinds of birds, some of which are the Blue-Headed Racket Tail (kilit-kilit), the Black-Naped Oriole and the White Vintage Shama.
Arena Island Palawan
The island is a turtle sanctuary
Tabon Caves Complex Palawan
Known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization” which can be reached within 20-30 minutes by pump boat from Quezon wharf. It was declared as Site Museum on April 11, 1972 by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 99. The Tabon Caves Complex is located in Lipuun Point Reservation, a 138-hectare land connected to the mainland by isthmus covered with mangrove forest.
The archeological exploration and excavations undertaken at the Tabon Caves Complex yielded significant artifacts belonging to different cultural chronologies ranging from 50,000 years ago to the 14th century A.D. The most signicant finds are the fossilized skeletal remains collectively known as the Tabon Man, and the Mannunggul burial jar. At present, there are about 215 caves and rock shelters in the caves complex. Thirty are found to have archeological significance.
Tumarbong Falls Palawan
Located at Bgy. Tumarbong, 30 minutes land travel from the town proper plus 25 min. trek or a 30 min. banca ride. It is an ideal place for sightseeing and trekking.
Mariquit Island Palawan
It is the sanctuary of bats (flying foxes) that is about 45 minutes boat travel from the town proper.
Masirek Island Palawan
An island surrounded with white sandy beach which is about 1 ½ hour boat ride from the town proper.
Singnapan Valley Palawan
A bowl-shaped valley with an area of about 176 hectares of limestone. It is the home of a cave-dwelling tribe known as Tau’t Bato. Those interested to visit the Tau’t Bato should coordinate with the National Commission for Indigenous People or with the barangay chairman of Ransang, Rizal.
Mt. Mantalingahan Palawan
The highest peak in Palawan. It reaches up to 2,086 meters.
Mantayog Waterfalls Palawan
Two-layered falls located in the interior of Bgy. Bunog. An ideal place to commune with nature. Abundant species of flora and fauna are commonly seen in the area.
BROOKE’S POINT PALAWAN
Brooke’s Point Ecological Park and Mt. Maruyog Farms and Gardens Palawan
Set in spectacular scenery alongside the mountain, the place offers a view of one of nature’s most scenic vistas: the 145-hectare ecological park which showcases the municipality’s love and concern for mother nature. The Mt. Maruyog Farms and Gardens, on the other hand, is an 8.5-hectare nature park with restaurant, orchards, gardens, cottages and convention and sports facilities.
Located at Bgy. Oring-oring, it is a source of fresh potable water coming out from the sea. Also near the area is the site where the biggest pearl in the world known as “Pearl of Allah” was found in 1934. It is now being kept at the Smithsonian Museum in the United States.
SOFRONIO ESPAÑOLA PALAWAN
El Salvador Park
One hundred forty hectares of land planted with fruit-bearing trees with a view deck atop a hill. It is approximately 3 kilometers from poblacion.
Located in Pulot Interior, approximately 20 min. from Pulot Center, with an area of 20 hectares. This is an ideal place for mountain hiking and trekking.
Suked Cave Palawan
It is an ideal place for spelunking. Suked Cave is located in Barangay Abo-abo; near the cave is a settlement of Palaw’an tribe.
Ursula Island Palawan
Ursula Island was declared as Palawan’s Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary through Presidential Proclamation No. 14 on April 30, 1960. It is a haven to over 150, 000 birds that cluster here two hours before sunset. This 17-hectare, oval-shaped island is located southwest of Sulu Sea. On the southern part lies a wide coral reef covering an area larger than Ursula island itself. The beautiful coral line and marine vegetations surrounding the island are a delightful sight for tourists and divers. For more information, contact the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office at Bgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City.
Kapangyan Falls Palawan
The Kapangyan Falls is exquisitely and wonderfully designed by nature that one could not find the appropriate words to describe its enchanting beauty. At the base of the falls are enticing pools so refreshing that one would like to submerge oneselflonger, enjoying the crystal clear water; enjoy picnicking at the bank of flat and smooth rocks. Approximately 1½ hours trek from the highway of Bgy. Malihud, Bataraza, about 7 kms. from town proper.
Lalatuan Falls Palawan
A four minute walk along the riverbank from Kapangan Falls, it is much higher and has a bigger swimming area and can accommodate more or less 80 persons at the same time. It is more or less 32 meters in height, 27 meters in width at it’s widest.
Melville Lighthouse Palawan
An international lighthouse and one of the tallest and oldest lighthouses in the country. It is located on the southernmost tip of the Balabac.
Candaraman Island Palawan
Approximately 15-20 minutes pump boat ride from Poblacion, Balabac, with white sandy beach planted with coconut trees, lending the island a truly tropical ambience.
Reef Island Palawan
Approximately 45 minutes by boat from the poblacion. It is ideal for diving with accommodation and a dive shop.
SAN VICENTE PALAWAN
Dive Spots Palawan
Long Beach between New Agutaya and Alimanguan, boasting of a 14-kilometer white sand beach.
Malampaya Sound Protected Land and Seascape Palawan
Located in the western side of Taytay, it is a large bay with an elongated body of water and a lush vegetation. On the westernmost side stands the majestic Mt. Capuas, the highest mountain in northern Palawan. Because of its vast, intact forest, several exotic animals such as bearcats, civets, wild boars, anteaters, porcupines, peacocks, talking mynahs, parrots, eagles and countless other species can still be encountered here. Marine life include the dugong, Irrawady dolphins and sea turtles. Its white, sandy beach is one of the finest in the country.
Puerto de Santa Isabel, Taytay Port Palawan
A visit to Puerto de Santa Isabel gives you a historical view of the Spanish era. Its construction started in early 1667 and was completed on Dec. 17, 1738. It was built primarily to defend the Spanish Mission from hostile tribal groups and pirates.
Lake Danao Palawan
Consists of 661 hectares body of fresh water. It is 1 ½ - 2 hours hike from the Poblacion. A geologist claims that it is a collapsed volcano dating back to primordial ages as evidenced by the volcanic rock formations. Numerous Islets in varying sizes can be found within the lake.
Mt. Capoas Palawan
The third highest mountain in the northern part of Palawan, it is about 1,030 meters above sea level and located along Malampaya Sound Protected Landscape.
EL NIDO PALAWAN
There are at least six lagoons in El Nido. The most famous and accessible are the Small and Big Lagoons in Miniloc Island. Believed to be caves whose roofs collapsed millions of years ago, these lagoons are best explored on a kayak or while snorkeling.
The cave is the site of the remains of a stonewall believed to be that of an old settlement, and human bones dating centuries back. It had been visited by anthropologist Dr. Robert Fox who also studied the famed Tabon Caves in the town of Quezon. The place can be reached 3 1/2 hours by pump boat from the Pavellion Caves.
Mt. Tapyas View Deck & Environmental Park Palawan
A 30-minute trek from the town proper, Mt. Tapyas provides a breathtaking view of Coron Island, the residential areas, the commercial buildings, the greenery of Coron and the road to Busuanga. A staircase of hundred steps leads to the spacious view deck with a giant cross on top of Mt. Tapyas.
Barracuda Lake Palawan
Located near the Kayangan Lake, it is also a Hall of Fame Awardee for the Cleanest and Greenest Lake in the country. Its name is derived from a story passed on from generation to generation that two giant barrucadas live in the lake. But its allure lies in its shimmering emerald waters.
Makinit Hot Spring Palawan
Located at Bgy. Tagumpay facing the passage of Coron Bay, it can be reached by tricycle from Poblacion for 15 minutes or by boat (15 minutes). A dip in the hot spring is an invigorating experience after a tiresome hike.
Debatoc Island Palawan
Located at the entrance of Coron passage, it is famous for its white sandy beach, steep limestone cliff partly bordered by coral reef.
Calauit Safari Park Palawan
This 3,760-hectare island shelters exotic animals from Kenya, Africa for breeding and propagation like the giraffe, zebra, gazelle, topi, eland, bushbuck and waterbuck combined with endemic species like the Calamian deer, Palawan bear cat, wild boar, mousedeer, peacocks among others. The island boasts of sandy beach surrounded by crystalline waters that serve as a habitat for the endangered sea cows, sea turtles and giant clams. Also found in the area are healthy coral reefs which have become a sanctuary for commercial fish species.
Calauit was established on Aug. 31, 1976 through Presidential Proclamation No. 1578 as a Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in response to the appeal of the member countries of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to provide a sanctuary for propagating African wildlife species.
Pamalican Island Palawan
Pamalican Island abounds with silica sand that gives a sparkling effect to the beach. The water is so clear that you can see the underwater scenery with the naked eye. The total area is 50 hectares. It is approximately 30 minutes by pump boat from Bgy. Salvacion.
Concepcion Falls Palawan
It is located 17 km away from the Poblacion and both accessible by land and water transportation. It is an ideal place to those who would dare and like to dip in the cool fresh water. To go there by land, one can take the buses or jeepneys plying between Busuanga and Coron everyday from Poblacion of Coron and vice versa.
Culion Fort Palawan
It was constructed in circa 1740 by Recollect Augustinians. It is presently managed by the Jesuits Order of Culion.
Culion Cathedral is a century-old Spanish church.
Culion Museum Palawan
Located at the building adjacent to the Culion Sanitarium General Hospital, the museum houses records, photos and hospital equipment used at the former Culion Sanitarium. Among the interesting items on exhibit are a big logbook containing the roster of patients of the Sanitarium and the currency that was in circulation when the place was still known as Culion Leper Colony Reservation.
Cuyo Fort Palawan
Built during the early Spanish period, purposely to protect the Cuyonon from sporadic Moro attacks. It is considered as one of the most ancient and unique forts in the Philippines. Unique in the sense that you can find the church, the convent and the Perpetual Adoration chapel all within the fort.
Aguado Pilgrimage Palawan
Mt. Aguado features life-size Stations of the Way of the Cross constructed from the foot to the peak of the mountain. Cuyonon devotees, visitors and tourists make the annual pilgrimage to Mt. Aguado as part of the penitential rites done in Cuyo during the Holy Week particularly on Holy Thursday.
Manamoc Island Palawan
Features white sandy beaches, a lagoon and mangrove areas. It is perfect for diving or snorkeling.
Lucbuan Church Palawan
An old church constructed by the municipal official of the short-lived Republic of Lucbuan in 1898 - 1904.
Bagonbon Island Palawan
Used as salt bed during the dry season and serves as a breeding ground for bangus during the rainy season.
Agutaya Fort/Church of St. John the Baptist Palawan
Completed in 1748, this church-fortress was built by the Recollect Augustinians as defense against Muslim invasion. Named as Baluarte de San Juan Bautista, it was constructed with the help of the Agutaynons and their encomiendero, Don Antonio de Rojas, who delineated and made the layout for the building. The church-fortress was equipped with cannons, arquebuses, slingles and mortar weapons. During the World War II, it became an evacuation center and refuge for the locals.
Alaala ng Diwata at Magkakawa Palawan
Bantigue “black rock” formed naturally into a small cave along the shore of Villa Fria. Believed by local inhabitants to be enchanted. On top of the cave is an earthen pot-shaped figure called “magkakawa.”
Pamalatan Island Palawan
Located at the Dumaran channel, it is ideal for diving.
Dumaran Fort is a Spanish fort located at the poblacion.
The Islands of Langoy, Kutad and Mantulali are ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park and World Heritage Site Palawan
The Tubbataha Reefs and the surrounding waters with a total area of 33,200 hectares were declared a National Marine Park by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 306 issued on Aug. 1, 1998. On Dec. 11, 1993, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the Tubbataha as a World Heritage Site.
The Tubbataha Reefs are located in the middle of Central Sulu Sea, approximately 98 nautical miles southeast of Puerto Princesa City. It is composed of two large shallow platforms enclosing a sandy lagoon. The reefs are a rookery of birds and turtles. A divers’ assemblage with about 46 coral genera and a very high diversity of fish fauna have been recorded in the area. Tubbataha is the top diving destination in the country. The reefs are visited by local and foreign divers between March and June. Diving activities continue until the end of the southwest monsoon but is limited after June.
Mambong Cave Palawan
It derived its name from Omabong, the first town mayor in 1810. It is now known as the nesting place of balinsasayaw which makes the edible nests. The mouth of the cave is about 2 meters wide and the length is about 60 meters excluding its branches. The space inside the cave is very much wider than its entrance.
Nipay Cave Palawan
The mouth is about 6 meters wide and 2 meters long. The entire length of the cave is about 40 meters. Inside the caves are human bones and coffins belonging to the 16th and 17th century.
KALAYAAN GROUP OF ISLANDS PALAWAN
Palawan Dive Sites
A heavenly experience awaits divers exploring the municipal waters surrounding the islands of PAGASA, Likas, Parola, Lawak, Patag, Kota and Panata.
Lawak Island Bird Sanctuary Palawan
Likas Island Marine Turtles Sanctuary Palawan
Source : Palawan.gov.ph
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