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Philippine Beach Holidays: Getting to Know Palawan, The Last Frontier

PALAWAN kayangan lake

Palawan, officially known as the Province of Palawan, is an archipelagic province in the Philippines that’s located in the Mimaropa region. It’s considered to be the largest province in the country when it comes to total area of jurisdiction. It’s capital city is the City of Puerto Princesa; however, it’s independently governed from the province as a highly urbanized city.


Introducing Palawan to Travelers

Nothing defines Palawan more than the water that surrounds it. With seascapes equal of any in Southeast Asia, and wildlife terrestrial and aquatic, the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region is also the most beguiling. Because of its silhouette – a long sliver stretching 650km all the way to Borneo – there’s a certain liberating logic as to why you should travel to this Philippine beach holidays destination.

The capital of the island is also known as the culinary capital and the main gateway to nearby rural and oceanfront tranquility. The majority of travelers going here go north to either El Nido or Coron town, base camps for island-hopping, snorkelling and diving adventures in the Bacuit archipelago and Calamianes group.

The coastline serves as an alternative highway ferrying travelers in boats between fishing villages, tourist-friendly towns and a maze of uninhabited islands. In the south, where the topography is more rugged, it’s possible to explore jungle-clad mountains though facilities are decidedly rustic.


Voted as ‘Best Island in the World’ Twice in a Row

With the powder-white sand, gleaming turquoise waters and an awe-inspiring underwater river, it’s easy to see why Palawan has been voted as one of the most beautiful islands in the world, not just once, but twice. For the second time around, the exotic paradise has been awarded with the Travel + Leisure’s prestigious award, which was voted by tourists all across the globe.

Described as “every beach lover’s dream destination”, the year-round sunshine hotspot features a ton of beaches, the amazing tropical rain forests and a ton of dramatic rock formations. And it’s a dream-like scenery like this that has been used as a backdrop for international films including The Bourne Legacy, The Beach, and James Bond film The World Is Not Enough.

The Bourne Legacy’s Oscar-nominated producer Frank Marshall even called it “the most beautiful place” he has ever been to.

A lot of the island’s international fandom is due to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, a UNESCO world heritage site which runs on the island’s western coast. In addition, Palawan is more like the Emerald City. It’s like a fantasy. You’ll surely feel the majesty if you dwell in deeper in the island’s natural wonders.

Locals refer to this place as the ‘last frontier’ because it’s located on the southern tip of the Philippines, just north of Malaysia. It’s geographical location can be thanked for its awe-inspiring natural wonders.

Palawan is indeed worth your time when you’re looking for the best beach holidays Philippines destination in the country. With recognitions such as these, you’ll surely be taken in by the majesty that Palawan gives to all who visit. Just remember that experiencing the place is much more better than just reading about it; so, travel today and experience the feeling of enchantment at Palawan.