Palawan of the Philippines has been branded a world heritage site by UNESCO, and for good reasons too. It is an island full of breathtaking natural scenery that includes clear water, hills of limestone, white beaches and so much more. Palawan has been getting recognition as a must-visit holiday destination, with rising popularity due to its remote exoticness. Previously isolated from conventional forms of transport, a recent increase in local services has graciously welcomed tourists to come to this wonderful island. Water-based attractions, wildlife sanctuaries, hot springs, underground lakes and many more galore Palawan. So, if you haven’t yet, you should definitely go to the following Palawan places.
Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan and is a major stop for all the tourists. While this place does contain notable sights, it is mostly used as a center for travelling to other Palawan places. Compared to other more natural places, this part of the island is quite new to the human touch and thus still under development, yet is able to manage all the tour campaigns that are focused around here. Made to be an economic city of cleanness and green, Puerto Princesa didn’t take long to become a concrete city filled with buildings and traffic congestion.
However, due to the popularity, the local service thrives here the best, resulting in booming restaurant and mall sales. The capital allows destination to exotic beaches and longshore drives that are all located near it, while keeping the beauty of the rural scenery exclusive and unspoiled. The river Sabang, situated here, gets quite the attention too. The Palawan Wildlife and Research Center is located here, providing a host of animals to look at from a protected environment. The olden Concepcion Cathedral allows a serene visit for religion enthusiasts.
In Spanish, the term ‘El Nido’ stands for ‘the nest’, giving a clear idea on how this place exists in the wonderful geography of Palawan. Usually defined as a magical place, El Nido is filled with all sorts of natural watery locations. For example, both the Bacuit Archipelago and Bay can be accessed from here, giving tourists a very good reason to come by this place at least once. The human habitation lies in between limestone hills, and is situated so close to the beach that the sound of rushing waves is a part of daily life. There are various stalls around this area, most dedicated to serving local and exotic cuisine to tourists, while serving as a final stop before reaching the mysterious Cadlao Island.
El Nido is where the tourists can nest themselves in cozy hotels or eat good food in restaurants and bars, combining the joys of an urban life while still existing close to the wonderful rural nature. Local services here include trips to the archipelago, including educational lessons on the history and natural trivia surrounding the beautiful scenery. The Balay Cuyuon museum is a good example of such a service, where guides will be more than welcome to introduce you to the traditions of various Palawan places.
San Vincente is mostly known for its famous clock tower. Sadly, it was damaged during an earthquake but nonetheless, the locals have tried their best to revive it. San Vincente may not be as attractive as other Palawan places, but its charm lies in its simplicity. A quiet village separated from the city side with the Iglesia Pillar Cathedral in the center, is a fantastic sight to behold nonetheless. Posada Don Pablito, a small yet efficient hotel situated here, doubles up as an attraction site and a place to rest the tired bodies. The Central Park Square is available too if other places doesn’t suit one’s taste. San Vicente, nonetheless, is recommended for anyone seeking to leave behind the city life for a while.
A town based on two roads, Port Baton may look simple at first. But its trailing jungle paths or the roads down the bay offer exclusiveness unlike any other Palawan places. Port Baton is mostly a beach that is as quiet as San Vicente and as relaxing as El Nido, so basically, it’s a two-in-one deal. There aren’t too many people living either, making it the best place for solitary enjoyment. Snorkeling and diving are available here, as well as getting to watch fishing and pearl farming. Port Barton contains the breath taking Long Beach, which is among the most beautiful beaches in Palawan. Tourists must be aware of the wild jellyfishes though. They sting.
50 kilometers south of El Nido and 140 kilometers north of Port Barton, the amiable little town called Tay Tay can be stumbled upon. This was the previous capital of Palawan and served as a headquarter for the Spanish adventurers during the 19th century. There isn’t much here today, but the place still serves as a major historical site that contains ancient fortresses and ruins worth anyone’s time. Around the beaches, one can find the islands typical of Palawan places, but these ones being more untouched than others. All in all, the harbor and the beach are enough entertainment in this small town. One noteworthy place here is the Elephant Lagoon, which is hidden from the rest of Palawan and is a safe place to swim to the heart’s content.
Another wonderful addition to the list of Palawan places, Roxas is a growing community that is considered a bustling municipality of Palawan. Its population of over 60,000 people live a soothing beach lifestyle and is dependent on the natural bounties for business and food. Agewise, Roxas is quite new as it is a little over 60 years old, but that still doesn’t make it any less of an attraction compared to other Palawan places. With little islands scattered around the place, any tourists will find Roxas to be a desirable place to visit due to the friendly local. This island province contains research centers that contribute to high level experiments, and the government continuously attempts to introduce new methods to make life better for the citizens.