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PALAWAN

Palawan is a narrow archipelago of 1,700 islands on the western border of the Philippines. It is geographical location makes it seem remote from the rest of the country, and in fact, some of its southern islands are closer to Malaysia than to other provinces. The waters of the South China Sea lap the western shores of Palawan, while the Sulu Sea hugs its eastern coast. With a land area of more than 1.7 million hectares, Palawan is the country's largest province.

Its irregular coastline stretches almost 2000 kilometers long, indented by numerous coves and bays. Highlands and rolling terrain covered with lush forests create a cool and scenic landscape. Except for the northern towns, which are occasionally visited by storms, Palawan is generally typhoon- free. Warm weather prevails from March to May , while the coolest months are from December to February. Heavy rainfall is usually experienced in July and August, often accompanied by the southwest monsoon.

Palawan is one of the few relatively peaceful provinces in the country. The crime rate is relatively low and most Palaweños are contented to lead simple lifestyles. Food is abundant to all who are willing to work for a living. The province is a melting pot of migrants from various parts of the Philippines and other countries. The influx of settlers accounts for the high population growth rate of 3.64% annually.

Long before tourist resorts began setting their sights on Palawan, adventure travelers known as "backpackers" had discovered and explored the rugged natural wonders of the province. Palawan earned the Destination of the Year from the prestigious Kalakbay Awards in 1995, proving that the province has made it to the mainstream travel industry in the country.

From a few hundreds, tourist arrivals have steadily increased to 204,834 in the year 2004. Palawan's tourism statistics started to pick up in year 2002. Earlier initiatives and innovations were recognized in the 2001 Kalakbay Awards, the highest national award- giving body for tourism. The Palawan Tourism Council was hailed as the Tourism Council of the Year in 2001 and 2003.

Outdoor recreation goes hand in hand with stewardship of our natural heritage. Pleasure and enjoyment combine environmental protection so that future generations may still experience the pristine wilderness of Palawan. Water sports constitute the major attraction for tourists. The Philippines' premier scuba diving destination is Palawan, where 35 percent of the country's coral reefs are found. Popular dive spots include Tubbataha Reefs in the Sulu Seam El Nido in the north, and the Calamianes islands. Snorkeling in the clear, emerald waters around the islands is an option for less adventurous guests. Kayaking in placid lagoons provides the perfect break from hours of swimming or basking in the sun. Some resorts offer motorized sports facilities, but these activities are limited to minimize disturbance to wildlife, especially in ecologically sensitive areas.

Gaining popularity among divers are the sunken shipwrecks in the waters of Coron in northern Palawan where they can explore World War II vintage Japanese battleships and freighters at depth of 10 and 40 meters. For divers, a close-up view of the imperial Japanese fleet is like being in an underwater museum.

       
  PALAWAN - PUERTO PRINCESA    
  A&A Plaza Hotel
Angela's Farm
Asturias hotel
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
Hibiscus Garden Hotel
Hotel Fleuris
Kawayanan
Microtel
Niko's Cabanas & Restaurant
Palawan Village Hotel
Puerto Pension
Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa
The Legend Hotel
       
  PALAWAN - CORON    
  Busuanga Island Paradise
Coron Castaway & Gran Vista
Coron Gateway Hotel
Coron Hilltop View Resort
Coron Village Lodge
Discovery Resort Coron
Dive Link Resort
El Rio y Mar Resort
Kokosnuss Garden Resort
Majika's Island Resort
Mangenguey Island Hotel
Mt. Tapyas Hotel
Princess of Coron
Ralph's Pension House Coron
Sea Dive Resort
Sun Enz Coron

       
  PALAWAN - EL NIDO    
  Casa Buenavista
Dolarog Beach Resort
El Nido Beach Hotel
El Nido Cove Resort & Spa
El Nido Garden Beach Resort

PALAWAN - AMANPULO
El Nido Resort Miniloc Island
El Nido Resorts Lagen Island
El Nido Four Seasons Resort
Entalula
Greenviews Resort Corong-Corong
La Salangane Hotel
Marina Garden Beach Resort
Treetops