Tourism in Palawan - Philippines
The very mention of tourism in Palawan brings up images of gorgeous coral reefs, wildlife and other natural spectacles. Although you may have read about it, seen it on TV, there is nothing than can capture the experience quite like being there, and this overview of the many wonders awaiting should whet your appetite even more.
Dive Sites and Beaches
Colorful coral reefs, an assortment of fishes, impressive rock formations and underwater caverns are just some of the splendors concealed beneath its immaculate waters. From Coron Island to the Tubbataha Reefs, from the Coral Garden to Framjee Bank, there is no question that tourism in Palawan has reached its level of popularity in large part due to these dive spots.
If you would rather walk on white sands and enjoy a swim, the beaches around the island will not disappoint either. There is Red Cliff, less than 8 minutes from Puerto Princesa; the lovely Napsan Beach, Honda Bay, and Nagtabon Beach. You can also go island hopping at the Calamianes Group of Islands and Apulit.
Attractions on Land
Your sightseeing adventures do not end at sea of course. There are hills, peaks and valleys, plus the sunsets and vistas of the coastline to behold. With the view decks at Buenavista and Bakers Hill, you can get a birds eye view of the surrounding landscape.
Tourism in Palawan has also been helped by its lovely mountain ranges and peaks. If you are a rock climber or mountaineer, consider climbing Cleopatras Needle. At over 1,600 meters, it can challenge even the seasoned climber, but it presents a view from the top that few vantage points can match. For a more leisurely tour, you can go to the Freedom Park, the Coliseum, or the Vietnamese Village.
Other Sightseeing Spots
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is considered as one of the great wonders of the world. You get to enjoy a ride through the crystal clear waters, relish the sights of birds, and feast your eyes on some lush trees and opulent greens.
If you want more color and fun, you can also check out the many fiestas and festivals that take place throughout the year. Among them are the City Fiesta, the Forest Fiesta in June, Mays Karagatan Festival, the Pangalipay sa Baybay, the Seafood Fiesta and many more.
With so many activities and sights to see, there is little doubt that tourism in Palawan will continue to expand and grow, attracting as it does new visitors and welcoming back those who have been there before and long to come back again.