Palawan is the westernmost province of the Philippines, the one with the largest land area and with probably the most pristine natural environment away from its settlements.



The island of Palawan stretches from close to Mindoro in the northeast almost to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea to the northwest and Sulu Sea to the southeast.

Metropolitan Filipinos tend to regard Palawan as their final, unspoilt frontier, but even here venal politicians conspire to degrade conservation lands and there are plans for virgin forest to be logged out so lucrative oil palms can be planted. Get here while the beaches are still relatively deserted and unspoiled; resorts are still relatively few and far between in most of Palawan.

The indigenous flora and fauna of Palawan are somewhat different from the rest of the country. Biologists draw the Wallace-Huxley line to classify ecological regions in the area; Palawan is west of the line, grouped with Borneo, while most of the Philippines is east of the line.


Palawan Island is much the largest part of the province both in land area and in population, but a number of other islands are also included in this province:

All of these are actually island groups; even the ones named for a single main island include several smaller islands as well.


El Nido

On Palawan Island:

In the Calamian Islands:

Other destinations


Like most of the Philippines, many people understand the official national language of Filipino (based on Tagalog). However, the majority of inhabitants have a Visayan language such as Cebuano or an indigenous local language as their mother tongue.

Again, like most of the Philippines, you will never be far from English speakers.

A group of expatriate Swiss operate a shortwave radio network using Swiss-German.

Get in

Puerto Princesa International Airport (IATA: PPS) is the main gateway to Palawan, major airlines serve international and domestic flights; Philippine Airlines/PAL express, Air Asia, Cebu Pacific. have flights to and from Manila Cebu Pacific also have Fights to Cebu city, Iloilo, Davao city. while MASWings part of Malaysia Airlines connects Palawan internationally with Kota Kinabalu.

El Nido Airport(IATA: ENI) has charter flights provided by Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI).

A new airport has been "near completion" in San Vicente since 2012, but don't hold your breath since, like many projects in the Philippines, opening dates are often wildly optimistic. Even when it does open, the surrounding settlement provides very little to attract visitors to bounce over the rutted goat tracks - with the exception of the 14km long strip of white sand that made resort developers salivate.

Get around

Cheapest option while getting around is the local jeepney, tricycles are also available. Getting from one island to another is possible; daily boat trips are available. Car and van rentals are also available.



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