Welcome to Palawan

Travel Philippines

Oct 09, 2020

The paradisal province of Palawan is a constant feature in many international “Best In The World” lists, thanks to its rich and diverse flora and fauna, and much-preserved natural attractions. Discover why healthy ecotourism is such an essential part in maintaining the natural wonders of this heaven on earth.

To say Palawan is a beach bum's fantasy is an understatement. Sailing the length of the province­ from the north to the southern tip of the main island-brings you up close and personal with paradise in countless forms: from the coral-fringed dreamscapes of the Calamianes and the karst limestone formations of El Nido, to the wind-swept shorelines of central Palawan and the pristine sandbars of Balabac.

Quite simply, Palawan has the best beaches—not only in the Philippines, but in all of southeast Asia. The best part? Only a fraction of them are known.

Palawan has always had an environmental streak. It was one of the first provinces to crack down on litter, noise pollution, and single-use plastics. A lot is at stake, as the province's booming tourism industry relies on the successful preservation of its pristine ecology and natural beauty. Against this backdrop, several award­ winning resorts are leading the way toward a more sustainable future, blending native design and low­ carbon elements like solar panels, composting, and edible gardens to create living spaces that will last.

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