The islands of Palawan form a long sliver that lies in-between the Sulu Sea and the South China Sea. The largest province in the Philippines by area of jurisdiction, Palawan consists of the main island of Palawan and almost 2,000 islands and islets surrounding it. The hub of Palawan is the city of Puerto Princesa which is known as the cleanest and most beautiful city in the Philippines.
Palawan has a colorful history that has resulted in a melting pot of cultures on the islands and some 50 languages. In the 12th century, Malay immigrants arrived to the islands and were followed by Indonesians in the 13th century. Islam was then introduced to the south of Palawan via Borneo and Palawan became a trading hub with Chinese, Arabs, Japanese and Hindus frequenting the ports. The 19th century saw Palawan controlled by the Spanish, which eventually lost to the Americans, which were overcome by the Japanese in World War II. The islands were liberated in 1945 just after the war.
Palawan is unique compared to the rest of the Philippines and its flora and fauna shares more similarities with Borneo. The island has many endemic species of bird and plants and more than half of Palawan is covered in forest. There are also extensive areas of grasslands, mangrove forests and 6,835 square miles (11,000 square km) of coral reef.
Relax on white sand beaches or explore the town of Puerto Princesa. There many boat trips into the limestone islands and islets and there are also multi-day trips. A highlight around Puerto Princesa is a boat tour into the subterranean river. You can also go hiking into the jungles or to see places like Ugong Rock or Mount Tundalara and also visit hot springs.
Fly to Puerto Princesa International Airport from Cebu, Manila, and Iloilo on airlines like Cebu Pacific or AirAsia Zest. There are also direct flights from Taipei, Taiwan via Philippine Airlines.
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