Boasting splendid beaches and waters, the island of Palawan in the Philippines should be your next travel destination. It's the perfect holiday destination for nature and adventure lovers because of it's diving and snorkeling spots as well as its lush green jungle perfect for trekking and hiking. Here's the top 5 facts you should know about this island in order for you to fully enjoy what it has to offer.
1. Tabon Man was discovered on this island
The remains of Tabon Man, one of the oldest discoveries about the people who lived in the Philippines, was found in the Tabon Caves in Palawan. The whole cave complex is maintained by the National Museum and can be explored by tourists. Do not forget to bring you cameras, but safeguard them and take care not to drop it in the waters!
2. Wrecked ships under the waters wait patiently for divers
A lot of Japanese warships that sunk during the World War 2 lay under the sea around Busuanga, both in shallow and deep waters. Divers will see and experience a rich marine seascape that's just unbelievably beautiful. A Skeleton Wreck, located in very clear shallow waters, is available for snorkelers to see. There are many dive shops in the area who can provide guided dives as well as diving lessons.
3. Palawan has over a thousands island and islets.
That's why you go island hopping all day to explore the beaches and caves around the area. Most resorts offer island-hopping packages that you can avail of where they arrange the boat rentals and itinerary for you. Otherwise, you can go to the Market Pier in Coron where you can haggle with the boatmen themselves. You can even ask the boatmen to cook for your-they are surprisingly good cooks too!
4. Two places here were nominated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park features an underground river that flows directly into the sea. It was nominated back in 1999. On the other hand, Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, nominated in 1993, is a massive ecosystem for marine life. It's a splendid site, with coral islands and lagoons that are simply breathtaking.
5. There's a little bit of everything for a heart of adventure.
Palawan caters to every person who has the heart for adventure. Because of its lush jungles, there are many sites where you can go trekking, or arrange a mountain bike tour. In Coron, you can go up the over 700 steps to the top of Mount Tapyas late in the afternoon and watch the sunset. After the long hike up, the Maquinit Hot Spring is the perfect place to go to relax your tired muscles during the early evening.
Palawan offers great cuisine, both local and international. Food and drinks are quite affordable too so you can spend your money on other activities. The accommodations you can find in this island range from budget inns to luxurious five star hotels, but all serve excellent service and hospitality.