Environment & Nature
Known the world over as the Philippines' last ecological frontier, the province of Palawan harbors vast tracts of tropical rainforests and a huge expanse of marine wilderness. Thick canopies of trees carpet mountain ranges running the length of the mainland. Fringing reefs and coral atolls open a new realm to discover under the clear waters surrounding this archipelago of more than 1,700 islands. Ribbons of meandering streams and rivers wind through the mountains, nurturing robust stands of mangrove in the lowlands before flowing out to the sea.
Palawan probably has more protected areas than any other province in the Philippines. The Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary in the northern Calamianes islands is home to exotic and endemic species of animals that roam freely in its verdant hills and plains. On the northern coastline, the El Nido Managed Reserve Protected Area is noted for its edible bird's nests and limestone
Along the west coast, the Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park, another World Heritage Site, has one of the
Proclaimed as Game and Wildlife Sanctuary in 1967, Palawan is the habitat of 232 endemic species. Some of these unique creatures are the metallic-colored peacock pheasant, the shy mousedeer, the cuddly bearcat, and the reclusive scaly anteater. In the forests and
Commercial Logging became a thing of the past with the cancellation of timber license agreements in 1993. That same year, the
Rocky coves and sandy beaches lie in primordial splendor along Palawan's almost 2,000- kilometer coastline. Renowned underwater explorer Jacques Costeau has described Palawan as having one of the most beautiful seascapes in the world. Sprawled beneath the seas are nearly 11,000 square kilometers of coral reefs, representing more than 35% of the country's coral reefs. Myriads of fish swim in these underwater gardens.
Outstanding geographical features dot Palawan's Landscape. On the west coast, an array of limestone cliffs extends from Tabon Caves in the south all the way to Coron Reefs in the northern Calamianes islands.
Mantalingahan,Cleopatra's Needle, and Capuas attract dozens of climbers yearly.