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Palawan, Philippines

Palawan is an island province of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa and it is the largest province in terms of land area.

The island stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. The province boasts many splendid beaches and resorts and  the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is located here.

The most common local language is Tagalog, but many speak English or Cebuano, and a group of ex-patriate Swiss operate a shortwave radio network using Swiss-German.

Puerto Princesa International Airport is the main gateway to Palawan. Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have flights to and from Manila and Cebu, PAL Express (Air Philippines) have flights to and from Busuanga, and SEAIR connects the whole of Palawan internationally with Kota Kinabalu.

El Nido Airport charter flights are provided Island Transvoyager Inc.  while Seasonal flights are offered by SEAIR.

SEAIR is renowned for its unreliable service, often cancelling flights with less than two days notice via email only. Many travellers have reported being told that they would receive a refund "within 30 working days" but their money has never been returned. While ITI is a smaller airline, services are more reliable.

A new airport is near completion in San Vicente.
The local jeepney is the most economical transportation on the island. Tricycles are also available. Daily boat trips are available between islands. Car and van rentals are also available.

Recommended to visit:

Tabon Caves Located in Quezon, Palawan. The Caves were the discovery site of the skull cap remains of the Tabon Man estmated to be 22,000 years old. Explore its 138 hectares of rugged cliffs and deep slopes and breathtaking sea view.

    Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park

    San Vicente - town on the northwest edge of Palawan comprising several barangays and islands. It has one of the longest beaches in the world, the cream-coloured "long beach" which is 14km long and at some places up to 80m wide.

    Calauit - game preserve and wildlife sanctuary

    Narra - The Rice Granary of Palawan.

    Palawan Butterfly Garden - Located at South of Puerto Princesa

Facts at a glance:

Climate: Tropical
Population of island: 755,412
Percentage expats: Less than 1 percent
Population of main town, Puerto Princesa: 161,912
House starting rents: $300 a month
Travel from US: Fly to Manila, then take a 1.5-hour flight to Puerto Princesa.
Closest hospital: Puerto Princesa
Price of local beer: Less than $1 for a bottle of San Miguel
Languages: English, Filipino, Cuyunon and others
Ease of immigration: Medium
Ease of buying a home: Difficult

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