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Widely considered as the last ecological frontier in the Philippines, Palawan is truly a wonder of nature. The uninhabited islands, craggy limestone cliffs, glorious coral reefs, majestic mountains and abundant wildlife all make the place ideal for tourists looking for a different travel escapade. Also known as the most exotic of all Philippine travel destinations, Palawan is an island province surrounded by clear waters and impressive coral reefs. These coral reefs are home to a colorful aquatic life, while the province itself is teeming with nature's bounty. Because of this, local and international environment authorities declared the entire place (all of Palawan's 1,768 islands and islets) a nature sanctuary to protect its flora and fauna. With its land area of almost 1.5 hectare land, Palawan gives shelter to exotic animals and natural attractions, such as rainforests, mountain ranges, hidden caves, and unspoiled beaches, which continually attract visitors from all over world. As one of the country's top destinations, Palawan has an enchanting beauty that compels tourists to keep on coming back. All of its gorgeous beach resorts are among the best in the world while its equally breath-taking diving spots have also received international recognition. One of these highly regarded dive spots is the Tubbataha Reef, which is located in the Sulu Sea, 181 kilometers southeast of the provinces' capital, Puerto Princesa City. Tubbataha is home to more than 1000 species of marine animals, many of which are considered endangered. Among those that are found in the area include tortoises, manta rays, lionfish, clownfish, and sharks. Want to experience touring a world heritage site? Then go and visit the Subterranean River National Park located in Puerto Princesa City. Here, you can navigate the 8.2 kilometer underground river that flows through a stunning cave under a rugged limestone and marble cliffs and heads toward an underground lagoon with crystal clear waters. The El Nido Marine Reserve located in Miniloc, El Nido, which is in the northern tip of the main island of Palawan, is another popular nature spot in the province. Occupying an area of 96,000 hectares, the area nestles varied ecosystems composed of rainforests, beaches, coral and limestone reefs. The place is also home to a wide variety of fishes and sea creatures like manta ray and the "dugong" or sea cow, which is considered as the world's rarest water mammal. Aside from providing refuge to endemic wildlife, Palawan is also a haven for various types of African wild animals, which were brought from Africa when a terrible drought and widespread civil conflicts ravaged Kenya in 1977. African animals such as zebras, giraffes, impalas, and gazelles were brought to Calauit Island to live in the sanctuary that also protects endangered local animals like mouse deer, bear cats, tarsiers, leopard cats, Palawan peacock pheasants, porcupines, scaly anteaters, and monitor lizard. Tourists are allowed to drop by Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary for a visit as safaris are regularly arranged in cooperation with the park rangers.

In planning your escapade to Palawan, you may choose take one of the daily flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa through carriers such as Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific. Travel time by air is one hour and five minutes. Small planes bound for the Calamian Islands in the northern portion of Palawan are also available. Arriving at the YKR Airport in Busuanga Island (part of Calamian group of Islands), visitors can take the jeepney shuttles to Decalatiao Wharf, where speedboats are waiting to ferry everyone to their island destination of choice. TripSiders is your travel guide to a fun-filled, adventurous outdoor travel in Philippines. We feature Philippine destinations that make your visit to local places more than the ordinary tourist experience. We want you to experience the beauty of Philippines by being with nature.

Kat March is an avid traveler, who loves the outdoor and is always trying out new adventure and sport wherever she goes. visiting the different islands of the Philippines is her way to unwind and take time away from her busy life.

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