Palawan -A Journey To The Last Philippine Frontier
Arena Island & Coron Island
A holiday to the province of Palawan is never complete until you check out the many beautiful spots where you can appreciate the wonders of the tropical marine life.
Plus, you can also immerse yourself in the local life by partaking of native delicacies that you won’t get anywhere else in the Philippines.
Because of Palawan’s bountiful natural resources and pristine environment, even the rarest and most endangered marine creatures find shelter in its shores. The Philippine sea turtle or pawikan is classified as an endangered species, but they are frequent visitors in Arena Island in Palawan where responsible tourism has created a tropical haven for both man and sea creature.
Visitors can view the pawikan up close in the designated viewing areas. Arena Island also offers excellent underwater displays of coral reefs and other wondrous sea creatures.
The Island is a very small sanctuary, but all of its four hectares are devoted to environmental protection as well as eco-friendly tourism. Harried travellers will immediately feel at home in the island’s tranquil yet lavish accommodations, which are designed to maximize comfort without sacrificing the natural balance and beauty of the surrounding area.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in this oneness with nature and to contribute to the ongoing efforts on marine preservation.
This unassuming group of islands on the northernmost region of Palawan is one of the up-and-coming tourist attractions in the country that feature a rich, unspoiled tropical environment.
If you’re looking to dip yourself into something other than the salty sea, there are freshwater lakes as well as (very hot) hot springs in the area.
All in all, Coron has seven lagoons and 219 islets for the daring tourist to explore, so you will definitely enjoy every minute you spend in this awesome paradise.
You can also check out 26 vintage Japanese war vessels which were sunk off the coast in World War II.
The nest of the swiftlet is the main ingredient for the famous Chinese delicacy called bird’s nest soup. The nests are harvested by hand by the Tagbanuas, an indigenous group in Palawan.
They climb up the treacherous limestone cliffs without any equipment whatsoever and pry the nests off the rock face.
Finally, Fill Your Tummy at Viet Ville
If you’re interested to try a bowl of authentic bird’s nest soup, the best place to go would be the Chinese restaurants in Palawan or Manila. But Palawan’s culinary repertoire does not end with this one delicacy. You can also try genuine Vietnamese and French-Vietnamese dishes in the small town of VietVille.
For years, VietVille has been a prime example of the natives’ hospitality and warmth. Nearly two decades ago, there were more than 1,000 permanent residents in the community, stragglers from the last Vietnamese refugee camp in the country which was permanently closed in 1996.
The Vietnamese came in boat houses to the shores of Palawan starting from 1975, and since then they have been humanely and fairly treated by the locals, unlike in other Asian countries where they were driven back and abused.
Today there are only about 200 Vietnamese living in the area due to the immigration programs offered by the US and other Western countries. Despite the sharp decline in the number of residents, however, VietVille is still home to tasty French-Vietnamese treats served up the Filipino way.