Palawan Beach is located on the shores of the Palawan Island; it is the fifth largest island in the Philippines. The beach counts as one of the Philippines' real treasures . It stretches from the province of Mindoro straight down to the tip of Borneo Island. The sight of Palawan Beach is spectacular and magnificent. A view of the coral-fringed chain of jungle-clad mountainous islands visible from the beach is also one not to be missed. The white beaches are surrounded by unique flora and fauna that adds a significant amount of aesthetic value and this factor makes it among the most famous beaches in the world. On several occasions, it has been voted the best across the globe. Also, Palawan Island has a small population thereby eliminating the menace of overcrowding and immense pressure on the usage of natural resources.
The beach can be accessed from the city of Manila among other areas within the Philippines. A traveler can take a domestic flight at El Nido Airport, Cesar Lim Rodriguez Airport in Taytay, Puerto Princesa City Airport and Francisco Reyes Airport in Busuanga. Additionally, there are ships cruising from Manila to ports in Puerto Princesa and Coron. Flight schedule is as follows:
The second mode of transportation to Palawan Beach is by sea.
An island in Coron, a part of the Palawan islands in the Philippines
Now in Island and ready to have some good time but you are wondering, "How do I get my way around the Island?" Do not worry, for shorter distances such as walking along the beach a tourist can do that on foot. Secondly, use of boats. Thirdly, hire motorbikes and bicycles. Making of better roads is ongoing. For example the construction of a road that connects Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Shuttle transfer Services that used to take 6 hours from El Nido to Puerto Princesa will now take shorter hours.
There are many hotels and resorts around Palawan Beach hence travelers have an array of accommodation choices to pick from. The following are among the best places one can find accommodation.
It is a 3.5-star property located 3.8 and 4.1kilometers from the Hartman Beach and Robinsons Place Palawan respectively. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi, an outdoor water slide and swimming pool. Additional highlights are the restaurant on site, bar, free self-parking; free drinking bottled-water, concierge services, tour assistance services and free breakfast served to the guests on a daily basis. The rooms have a good finishing, are well furnished and are fitted with safes for guests who have valuable items. Blue Palawan Beach Club's front desk is operational around the clock to offer help to any guest who might need it. However, it is against the Club's policy to have a pet within the premises. Therefore any tourist who owns a pet and would like to stay in the Beach Club should either leave their pets at home or seek for another hotel with less strict pet policy.
It is a 3-star property located 3.3 and 3.6 kilometers from Robinsons Place Palawan and San Jose New Market respectively. Highlights of this beachfront resort are free continental breakfast, an outdoor swimming pool, free Wi-Fi, fully furnished rooms with an LCD television set, phones and fans. Rainfall showerheads are among the additional nice touches. This resort has cribs for infants thus making it more family friendly. Available nearby recreational activities include scuba diving, an outdoor pool, windsurfing, ecotours, and snorkeling. Just like the beach club, Microtel Inn does not also allow pets. Notably, free Wi-Fi here is limited to the rooms therefore not accessible to guests relaxing in public places.
Club Agutaya is 3.5-star property. The highlights of this beach resort include free self-parking, outdoor swimming pool, and a restaurant. It can serve as a good destination for both pleasure and business trip due to the available amenities and services. For example, there is ample spacing for conferences and events. Besides the free Wi-Fi and parking, there are in-room massages, designated areas for smoking, and refrigerators in the rooms. Unlike most beach resorts Club Agutaya allows children under 11 years old to stay for free as long as they are using the primarily provided bedding. Anything extra is surcharged.
A view of the Palawan islands in the Philippines.
Visiting the Palawan Beach means having a great time and there are wide ranges of fulfilling recreational activities that help tourists enjoy themselves. Water sporting remains one of the major tourist activities at the beach. Palawan serves as the Philippines scuba diving destination and bears 35 percent of the country's coral reefs. A few of the most popular diving spots are Calamianes Island and Tubbataha Reefs in the North of El Nido. Less adventurous guests can engage in snorkeling around the Palawan Island in the clear emerald waters. Everybody needs a break from a long day of basking in the sun and swimming. Kayaking in the placid lagoons comes forth as the best alternative leisure activity.
A few resorts offer motorized sports though it is not as common as one would expect. The minimal use of automobiles is to reduce the level of disturbance that wildlife living in ecologically sensitive areas is subjected to. A site which has been steadily gaining the attention of most divers is that of the sunken shipwrecks in Coron North of Palawan. The wrecks rest between 10- 40 meters below the water. They are from Japanese vintage freighters and battleships from the World War II.
Tourists who may not find sea activities appealing can trek in the rainforests or take part in mountain climbing which is a challenging activity that is slowly gaining popularity. Another land activity is the cross country hiking starting from the east and the finishing line drawn in the west coast. Even though it promotes physical fitness, the exercise could take up to a week. The good news is that along the way you get to chase butterflies and watch bright flickers of plumage in the surrounding forest canopy. Interacting with some of the indigenous tribes is also an adventurous encounter as one gets to appreciate their cultural diversity.
After taking part in the activities travelers can sit down and enjoy mouth watering seafood delicacies among other refreshing drinks as they gaze upon the clear, unpolluted sky filled with bright stars and the moon.
Palawan is a good place to get in touch with nature
Calauit Game Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary located at the north of Calamianes Island is a home to a variety of exotic animals' species that are left to roam freely. El Nido Managed Reserve Protected Area is popularly known for its limestone cliffs and edible birds' nests. Tubbataha reefs; a pair of coral atolls found in the middle of Sulu Sea was declared a Marine Park by virtue of a Presidential proclamation in 1988. United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization later named it the World Heritage Site for it possesses diverse fishes among other aquatic lives.
Subterranean River National Park in Puerto Princesa city was named another World Heritage Site because it holds the world's longest underground river. Besides, it has white sandy beaches, old growth forests, cathedral caves, unique flora and fauna and resident and migratory birds. Palawan being a habitat of endemic species of animals, some of the unique animals include, shy mouse-deer, reclusive scaly anteater, metallic-colored pheasant peacock and the cuddly Bearcat. The island holds over 200 and 600 species of birds and butterflies respectively.
Endangered sea turtles nest on Palawan's white sandy beaches while the gentle dugong or commonly referred to as the sea cow feeds on sea-grass. Combining all the above-named attractions would be stunning scenery to behold. Commercial logging was a problem that threatened the existence of the Island's forest cover but the provincial administration created Bantay Palawan to guard the forests which cover about 56 percent of the total land. The coastline is characterized by white sandy beaches, limestone cliffs, and rocky caves. Beneath the waters swarming with a myriad of fishes a vast bed or coral reef is well spread.
Palawan experiences only two climate types: sunny and rainy. They are evenly divided through the year. The summer season is the best time of the year to visit the beaches for a great sun tan. Considering that some people would not prefer going to the beach with everybody else, then another time could be between November and March when it is a little cooler. After working hard you deserve to reward yourself with a short or long holiday depending on what you can afford. And as you plan your holiday, think about the amazing Palawan Beach.