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Reviewed on 2 Mar 2020
The long and skinny island of Palawan is the biggest province in the Philippines when it comes to land area. Palawan is often known as the last frontier of this country full of islands because this province is situated west of the rest of the nation. Palawan has become one of the leading Philippines eco-tourism destinations because of stunning natural landmarks like the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Tabon Caves.
Another Palawan attraction well known for its impressive length is the 14-kilometre long beach near San Vicente, a community situated on the island's northwest edge. This cream coloured beach is up to 80m wide and ranks close to the better known Boracay on the list of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.Don’t Miss
Even Palawan's capital and most populous city, Puerto Princesa, is considered the country's greenest and cleanest city. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is named after its eight-kilometre long underground river, the longest of its kind in the world. Visitors can explore the impressive caves along this winding river aboard a small pump boat whose departure point is Sabang Beach.
Quezon's Tabon Caves are most famous as the place where the 22,000 year old skull cap of the Tabon Man was discovered, but this historic site also contains dozens of rugged cliffs and caves waiting to be explored. El Nido, on Palawan's northern tip, is a lively party spot surrounded by lovely lagoons, beaches, and limestone cliffs.Restaurants and Bars
Many Palawan restaurants in the island's capital, Puerto Princesa, serve dishes from around the world. Tamilok, Palawan's best known signature food, is a mollusk which is shaped like a worm, tastes similar to an oyster, and is served raw and dipped in vinegar. Other Palawan dishes include deep fried pig trotters called pata, a mutton meal named kaldereta, and the perennially popular lechón suckling pig. Vietnamese noodles called chao long are served at several Palawan noodle houses.Shopping
The Tourism Association of Souvenir Shops is the easiest place to purchase handicrafts made by Palawan residents. Rattan floor mats, bags made from tree bark, carved animals, wooden jars, fish baskets, and rice baskets known as tingkop are some of the most popular souvenirs. Large shopping centres are outnumbered by smaller clothing boutiques and pearl jewellery shops in Palawan.