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PSP Level 01 Lesson 7

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The city of Palawan

PSP Level 01 Lesson 7

  1. 1. Its more fun in the Philippines Module 7 P a l a w a n
  2. 2. Palawan Palawan is an island province of the Philippines  that is located in the Mimaropa region It is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction The coastline serves as an alternative highway ferrying travellers between fishing villages and tourist-friendly towns
  3. 3. About Palawan ‣ Palawan is composed of the long and narrow Palawan Island, plus a number of other smaller islands surrounding the main island ‣ Palawan Island measuring about 450 kilometres (length) and and 50 kilometres (width) Palawan
  4. 4. ‣ After Ferdinand Magellan's death, his remaining fleet landed in Palawan where they were saved by the abundance of nature there ‣ They named it the Land of Promise Palawan
  5. 5. About Palawan Palawan is known for its strict adherence to wildlife preservation and protection, having more protected areas than any other province in the country. It has been declared as a nature sanctuary of the world
  6. 6. About Palawan Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan The city’s main attractions are largely its natural wonders It’s been named the Philippines cleanest and greenest city, and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence It has a wide range of attractions ranging from beaches to wildlife reserves, Puerto Princesa is a nature lover's paradise
  7. 7. About Palawan Waves of migrants from other Philippine provinces, and even other countries, have turned Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of various cultures
  8. 8. Getting Around The jeepney is a popular fixture in the public transport scene in Palawan There are jeepneys that serve all the main highways of the province, taking in passengers along the way Larger jeepneys regularly travel from the small towns of the island going to Puerto Princesa
  9. 9. Tricycle rickshaws and taxis provide another viable transportation option in Palawan The rickshaws can be hailed in the main as well as other cities in the island Tricycle rickshaws are available for hourly rentals for pleasure sightseeing tours Getting Around
  10. 10. If you want to save some money and also avoid the discomforts that come with travelling by road, then you should take a boat. Three ferries operate along the island province 1. Super Ferry connects Coron and Puerto Princesa 2. Atienza Shipping Lines runs between Coron, Liminancong and El Nido 3. San Nicolas Line connects Manila to El Nido and Coron Getting Around
  11. 11. 
 One can also hire a boat on an hourly or daily basis for journeys between offshore islands and the main island or for island hopping Boat services are easily accessible; signs are advertised while walking the main beach of El Nido Getting Around
  12. 12. Exploring Palawan As we discussed in Module 1, Philippines is a delight for tourists. We will now focus our attention on the same elements. So let’s look at the main attractions that would appeal to the Indian tourists. Shopping Night Life Beaches & Natural Beauty Casinos Historical Heritage Amazing Hotels
  13. 13. Shopping
  14. 14. El Nido Boutique El Nido Boutique has everything a tourist needs from T-shirts printed in their in-house artshop to local handicrafts, snorkeling equipment, beach wear and snack You will certainly find a suitable souvenir to bring home from El Nido El Nido Boutique has its own boats and departure piers
  15. 15. Tiangge Tiangge Tiangge Tiangge is a great place to visit for shopping during your visit to Palawan Visitors can find a range of souvenir items, fancy jewelries, clothes and pasalubong items Pasalubong is the Filipino tradition of travelers bringing gifts from their destination to people back home If you are thinking of shopping at Tiangge Tiangge, one needs to understand that the prices of the items are not fixed. Hence bargain a lot
  16. 16. Robinsons Place Robinsons Place is the first full service mall in Palawan to cater to both residents and tourists Only 15 minutes from the airport and seaport of Puerto Princesa, the mall is very close to other public markets too It is conveniently located and is en route to most popular tourist attractions like Butterfly Garden, Honda Bay, Crocodile Farm, etc
  17. 17. What to Buy? The must-buys in Palawan include freshwater pearls, dried or fresh seafood, woodcarvings, and paintings from Kamarikutan Gallery If the paintings are too expensive, then buy the shirts! For those with a sweet tooth, take home some cashew nougat, yema or other sinfully sweet pasalubong
  18. 18. Kaingud Arts and Crafts Makers Kaingud Arts and Crafts Makers are makers of unique handicrafts and jewelry They specialize in tribal jewellry as well as decorative items The other products available here are wall hangings, lamp shades, wind chimes and much more
  19. 19. Nightlife
  20. 20. KaLui Kalui is a must visit place for tourists Kalui Restaurant is entirely made of native wood Its floor is clean and well-polished, you have to walk barefoot because footwear has be left outside entering the restaurant Your footwear will be kept safely in small lockers
  21. 21. KaLui It is about 15 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa Airport and you MUST call first for reservations They offer a wide variety on their menu, which depends on the fresh catch of the day Everything on the menu is either seafood or vegetarian
  22. 22. Bilao Bilao at Palayok is a must try for those who visit the city It is an open air native Filipino restaurant made of bamboo The interior, ambience and feel looks expensive but the Bilao at Palayok dining experience is affordable! Specialties are sizzling grilled tuna, steamed prawns, pinakbet, and kare-kare
  23. 23. Kinabuchs This is a relatively new restaurant in Puerto Princesa, but already has made a name through word-of-mouth The service is good, prices are a bit high but worth it The ambience is perfect with a huge outdoor seating area The food served is good and has a lot of the local Philippines delicacies
  24. 24. This is a quiet little place with a little of everything ‣ Food, for the body, in distinct & delectable cuisine ‣ Feast, for the soul, in visual treats of artworks by local artists ‣ Soothing melodies by local musicians, which make easy listening All this can be enjoyed al fresco (open air) under starry, moonlit island skies Gypsy's Lair Art Cafe
  25. 25. Bruno’s Swissfood and Deli Bruno’s Swissfood and Deli is a wine and delicatessen store popular with Europeans They carry a wide selection of wines, European cold cuts, condiments and sweets Their stew is perfect and their baked spaghetti is a very popular item
  26. 26. Badjao Seafront Badjao Seafront is an open air restaurant built on stilts nesting on a cluster of mangroves right on the water Their specialties include a large range of fresh seafood cooked Filipino style Their rich seafood is surprisingly and pleasantly lighter than normal During the day, you can see the water, and at night, the yellow light and interiors contribute to the ambience
  27. 27. La Terasse La Terasse is among the best fine-dining restaurants in the city Ideally located near the airport, La Terrase is easily accessible and worth a visit The restaurant is surrounded by bamboos giving it a peaceful vibe In terms of decor, cuisine and creativity, La Terasse is influenced by Palawan
  28. 28. Balay Tubay Balay Tubay, in El Nido, is actually two distinct establishments: Home of Arts and Music and the Bistro Home of Arts and Music, is an artsy pub that offers live music Bistro, is a cozy restaurant and their specialty is fresh seafood Local musicians gather here every night to perform western and local favorites up into the wee hours of the morning
  29. 29. Tom-Toms Tom-Toms is located in Manalo Extension and all the locals know this place A good selection of beers, wines and spirits is available here as well as some very good food The bar normally opens up around 5 pm and closes after midnight Live music can also be heard on different nights of the week
  30. 30. City Baywalk Puerto Princesa City Baywalk is Palawan’s very own version of Manila Baywalk It’s located beside the port area and is walking distance from the public market  The baywalk is a developed seafront strip providing a scenic place to view the sunrise or the beautiful sunset There are a lot of food stalls and restaurants along the baywalk and a designated area for bike rides
  31. 31. Beaches and Natural Beauty
  32. 32. Tubbataha Reef The Tubbataha Reef is situated on the Cagayan Ridge, made up of extinct underwater-volcanoes It was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO  Over 1,000 species of marine life inhabit the reef with many considered as endangered Animal species found include manta rays, lionfish, sea turtles, clownfish, and sharks
  33. 33. Tubbataha Reef Tubbataha is a popular site for seasoned sport divers because of its coral walls where the shallow coral reef abruptly ends giving way to great depths It is considered as one of the best dive sites in the world according to CNN Travel Trips to Tubbataha National Marine Park from Puerto Princesa operate during the diving season from mid- March to mid-June, the period where the waves are calmest, skies clear and water visibility of about 30 to 45 metres (98 to 148 ft) The park is about ten hours by boat from the city
  34. 34. Honda Bay  Honda Bay is a bay on the eastern shore of the island, near Puerto Princesa City  The bay is used for fisheries and recreation Boats can be rented for the day and used for travel to nearby islands, many less than 45 minutes from the shore Honda Bay is ideal for snorkeling Starfish are commonly found near the Starfish Island
  35. 35. Secret Lagoon Secret Lagoon is located in a small island surrounded by limestone karst cliffs As you enter into a small hole, you will see a cave, which collapsed and now is surrounded by karst cliffs You enter the secret hidden lagoon by swimming through a small hole in the cliffs The water inside the Secret Lagoon is mainly rainwater collected by the towering cliffs that surround it
  36. 36. Small Lagoon The Small Lagoon is located on the cove of Miniloc Island You enter the small lagoon, either through a kayak or swim in Once inside, you will see the tranquil turquoise-green waters of the lagoon with orchid- lined limestone walls It is a magnificent showcase of marine life
  37. 37. Big Lagoon A visit to Big Lagoon is a running tour on outrigger boats You approach the lagoon in the middle of karst limestone formations and are welcomed by water that is clear and full of marine life Big lagoon is a breeding ground for fishes and crabs
  38. 38. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river
  39. 39. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the longest navigable underground river in the world
  40. 40. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park It is one of the few rivers which the public can easily access, experience and appreciate The main area of the river within the park is covered by primary forest, which is home to many species of animals and plants
  41. 41. Hiking Palawan has mountains, mangrove forests, lakes, rivers, sheltered bays, secluded white beaches just waiting to be explored on foot Palawan has also unique flora and fauna There are hikes suitable for all ages on the island There are several operators organizing hiking trips in Palawan, or you can go hiking on your own. 
  42. 42. Amazing Hotels
  43. 43. Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa Within easy reach of Sabang Boat Terminal and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, this resort is on its own private beach It has a private beach and you can pamper yourself at the full- service spa, or enjoy surfing
  44. 44. Balay Tuko Garden Inn Situated near the airport, in Puerto Princesa, this hotel is close to Robinsons Place Palawan At Balay Tuko Garden Inn, recreational amenities include an indoor pool and a children's pool The hotel also features a shuttle from the airport to the hotel and a bar/lounge
  45. 45. Amanpulo Amanpulo, which means peaceful island, is rimmed by seven square kilometres of pristine reef It is set on a private island and can be reached only by a private charter It is surrounded by clear waters and the coral reef is just 300 m from the shore The resort offers a variety of water sports including diving
  46. 46. Deep Forest Garden Inn Deep Forest Garden Inn features an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant with air-conditioned rooms that gives guests a garden view Guests can relax with a massage in the comfort of their own rooms Other facilities include car and bicycle rentals and a mini-mart Deep Forest Garden Inn is a 5- minute drive from Puerto Princesa International Airport
  47. 47. Blue Lagoon Inn & Suites The Blue Lagoon Inn & Suites is located just 5-minutes away from Puerto Princesa International Airport Guests at Blue Lagoon can unwind amidst its lush green garden or relax by the terrace Rooms also feature a balcony overlooking the pool and garden The Blue Lagoon Restaurant serves local cuisine while KaLui Restaurant and Kinabuch Restaurant are both a 3-minute walk from the property
  48. 48. Aziza Paradise Hotel Featuring an outdoor pool and a garden, Aziza Paradise Hotel offers modern accommodation in Puerto Princesa The property provides evening entertainment, such as DJs and stand-up comedy nights On site, Voda Bar specializes in cocktails and alcoholic beverages Aziza Paradise Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Robinson’s Place Palace, while Puerto Princesa International Airport is 25 km away
  49. 49. Microtel Puerto Princesa Microtel Puerto Princesa offers beachfront accommodation with balconies on Emerald Beach Guests can take a city tour, go island hopping or snorkeling Massage services are available Microtel Puerto Princesa is a 20- minute drive from the city centre
  50. 50. El Nido Four Seasons Beach Resort It is located on the beach, 3 km from the town centre Located in a quiet area, with a spectacular view of both Miniloc and Helicopter Islands, it offers the best view in town for El Nido's magnificant sunsets  7 Commando Beach is right in front of the resort and can be reached by kayak
  51. 51. Miniloc Island Resort Miniloc Island Resort in El Nido is the perfect holiday destination for those in search of a fun and vibrant holiday The resort is tucked in a beautiful cove with a backdrop of limestone cliffs. Built like a coastal village, Miniloc Island Resort’s charm is enhanced by its crystal clear waters with vibrant marine life At its very doorstep, the long dock where guests are welcomed, guests can snorkel among hundreds of multi- colored tropical fish
  52. 52. Miniloc Island Resort It offers al fresco dining at the Clubhouse restaurant and has a beach bar Miniloc Island Resort is a gateway to popular activity sites With its convenient location, it is a welcoming and charming hideaway, allowing for numerous recreational activities
  53. 53. Apulit Island Resort Apulit Island Resort, located in Taytay, offers an idyllic tropical paradise style The resort is set within a pristine cove with a wide expanse of white-sand beach lined with coconut trees It boasts of an unspoiled location and showcases a wealth of wildlife, colorful tropical fishes, and scenic landscapes Apulit Island Resorts’ 50 over-water cottages, built in traditional architecture mixed with contemporary design, invite guests to simply relax and bask in the serenity of the island
  54. 54. Lagen Island Resort Nestled between a lush four-hectare forest and a calm, shallow lagoon, Lagen Island Resort in El Nido is an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing holiday on a private and tranquil island The resort offers a magnificent view of Bacuit Bay and the El Nido sunset The surrounding forest and the breathtaking limestone cliffs are natural attractions that also serve as a sanctuary for a diverse variety of birds and mammals Lagen Island Resort offers 50 modern rooms that exude an air of subdued elegance
  55. 55. Historical Heritage
  56. 56. Palawan Museum The Palawan Museum was created in 1991 with a vision of serving as a center and repository of relics and artifacts in Palawan It is a genuine source of the rich natural and historical legacy of Palawan It has a growing collection and reference on Palawan’s cultural heritage
  57. 57. Palawan Heritage Center The Palawan Heritage Center or PHC hopes to preserve and to promote the rich cultural heritage of the province that has evolved through time, considering that Palawan is home to its different ethnic groups The PHC showcases the life, culture and history of the proud Palaweños, who considered Palawan to be their home
  58. 58. The PHC is educational, highly informative, and entertaining It contains artifacts as old as 300 years, old photos, life sized dioramas, interactive modules, information kiosks and learning stations that make it interesting venue for the local and international visitors Palawan Heritage Center
  59. 59. Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation, formerly known as Crocodile Farming Institute, is located about 40 minutes from the city The Philippine Crocodile is currently included in the endangered species list and the conservation center is making ways to increase the number of the species
  60. 60. Apart from crocodiles, the center takes care of other animals like ostriches and bearcats The main attractions include a huge skeleton of a crocodile and its leatherette skin, baby crocodiles, and the resting adult crocodiles Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center
  61. 61. Let’s Recap ‣ Palawan is the largest province of the Philippines, located in the Mimaropa region ‣ After Ferdinand Magellan's death, his remaining fleet landed in Palawan where they were saved by the abundance of nature here, they named the place Land of Promise ‣ El Nido Boutique has everything a tourist needs from T-shirts printed in their in-house artshop to local handicrafts ‣ The Tubbataha Reef is situated on the Cagayan Ridge, made up of extinct underwater-volcanoes, it was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO  ‣ The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the longest navigable underground river in the world ‣ Palawan has mountains, mangrove forests, magical lakes, rives sheltered bays, secluded white beaches waiting to be explored on hiking
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    Oct. 4, 2018

The city of Palawan

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