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Snorkel, dive, walk, stroll, admire, smile, hop, indulge, laugh, or Worship; it seems like Palawan can employ all the possible action verbs. It is quite undeniable that Palawan makes the dreamed trip a reality. It is, no matter how clichéd it may sound, a paradise here on earth. Time passes by here unknowingly. Days are charged with energy and anticipation. There is always something left to do.

Palawan can leave you speechless and it can make you fall in love Palawan makes falling in love easy, adventurous, memorable, present-oriented—the kind of love that will never make you think of painful breakups. So when you are in Palawan, the first thing you should do is, yes, love. Love the place.

  • Authentic Cuyunon Cuisine
  • Nutritious Outdoor Dinner
  • Authentic Cuyunon Cuisine
  • Island Hopping Honda Bay Tour
  • Authentic Cuyunon Cuisine
  • Swim & Picnic at Estrella Falls
  • Swim & Picnic at Estrella Falls
  • Swim & Picnic at Estrella Falls
  • Island Hopping Honda Bay Tour
  • Nutritious Outdoor Dinner
  • Nutritious Outdoor Dinner
  • Authentic Cuyunon Cuisine
  • Swim & Picnic at Estrella Falls
  • Island Hopping Honda Bay Tour
  • Nutritious Outdoor Dinner

Local habits in Palawan, Philippines

  • At home, especially the tribes, locals eat with their bare hands.
  • Employing “po” like “thank you po” and replacing “yes” with “opo” are signs of respect.
  • Although a diminishing habit, it is a sign of respect to put the back of an elderly’s hand on one’s forehead especially as the night falls or before leaving home for work or school.
  • For most household, leaving the footwear outside the door is a habit, but it is usually waived for visitors.
  • Known for the culture of “tagay,” locals might offer a glass of local drink to a new face as a welcome gesture.
  • Mostly country and rustic, some locals have the habit of pointing directions by pouting their lips.
  • Palaweños love merrymaking such as fiesta and festivals.
  • Palaweños—just like most Filipinos—love eating their fish heads which others might find gross.

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Interesting Facts about Palawan, Philippines

  • Tagbanua, Pala'wan, and Batak are the descendants of the earliest settlers in Palawan.
  • The Tagbanua people rightfully win the first ever ancestral domain in the Philippines—their beautiful Coron.
  • Most of the amazing lakes in Coron are not open to the public.
  • Puerto Princesa Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The ending of Bourne Legacy—an action-packed Hollywood movie—was shot in El Nido, Palawan.
  • Paul Theroux—a notable travel writer—has kayaked a good portion of Palawan and wrote about it.
  • Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm makes being jailed more fun in Puerto Princesa.
  • Palawan is the largest island province in the Philippines
  • Kagayanen, Tagbanwa, Palawano, Taaw’t Bato, Molbog, and Batak tribes are the original settlers in Palawan.