Palawan is among the most biodiverse areas in South East Asia, both in terms of the variety of marine life thriving underwater and also above sea level, with its spectacular vistas. The provinces sprawling mountains, limestone cliffs combined with jungle, immaculate beaches, coves, caves and islets is said to resemble Borneo more than the rest of the Philippines. In fact, the main island of Palawan is divided lengthways through the middle by a series of mountain ranges which average 1066 metres, with the highest peak at 2085 metres, Mount Matalingahan. Over half of the entire province’s land mass is tropical forest, providing a key area for further exploration.
Currently home to approximately 232 endemic species, more than 200 kinds of birds, over 600 species of butterflies, over 1500 plant types and 573 species of fish, to name but a few, Palawan was granted Biosphere Reserve Status in the 1990s, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to conservation and sustainable development. The province is rapidly developing in stature as one of the best examples in Asia of eco-tourism.
Palawan essentially has two types of climate. The first has two distinct seasons – six months dry and six months wet – and this prevails in the northern and southern extremities and also throughout the entire western coast. The other, a short dry season lasting from one to three months occurs in the eastern coast and has virtually no obvious rainy period during the rest of the year. Northern Palawan receives torrential rains during the months of July and August, but southern part of the province is virtually free from tropical storms. Palawan’s peak season is over December to January and seas are most calm, providing most favourable sea voyage from March to early June.