|Palawan - The Philippines' Last Frontier
The island province of Palawan has been declared as a nature sanctuary
of the world, and for good reason. It is wrapped in a mantel of
rainforests, outstanding dive sites, majestic mountains, primeval caves,
and pristine beaches. It is surrounded by a coral shelf that abounds with
varied and colorful marine life. It boasts of exotic flora and fauna, like
the mousedeer and the scaly anteater, that are found nowhere else.
Palawan waters are among the best in the world, not only for diving but
also for fishing. A diver's paradise, it has miles of sub-surface coral and
rainbow reef walls which surround the coasts and coves teeming with
rich marine life.
The El Nido Marine Reserve in Miniloc, El Nido, occupying an area of
96,000 hectares, is a popular nature spot in the province. It boasts of
diverse ecosystems, such as rainforests, mangroves, white sand beaches,
coral reefs, and limestone reefs as well as a variety of fishes, like manta
ray and the sea cow or ""dugong,"" known as the world's rarest marine
mammal. It is now one of the country's premier destinations, blessed
with amazing natural scenery, and considered as a sanctuary for various
forms of wildlife.