Palawan Facts: Geography, Climate and Political Administration

I have a thing about writing in the style of an academic textbook, I cannot do it. I am referencing this Palawan post depending on what I know and what I have come to know after reading several things online.

Well it is my blog, and I am a certified Palaweño. Who certified me? I really find it hilarious when I read people write it that way. Like there is a course at the City Hall that you can enroll to and get a certificate afterwards.

CERTIFIED PALAWENO

I was born here, raised here and currently here. I have been in and out of Palawan and the Philippines over the past 10 years. Recently, was I think my longest stay, over a year, WOW!

So I think I do not have to go get the certification course, if there is any.

Geography

You see the long narrow strip of island in the Map of the Philippines? That’s Palawan. But not only that big strip, it is surrounded by so many islets and small islands that makes it more interesting and worth exploring.

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Coron and Busuanga may sound a little more popular among the Calamianes Group of Islands, because they attract tourists. Coron is globally known to be one of the best vacation spots in world, no wonder I see Coron all the time in Facebook.

Among the other islands in the Calamianes Group of Islands that draws tourist attention is Busuanga Because of Calauit Safari Park. Learn more about Calauit Safari Park here.

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El Nido, another of Palawan’s most popular destination is part of the mainland located at the northern tip. El Nido is easily accessible by bus or van. Among places in the mainland, El Nido grew on me which resulted to a staycation of over 3 months back 2013. That’s another story, I am just giving an overview of Palawan’s geography in this post.

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At the southern tip of the island separated from Borneo is Balabac Island, accessible from the mainland through Municipality of Bataraza.

Puerto Princesa is located in the midsection. East of Puerto Princesa is Sulu Sea and West is South China Sea.

Climate

Like most of the Philippines, Palawan has two types of climate, 6 months of dry season and the other half is the wet season. The southern part of the island is almost free from tropical depressions that usually hits Northern Palawan.

Nonetheless, it is relatively safe to travel and see island around the year. Although there might be off-coast destinations that will not be allowed to be explored during the monsoon months, there are plenty of alternatives.

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From March until the 2nd week of June marks the tourist peak season in the province. You’d find almost every accommodation to be fully booked and airline tickets to soar. It is wiser to plan your vacation early if you plan on saving money.

Political Administration

There are 23 towns in the province and the capital city, Puerto Princesa. Among this municipalities, 13 are within the mainland Palawan and 10 island towns.

Puerto Princesa, the capital being the urban district is an independent town from the Provincial Government. I think that happened around 2007 when it was declared highly urbanized.

palawan municipalities tableTable from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palawan

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