One of the prime eco-tourism destinations in the province of Palawan is Rasa Island. It is considered as a bird sanctuary, but of outmost importance – it is home to the dense population of the already critically endangered Philippine Cockatoo (Cacatua haematuropygia). The only large population of Philippine Cockatoo left that can be found in a single area – reaching as high as 70 individuals or heads. Aside from the Philippine Cockatoo that resides in the island, it also shares residence with the other endemic Palawan wildlife such as black-nape oriole, white-vented shama, racquet-tailed parrot, and rufous-tailed tailorbird. Continue reading
Puerto Princesa’s pride is easily the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The 8.2-kilometer river, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. The journey through the cave system alone is 24 kilometers long. The entire area where the Underground River is located is actually a national park and a model of biodiversity. More than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species call this area home.