Try Sailing in Palawan!

          Since you want to explore Palawan, try sailing in their wide and magnificent seas that will surely rock you! If you are an adventurer and you are not afraid on trying things like this, this sport is perfect for you . Through this, you’ll witness how blessed Palawan is in aquatic resources. There are tour operators throughout Palawan who arrange guided sailing tours to the aquatic parts of the town. Honda Bay is one good recommended place to try sailing for it acquires multiple islets and wonderful crystal-clear seas. Palawan contains protected marine environments so before trying, you have to make sure that you have a permit and you follow some guidelines because some places there may require you one.

            To have an enjoyable sailing, make sure to hire a knowledgeable guide throughout your expedition in Palawan that could deal with its local government rules.

Happy sailing! 🙂

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Destinations for Water Activities in Palawan

Palawan is endowed with a great number of beaches which attract local and foreign tourists all year round. Aside from marveling at pristine beaches and endless skies, the activities to do in these destinations are major factors for tourists to have the best time here.

El Nido and Bacuit Bay are best for jet skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. Doing these activities will lead you in awe of the magnificence both over and under! Get some adrenaline rush as you do these water activities and have a great time feasting on the beauty surrounding you.

destinations for water activities to do in PalawanHonda Bay, on the other hand, is popular for big game fishing and island hopping. Have a memorable exploration of the secluded beaches and lagoons and astounding coral reefs. If you’re up for a kayak adventure, squeeze into the mangroves and see for yourself some interesting discoveries.

And if your idea of a perfect water adventure is having close encounter with amazing sea creatures, dive for an incredible Palawan quest! Tubbataha Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is among the top diving spots not only of Palawan but of the world. Divers shouldn’t miss the sites in Coron, Busuanga and some other islands which offer great diving attractions.

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Crocodile Farm

 

            Crocodile Farm serves as the highlight of Puerto Princesa, Palawan though some might find it scary. A tour here not only brings joy and wonder to everyone but also quite educational. For only Php 20, you’ll gain a lot of knowledge about crocodiles and other animals there once you visit this farm.

This farm is for breeding crocodiles for commercial purposes. There’s this news about a crocodile that swallowed a young girl playing in a swamp area nearby that even made the people more afraid of them.

We are aware that we get some of our leather products from crocodiles’ skin and for that, they are a big help. Some adventurers and food lovers also eat crocodile meat and there is a restaurant there in Puerto Princesa that offers this kind of dish, the popular Kinabuch restaurant.

The farm also has its hatchery where the baby crocodiles are born and then the old ones are being kept. Visitors witness how they are being feed and they can try it afterwards.

The farm also gives chance to the visitors to take pictures with the baby crocodiles inside the farm for souvernirs and they enjoy it a lot especially children guests.

The tour is only for hatchery and the small dens; the other larger crocodiles are in the area which guests are not permitted to visit. Aside from crocodiles, the farm has also a zoo that features other animals in Palawan.

Such a nice place in Palawan to go into, isn’t it? Try it with your family but take extra cautious!

Sources:

http://travelogphilippines.com/index.php/2010/08/crocodile-farm-puerto-princesa-palawan/

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Top 20 Diving Sites in Palawan

Howdy, divers! Check out these diving sites in Palawan and be amazed on how deep you can go just to discover what’s hidden under the blue sea.

Dive Sites
Coron Island

1. BLACK ISLAND WRECK – 5 star Location: The east side of Malajon Island, called Black Island because of its black rocks. The wreck is just off the beach in front of a stranded vessel on the shore. Access: By banca 3-5 hr west to the west side of Busuanga Island. If you are going to dive on other wrecks en route, you can stay overnight at one of the small resorts in the area. Conditions: Normally calm with little current but this area, out in the South China Sea, does not have protection like Coron Bay, so conditions can get rough with fierce currents. You would not normally make this journey during bad weather condtions. Visibility can reach to 65 ft. Average depth: 65 ft Maximum depth: 104 ft The origin of this 150 ft coastal vessel is not known. It sits upright but down the sandy slope from the shore with the bow bottoming at 104 ft and the stern bottoming at 65 ft. Relatively shallow, this dive is great for wreck-diving novices, photographers and night divers and has plenty of fish. There are many large scorpionfish and lionfish on the superstructure, small schools of batfish, large schools of sweepers, snappers, fusiliers and groupers, trumpetfish, six-banded angelfish and emperor angelfish. The hull has lots of sponges and hydroids. There are crinoids, although not in the numbers seen elsewhere in the Philippines. The western side of Malahon Island has poor corals but a times of strong currents is good for sighting large pelagic species, including Hammerhead Sharks. 2. TAIEI MARU(CONCEPCION WRECK) – 5 star Location: South of Concepcion Village on Busuanga Island on the outer edge of the Lusteveco Company Pearl Farm. This wreck no longer breaks the surface. Access: 2 ½ hrs by banca west until south of Concepcion village, on the edge of the buoys of the pearl farm. Conditions: Normally calm but fierce currents are common. Novices should check the tide tables first and penetrate the wreck only with an experienced divemaster. Use the shotline for descent and a safety stop on ascent. Visibility 33 to 65 ft. Average depth: 52ft Maximum depth: 85 ft An auxiliary oil tanker of theImperial Janpanese Navy combined fleet in World War II, the Taiei Maru, 168 m long 10,045 gross tons, was sunk on October 9, 1944 by US aircraft. It sits almost level with a slight list to port, pointing 330 (compass bearing) with the bow broken off in 75 ft of water. The main deck is at 52 ft. A good wreck for penetration and wreck diving courses, The Taiei Maru has everything, it is well covered with good corals particularly very large lettuce corals, sponges and schools of fish including fusiliers, snappers and batfish, plus the ubiquitous lionfish and scorpionfish. 3. AKITSUSHIMA – 5 star Location: Between Lajo Island and Manglet Island, south of Concepcion village on Busuanga Island. Access: 2 ½ hours west by banca. Conditions: Normally calm but with some strong currents. Not a dive for novices. Visibility 33 to 65 ft. Average depth: 92 ft Maximum depth: 125 ft One of the few true warships among the Coron wrecks, this vessel sunk on 24 September 1944 by US aircraft, was a flying boat tender. The wreck 487 ft long, 4650 gross tons, lies on its port side pointing 290 degrees(compass bearing) in 125 ft of water, with the starboard side hull at 65 ft. The arm of the stern crane used to load and unload the flying boat lies broken to port in 112 ft. The main deck is split between this crane and the funnel. There is no sign of the flying boat. This is an advanced dive due to the depth. The ship can be penetrated with care, but is also good for fish life. Large groupers lurk in the hull and schools of barracuda, tuna and snapper are found along it. 4. GUNBOAT AT LUSONG ISLAND – 4 star Location: The southern end of Lusong Island Access: 2 hours west by banca. The stern breaks the surface at low tide. Conditions: Clear, calm, shallow water. Visibility can reach 100 ft. Average depth: 20 ft Maximum depth: 33 ft A shallow wreck, lying from the surface to 33 ft, this is equally good for snorkeling and wreck photography, and is often used as a relaxation between main dives. The wreck has been salvaged and all the top has gone. It is nicely covered with sponges and soft corals, and has many Copperband Butterflyfish, six-banded angelfish, pufferfish of all sizes, batfish and various sea cucumbers. The lack of crinoids and sea stars is perhaps surprising. There is also good snorkeling on the reef beside the wreck. 5. OLYMPIA MARU – 5 star Location: Between the northern end of Lusong Island and Tangat Island. Access: 2 hours west by banca. Conditions: Normally calm with some current, even in a heavy rainstorm. Visibility 33-65 ft. Average depth: 62 ft Maximum depth: 80 ft This Japanese freighter -450 ft long, 5617 gross tons – was sunk by US aircraft on September 24, 1944. It lies on its starboard side pointing 050 degress(compass bearing )in 80 feet of water. The port side hull is at a shallower 40 ft. This is a pretty dive. The port side hull has many large lettuce corals, hydroids, black corals, brown finger sponges with Alabaster Sea Cucumbers wrapped around them, white sponges and sea anemones with clownfish. The fish life includes schools of small fusiliers, batfish, large groupers, Golden Rabbitfish, damselfish and pairs of Whitecheek Monocle Bream. Be careful when penetrating the wreck; scorpionfish hide all over it. 6. KOGYO MARU – 4 star Location: East of the southeast corner of Lusong Island, south of the Olympia Maru. Access: 2 hr west by banca Conditions: Normally calm with some current. Visibility 33 to 65 ft Average depth: 92 ft Maximum depth: 110 ft A Japanese freighter sunk on 24 September 1944 by Us Aircraft, this wreck – 520 ft long, 6352 gross tons – lies on its starboard side pointing 230 degrees(compass bearing) in 110 ft of water. The port side hull is at 72 ft. This is a very similar dive to that of Olympia Maru, but deeper, giving less time to explore the wreck and less light for photography. 7. IRAKO – 5 star Location: Southeast of Lusong Island, south of the Kogyo Maru. Access: 2 hr west by banca Conditions: Normally calm with some strong currents, Visibility 33 to 115 ft. Average depth: 115 ft Maximum depth: 138 ft The Irako is a Japanese refrigerated provision ship, sunk on 24 September 1944 by US aircraft; 482 ft long, 9570 gross tons, the wreck is almost upright, listing about 10 degrees to port in 138 feet of water pointing 260 degrees (compass bearing). The main deck is at 112 ft. Penetration represents an advanced dive due to the depth, but the superstructure is interesting with soft corals and sponges. Large groupers hover inside the wreck, while lionfish, scorpionfish, schools of barracuda and batfish and snappers are outside it. 8. MAMYA MARU – 5 star Location: West of the worthwest side of Tangat Island. Access: 2 hr west by banca Conditions: Normally calm with currents that can become very strong. Visibility 33 to 65 ft Average depth: 80 ft Maximum depth: 112 ft This 525 ft Japanese freighter, sunk on 24 September 1944 by US caircraft, lies on its starboard side in 112 ft of water. The port side hull is at 78 ft. The large holds are easy to penetrate and contain construction materials. The port side has good stony and soft corals and a variety of fish life, sponges and anemones with clownfish. Large grouper, lionfish and surgeonfish abound in the wreck with schools of barracuda, snappers, batfish, sweepers and fusiliers around it. 9. TANGAT WRECK (A191) – 4 star Location: West of the southwest end of Tangat Island. Access: 1 ¾ hr west by banca Conditions: Normally calm, with light currents that can become very strong at spring tides. Visibility 25 ft to 50 ft Average depth: 80 ft Maximum depth: 100 ft Another Japanese freighter 400 ft long, 5000 gross tons, this was sunk on 24 September 1944 by Us aircraft. It sits almost upright with perhaps a 15 degrees list to port, pointing 170 degrees (compass bearing) in 100 ft of water; the main deck is at 60-80 ft. The site provides a good introduction to wreck diving for novices, with easy penetration of the cargo holds and a good variety of fish life. There are several large puffer fish, lots of large lion fish and scorpion fish, a lone bumper head parrot fish, schools of bat fish, snappers and sweepers, six-bandad angelfish and innumerable sponges. In good visibility this is an excellent wreck for photographers. 10. EAST TANGAT WRECK – 3 star Location: Close to the southwest side of Tangat Island. Access: 1 ½ hr west by banca Conditions: Shallow calm water. Visibility 25 ft to 50 ft Average depth: 33 ft Maximum depth: 72 ft Believed to be either a tugboat or an anti-submarine craft, this was sunk on 24 September 1944 by US aircraft, 130 ft long, 500 gross tons, it lies listing to starboard down a sandy slope with the stern at 72 ft and the top of the bow at 10 ft pointing 320 degrees(compass bearing). The water is mostly shallow enough for snorkellers, good for novices and photographers and for relaxation between dives. There are no corals on the wreck, but there are some large lettuce corals beside it. There are small angelfish, butterflyfish – particularly Copperband Butterflyfish – and white sponges. Crinoids and sea stars are conspicuous by their absence. 11. CORON ISLAND – FISHING BOAT – 4 star Location: A few hundred meters southwest of the entrance cove to the freshwater Barracuda Lake, which is midway between Limaa Point and Balolo Point on the northwest face of Coron Island. Access: 45 min south-southeast by banca Conditions: Shallow and calm with almost no current. Visibility 33 to 80 ft Average depth: 13-25 ft Maximum depth: 40 ft There are several dive/snorkel sites here with a beautiful background of limestone rock formations, and sandy coves for picnics and sunbathing between dives. Most of the sites are shallow coral gardens, one around a limestone pinnacle which rises several meters above the water. Against the point are the remaining ribs and part of the hull of an old wooden boat, 115 ft long, that go down to 40 ft. This is an ideal site for photography, the wreck itself being inhabited by sponges, nudibranchs, sea stars, angelfish, butterflyfish, damselfish, schools of fry and immature barracuda. It makes the perfect area for novices’ first dives and is also good for night dives. 12. CAYANGAN (BARRACUDA) LAKE – 5 star Location: 100ft inland from the center of the northwest face of Coron Island. Access: 45 min south-southeast by banca to a cove of limestone cliffs midway between Limaa Point and Balolo Point on the northwest face of Coron Island. In the center of the cove the cliffs have a gap at sea level. You climb through this gap for 10 ft, turn right and climb easily up sharp limestone pinnacles for 25 ft, traverse to the right 13 ft then turn left to descend continuing across two small channels to the entrance of the lake. The climb is not difficult but the rock is sharp, so you will need to wear bootees or sandals, and a head for heights is useful. It is a bit difficult carrying all your equipment, including cylinder and weight belt, so some people would do this as two journeys. The short climb is worth it for the scenery alone. Conditions: Calm lake surrounded by high walls, sheltered on all sides. Visibility varies with the mixing of hot and cold water, being 100 ft near the surface by hazy where the water mixes. Average depth: whatever you like Maximum depth: 130 ft plus This is a unique dive. The turquoise freshwater lake, surrounded by spectacular limestone pinnacles, is served by a hot spring. As you move out from the walls and descend, the water gets hotter and hotter. At 100 ft , temperature is 40 degrees centigrade and deeper down would even be higher. There is little to see in the very hot water, but when you get back to the walls of the lake, a lone habituated barracuda, nearly 40 inches long will be waiting to be hand-fed. There is obviously interaction between fresh and salt water around the seaward side, as you can find seawater species there. As well as the barracuda there is a shoal of golden rabbitfish, some snappers, catfish, several species of shrimp and shellfish. 13. CORAL GARDEN – 5 star Location: A few hundred meters northwest of Calis Point, the south point of Coron Island. Access: 2 hr south by banca Conditions: Sheltered calm water, by the beautiful cliffs and sandy coves at the southwest end of Coron Island. Visibility can reach 80 ft Average depth: Whatever you like Maximum depth: 130 ft plus You first enter a beautiful shallow coral garden at 13 ft then go over the drop-off to 130 ft plus. The shallow reef-top is covered with excellent stony, leathery and soft corals, including very large Acropora table corals and some small gorgonians. There are plenty of small reef fish, Linckia sea stars(blue and grey) and anemones with clownfish. Over the drop-off are more table corals, some fire corals, stinging hydroids, Dendronephthya soft tree corals, whip corals and many small gorgonian sea fans. 14. GUNTER’S CATHEDRAL – 5 star Location: The entrance is north-northeast of Calis Point on Coron Island, where several undercut limestone sliffs lead to small caves and key holes. Having found the large cave entrance, the secret is finding a narrow channel in the floor that leads to the Cathedral cavern. Access: 2 hr south by banca to just northeast of Calis Point, the south point of Coron Island. Conditions: Normally calm with good visibility, but clumsy divers or changes in tides can stir up the silt inside the Cathedral making it difficult to find the exit if you have not taken a rope through. Visibility reaches to 65ft. Average depth: 25 ft Maximum depth: 44 ft This is another unique dive. You swim to a large cavern entrance, over coral-encrusted fallen rocks. The bottom of this main entrance is at 23 ft to 26 ft. You then descend an apparently dead-end narrow cleft in the floor of this cavern, find a tunnel at the bottom, continue through this, admiring the many spiny lobsters and cowrie shells and continue towards a gleam of light ahead. You come out at the bottom of a chamber some 65 ft high and slightly narrower in width. This cathedral is beautiful particularly when shafts of sunlight descent vertically through the water from a large hole in the roof where a large tree grew until it broke through and fell into the chamber. The chamber itself is about one-third full of water, so you can rise to the surface and chat to each other in air. If novices wish to try this dive they should have steady nerves, not suffer from claustrophobia and be accompanied by an experienced local divemaster. Finding yur way out again can become extremely difficult if the sediment at the bottom of the chamber is stirred up. Those wary of going into the Cathedral will find interesting though not spectacular coral outside under the banca, and some true Giant Clams. 15. DELIAN ISLAND – NORTH AND SOUTH – 3 star Location: Delian Island, 5 km east-northeast of Calis Point on Coron Island. Access: 2 hr south by banca Conditions: Divable only in calm conditions. Visibility can reach 80 ft. Average depth: 25 ft Maximum depth: 80 ft The north and south ends of this island give good snorkeling or shallow diving over coral gardens with many small reef fish and schools of immature fish. 16. FRAMJEE BANK – 3 star Location: 19 km east of Bocao Point, the southeast extremity of Busuanga Island. Access: 2 ½ hr east of banca. This is a sunken bank in 16 ft of water so it can be rather difficult to find without either a local boatman or GPS(Global Positioning System) Conditions: you would make this journey only in calm conditions and would expect strong currents. Visibility can reach 100 ft Average depth: 50 ft Maximum depth: 130ft plus The site begins with a gentle slope of corals to 80 ft where it becomes sand sloping out to infinity. The corals are not too good. This is a dive when the currents are running and large pelagic species come in to feed. Sharks, tuna, rainbow runners and trevallies are common. 17. BROWN ROCKS(BUTULAN ROCKS) – 3 star Location: Two brown rocks 163 ft high, 2 km south of Bantac, Calanhayaun and Lubutglubut Islands, 37 km southeast of Coconogon Point, which is the northeast point of Busuanga Island. Access: 3 hr journey by banca around the east coast of Busuanga Island. Conditions: you would make this journey only in calm conditions. Visibility can reach 80 ft. Average depth: 60 ft Maximum depth: 80 ft The best diving is on the west, south and east sides of the southern rock, and the best snorkeling on the west side. With coral gardens sloping down to 80 ft, the area is a breeding ground for Cuttlefish. There are lots of reef fish and occasionally Hammerhead Sharks. 18. TARA ISLAND – WEST SIDE – 3 star Location: Opposite the village on the west side of Tara Island, 7 km southeast of Nanga Islands, 29 km northeast of Coconogon Point, the northeast extremity of Busuanga Island. Access: 4-5 hr in an overnight trip by banca around the east side of Busuanga Island. Conditions: You would make this journey only in calm conditions. Currents are normally light. Visibility can reach 80 ft. Average depth: 65 ft Maximum depth: 100 ft Light currents and pelagic fish are common, including jacks, tuna, trevallies and Spanish Mackerel. Whitetip Reef Sharks are common and Guitar Sharks can be found on the sand. The island houses a Vietnamese refugee camp. 19. KYOKUZAN MARU – 5 star Location: Close to the Club Paradise Resort, which is located on Dimakya Island. Access: By banca from Club Paradise or overnight from Coron Town around the east coast of Busuanga Island to its north coast, southwest of Coconogon Point. Conditions: Normally calm with medium currents and generally better visibility than the wrecks to the south of Busuanga Island. Visibility is often around 65 ft. Average depth: 100 ft Maximum depth: 131 ft A Japanese freighter sunk on 24 September 1944 by US aircraft, the ship500 ft long, 6492 gross tons, sits almost upright with a 15 degrees list to starboard, pointing 160 degrees(compass bearing) in 131 ft of water. The main deck slopes from 72 ft to 92 ft. The wreck is almost intact and easily penetrated, with cars and trucks in the holds. An excellent dive. 20. DUMUNPALIT ISLAND – 3 star Great site with pink soft corals from the shore to 25m deep. Pelagic species can be found along the slope. No accomadations exist on this island except for the guards that live there. However, if divers wish to camp on the island overnight, they may submit a request. Rate for camping is $55 per night per individual. Prior notification of at least 7 days is necessary or guards will not permit landing on the island. Great site with pink soft corals from the shore to 25m deep. Pelagic species can be found along the slope. No accomadations exist on this island except for the guards that live there. However, if divers wish to camp on the island overnight, they may submit a request. Rate for camping is $55 per night per individual. Prior notification of at least 7 days is necessary or guards will not permit landing on the island. Location: The southwest side of Dumunpalit Island, 45 km north of Port Carlton. Access: 5-6 hr (inc calm conditions) by banca around Busuanga Island. Conditions: Relatively sheltered. Can be dived all year round if the sea conditions allow boats to reach it. Visibility averages 65 ft Average depth: 65 ft Maximum depth: 80 ft With a gentle slope from the shore to 80 ft, the site is unusual in the area for having pink soft corals. At 80 ft the slope becomes sandy with intermittent coral heads, among which groupers and snappers are common. Visiting pelagic species are found on the slope.   Sources: http://www.intas-travel.com/diving/dive_locations/palawan_2.html http://divescover.com/dive-site/dumunpalit-island/25957