Why Palawan is voted as the World’s Best Island?
For several years, tourism in Palawan is growing on a steady pace.
The island’s wildlife and marine life, plus the beautifully carved landscaped and white sand beaches, has truly cemented its reputation as the Philippines’ last frontier.
With more than a thousand islands and islets under the province, there are also more than a thousand reasons to visit Palawan. Come and let’s explore the world’s best island!
Wacko over Wildlife
Palawan, isolated by Sulu Sea and West Philippine Sea, is home to many indigenous animals that are not commonly found elsewhere. These includes monkeys, squirrels, bear cats, and bats.
It even has its own island zoo park – the Caluit Island. It is in this island that a 3,700 hectare reserve is home for both local and African species (from Kenya) such as giraffes, zebras and gazelles. The Caluit Island reserve is the Philippine government’s response to an appeal by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Amazing Marine Life
The pristine waters of the seas beside Palawan is also home to astonishing high number of marine species such as sea turtles, sea cows, and a huge number of corals.
Palawan is also home to another natural wonder – the Tubbataha Reef (part of Cagayancillo Island Group). The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is a protected area featuring two coral atolls inhabited by over 1000 species of marine life. Several of the animal species include manta rays, lionfish, sea turtles, clownfish, parrotfish, moray eels, napoleon wrasse and sharks. The Tubbataha Reef is popular for season sport divers closely supervised by the Tubbataha Management Board.
Photo Credits to Department of Tourism (DOT) Declared as one of the Seven World Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River snakes for about 8 kilometers before opening up into a beautiful lagoon into the South China Sea. Experience a one-of-a-kind boating underneath St. Paul Mountain and see for yourself this true wonder.
El Nido (Courtesy of Matinloc Resort)
El Nido, another rising tourist attraction, features coves and beaches that are truly amazing and stunning. With the area’s white sand beaches amidst a backdrop of rock formations, one can truly commune with nature and enjoy the scenery.
Also fast gaining attraction is the island of Coron in the north of Palawan. This island group is also known for its clear turquoise lagoon perfect for boating and swimming. Also blessed with shallow reefs, one may enjoy doing diving or snorkeling. Coron is also famous for its seven mountain lakes – offering main overland attractions that provide views of stunning limestones (said to be from Jurassic era). Among these is Kayangan Lake which has been adjudged as the cleanest in all of the Philippines. Another favorite is the Barracuda Lake which is known for divers because of its Barracuda Lake.
Between Busuanga and Coron Islands is a group of islets called Siete Pecados – a semi-circular string which features a shallow but astonishingly beautiful coral garden.
Honday Bay is another ideal destination to enjoy the beach and the sea. It consists of several islets and beautiful beaches ideal for snorkeling, diving, island hopping and beach combing.
There are luxurious island resorts and beach resorts in Palawan. Most of these are concentrated in El Nido and in Coron. They offer world class service and modern amenities ensuring your maximum comfort, convenience, and enjoyment during your stay in Palawan.
With the increasement of tourism numbers continously rising in Palawan, it has an enviouse of quality accomodation. Investors getting into this property market now can take advatage while land prices are relatively low. Construction costs are currently also low which is an added bonus for savy investors.
PALAWAN: The Most Beautiful Island in the World
The Philippines is an insanely gorgeous and underrated travel destination. Travelers to Southeast Asia often overlook it for Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. They’re missing out on something incredible. Did you know it consists of over 7,000 islands? One of them happens to be voted as the most beautiful island in the world, named Palawan.
The island is accessible by either boat or airplane. It’s about an hour and a half by air from Manila, although travelers can also get there from Iloilo and Cebu. Many say the ideal time to head to Palawan is between about October and May.
In Palawan, you’ll find beautiful crystal blue water that mixes with emerald green. The whole island boasts of rainforests, majestic mountains, karst cliffs, primitive caves and virgin beaches.
Palawan is a diver’s paradise. It’s known for being one of the best spots to scuba dive in the world. Coral reefs, surrounding the island, stretch for miles and miles.
Visitors say high points include island-hopping around the Bacuit archipelago to discover the cliffs, sinkholes and lagoons, and venturing to Puerto Princesa for culinary delights.
Save one day to take a boat tour through down Puerto Princesa’s Underground River, one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. It’s 8.2 kilometers long and runs through caves with impressive limestone rock formations.The island is also home to some of the worlds most incredible and rare wildlife, including the Cobra king, Mouse Deer, Palawan Bearcat and many butterflies, some of them as big as your hand.
For those of you who are not aware of the unique opportunities currently available in Palawan (aka Paradise), repeatedly voted the “world’s best island” and “best Island in the world”
Palawan is currently a frontier market in terms of both business and investments. Meaning that very soon we can expect it to become the most emerging real estate, tourism and by this the new business area of The Philippines. It does not stop there. As Palawan has a very favorable geographical location being close to countries like China, Malaysia, Thailand and the whole of Europe compared to the rest of the Philippines, you can for sure expect that the Island will become very attractive for real estate investors.
The main parameters for measuring these factors are research conducted on the terrain, tourism statistics, government engagement and infrastructure investments. The Philippines is currently also the fastest growing economy in South-East Asia.
You will have an opportunity to choose an investment option that outlines your specific profile.
Land banking: Annual yield suited for low-risk investors.
Invest, build & sell: Accelerating annual yield with construction and sale of property.
Very good ROI and perfect for investors with a mid and short term outlook.
Invest and operations: Complete business development including construction and operations.
A concept suited for established hotel chains and luxury rental business.
The properties we offer are often at reduced prices due to a number of factors such as, but not limited to:
Present on the Island our team has evidenced a considerable increase in property transactions, private individuals contacting us for sale of properties, investors for acquisitions and the development of resorts. Further visits to what used to be unreachable areas are now becoming linked by roads. Additionally almost the entire Island is now covered with 3G signal and the telecom operators are continuously expanding the network due to demand and arrivals of tourists into the area. Big investors such as Japanese Kazou Okada have announced an investment circle exceeding $4 billion over the coming years. Several hotel chains such as Best Western have already established themselves and other 5 star resorts have just recently opened their doors to visitors on the Island. There is however a huge demand for many more in order to cope with the influx of more visitors. There will also be a considerable market for private residential developments, both for the influx of workers/employees and expats (wealthy, management and retirees).
The number of arrivals in Palawan have steadily been increasing year on year even without any focus on the new infrastructure or marketing. But as these come into play the arrivals are set to accelerate at a rate of 200.000 arrivals per year and surpass the already established Boracay by 2018. Just recently, reputed international media (CNN, TripAdvisor, Lonely Planet, Huffington Post, Daily Mail etc.) have started to cover Palawan and regard it as one of the world’s best Islands praising it for its natural beauties and various accolades.
Ayala Land Corporation
Developed a 5 stars luxury resort in El-Nido.
Putting up a 20 billion PHP resort in San Vicente, Palawan.
Invested in Palawan to develop resorts similar to the already established in Boracay.
Acquired 20 hectares of land for development in San Vicente.
Invested in development of shopping mall in Puerto Princesa. Set to open in 2016.
Aman Resorts International
Invested in what is known as the most luxurious resort in Palawan, Amanpulo.
Invested in beach front hotel resort in San Vicente.
Building a luxury 5 star resort on one of the Islands of Palawan
Very simply Palawan offers one of the best two opportunities of investment today in the Philippines with only Metro Manila offering a real investment alternative. However that’s just Real Estate numbers. But if you were a 5 star resort with all the other benefits added you could argue that Palawan is the best place for the resort and travel industry to invest.