Palawan, was originally called “PA-LAO-YU” by Chinese traders, meaning “Land of beautiful safe harbor” because of the many safe places (anchorages) to land their ships. The area covers roughly 1,780 islands and islets, vast stretches of virgin forest, rocky coves, mountain ranges and sugar white sandy beaches. Today, Palawan is known to be “the best travel destination in East and Southeast Asia” as tagged by National Geographic Traveler in 2007. It was ranked the 13th best island in the world for its incredibly beautiful natural seascapes and landscapes. Conde Nast Traveler magazine also voted Palawan the tourist destination with the best beaches in Asia.
Moreover, Palawan is one of ther most bio-diverse islands in the Philippines, having attained Biosphere Reserve status since the early 1990′s. It has been included in the list of protected areas, becoming the biggest nature reserve in the world. The Tubataha Reef Marine Park is the most recognized top dive site in the the world whilst the Palawan underground river has made it to UNESCO’s final list of destinations for consideration as one of the 7 Wonders of the World.