Adventure Tourism In Palawan, The Philippines

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Josh Kahn/Kelly Graham, KTCpr
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CHICAGO, IL (Dec.30, 2008) –Every so often, a travel destination achieves global fame due to its exotic, off-the-beaten-path nature, attracting droves of travelers with images of undisturbed beaches and wilderness.  Once established, however, this popularity often leads to large scale hotel development which over the course of time will diminish the “private paradise” aspect responsible for creating the trend in the first place.

Those in “the know” will seek out destinations which are only just emerging as trendy vacation spots, beating the crowds to the authentic once-in-a-lifetime experience before every Tom, Dick and Harry adds it to their traveling checklist.

These days it is more difficult to find those hidden slices of vacation heaven, but certainly not impossible. As luck would have it, we still have at least one untouched tropical eco-paradise – the island province of Palawan in the remote Western Visayas section of the Philippine archipelago.

While ‘tropical paradise’ can adequately describe each of the 7,107 islands that comprise the Philippines, many of the islands’ beaches are lined with five-star resorts and established tourism products.

In contrast, Palawan, while not entirely devoid of luxury resort accommodations, provides that hard-to-find feeling of ethereal bliss where one can hike or kayak for miles without seeing another tourist, or interact with locals who are as excited and interested in our culture as we are in theirs.  And after all, isn’t that what makes a travel experience adventurous?

Due to its geography, Palawan lends itself most easily to water-based activities such as white water rafting or kayaking around limestone islands and caves.  Its setting creates a unique combination of active, edge-of-your-seat adventure with a calming serenity not typically associated with active vacations.

One cannot help but contemplate the simple peacefulness that erodes even the most stressful personality as one passes through pearl farms, coral gardens and extensive mangrove and nipa palm forests. Villagers will take travelers back to times long forgotten as they plow their rice fields and farmlands with simple tools and the muscle power of the sturdy caribou, which predates the use of tractors by thousands of years.

Other draws in Palawan include two of the country’s five UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, the world’s longest underground river with a cavernous interior larger than St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, a diving Mecca featuring two of the world’s oldest and most distinct reef systems.

Accommodations in Palawan range from simple, Filipino-style inns known for their quaint peacefulness and extra personal service to sprawling, five-star, private-island, luxury resorts such as Amanpulo, Club Noah and El Nido Resorts.

Thankfully, Palawan’s small local population is fully aware of the importance of the region’s natural resources and its resulting tourism potential. Through environmental education and government conservation programs, locals work with hotels to ensure the continued protection of Palawan’s unharmed ecology and a policy of unobtrusive development which places sustainability and ecotourism above rapid expansion.

In today’s day and age, where even the Galapagos Islands have become overrun with tourists, Palawan stands out as a place out of time, where your adventure can truly by your own, and the only thing in the background of your photos will be the magnificent eco-wilderness of Palawan’s landscape, with no other tourists in sight!

Philippine Department of Tourism

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is one of the Executive Departments of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines responsible for the promotion of travel to the Philippines, tourism investments, and enhancement and preservation of tourism products in the country.  Field offices in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco provide the following services free of charge on a selective basis: dissemination of tourism information, maps, brochures and posters; lending out of videos, CDs and other tourism-related materials; recommendations on places to visit; endorsement of relevant entities; and assistance to those traveling to the Philippines.  These offices also engage in a number of promotional activities: presentations to travel organizations, travel trade shows, media inserts and joint marketing arrangements.

The Philippine Department of Tourism is headquartered in Manila, Philippines, with offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles.  For more information, contact the Philippine Department of Tourism in Chicago at 312-782-2475 or visitwww.experiencephilippines.ph.

Kahn Travel Communications (KTC) is the appointed publicist for the Philippine Department of Tourism, covering North America.  Media may contact KTC at (516) 594-4100, or via e-mail at j.kahn@ktcpr.com.