Palawan is the fifth-largest island in the Philippines. The Philippines is an archipelago. It is a nation state comprised exclusively of islands. Big, medium, and small, some 7,100 islands collectively form the country that is the Philippines. Palawan, the province, is also an archipelago. Its 1,800 islands account for a quarter of the total Philippine islands.
Palawan’s best-known natural attraction is its Underground River. In a country that boasts several unique or truly outstanding attractions, the Underground River, officially known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, is the country’s entry into the annual competition that uses the Internet to vote on the new
Seven Wonders of the World.
Twenty minutes south (over land) of the park is Ulugan Bay. Where the park is exposed to the force of the South China Sea, the towns around Ulugan Bay are sheltered. There is a smattering of barangays (barrios or pockets of human settlement too small to be considered towns) around the bay. The photos below were taken in several barangays that line the route from Puerto Princesa (Palawan’s capital city) to Sabang (the jump-off point where visitors switch from overland to marine transportation, i.e., from car to boat).
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