Underwater Living Treasures: the Four Turtles of Palawan

According to Chinese Feng Shui experts, water is the dominant element for 2013. Did you know that turtles are considered as the luckiest water creatures in Chinese mythology?

Foreign and local tourists go to Palawan for Ecological tourism. Aside from the endemic birds and crocodiles, turtles are the object of fascination and wonder in Palawan.

THE FOUR TURTLES OF PALAWAN

The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)

Known as “Kutuan”, this variety of turtles are abundant in Cuyo, Palawan up to the far south in Tawi-Tawi.

Green turtles are usually found in tropical and subtropical waters. They mainly stay on continental coasts and islands, are generally herbivores, and gets off every day by feeding on various marine flora. Baby green turtles eat small animals though.

Palawan Marine Life

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate)

Commonly referred to as “Pawikan”, the Hawksbill Turtles can also be found on Turtle Islands in Palawan. They are among the most endangered turtle species in the world so the local authorities are tight when it comes to these creatures.

Book your Palawan tours with us to see Green turtles in Palawan now!

At present, the hawksbills are few in numbers even in highly protected sanctuaries. They thrive on tropical waters and prefer to keep nestle on shallow areas which have abundant corals. They feed on sponges and other marine flora.

Palawan marine life

Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)

Loggerhead turtles have mighty jaws as one of their distinguishing characteristics. They can live on different kinds of waters; they normally swarm on temperate waters and tropical oceans.

Palawan Marine Life

Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Natives in Cuyo call them “Kantuhan”. Compares to the other three species, leatherbacks have the thickest skin which allows them to withstand colder waters. Their diet consists of soft-bodied invertebrates like jelly fish and similar mollusks.

You can visit Palawan and see these wonderful creatures for yourself. Book your reservations for resorts and hotels in Palawan with us now.

Turtles represent longevity and wealth. They can live for a few hundred years which makes them the best symbol for good health. However, their existence is currently endangered because of their very meaning in Chinese fortune telling. They are sold to wealthy businessmen in the black market pet trades.

Since 2009, the National government along with various local municipalities in Palawan province has focused their efforts on rescuing Philippine forest turtles from illegal smugglers. In August 2012, 39 Philippine forest turtles were confiscated from a traveling Chinese National in Hongkong. They were shipped back to Palawan a few days after.

Dubbed as “The Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines”, Palawan is home to many biological creatures, and among them are the Palawan Turtles. Not everyone is aware of this fact but of all 7 species of turtles in the world, Palawan nestles four of them.

It is indeed a blessing to have them in our shores, and taking care of them is the least we can do to ensure that biological harmony will remain in our islands for the years to come.

Ultra Mini Water-Proof Digital Cam for an ultimate Palawan Experience

Thinking of going to Palawan for the holidays? Take this rare chance and keep your exciting trip well-documented with an Ultra Mini Digital Camera with Water-proof Housing from Groupon!

Here at Seacologia Travel and Tours, we always keep our clients well-informed about the latest deals for a perfect Palawan experience! Read below to learn about how you can grab discounts today.

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Take pictures of your Palawan adventure and post it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Let your friends know where you’ve been and how much fun you’ve had with a new digicam from Groupon.

Recently, a popular internationally known group buying site Groupon opened a deal selling an Ultra Mini Digital Camera and MP3 Player with Water Proof Housing. The site offers huge discounts on thousands of products including the Ultra Mini Digital Camera with their shopping coupons.

The product originally costs Php 3,000.00 but it can be even more affordable as you can take advantage of a 50% discount when you purchase it using shopping coupons at Groupon Philippines.

The Ultra Mini Digital camera, by Groupon Philippines, is said to be one of the smallest cameras in the world weighing just 12 grams. This gadget consists of 4GB built-in memory card and earphones. It can be used as a digital camera, spy camera and MP3 player, it also has water proof housing in case you need to take pictures under water.

Perfect for Palawan Tours, don’t you think?

If you love this post, well better visit soon and keep in touch. We’ll be posting more deals and other exciting tralala’s like this under the sun!

Full Moon Festival at Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Have plans on the 28th? Well you’d better keep your schedule free because an exciting event is being brewed up in Puerto Princesa.

Marina De Bay Resort & Spa will be holding their first Full Moon Festival in Puerto Princesa, Palawan this coming November 28  & Dec 28.  Enjoy the best view of the full moon in Palawan, and have fun with other watchers while eating good food, watching fire dance performance,  and listening to acoustic live bands.

 

 

Full Moon in Marina De Bay

Marina De Bay Resort and Spa is famous for its breath-taking view of Puerto Princesa bay. Situated in front of Palawan dock area, one can effortlessly see the boats and vessels drifting on Palawan’s clear blue waters.

During the day, this place is an epitome of peace and tranquility.

At night, the spot turns into an ideal place for romance. Lovers and couples walk around the hilltops and bay area, trying to take in the view of the stars offset by the dark sky and reflected on the glistening dark waters. With the soft lights dancing and playing on its waves, the bay becomes a magical reflection of the night sky.

photo from pinoyphototrekker.com

During the full moon, the scene becomes even more magical as the place is showered with the moon’s pale blue light. It will be a sight that one couldn’t dare miss.

A great variety of dishes will also be served during the event. The resort will set up a buffet table for the Moon watchers. Since they are also famous for their wonderful dishes, everyone is guaranteed to have a full meal while gazing at the full moon. Price is only at P245.00 per head. Amazing deal, right?

So what are you waiting for? The Full Moon Festival is an exclusive event for Marina De Bay’s clients, so you better book an accommodation now if you don’t want to miss it.

For inquiries and easy accommodation, you can visit www.palawanresortshotels.com
See you there!

Palawan – Best Travel Region in 2013

Seems like October had been a month of good luck. We’ve received yet another great news a week before the month turns over.

Palawan is now listed as one of the Best Travel regions for 2013!

Last week, Lonely Planet released their Best Travel lists for 2013. Although Philippines isn’t included in their list of top ten travel countries, the famous travel website named Palawan as the eighth travel region on the rise.

Screenshot of Lonely Planet Best Travel Page

The list was said to have been chosen by Lonely Planet‘s team of travel experts, authors, commissioning editors and selected travel community members.

Aside from Palawan, the other rising regions in the list were:

  1. Corsica, France – Dubbed as Melting pot of Med to host Tour. This French Mediterranean Island was recommended for several tourist activities, events, and food.
  1. The Negev, Israel & the Palestinian Territories – the Desert in throes of transformation, their developing green region is best for adventures, activities, and off-the-beaten-track travels
  1. Mustang, Nepal – The road connecting China to Mustang, called “the last forbidden kingdom” is soon to be completed. Hence, Lonely planet predicts that a lot of trekkers would head to this place in 2013. Recommended for activities, off-the-beaten-track travels, cultural sites and attractions.
  1. The Yukon, Canada – This snow-covered place is recommended for  activities, adventure, and off-the-beaten-track travels.
  1. Chachapoyas & Kuelap, Peru – Dubbed as the “Hidden gem of the Andes”. Road constructions are currently being completed, so Lonely Planet expects travelers to crowd this once-isolated place soon. Best for adventures, cultural tours, and off-the-beaten-track activities.
  1. The Gulf Coast, USA – What else is there to say? Was recommended for its lively activities, family tours, and “sulit” exploits.
  1. Carinthia, Austria – According to Lonely Planet, this “Serene bargain nestled in Alps”,  you would come to this place if you want adventures, family tours, and value for your money.
  1. Palawan, Philippines – Now this is our spot. More about our place below.
  1. Inland Sea, Japan – Japan without the bells, whistles and bullet trains. Lonely Planet says it’s a good destination if you want Culture, activities, off-the-beaten-track adventures.
  2.  Campania, Italy – Of course,. this place was named as best for their culture, family-themed tours, and food-tasting trips.

 
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Palawan: The ultimate archipelago for adventurers

Lonely Planet named our province as the “ultimate archipelago for adventurers”. Not really a surprise since our place offers many wonderful sites for extreme travel adventures.

Diving enthusiasts wouldn’t miss the Tubataha reef. If they want more, we also have Coron diving sites. Thrill-seekers looking to take their diving experience in a different level would often opt for Tec diving (Technical Diving), go down several feet deeper to visit giant Japanese ship wrecks.

Mountain climbers and trekkers would find their own travel routes as well. Palawan is known for its mountains and waterfalls characterized by majestic rock formations .

Underwater adventures, trekking, mountain climbing – name it, Palawan should have it. It really is a dream destination for off-the-beaten-track adventurers. Though why it was only in top 8 we have no idea yet. Maybe your judges need to experience our province in the flesh and see how truly marvelous this place is.

No exact details regarding the criteria were given, but the original post from the travel site read that they might have chosen candidates because: “… they’re undeniably up and coming. Maybe there is something special in store for them in 2013. Or perhaps we just…love them to bits and want to shout it from the rooftops.”

For whatever reason you guys might have, we are speaking for all Palaweños when we say that we are very proud and happy Palawan is in your list!

What do you say? :D

Experience Palay Festival in Narra, Palawan

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If you’re planning to visit Palawan, then this coming week is probably the best time for you to put that into action. The municipality of Narra will be celebrating the Palay Festival this last week of October, and the activities they have lined up will surely add excitement to your trip.

The town of Narra is located in the south part of Palawan, about 91 kilometers away from the Puerto Princesa. Celebrating Palay Festival is the Narra people’s way of giving thanks for a year of bountiful harvest. As such, the Narrawenos always make it a point to celebrate this festival the “grand” way.

#1 Palay festival was formerly called Anihan Festival, but the name was changed because there’s another province in the Philippines that celebrates their own Anihan Festival. The Narrawenos decided to change the name of the festival to avoid issues.

#2 The change in name went for the better because the term “Palay” (raw rice) further emphasized the town’s reputation as the “Rice Granary of Palawan”.

#3 NARRA stands for National Resettlement and Rehabilitation Administration. Before it was ordained as a municipality in 1969, Narra was only a resettlement area for landless Filipino farmers.

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Last year, the locals and the tourists enjoyed a host of different activities: colorful float parades, food fairs, agro-industrial presentations, lively street dances, local beauty pageants, and many other local competitions. The tricycle hut competition is probably one of the most interesting, as it featured the talent and ingenuity of tricycle drivers in designing their Nipa hut entries.

Fortunately, one of our friend blogger, Martin, was able to document this competition. Here are some of the pictures he had taken: 

So what are you waiting for? Fix your palawan packages and schedule your trip today. Join the Narrawenos as they celebrate Palay Festival.

See you there!

PUERTO PRINCESA -HOME OF THE LEGEND

In Spanish, it can mean Princess of Ports. Some folks say a lovely  but mysterious , princess-like maiden paced the seashore at certain times of the year  a long, long time ago. Or  it could be the restless haunt of a babaylan, a native priestess and witch doctor who knew how to summon and quiet natures restlessness.

Others claimed the name of sprung form the unique geographical location of the city that protected it form the vagaries of weather and a harbor depth that allowed ships  of all sizes to dock. Thruly, all these made the harbor in the city a priced princess among ports.

Yet, historical records bear that the little was given in honor of Princess Eulalia of Spain. She was born in 1864 to the reigning  monarch , Queen isabella  II, and her consort , Dr. Francis de Asis . The princess met en untimely death , and the grieving queen named the harbor city after her. The princess must be remembered , and named after it is a city with a harbor of such prime and strategic value.

From the midst of time , the harbor city emerged as Puerto princesa , the capital of Majestic Palawan . It is the home another legend , The legend palawan , where the thrills and adventures of a lifetime can begin.

 

THE PUERTO BAY & MAGICAL FIREFLY TOUR

Watch the sun descend long the horizon while cruising around Puerto princesa Bay through the winding Iwahig River. You may wish to windsurf, kayak, or ride the hobbie cat. When night falls, get whisked to a cool evening ride, gently easing into the Palawan waters. Quietly watch the fireflies pu on a magic show of their own, lighting up tree with tiny dancing, flickering lights amidst the vast mangrove forest. Pan your flashlights into the water , where small fishes jump and dance as well.

SCUBA DIVING IN CORON PALAWAN

In Coron Bay, you have some of the bext wreck diving in ASIA. The wrecks are being well preserved and bristling with marine life. Unitl now more than 12 of them are known. Experience PADI Diving Instructors will accompany you.

Nothing matches the thrill exploring a big wreck. Explore also coral reefs, shoal of fishes, barracudas, mantas, caverns, drop-offs and a hot volcanic lake, We arrange for you and good valued dives and courses with PADI Open Water Certficate

 

 

DISCOVERY DIVERS RESORT, PALAWAN RESORTS

DISCOVERY DIVERS is the perfect quiet and tranquil place to relax. Wake up in he morning to sound of the brids and open your eyes to a spectacular view of the bay.

All the cottages use local natural materials to keep the rooms cool. They are tile floored and available with twin or triple -beds with ensuite shower, sink and toilet. ALL rooms have fans.

CALL or e-mail best rates for room only, room and food package, full dive package or full island hooping package,

Our contact nos: +632 5715989 / 09192105188

GETTING LOST IN THE CALAMIANES ISLANDS, CORON PALAWAN

Comprising 680 of the Philippine archipelago’s more than 7,000 islands , the Calamianes chain presents  a rare opportunity for travelers to explore several natural attractions in one destination. There are lush mangrove forest traversed by quiet rivers that flow out to the sea, where colorful birds can be seen during late afternoon boat rides. Scuba divers love to descend crystal -clear waters of the lakes that lie hidden in the massive rocky outcrops of Coron Island. Around most of the islands stunning coral reefs provide a colorful playground for a wide variety of fish and other undersea creatures. Near Calauit Island lucky divers and snorkelers may spot the elusive dugong or sea cow which feeds on sea grass or the endangered marine turtle.