His eyes beamed brightly as he relayed plans of “staying on a boat”, and for 6 months “just swimming and fishing and diving” in what French explorer Jacques Costeau referred to as “The Last Frontier”. And I was bristling with pride as he marveled on the untouched beauty of the island. He’d been to Mindoro which to my mind is eons away compared to
There’s 253 miles of ocean separating the southwestern islands Palawan from the capital of
Palawan is situated southwest of the Philippine archipelago. This photo only courtesy of wikitravel.
Puerto Princesa (PP) is known for its “underground river” (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), crocodile farms, pristine white beaches and unspoiled dive sites, endemicity of Malaria, clean and green ecosystem, the laidback demeanor of its people, and the highly-esteemed visionary politician Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn.
I ventured at the waiting crowd outside until I saw a guy waving my name on a board. Few days prior to the trip, I called multiple hotels – I was going to be staying in 3 different hotels for this trip so as to get the feel of the different areas of the city. I arranged all my airport transfers. Most of the major hotels offer this free service which is very convenient. My pick-up service was a van that charged P250 ($5.15) for a 15-minute ride to Casa Linda, a bit expensive considering the very short travel time. However, the van was exclusively mine. A trike ride from the airport to the city center would fetch much less, between P50-100 ($1-2), but I didn’t feel like haggling. This was going to be a hassle-free adventure.
Crocodile Farm and Nature Park (CFNP) aka Crocodile Farming Institute started operation in 1987, with the assistance of the Japanese Government. This was completed during the administration of President Corazon Aquino and Minister Carlos G. Dominguez. The farm cultivates and rears both fresh and salt water crocodiles.
The lobby greets you with the skeletal remains of the biggest male salt water crocodile – spanning 16 feet long - captured in 1992. Its hide is spread and hung on the wall adjacent to the display glass housing its skeletal remains. The specimen named “R10” was approximately 50-60 years old at the time of capture. R10 eventually died a few days after its capture.
- Skull of 15-foot Crocodylus porosus from
Bakbakan Riverin Roxas, north Palawan. This one died of poisoning.
Emission tests conducted on tricycles showed that the average hydrocarbon emissions was at 6,000 ppm (parts per million) or 10 times over the acceptable standard for cars.