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About Palawan

The islands of Palawan form a long sliver that lies in-between the Sulu  Sea and the South China Sea. The largest province in the Philippines by  area of jurisdiction, Palawan consists of the main island of Palawan and  almost 2,000 islands and islets surrounding it. The hub of Palawan is  the city of Puerto Princesa which is known as the cleanest and most  beautiful city in the Philippines.

Palawan has a colorful history  that has resulted in a melting pot of cultures on the islands and some  50 languages. In the 12th century, Malay immigrants arrived to the  islands and were followed by Indonesians in the 13th century. Islam was  then introduced to the south of Palawan via Borneo and Palawan became a  trading hub with Chinese, Arabs, Japanese and Hindus frequenting the  ports. The 19th century saw Palawan controlled by the Spanish, which  eventually lost to the Americans, which were overcome by the Japanese in  World War II. The islands were liberated in 1945 just after the war.

Palawan  is unique compared to the rest of the Philippines and its flora and  fauna shares more similarities with Borneo. The island has many endemic  species of bird and plants and more than half of Palawan is covered in  forest. There are also extensive areas of grasslands, mangrove forests  and 6,835 square miles (11,000 square km) of coral reef.

scuba diver diving with jack fish

Diving in Palawan

Expect healthy coral reef awash with the different colors of reef fish  like angelfish, parrotfish, surgeonfish, trigerfish, butterflyfish, frogfish, pufferfish, groupers and  schools of lunar fusilier and yellowtail snapper, to name a few. Sandy bottoms often  reveal bluespotted sting rays.  Green sea turtles are also frequent visitors, and lookout for other  critters like eels, nudibranch, ghost pipefish, cuttlefish, Octopuses, squids and crabs and many more.

The water temperature in Palawan is usualy between 28 and 31 degrees.

Few numbers:

15 of the 25 marine mammals in the Philippines are found in Palawan.

4 of the 5 marine turtle.

379 species of coral, 82% of the coral species recorded in the country.

About Taytay

It is one of the twenty three (23) municipalities of Palawan. Aside from  being one of the province’s oldest municipalities, Taytay is also the  first ever capital city of Palawan.

Taytay is to be found in the northern part of Palawan. It has gained its  title as "The Star of the North", since it is the first capital city of  the province of Palawan. This town is rich in historical, cultural and  environmental value. It was founded in the year 1623 during the Spanish  colonization of the Philippines.

A proof of the town's historical richness is the "Fuerza de Santa Isabel"  also known as the Taytay Fort. It was named in honor of Spain's Queen,  Queen Isabela II. It was used as a military station and was mainly used  to defend against Muslim warrior-raiders  in their colorful war boats  while the Spanish soldiers fire at them with their huge cannons. The  cannons are still present in the Taytay Fort up to this moment. It was  well preserved and still in tact.

What can you do in Taytay aside of visiting Fort Isabella and diving with us?

Island-hopping, snorkeling around the many islands, swimming in the  hidden lagoon (cave), kayaking on the beautiful Lake Manguao, Irrawaddy Dolphin watching in Malampaya Sound, and swimming in the refreshing Canique Waterfall. Or simply take a walk along the port from the market place to the Taytay Fort Santa Isabel. Its so peacefull and beautiful there, specially at sunrise or sunset.

Diving in Taytay

If you come dive with us, you will notice the exeptional amount of giant clams, and some big schools of parrot fishes, which is very good for the coral's health. And the coral here, is the healthiest and diverse that we saw in Palawan.

The marine animals that we usualy see here are:

All kind of colorfull reef fishes, blue spotted sting rays, different kind of nudibranches, lots of healhy coral species, schools of goldband fusiller, schools of trevally, some butterfly fishes, some clownfishes, all kind of sweet lips, tangs, cuttlefishes, squids, hawksbill turtles, green turtles,  banded sea snakes,  giants puffer fish, niddle fishes, groupers, file fishes, scorpion fishes, crocodile fishes.

We have an island with a very good amount of green turtles just in front of the beach as well. Good for snorkelers and divers.

Some more rare animals that we saw so far since we are open, on the 8th of november 1018:

Black tips sharks, Devil ray, bumphead parrot fish, eagle ray, giant trevally, and a big nurse shark.

Rare animals that other people saw in Taytay bay are:

Whale shark, treasher shark, hammerhead shark, dugong, manta ray, black tip sharks, and dolphins.

The water temperature is always between 28 and 32 degree celsius.

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