Palawan is a narrow archipelago of 1,700 islands on the western border of the Philipines. Its geographical location makes it seem remote from the rest of the country, and in fact, some of its southern islands are closer to Malaysia than to other provinces. The waters of the South China Sea lap the western shores of Palawan, while the Sulu sea hugs its eastern coast. With a land area of nearly1.5 million hectares, Palawan is the country's largest province.
Its irregular coastline stretches almost 2,000 kilometers long, indented by numerous coves and bays. Highlands and rolling terrain covered with lush forest create a cool and scenic landscape. Except for northern towns, which are occasionally visited by storms, Palawan is generally typhoon-free. Warm weather prevails from March to May, while the coolest months are from December to February. Heavy rainfall is usually experienced in July and August , often accompanied by the southwest monsoon.
Palawan is one of the few relatively peaceful provinces in the country. The crime rate is low and most Palawenos are contented to live simple lifestyles. Food is abundant to all that are willing to work for a living. The province is a melting pot of migrants from various parts of the Philippines and other countries. The influx of settlers accounts for the high population growth rate of 3.64% annually. Based on the latest official census, Palawan's population is 755,412.