Why did we choose San Fernando? Palawan was always the first choice – being hailed in numerous accounts as ‘the final frontier’ of the Philippines; the limestone cliffs, white sand beaches and wealth of marine life and natural wonders, it was not a difficult choice. What makes Palawan so special is the vast amount of forest and mountainous areas that still remain intact and full of life endemic to the island. Palawan is relatively undiscovered with main tourist areas in the city center, Puerto Princesa and up in the North, El Nido. Since the completion of the road up to El Nido (it’s still quite a bumpy ride), the area has increased in population and footfall rapidly.
San Fernando is around 45mins from El Nido town, a beautiful fishing village, retaining all its charm, a true piece of the Philippines. A bay overlooking Doracaton island with sandy streets and native nipa huts, our first visit half a year ago made a lasting impression.
With a population of 2000 (and 2 now), the village has seen little development, which ticks all the boxes in terms of what we were looking for. There are plans in place to open a pier which will allow shipping directly from Manila and on to other nearby islands, and will therefore open up the area to tourism in a few years time. We have been welcomed and met some truly kind people since moving to Palawan and we hope that those who come to visit experience the same hospitality and see the stunning places the surroundings have to offer.