Wildlife & trekking. Palawan is rich in wildlife both above and below the sea surface. Besides pristine beaches, there are mountains, rivers, lakes and virgin forests to explore by hiking in Palawan. In the forests and grasslands of Palawan you can spot some unique animals and numerous species of exotic birds and colorful butterflies. In the Calauit Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary you can see both endemic animals of Palawan, as well as animals of Africa. Birdwatchers will certainly want to visit the small Ursula Island that is home to numerous seabirds and shorebirds. In the crocodile farms of Palawan you can see these dangerous creatures very close. Puerto Princesa is the busy capital of Palawan with more than 200.000 inhabitants. A business hub of the island province, Puerto Princesa has the best opportunities for shopping in Palawan's skillfully made local handicrafts. The city is also home to numerous bars and clubs. The magical underground river which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site is located in Puerto Princesa, offering exciting caving experiences.