Palaui Marine Reserve

Santa Ana, Cagayan

Palaui Island is one of the islands in the Philippines, located off the northeastern extremity of Luzon Island, the largest island in the country.

Palaui Island lies off the northwestern part of a large promontory in San Vicente, in the municipality of Santa Ana, Cagayan province. It is 10 kilometres at its longest and about 5 kilometres at its widest and moderately high. The wester ...

n shore of the island appears bold, but on the eastern side, a reef projects from its side for 2.4 kilometres, the edge of it being 0.8 kilometres from and extending around the small islet of Escucha, east of Palaui. The Dos Hermanos rocky islets lie off Cape Engano, in the northern point of Palaui, and there are some rocks off the northeast point of the island, about 1.6 kilometres eastward of the cape. Gran Laja island, a low rock islet surrounded by breakers, is one of the rocks located northeast off Palaui.

At the southwest end of Palaui Island is Puerto Point, a high, wooded bluff. East of the point and south of Palaui is Rona Island, a low, wooded island with a white base of sand and rocks. Escucha Island is a high and wooded islet east of Palaui, and beyond Rona Island when seen from southwestward through the channel between Palaui Island and the mainland, where a few more islets are located.

Palaui Island was declared as a National Marine Reserve in August 28, 1994 encompassing an area of 7,145 hectares. The waters around the island boast of 21 commercial species of fishes with about 50 hectares of undisturbed corals.

Because of its remoteness, Palaui Island is home to 105 species of rattan and similar commercially valuable timber producing wood species plus 25 imported shrubs and is the sanctuary for 90 migratory birds.

On May 2013, Palaui Island earned the 10th spot in the CNN's World's 100 Best Beaches list, with CNN praising its "raw beauty."  Wiki

Palaui Island and Marine Reserve News

  • The Treasures Of Sta Ana Cagayan

    On the north-easternmost tip of mainland Luzon lies the town of Sta. Ana, Cagayan. This quaint second-class municipality opens up to the Pacific Ocean, holds pristine coves and white sand beaches plus an array of stunning natural landscapes.

    Exploring the town's treasures may require a butt-numbing land travel and a vomit-inducing voyage across temperamental waters, but you'll find that all these are worth it once you get there.


    On the other side of a reef, a candy-cane shaped island with cream shores and tree-lined fringes affords cool, crystal-clear waters that are in s ...

  • Palaui Island Budget Travel Guide Itinerary To The Unsung Treasures Of The Extreme North

    Travel has suddenly become mainstream that everywhere we go, the crowd seems to follow. Not that we find it a bad thing. Let's just say we prefer to play in places with nobody else or less people to share it with. You know that thing when you're getting old. You easily get tired of noisy parties and rowdy crowd. Instead you want a place where you can share your epic stories with the people closest to you. So in our quest to avoid the crowd in hopes of discovering totally off the path and more serene destinations, our journey had taken us to this otherworldly paradise situated north of Sta. Ana ...

  • Cagayan Island Hopping Exploring The Unspoiled Beauty Of The North

    Surely, you already heard about the stunning beaches of Boracay and Palawan. But did you know that somewhere far north lies captivating islands less the crowd? Still under the tourist radar, we discovered some castaway destinations during our Cagayan island hopping.

    It had been a rainy weather throughout our Lakbay Norte trip. Our group even missed spelunking at the Sierra Cave because of the terrible downpour. We were hoping we will be granted a better weather on the last day of our trip – a day dedicated to seeing the islands of Cagayan. And just like an answered prayer, the rain greatl ...

  • Lakbay Norte 6 A Road Trip To Nueva Ecija And Cagayan Valley

    Lakbay Norte is an annual media tour brought by the North Philippines Visitors Bureau (NPVB) - a non-stock profit membership umbrella organization of Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB's) that's sponsored by the Manila North Tollways Corp (NLEX-SCTEX) - which aims to promote tourism in the north Luzon.

    For its 6th installation, the itinerary involved a five-day trip to the North, specifically in Nueva Ecija and Cagayan Valley.


    Going around Nueva Ecija meant experiencing the farm life, as it is known as biggest rice producer of Central Luzon; hence, the name "Rice Bowl of th ...

  • Cagayan For The Brave The Palaui Island Tour

    Cresting a ten-foot wave, our boat crashed back down to the sea with a massive force, effectively smashing my face with a wall of cold sea water. This has been going on for almost half an hour now and I'm getting sick of wiping salt water off my face. The thought of sitting out front seemed like a good idea when we sailed off from the port of San Vicente, it definitely didn't seem like a good one now. Another wave came into view. We climbed. We crested. We slammed. Wipe. Repeat.

    Our Palaui Island tour wasn't a hundred percent sealed even as our Lakbay Norte bus drove to Sta. Ana's wharf. It ...

  • Scenic Hiking On Palaui Island Cagayan

    With a name echoing that of a Pacific island nation, Palaui Island in Cagayan province is a tropical paradise in its own right. Lush, roughhewn and deserted, it exudes an ends-of-the-earth beauty reminiscent of faraway Batanes, despite being only a swimming distance away from the Luzon mainland. It is refreshingly devoid of commercialization and home to no more than a humble fishing village of 600 people. Here, raw beauty is the major drawcard, especially for those who love hiking and watching wildlife.

    Located 154 km north of Tuguegarao City, the San Vicente Fish Port of Santa Ana serves a ...