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Scuba divers enjoy the waters off Cape Engaño on Palaui Island in Santa Ana town in northern Cagayan province. The place was ranked by CNN 10th among the Top 100 beaches in the world in 2013. It highlights a well-preserved beach and a Spanish lighthouse on top of a hill. Chen Reyes-Mencias/Contributor

Fast facts: Palaui Island

Scuba divers enjoy the waters off Cape Engaño on Palaui Island in Santa Ana town in northern Cagayan province. The place was ranked by CNN 10th among the Top 100 beaches in the world in 2013. It highlights a well-preserved beach and a Spanish lighthouse on top of a hill. Chen Reyes-Mencias/Contributor

Barangay: San Vicente

 

Municipality: Santa Ana

 

Province: Cagayan

 

Original name: Palami

 

Distance from Luneta Park in Manila: 642 kilometers

 

Surrounded by: Babuyan Channel in the north, west and south; Pacific Ocean in the east

 

Width: 5 km

 

Length: 10 km

 

Total shoreline length: 30.56 km

 

Declared: Palaui Island Marine Reserve through Proclamation No. 447 on Aug. 28, 1994

 

Land area: 2,439 hectares or 24.39 square kilometers, which is roughly the size of Makati City (27.36 square kilometers)

 

Marine ecosystem: 4,976.48 ha or 49.76 sq km

 

Total area of protected landscape and seascape: 7,415.48 ha

 

Highest peak: Cimmali point (290 meters above sea level)

 

Population: 632 (2014 local census), with 32 households of Agta natives

 

Dialect: Iloco

 

Island preservation: Handled by the Protected Area Management Board

 

 

 

Rules for visitors:

 

1. All garbage must be brought out

 

2. Camping is allowed only

at designated camp sites in Punta Verde

 

3. Visitors must use accredited boats only

 

4. Having a guide is a must

 

5. Trekkers should stay on the trail

 

 

 

Prohibited on the island:

 

1. Bonfires

 

2. Hiking under the influence

 

3. Vandalism

 

4. Collection of wild flora

 

5. Hunting, trapping or shooting wildlife

 

6. Use of disposable food containers

 

7. Breaking of bottles

 

8. Stepping on corals

 

Sources: www.palaui.info, Santa Ana tourism office, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority flyers

 

 

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