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“Butterfly garden was good but the tribal village a little awkward.”

Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village
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Owner description: The Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village is a place that reflects the mesmerising beauty of a province that is known as the "Last Frontier of the Philippines". It showcases a sheer variety or tropical butterflies from the Southern region of the country. These free flying butterflies are surrounded with live exhibits of scorpions, green-crested lizards, phasmid and mantises which are considered their natural predators. It is a window to the natural ecology of these colourful insects. Another added attraction are the rescued endemic wildlife of Palawan. These animals are given the chance of a second life by being rescued from poachers and wouldn't have survived in the wild because of the probability of suffering the same fate all over again. Like the Palawan Peacock Peasant and the Palawan Bearcat, these animals are now ambassadors of their own species in the wild. By educating the public about these wild yet gentle creatures the facility promotes public awareness about how our actions as human beings can affect greatly everything in our environment.
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Reviewed January 14, 2014

The butterfly garden does what it says on the tin and it's a nice 15 minute walk around. The areas for the bearcats and crocodiles are a little small.

The tribal village isn't very interesting and it feels awkward. The tribal village is a couple of houses where apparent members of a minority group live. They sing for you and play instruments, show you their crafts which you can buy and then how they shoot a blow dart. There are photo opportunities but it felt pretty awkward.

Only P50 to go in.

Thank Jack Y
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

I'd been here previously, before the recent renovation and addition of the tribal village. Grabe! Viva la difference. Showing pride in Palaw'an culture and traditions, with demonstrations of tribal practices of fire-starting; hunting with blow guns and poison darts; intricate basket weaving and delightful music with gongs and native Palaw'an instruments. This is the real deal - tribal elders from the mountains west of Brooke's Point now bring their crafts for sale here and all the proceeds go back to the tribe. The owner spent school vacations with them during his youth and is a treasure-trove of information - about the tribe as well as butterflies, insects and the ecology impacted by them. Hope that this flourishes since it respects native heritage rather than exploiting it.

Thank glynda51
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Reviewed January 1, 2014

I've been to butterfly farms before, however this one truly was the most enjoyable experience. Our guide walked us through the science and nature of butterflies from displayed cocoon to the amazing variety fluttering around. There were various other creatures that you could examine up close and even some times handle. The garden is magnificent, every corner another beautiful place to take a photo.
The Tribal Village was what truly impressed me the most. Members of the Palawan tribe displayed their native tools and musical instruments as our tour guide explained the history and each device they displayed. SOUVENEER HUNTER'S ALERT: This is the only place you will actually be able to purchase AUTHENTIC native drums, tools, pottery and such. Yes you'll find "replicas" in the tourist gift shops, and the money goes towards the tribe itself, not manufacturing companies.
Over all a very enjoyable and educational experience, perhaps I'd say a 2-3 hour visit.

1  Thank KuyaKano
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Reviewed December 24, 2013

This wasn't part of Puerto Princesa Itinerary but it was one of the places my PHP500 tour of the city by trike took me to, so why not? And yes, a 5 hour half day tour with a really friendly trike driver slash city tour guide is that cheap. Also, they'll take you to the best souvenir market in town so you don't have to go through the trouble of finding it yourself.

The ecological garden itself was alright with a few interesting bugs, butterflies, a Palawan peacock pheasant and one baby crocodile. I spent most of my time chasing this one butterfly that I found strikingly beautiful and trying to capture it through the camera lens.

The tribal village is interesting and is a very nice end to your visit (that should only last around 45mins to an hour).

The souvenir shop was tiny and there wasn't much they had to offer. The staff on the other hand, were very chatty, friendly and helpful. Another example of Palawenyo hospitality.

Entrance fee is PHP30.

Thank youcancallmesarah
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Reviewed December 20, 2013

A few minutes away from Baker's Hill is this small nook, but it comes with a surprise. For a minimal fee of 40 php per person, one can enter a beautiful butterfly garden and learn how these small creatures help in our environment. Other insects and animals can also be seen inside. Deeper inside the facility is a small settlement of the indigenous Palawa'an tribe. These people are the orginal settlers of Palawan. Inside you will be introduced to some of the basic culture and tradition of this tribe. I do hope that this settlement becomes bigger like the Tam'awan village in Baguio. And I do hope that the proceeds and donations goes to these people directly. Pay them a visit and respect their culture.

2  Thank Wigel E
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