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“An enjoyable experience”

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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Perth, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An enjoyable experience”
Reviewed January 27, 2014

My Filipino wife and I visited the Butterfly Gardens and Tribal Village when we recently went to Palawan and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Although I probably expected a greater variety of butterflies, and perhaps a wider variety of souvenirs on offer, our visit was well worth it. The Tribal Village was an interesting experience, particularly watching the expertise and sharp shooting of the villagers blow pipes, playing their two stringed guitar, and holding a large python! All in all, it was good value.

Visited January 2014
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Cebu City, Cebu City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Interact with the native Palaw'an tribe”
Reviewed January 20, 2014 via mobile

Butterfly garden is just a little out of town but you can take a jeepney to sta monica that passes by 'paharaw' and the fare will only be 15pesos. At the entrance they have a beautiful map of palawan and when you first enter the garden there are butterflies all around, some might even land on you. A staff member showed us the different stages of development of a butterfly. they also had millipedes, scorpions and stick insects. Unfortunately, we did not see the bearcats. afterward you exit through a door and walk up to the tribal village. It is just a few huts with some representatives of their tribe. They showed us how they make fire, how to play their native instruments and how they hunt. You can also buy handicrafts made by the women of their tribes and take pictures with their 'pet' snake. I like that they focus on the ecotouristic side and bring you closer to nature, and the traditions of the natives.

Visited January 2014
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Guntur, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“worth visit”
Reviewed January 17, 2014

tribal village and butterfly park were good. it was part of palawan local city tour costing 600 pesos per person. not many places in this tour are not worth going- like beach walk, crocodile park baker's point

Visited December 2013
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Butterfly garden was good but the tribal village a little awkward.”
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.

Visited January 2014
Thank Jack Y
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Tiniguiban, Palawan, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Finally something ecological and educational!”
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.

Visited January 2014
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