Talacanen Island is located in Taytay Bay, Northern Palawan. The land area is approx. 11 hectares. The natural beauty of Talacanen are its steep rock formations, numerous caves, white beaches and a surrounding coral reef.
The first settlers came in the 70’s, mainly fishermen from the Visayan region. Many followed, as Taytay Bay was rich in fish and other marine life. In the 80’s, Talacanen became a Sitio (small village). Beside numerous native houses, stores and fish buying stations, a church, health center and a basketball field were constructed. Life and business was good in Talacanen, despite the island has no own fresh water resources.
With the progress, also fishermen arrived which were not choosy in their methods how to catch fish. Homemade dynamite bombs and later sodium cyanide diminished marine life and corals tremendously.