12 Things to do in Palawan + Tourist Spots

Palawan is home to the Philippines’ most spectacular seascapes and island views. It had easily had easily topped my list of beautiful  tourist spots in the Philippines  from the moment I first made my way to the province many years ago. I have always looked forward to seeing it again because there are so many exciting places to visit, too many to fit in one trip.

Palawan is big. It is its own archipelago composed of roughly 1,780 islands and islets. It isn’t so overwhelmingly massive that you cannot see a lot in one trip, but getting between places takes a while, especially if you are hopping from one island to the next.

If you have 3 days to spend on your vacation, maximize your experience in one destination. Choose between #1, #2 or #3 on this list. If you have one week, you may be able to visit all three, in a rush. To enjoy a more relaxed pace, I recommend that you spend two weeks in Palawan, or more!

Here’s a list of beautiful places to visit in Palawan including top things to do & the best Palawan tourist spots.

To make your trip planning easy, I’ve added links to the locations on Google Maps. Feel free to click/tap on the links posted. Then, use the “save” feature on the Google Maps app. Seeing all your saved locations on the map will help you get started on planning your Palawan itinerary and know the best areas to stay, near places you want to go.

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Island hopping tour at Bacuit Bay, in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Location : Palawan province, west central Philippines . Save on Google Maps .

You will find dramatic “over water” scenery in El Nido, located on the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. This place is not just about pretty sandy beaches and mesmerizing waters. Its islands are filled with towering karst mountains that serve as the perfect backdrop for adventures in this tropical paradise.

How to go :

Most travelers arrive in El Nido on a 1.5-hour flight to Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS), followed by a 5 to 6-hour shuttle ride. If you want to skip the long land journey, fly directly to El Nido from Manila (1 hour), Cebu or Boracay-Caticlan. This is the fastest but more expensive way. For adventurous travelers who want to maximize their trip, book a flight to Coron-Busuanga Airport (USU) and continue the sea journey to El Nido by ferry.

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More reasons to visit El Nido

Go island hopping around Bacuit Bay islands  — See amazing underwater and “over water” views of El Nido. These islands are found just off the coast of the town proper.

Explore inland El Nido  — See Nacpan and Calitang, the twin beaches of El Nido as well as other natural spots like Makinit Hot Springs, Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls, Kuyawayaw Waterfalls & Sibaltan Beach.

Take a sunset stroll along Corong-Corong and Marimegmeg Beaches  — Get away from the crowded main beach of El Nido and enjoy peaceful late afternoon views. These sandy shores can be reached on a quick tricycle ride from the town proper.

Try the Bird’s Nest soup  — This rare and often expensive Chinese delicacy is made from the nest of swiftlets (Balinsasayaw) that are harvested in El Nido. One kilogram of the edible nest can fetch prices of up to USD1,000 in Hong Kong and the US. Get a taste of it in El Nido, where it is a lot cheaper.

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2. Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital and major flight gateway in Palawan, especially popular among El Nido-bound tourists. Stay for a few days to explore beautiful spots around the city. Start with a trip to Puerto Princesa Underground River, the 2nd longest navigable underground river in the world, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and New7Wonders of Nature. Then, spend a day beach bumming and snorkeling on an island hopping tour around Honda Bay. Don’t leave without exploring sights in the city center and feasting on fresh seafood in many beachside restaurants.

Puerto Princesa is around 1.5 hours southwest of Manila by plane. Princesa Airport serves direct flights from Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Clark, and Davao. Fly with Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or AirAsia. You can also go by ferry on the RORO bus from Manila or Iloilo.

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More reasons to visit Puerto Princesa

Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River  — Getting there takes 1 hour by land from the city center. The jump-off point is scenic Sabang Beach.

Island hopping tour in Honda Bay  — There are many beach fringed islands here. The most popular for swimming and snorkeling are Luli Island, Starfish Island, Pandan Island and Cowrie Island. You can find upscale Dos Palmas  Island Resort and Spa in Arreceffi Island.

Spelunking and ziplining at Ugong Rock  — Found along the way to Puerto Princesa Underground River.

See the fireflies and mangrove forest at Iwahig .

Go dolphin watching .

Trek to the waterfalls in Puerto Princesa  — Including Bonton Waterfalls, Olanguan Waterfalls, Salakot Waterfalls & Kayulo Waterfalls.

3. Coron & Calamian Islands

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In contrast to El Nido’s amazing “over water” views, go to Coron to see stunning underwater views. Here, you can see colorful coral gardens, pristine waters, lots of marine life and even sunken WWII Japanese shipwrecks. Coron can hold its own when it comes to scenic views over the water as well. This paradise is home to hidden lakes and lagoons blessed with emerald to bluish waters, and many fine white sand beaches.

Coron Airport located on the north side of Busuanga Island serves flights from Manila. Book a flight with Cebu Pacific / Cebgo, Philippine Airlines / PAL Express, Skyjet or Air Juan. Travel time by plane is around 1 hour. There are also El Nido-Coron slow ferries route that you can take if you want to visit both destinations + Puerto Princesa in one trip.

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More reasons to visit Coron & Calamian Islands

Go wreck diving, snorkeling, and island hopping — There are a lot of islands worth visiting during your boat tour in theCalmian Islands. Don’t miss Banol Island, Banana Island, Atuayan Island, Malcapuya Island, Black Island (Malajon Island) & Calauit Island. Meanwhile, popular dive sites include the Irako, Akitsushima & Skeleton wrecks. See the enchanting lakes and lagoons — A major highlight of any trip in Coron. Don’t miss Kayangan Lake and Baracuda Lake. Busuanga inland tour — Watch the sunset at Mt. Tapyas or Lualhati Park. Enjoy Maquinit Hot Springs. Experience safari in Calauit Island

4. Linapacan Islands

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Enjoy an adventure in Linapacan if you want to go off-the-grid and see the “undiscovered” beauty of Palawan. This group of islands can be found spread across the waters between El Nido and Coron. Linapacan had become viral when it was mentioned in a list of places with the clearest waters in the world to swim before you die.

To get to Linapacan, you can go via Coron, which is nearer to the northern islands, or via El Nido, which is nearer to the southern islands. There are no regularly scheduled ferries from both destinations, so you will need to be flexible with your itinerary if you want to go on a passenger boat. From Coron, the boat trip to San Miguel, Linapacan Island takes around 4 hours. At San Miguel you can charter a boat to reach the other islands. From Sibaltan Beach located on the east coast of El Nido, a chartered boat to Maosonan and Magransing Islands takes around 3 hours.

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Overlooking Taytay Fortress, in Taytay, Palawan, Philippines

Taytay can be found just south of El Nido. On your way to or from Puerto Princesa, stop over the town proper and visit the Taytay Fort (Fuerza de Santa Isabel), one of the best preserved Spanish-colonial stone fortresses remaining in the Philippines. Extend your trip on a tour to Taytay’s many offshore islands that are still largely unspoiled and undiscovered by mass tourism.

Taytay is around 1 hour south of El Nido or 4 hours from Puerto Princesa by private car. By public transport, shuttle vans and buses can take you to Taytay directly from Puerto Princesa. From El Nido, go on a bus or shuttle to Taytay highway intersection. From there, the town proper is a short tricycle ride away.

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6. San Vicente

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Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines

San Vicente is another town that you can visit on your way between Puerto Princesa and El Nido, in mainland Palawan. This sleepy town is home to Long Beach. At 14 kilometers long, it had been making rounds online for being the longest white sand beach in the Philippines. On my trip there, however, I found that it wasn’t exactly all-white and the uninterrupted length of the sandy stretch was only about 8 kilometers. Still, I was in awe of how long it was. To compare, San Vicente Long Beach, even at 8km, is twice as long as Boracay’s famed White Beach. The best part of going was that I had I did not share the entire beach with any tourist crowds.

The fastest way is by flying directly to the new San Vicente Airport. You can also go by land from Puerto Princesa. Travel time to San Vincente takes around 4 hours from Puerto Princesa by private car. By public transport, you can find shuttle vans at San Jose Terminal, Puerto Princesa to take you directly to San Vicente. From El Nido, you may need to drop off at Roxas Terminal and get on a shuttle or minibus from there. Travel time from Roxas Terminal takes up to 2 hours.

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7. Port Barton

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Dusk view of Port Barton Beach, in San Vicente, Palawan, Philippines

Port Barton is another spot to travel in the town of San Vicente. This quiet village is a smaller and more laid-back version of El Nido. It is popular among budget backpackers and travelers who want to experience the relaxed rural atmosphere of the Philippines. Here, you can go about and explore many pristine off-shore islands and beaches on island hopping tours, at a cheaper price that boat tours offered in El Nido.

Port Barton is also roughly 4 hours away from Puerto Princesa or El Nido by land. You can find direct shuttle vans to Port Barton from both locations. From San Vicente Poblacion / Long Beach, you can charter a boat to get to Port Barton. Travel time by boat takes around 1 hour.

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8. Cuyo Islands

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Cuyo Fortress Church, in Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines

Go even more off-grid in Cuyo. This remote group of islands is located in the vast open waters of the Sulu Sea, between the islands Palawan and Panay. During the 1800s, it became the province’s second capital (after Taytay). Here, you can find the well-preserved Cuyo Fortress Church built during the Spanish-colonial era as well as many small islands and diving sites.

Puerto Princesa to Iloilo City RORO (slow) ferries make a stopover at Cuyo Island. From Puerto Princesa, the sea journey takes around 18 hours. Meanwhile, the trip from Iloilo takes around 12 hours.

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9. Stay at Amanpulo Resort

Location : Pamalican Island, Cuyo, 5318 Palawan . Save on Google Maps .

Looking for the ultimate luxury retreat in Palawan? Say hello to Amanpulo Resort, one of the Philippines’ most expensive holiday destinations. This private island resort is located in Pamalican Island, one of the remote northern islands of Cuyo. Stay in one of the exquisitely designed beachfront, treetop or hillside Casitas with gorgeous views of turqouise waters and the powdery white-sand beach. Guests can also enjoy the resort’s signature spa experience and top-class dining with ingredients sourced from locally-caught seafood and island-grown vegetables/herbs. A stay in Amanpulo Resort will set you back (at least) USD1,485 per night for a treetop casitas, good for two with breakfast.

Amanpulo Resort offers twice daily flights, directly from Manila to Pamalican Island. Flight duration is around 1 hour.

10. Tubbataha Reef & Cagayancillo Islands

Location : Cagayancillo, Palawan . Save on Google Maps .

The Tubbataha Reef is another remote spot to see in Palawan. This 970 square kilometer national park is especially a must visit to divers. It is the place to see one of the highest biodiversity of marine life in the world. Along with the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Tubbataha Reef is one of six UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines.

The easiest way is to go on a liveaboard dive boat from Puerto Princesa. The boats typically leave the city in the evening and arrive at Tubbataha Reef early morning.

11. Tabon Caves & Quezon

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Tabon Caves Complex in Quezon, Palawan, Philippines

Location : Quezon, Palawan . Save on Google Maps .

Another place to go for off-the-beaten-path adventures is Tabon Caves in Quezon town of South Palawan. This important archaeological site is where the Tabon Man was found. Filipinos who have been attentive in history class may remember that the fossilized remains of the Tabon Man was believed to be the earliest human remains known in the Philippines (until the discovery of the Callao Man in Peñablanca, Cagayan Province). For travelers, the Tabon Cave Complex is a great place to explore cave formations and learn about the archaeology diggings. There are also a few off-shore islands and beaches nearby.

Quezon is around 2.5 to 3 hours south of Puerto Princesa by land. From San Jose terminal, ride a shuttle van to Quezon poblacion. Then, a chartered pumpboat to Lipuun Point / Tabon Caves Complex, which takes around 30 to 45 minutes, from the pier. You will need to make a stopover at the National Museum in the poblacion to secure a permit before visiting the caves.

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12. Balabac Islands

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Onuk Island / Roughton Island in Balabac, Palawan, Philippines

Balabac is the southernmost islands in Palawan. It is so far south that Sabah in East Malaysia is nearer to Balabac than Puerto Princesa. The main draw here is 31 gorgeous islands still vastly undiscovered by tourist crowds. These islands are surrounded by pristine, crystal clear waters and white sand beaches. Yes, the sandy shores of many beaches here are a blinding white to off-white, many even have a blushed pink hue! If you’re looking for the best beaches & most vibrant waters in the Philippines, Balabac is worth a spot at the top of your bucketlist.

To get to Balabac from Puerto Princesa, you will need to make a transit stop in Rio Tuba, Bataraza where you catch boats to the islands of Balabac. Rio Tuba is 4 to 5 hours south of Puerto Princesa by land. From Rio Tuba, you can go on a passenger boat to Balabac Island (mainland). Or, hire a boat for your island hopping tour. The sea journey from Rio Tuba to Balabac Island takes around 4 hours.

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November 9, 2017 at 4:04 am

Hi Marcos, For first timers, you highly recommended going to El Nido among the top Islands in Palawan (Puerto Princesa and Coron) and take Tour A and C. Do you have a travel agency to recommend? Thanks and hope to hear back from you. NOTE: we plan to visit the Philippines in September 2018.

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November 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm

Hello Alice,

I’ve written a detailed El Nido Travel Guide including where to book your tours. I hope you can check it out. https://www.detourista.com/guide/el-nido/

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November 25, 2018 at 11:46 am

Hi, you have to update your post ’cause they’ve just opened a new airport in San Vicente: https://www.rappler.com/business/202227-tourists-san-vicente-airport-palawan-opening ;)

November 26, 2018 at 11:26 am

Thanks for the heads up Walter.

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December 6, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the post Marcos! El Nido is my dream place to go with my husband. You made me crazy about the places through your writing… I will plan my trip for Palawan sooner :)

10 Amazing Things to Do in Palawan, the Philippines

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Palawan is a long island located just off the western flank of the Philippines and a paradise from end to end. Best known for its bright blue waters that contrast against the karst stone cliffs of the island, this is one of the most popular resort destinations in the Philippines and is only an 80-minute flight from the capital of Manila. With plenty to explore from the gorgeous beaches , caves, jungles, and the occasional settlement offering rustic Filipino food , almost bottomless beer , and good company, Palawan offers adventures in the water, on land, and at the dinner table.

Swim in Kayangan Lake

The water in Kayangan Lake is believed to be some of the cleanest and clearest in the whole country, which says a lot given how famously clear the hundreds of lakes and lagoons the Philippines is home to. Located on Coron Island, off the northern end of Palawan, you can visit the lake on a group tour or book a private guide. After a steep climb up a wooden staircase through the jungle, you'll find the clear waters of the lake and also one of the most famous viewpoints in Palawan, which looks out on the bay between Coron and Busuanga Island.

Catch the Sunset on Nacpan Beach

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There are a lot of beautiful places to watch the sunset in Palawan, but Nacpan Beach is believed by many to be one of the best. Not far from the main town in El Nido, the nearly 2-mile stretch of the palm-lined beach stands out for the curved strip of land that stretches out into the water and peaks into two picturesque hills. While many people decide to make a day trip, it's also possible to spend the night at the glamping resort right on the beach, which offers luxury in the form of air-conditioned tents.

Sail to El Nido's Secret Beaches

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Across the sea from El Nido , on the northern end of the island, Bacuit Bay's limestone islands loom on the horizon, just waiting to be discovered. This part of Palawan is made for island-hoppers , and there are many tour guides with boats-for-hire who will be more than happy to show you the ins and outs of the bay's lagoons and beaches. Motorized outrigger boats may quickly be hired from multiple providers around town. Just check with your El Nido hostel, hotel, or resort ; many resorts and pension houses have their own craft for hire or will recommend a trusted outside provider. You can go kayaking in the Big and Small Lagoons on Miniloc Island or swim under the limestone opening to Matinloc's Secret Beach.

Explore the World's Longest Navigable Underground River

The Cabayugan River flows down from the Saint Paul mountain range within the 22,000-hectare Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park before descending into a cave, the title attraction. From Puerto Princesa, you'll need to take a bus and boat to get to the park, and because limited slots are available for tour groups, it's best to book your tour with a local travel agency.

The underground section of the Cabayugan River is 5 miles long, but only about half of this is navigable by boat. You can ride a paddle-powered outrigger boat from the cave's mouth and sail about a mile into the grotto, and marvel at the exquisitely-shaped limestone formations and the bats and birds that call the inner chambers home.

Spot the Philippines' Rarest Birds

Palawan is an essential stop for birds flying this hemisphere's migratory routes. The East-Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF) runs between the northern Arctic Circle and New Zealand, with Palawan in the middle offering a rest stop to over 170 species of migratory birds escaping the cold weather from either pole. Palawan is also home to 15 endemic bird species found nowhere else, like the Palawan hornbill (Anthracoceros marchei), the Palawan scops-owl (Otus fuliginosus), and the cave-dwelling Palawan swiftlet (Aerodramus palawanensis). Wherever you end up along Palawan's length, you'll only be a few minutes drive away from some of the best birding sites in the Philippines.

Go Wreck-Diving in Coron Bay

Six shipwrecks that date back to 1944 and World War II tempt divers of all experience levels. Beginners can glide past the ships' exteriors, admiring the coral-encrusted cranes, portholes, and armaments. At the same time, expert wreck divers can enter the vessel and discover a dark, lost world of abandoned engine rooms, scattered personal effects, and bomb holes opening to the deep.

Coron's wrecks range in depth from 10 feet to 140 feet deep, with an average depth of 60 to 80 feet. Motorized outrigger boats called banca take divers from Busuanga Island to the wrecks, which are clustered surprisingly close together: you can spend several days just picking your way through the shipwrecks and dodging the considerable marine life in the area, including yellowfin tuna, groupers, scorpionfish, and sea turtles.  

Eat, Drink &; Be Merry in Puerto Princesa

Travelers tend to treat the capital Puerto Princesa as a short stopover if they don't go immediately from the airport to El Nido or Port Barton. However, these travelers miss out on a vibrant city with many wonderful things to eat and drink.

The two top restaurants both serve Filipino food but with very different vibes. Kinabuch   is like an open-air dive bar with plenty of fried Filipino favorites served with the best local beer. Kalui is more artistic with natural finishes and Filipino art aplenty. You can then top off your night with the spectacular selection of craft beers available at Palaweño Brewery . The barkeep will happily serve you a flight of their current beers on tap!

Guard Against Invaders at Taytay Fort

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Called Fuerza de Santa Isabel by its Spanish builders and Taytay Fort by present-day locals, this coral and limestone fort was built in the early 1700s to defend Taytay against pirates and slave raiders.

The roughly square-shaped fort occupies an outcropping over Taytay Bay; from this vantage point, defenders could rake the bay with cannon-fire, sinking any foolhardy pirate ships within range. Climb up the stairs into the fort’s upper levels, and you arrive at what looks like a small park, with benches overlooking Taytay Bay and presently dormant cannons still looking out to the sea, as if still on guard against pirates.

Go on an African Safari at Calauit Island

The former dictator Ferdinand Marcos had some crazy ideas, but few were as wild as the African Safari in the north of Palawan. In 1976, Marcos talked the Kenyan government into donating African mega-fauna to the Philippines and stocking Calauit Island with giraffes, zebra, and antelope.

You can ride or walk around several established trails and feeding stations to see the few dozen giraffes and zebra descended from the original arrivals. The African imports mix easily with large local animals like the Calamian deer and wild boar. A safari to Calauit can be easily arranged from the town of Coron. Any hotel or resort around Busuanga Bay will be glad to direct you to their partner tour agencies.

Explore a Prison Without Walls at Iwahig

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Established during American rule in 1902, Iwahig was first conceived as an overflow facility for prisoners from Bilibid Prison in Manila. Later, administrators took advantage of the terrain to convert Iwahig's purpose from punishment to rehabilitation. It's located about 12 miles west of Puerto Princesa, and tours and visits can be easily arranged. The tourist experience includes a dance routine performed by select inmates and a visit to a graceful old building—formerly a recreational center for prisoners—that now showcases the prisoners' handiwork for sale.

Iwahig is an active prison spread across over 20,000 acres with 4,000 prisoners on site. Here, prisoners can choose to farm on their own plots of land or create products that they can then sell to the tourist trade. Family members are even allowed to come live with them. A merit system allows prisoners to earn points and profits towards their release, including fisheries, carpentry, and farming.

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Explore the Top 20 Palawan Tourist Spots: A Tropical Haven

Learn more about the breathtaking Palawan tourist spots in this comprehensive article that includes both the island’s famous and underrated destinations and historical attractions.

Welcome to Palawan, the tropical haven where nature’s masterpiece comes to life! Nestled in the westernmost part of the Philippines, Palawan is a mesmerizing archipelago blessed with stunning landscapes, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life.

As a highly sought-after destination, Palawan has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the world’s best islands.

In this extensive guide, we’ll take you on an unforgettable journey, exploring the top 20 Palawan tourist spots that showcase the island’s natural wonders, cultural heritage, and off-the-beaten-path treasures. So pack your bags, and let the adventure begin!

1. El Nido: The Crown Jewel of Palawan Tourist Spots

El Nido is a top Palawan tourist spot

Palawan’s crown jewel, El Nido, welcomes you with its breathtaking beauty and endless wonders. This coastal town on the northern tip of Palawan is a paradise for travelers seeking a magical beach getaway.

El Nido boasts majestic limestone cliffs rising dramatically from the turquoise waters, forming a backdrop of stunning limestone karst formations.

Island hopping tours are a must here, taking you to enchanting spots like Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, and Shimizu Island, where you can snorkel and dive in vibrant coral reefs.

El Nido is a top Palawan tourist spot with a myriad of natural attractions.

2. Coron Island: A Diver’s Delight

Coron is one of the best tourist spots in Palawan

Located north of Palawan, Coron Island is a diver’s dream come true. Home to numerous World War II shipwrecks, Coron’s underwater world is a historical and marine sanctuary.

Divers from around the globe flock to explore the eerie yet fascinating remnants of the past while surrounded by thriving marine life.

Don’t miss a visit to Kayangan Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning rock formations, offering a glimpse of paradise on Earth.

Of course, the thriving marine ecosystem makes seafood a common cuisine locally.

3. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: An Underground Wonder

The Underground River in Puerto Princesa is one of the most famous Palawan tourist spots

Venturing south, we arrive at Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan. It hosts both natural and historical attractions.

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, is a must-visit destination. It is considered a top-notch Palawan tourist spot.

Explore the underground river by boat, winding your way through a network of chambers adorned with impressive stalactites and stalagmites. This mystical journey will leave you in awe of Mother Nature’s artistic prowess.

Near the cave, you can find a variety of flora and fauna species. Don’t miss seeing the thrilling monitor lizards strolling around.

4. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park: An Oasis for Marine Enthusiasts

Tubbataha Reefs is a globally important Palawan tourist spot

Diving aficionados cannot afford to miss Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, located in the Sulu Sea. This remote marine sanctuary is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its exceptional biodiversity.

The park’s pristine coral reefs are home to an astounding array of marine species, including sharks, manta rays, and colorful reef fish.

Tubbataha Reefs is a bucket-list destination for those seeking an unparalleled underwater adventure.

Thanks to local conservation efforts, the majority of the coral reefs here remain in pristine condition, attracting countless marine species.

It is one of the most eco-friendly tourist destinations in Palawan.

5. Honda Bay: A Tropical Island Hopping Paradise

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Situated on the eastern side of Palawan, Honda Bay offers an array of idyllic islets, each with its own unique charm.

Starfish Island lives up to its name, boasting an abundance of starfish scattered along its shallow shores. Luli Island is another gem, as it appears and disappears with the tide. Cowrie Island is a great spot for water sports and relaxation.

Embark on an island-hopping adventure to savor the beauty of Honda Bay’s tropical wonders.

6. Port Barton: A Tranquil Coastal Getaway

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For those yearning for a laid-back beach experience away from the tourist crowds, Port Barton is the answer.

This unspoiled fishing village on the western coast of Palawan exudes simplicity and charm. Enjoy the pristine beaches, unwind in hammocks under swaying coconut trees, and take in the tranquil ambiance of this coastal gem.

Port Barton’s simplicity is a refreshing escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

7. Nacpan Beach: A Paradise of White Sands and Azure Waters

Nacpan Beach is an off-beaten Palawan tourist spot

Nacpan Beach, located in the northern part of Palawan, is a postcard-perfect destination with its long stretch of powdery white sand and turquoise waters.

Its relaxed atmosphere and captivating sunset views make it an ideal spot to unwind and reconnect with nature.

Take leisurely strolls along the shore, swim in the clear waters, and indulge in the serene beauty of Nacpan Beach, dubbed as an off-beaten Palawan tourist spot.

8. Balabac Island: A Hidden Gem Off the Beaten Path

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Seeking an off-the-beaten-path adventure? Balabac Island, located in the southernmost part of Palawan, awaits with its untouched beauty.

With its stunning lagoons, sandbars, and diverse wildlife, Balabac is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and photographers.

Explore the enchanting Candaraman Island, witness the surreal beauty of Onuk Island, and bask in the pink-hued sands of the renowned Pink Beach.

Many travellers acclaim that the beaches of Balabac can rival those of Boracay Island.

9. Calauit Safari Park: An African Experience in Palawan

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Have you ever dreamed of going on an African safari? Calauit Safari Park brings that dream to life within the lush landscapes of Palawan.

Located in Busuanga, Calauit Island, the park is a vast conservation area where you can spot African animals such as giraffes, zebras, and gazelles, which were introduced here in the 1970s.

Witnessing these magnificent creatures roaming freely is an unforgettable experience.

Indeed, you don’t have to spend a fortune travelling around African countries to have a semblance of these majestic creatures.

10. Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Puerto Princesa: A Glimpse into Palawan’s History

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For a touch of culture and history, make sure to visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Puerto Princesa.

This century-old church is an architectural marvel and a significant religious site in Palawan. Its striking design reflects European and Filipino influences, offering a glimpse into the island’s colonial past.

As one of the centers of Catholicism in the area, the church hosts daily masses. Near the church are other historical attractions.

11. Ugong Rock: A Thrilling Adventure Amidst Nature

Get your adrenaline pumping at Ugong Rock in Puerto Princesa. This limestone formation offers spelunking and zip-lining experiences, providing a unique perspective of Palawan’s natural wonders.

Climb up the limestone cliffs and zip-line through the lush forest canopy, experiencing an exhilarating adventure in the heart of nature.

12. Batak Tribe Community: Immersion in Indigenous Culture

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Palawan is not just about natural beauty; it is also rich in indigenous culture. A visit to the Batak Tribe Community allows you to immerse yourself in the traditional way of life of one of the island’s indigenous tribes.

Interact with the locals, learn about their handicrafts and customs, and experience warm hospitality. It’s a rare opportunity to connect with Palawan’s indigenous heritage.

13. Snake Island: A Sandbar Shaped Like a Serpent

Don’t be alarmed by the name; Snake Island is a stunning sandbar in Honda Bay, named for its shape, which resembles a snake.

During low tide, a curvy sandbar emerges, creating a unique and picturesque landform. Stroll along the sandbar, take Instagram-worthy photos, and enjoy the serenity of this natural wonder.

Don’t forget to capture the mesmerizing view from the viewpoint of the island’s peak.

14. Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour: A Journey through Coastal Ecosystems

Venture into the heart of mangrove forests with a paddle boat tour. This eco-friendly experience allows you to witness the intricate ecosystem of mangroves and spot various bird species, including kingfishers and herons.

The tour also educates visitors about the importance of mangrove conservation in preserving coastal biodiversity.

As you glide through the calm waters, take in the serene beauty of the mangrove-lined riverbanks.

15. Nagtabon Beach: A Hidden Gem on the West Coast

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A hidden gem located on the west coast of Palawan, Nagtabon Beach offers a peaceful retreat with captivating sunset views and opportunities for surfing.

If you want to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in nature, Nagtabon Beach is the place to be. Enjoy the serenity, take a leisurely swim, or catch some waves for an exhilarating surfing experience.

Nagtabon beach is now one of the rising Palawan tourist spots.

16. Tabon Caves: The Cradle of Philippine Civilization

Delve into the history of Palawan by exploring the Tabon Caves, known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization.”

These caves, located in the municipality of Quezon, contain ancient artifacts and remains dating back thousands of years, shedding light on Palawan’s early inhabitants and their way of life.

The Tabon Caves Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering a unique glimpse into the island’s prehistoric past.

17. Estrella Falls: A Refreshing Oasis in the Jungle

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Escape to the lush jungles of Narra town and discover the captivating beauty of Estrella Falls. This multi-tiered waterfall is a refreshing oasis perfect for swimming, picnics, and basking in the beauty of nature.

Surrounded by the vibrant greenery of the forest, Estrella Falls offers a serene and idyllic setting to relax and rejuvenate.

18. Dolphin Watching in Puerto Princesa: A Magical Encounter

Embark on an early morning dolphin-watching tour and witness playful dolphins frolicking in the open sea.

This enchanting experience will leave you in awe of nature’s beauty and the gracefulness of these magnificent creatures.

Keep your camera ready to capture the magical moments as the dolphins dance and glide alongside the boat.

19. Cuyo Fort and Lighthouse: A Historical Landmark

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Step back in time and visit the Cuyo Fort, a historical landmark built during the Spanish colonial era. The fort served as a defense against pirates and other threats during that time.

Climb up the lighthouse for a panoramic view of the island and the surrounding seas, making it a perfect spot for photo enthusiasts. Explore the narrow streets of Cuyo town and immerse yourself in its colonial charm.

20. Maquinit Hot Spring: A Soothing Escape in Coron

After days of exploring Palawan’s wonders, it’s time to relax and rejuvenate your senses at Maquinit Hot Spring in Coron. Nestled amidst lush greenery, this natural hot spring offers a soothing escape.

Enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the warm waters while taking in the tranquil surroundings. Let the warmth melt away your fatigue, leaving you refreshed and ready for more adventures in Palawan.

Palawan is a destination that will captivate your heart and soul with its breathtaking beauty, unique experiences, and warm hospitality. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a beach lover, or a cultural enthusiast, the top Palawan tourist spots have something unique to offer.

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So, what are you waiting for? Grab your swimsuit and camera, and let Palawan enchant you with its natural wonders and warm embrace!

Whether it’s exploring the limestone cliffs of El Nido, diving among shipwrecks in Coron, or immersing in the cultural heritage of indigenous tribes, Palawan promises an unforgettable journey that will leave you yearning to return to this tropical paradise again and again.

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What to See in Palawan: 25 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Palawan, Philippines in 2023

Palawan Insider Team

  • November 26, 2023
  • Tourist Spots

Add New Post Edit with Elementor Save draft Publish 47/100 77 /100 Error notice Updating failed. You are probably offline. Image: Change block type or style Move Image block from position 98 up to position 97 Move Image block from position 98 down to position 99 Change alignment What to See in Palawan: 25 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Palawan, Philippines in 2023 Wondering what to include on your Palawan itinerary? In this guide, we highlighted the top tourist attractions in Palawan—from Coron to Balabac. The striking allure of Palawan and the warmth of its people converge to offer an unmatched experience for every traveler visiting this place. While it may be true that Boracay is the star attraction of the Philippines, the province of Palawan offers everything you want to enjoy from the Philippines. Palawan’s waters that will draw you closer to discovering them more are the island’s definition. With seascapes that are unquestionably some of the best in the world, there are countless reasons why the country’s most sparsely populated region is well-loved by tourists from all over the world. It is also interesting to note that this 403-mile island stretches as far as Borneo. Here are 25 of the must-visit tourist spots in Palawan: 1. Kayangan Lake Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan - Things to Do in Coron Palawan The view of Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan Located in beautiful Coron, Kayangan Lake is regarded as the cleanest lake in the country – some even consider it the cleanest lake in Asia. Before you can reach the lake itself, a trek is needed, but the fascinating views once you get to it are worth all the effort. The lake is warm and inviting, and don’t forget to gaze at its prepossessing jagged rock formations. 2. Barracuda Lake Barracuda Lake - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan Barracuda Lake in Coron, Palawan Love diving? Then Barracuda Lake should be on your itinerary. Also situated in Coron, this lake combines both fresh and salt waters that hold a secret hidden beneath it. To know this secret, you’ve got to dive in. This lake is named after a sizable barracuda skeleton once discovered in its depths. But don’t worry because though its name is “Barracuda,” there are not many barracudas in these waters, except for its resident barracuda that likes to conceal itself among the rocks at the lake’s far side. Yes, it will remind you of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, indeed. 3. Twin Lagoon Twin Lagoon in Coron Palawan2 An aerial shot of the Twin Lagoon in Coron, Palawan The only way to get to the Twin Lagoon is by boat. If you wish for a more tranquil trip, you can ride a private boat, and you’ll reach this place early in the morning before the crowds arrive. But that does not mean you can’t take a boat ride with other tourists. Quite reminiscent of Italy’s Capri island, the Twin Lagoon got its name from the two bodies of water separated by stunning limestone cliffs on one of the many islets making up Palawan’s Calamian archipelago. You can explore its reefs and capture the best photos you can share with your friends on social media. 4. Siete Pecados Siete Pecados - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan An aerial view of Siete Pecados in Coron, Palawan Meanwhile, Siete Pecados is called such because of its seven islands bursting with marine life. You can mingle with sea turtles, squid, tropical angelfish, baby sharks, and octopi, among many others. Snorkel or dive into its turquoise waters to see its grandeur. This site is Coron’s closest dive site to the town proper. In just within a few minutes, your boat ride will take you right in the middle of its seven islands. 5. Calauit Island National Park Calauit Safari - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan Zebras at Calauit Safari in Coron, Palawan If you want to take a break from Palawan’s waters, head over to Calauit Island National Park. Spanning almost 3,800 hectares, this wildlife sanctuary was originally a game reserve established in 1976. Did you know that the park’s large African mammals were translocated here under the orders of former President Ferdinand Marcos? You won’t need to book a flight to Africa when you visit Calauit Island National Park. Roaming around the park are giraffes, waterbucks, monkeys, freshwater crocodiles, bear cats, zebras, bushbuck, various species of birds, and the region’s very own Calamian deer. 6. Mount Tapyas Mt. Tapyas - Things to Do in Coron Palawan The view from Mt. Tapyas in Coron, Palawan Palawan isn’t just about the beaches and waters. For hiking enthusiasts, there are also some trails you can tread, such as those of Mount Tapyas. Mount Tapyas is the most famous viewpoint in Coron. You will be treated to sweeping views over the rolling hills, a directed look toward the island, and a spectacular sunset you will never forget. However, before you get to the summit, you need to climb a whopping 721 steps. Not for the faint of heart, but avid hikers will love it. 7. Pamalican Island Pamalican Island - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan An aerial shot of Pamalican Island in Coron, Palawan Pamalican Island is a tiny and sandy island part of the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, which is located between Palawan and Panay. It is a private island fringed with mesmerizing white sand beaches and coral reefs. Offering a retreat to nature in supreme comfort and privacy, this tropical getaway also has calm and clear seas perfect for water sports, as well as sandy tracks that will lead you to jungle-clad lookouts and deserted coves. You may have seen it from your friends’ posts online, Pamalican Island is where you can find the luxurious Amanpulo Resort, the go-to resort for many Hollywood celebrities when in the Philippines. So if you don’t mind shelling out some bucks to take in the best of the best, book a stay at this resort. 8. Malcapuya Island Malcapuya Island in Coron Palawan - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan An aerial shot of Malcapuya Island in Coron, Palawn Malcapuya Island belongs to Culion municipality but is also part of the Calamian group of islands. Considered by many travelers as one of the most beautiful islands in Coron, it is teeming with crystal clear blue waters and powdery white sands, providing the best idyllic backdrop for relaxation. Activities you can do here include swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying a sumptuous picnic lunch right on the sands of this paradise. 9. Big Lagoon Big Lagoon - Tourist Spots in El Nido Palawan The majestic view of Big Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan Located off the eastern coast of El Nido’s Miniloc Island, Big Lagoon is famous for its vibrantly-hued waters and picturesque limestone rocks greeting you over the horizon. Your boat will approach this lagoon around a rock fronting a smaller lagoon. From here at the entrance, you can linger for a while and marvel at the Gatorade-blue pool. As it's shallowest, you can take a plunge and swim leisurely alongside sea turtles, or snorkel a bit farther to see some charming corals underneath you. 10. Small Lagoon Small Lagoon - Best Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan Small Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan You bet that if there’s a “Big Lagoon,” there has to be a “Small Lagoon.” Right, and Small Lagoon, being the more cramped version of the former, lets you pass through a narrow entrance that you need to plunge into or ride a kayak and go through a gap on a wall made of limestone, so you can see the turquoise waters and limestone cliffs inside. Then, you can either swim or kayak around this lagoon’s waters, and enjoy its calmness pulsating in harmony with the wildlife. 11. Shimizu Island Shimizu Island - El Nido Tours Shimizu Island in El Nido, Palawan welcomes you to its crystal-clear waters Shimizu Island is part of one of the most popular island-hopping tour packages in Palawan, which takes you here, and to Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Secret Lagoon, among others. Snorkeling the calm and crystal clear waters is a recommended activity around this island. You will see colorful coral reefs and vibrant tropical fish wading beneath. Surrounding the island are black cliffs that shoot into the sky, laden with impressively lush trees. Being a popular tour package, feel free to take advantage of this as you socialize with other tourists over a lavish fresh seafood lunch. 12. Cadlao Lagoon Cadlao Lagoon in El Nido Palawan Cadlao Lagoon is one of the most popular attractions in El Nido, Palawan Characterized by its turquoise waters splashing on its tiny pocket of white sands, Cadlao Lagoon is pure bliss. Ask your tour guides about their favorite lagoon in El Nido, and they will tell you it’s this lagoon. Its waters are best for kayaking and even a short hike leading to a rocky lookout. However, like many islands in Palawan, Cadlao Lagoon is only accessible by boat. But if you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can use your kayak and paddle your way here. 13. Nacpan Beach Nacpan Beach - Best Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan Another pride of El Nido is Nacpan Beach, and you’ll understand why. Before, it was a secret destination only visited by a few tourists, until it was discovered by more tourists. Eventually, it has become among the most popular beaches in beautiful El Nido. Well, it doesn’t have to be a secret as it is wonderful here. Visitors can simply lie on the beach consisting of cream-colored sands lined with coconut trees, or on hammocks if they wish to do some sunbathing. Then, you can swim its crystal clear turquoise waters, or play volleyball, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Discover its magic. 14. Taraw Cliff Taraw Cliff - Tourist Spots in El Nido Palawan The view of Bacuit Bay from Taraw Cliff in El Nido, Palawan Continuing on the list of the top tourist attractions in Palawan with Taraw Cliff. If you fancy trekking, this is for you. But, since the trek features sharp rocks in high heat and humidity, though a short climb, it is not for everyone. Should you wish to partake in this adventure, it is strictly recommended that you follow your guide as they will tell you the path to tread. Before you reach the rocks and the vantage point for amazing views of the area, you will walk through a small jungle and some jungle areas. 15. Seven Commandos Beach Wondering what to include on your Palawan itinerary? In this guide, we highlighted the top tourist attractions in Palawan—from Coron to Balabac. An aerial view of Seven Commandos Beach in El Nido, Palawan This beach got its name from the seven soldiers who were once stranded there. Seven Commandos Beach is known for its fine white sands lined with towering coconut trees standing at the foot of gorgeous limestone cliffs. Seven Commandos Beach is usually part of your El Nido island hopping tour. You can swim, snorkel, play beach volleyball, and indulge yourself with refreshing beverages, as this is the only island in El Nido, alongside its high-end resorts, with bars. Food is also served on this beach. 16. Puerto Princesa Underground River Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour.jpg2 Tourists about to get inside the Puerto Princesa Underground River If there’s one destination that you should never ever miss when you plan to visit Palawan, it has to be the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this subterranean river national park is often featured in school books, so you know this place is really important. As you wear your life vest and your protective helmet, a boat will take you inside the cave where you will get to see the most breathtaking cave formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Among this underground river’s distinguishing attributes is that it directly emerges into the sea, with its lower portion subject to tidal influences. It also serves as a habitat for some wildlife. 17. Luli Island Luli Island on Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan An aerial shot of Luli Island, one of the islands you can visit in Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Luli Island is one of the three important islands you will visit in Honda Bay. Honda Bay has 16 islands in total, but only three are open to tourists. Curious about where the island’s name came from? Well, it is taken from the first syllables of two Filipino words, lulubog (“to sink”) and lilitaw (“to surface”), as the island’s sandbar appears and disappears depending on the tides. It is beautiful here. You’ll be able to enjoy Luli Island’s powdery cream sand and clear emerald waters. You may also rent cottages and snorkeling equipment. 18. Cowrie Island Cowrie Island is another of the three islands you’ll be visiting in Honda Bay, the others being Luli Island and Starfish Island. The island got its name from the cowrie shells scattered around the area. Cowries are a type of sea snail. Aside from swimming in and snorkeling in its beguiling waters, tourists can also enjoy really incredible views of the island. Remember to take photos that you can keep as memories. Interestingly, some friendly locals on the island even offer to snap some artistic pictures of you on the island, free of charge. You can also enjoy a delicious picnic-style meal while on Cowrie Island. 19. Ugong Rock Adventures Are you an adrenaline junkie? You must include the Ugong Rock Adventures in your itinerary. Best paired with your visit to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Ugong Rock Adventures involves climbing Ugong Rock, an enormous moss-covered limestone formation where you will see such a glorious view of the mountains and the surrounding rice fields from the summit. But right before you begin climbing, you’ll be able to see equally astounding untouched mineral deposits in caves. After you’re done taking in everything that the rock’s summit has to offer, you can choose to descend Ugong Rock by a single-rider zipline with a 71-meter drop. 20. Long Beach Image Upload an image file, pick one from your media library, or add one with a URL. UploadMedia Library Insert from URL San Vicente is an exquisite municipality located on the northwestern side of the island of Palawan. If you are passing by in this part of the province, don’t forget to visit Long Beach. Long Beach is regarded as the longest white sand beach in the Philippines and the second-longest across Southeast Asia, hence its name. You can take a dip into its crystal clear waters, or take a walk to explore the beach. If you just wish to relax, you can simply lounge by the ocean, read a book, listen to the waves, or chat with the friendly locals. 21. Bato Ni Ningning Bato Ni Ningning - Things to Do in San Vicente Palawan The view of Irawan Beach from Bato Ni Ningning in San Vicente, Palawan Another must-visit tourist spot in San Vicente is Bato Ni Ningning, touted as the municipality’s “rock star.” The place refers to the iconic rock sitting on top of a hill in San Vicente’s Barangay Sto. Niño. Its name came from a TV show featuring a character named “Ningning” and how this area where the boulder is became her playground. Activities to do at Bato Ni Ningning include climbing atop the hill, of course. You can either use a motorbike to ascend or simply walk. The neighborhood’s community also serves up a meal usually consisting of fresh seafood and barbecue which you can enjoy. 22. Boayan Island Boayan Island - Things to Do in San Vicente Palawan The rich marine ecosystem of Boayan Island in San Vicente, Palawan Boayan Island is the largest island in San Vicente. Hiking is one of the most popular activities here where you can immerse yourself in views of the area from the island’s higher elevations. You may also explore its reefs, and many tourists who have visited this place say the waters are warm, clean, and peaceful. There are also areas where you can play volleyball and badminton. The island’s residents can also prepare food and perform music for you. But those tourists also say you must ready yourself for the pesky sandflies that could bite you. They can be allergic, so be sure to bring an insect repellant with you. 23. Onuk Island Image Upload an image file, pick one from your media library, or add one with a URL. UploadMedia Library Insert from URL Onuk Island is another of the province’s paradises located in Balabac. Balabac is a municipality in the south of Palawan. This island may be tiny, but it has vast clear waters, a sandbar that shows up during low tide, giant clams, wild sea turtles, a coral reef, and a stilt over-water walkway. You may be focused on visiting the underground river or El Nido while you’re in Palawan, but making some time for Onuk Island will be all worth it. 24. Mansalangan Sandbar Another jewel of Palawan’s southern area is the Mansalangan Sandbar. Also referred to as Byan Island, Mansalangan Sandbar is reachable by taking an island-hopping tour in Balabac. If you are a beach bum and love the sun, or just want the perfect place to relax, detoxify, and clear your mind from unwanted thoughts, Mansalangan Sandbar should be on your bucket list. 25. Patawan Island Last but not least is Patawan Island. Also located in Balabac, it is a small islet in the Sulu Sea. Unlike other islands in the municipality, Patawan Island is privately owned. Many tourists also call it “Dolphin Island” because of its shape which resembles a dolphin as seen from drone images. The island has white sands, clear waters, corals, and fish, perfect for snorkeling. You Complete Palawan Travel Guide From the bustling Puerto Princesa capital city, to the wondrous islands in El Nido, to quaint municipalities like San Vicente, Palawan is every traveler’s dream destination. Adventurous souls will appreciate this Philippine province as it is filled with natural sceneries that will leave you wanting more. Toggle panel: AIOSEO Settings Snippet Preview https://palawaninsider.com/tourist-attractions-in-palawan/ What to See in Palawan: 25 Must-Visit Tourist Attractions in Palawan, Philippines in 2023 - PALAWAN… Wondering what to include on your Palawan itinerary? In this guide, we highlighted the top tourist attractions in Palawan—from Coron to Balabac. 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Wondering what to include on your Palawan itinerary? In this guide, we highlighted the top tourist attractions in Palawan—from Coron to Balabac.

The striking allure of Palawan and the warmth of its people converge to offer an unmatched experience for every traveler visiting this place. While it may be true that Boracay is the star attraction of the Philippines, the province of Palawan offers everything you want to enjoy from the Philippines.

Palawan’s waters that will draw you closer to discovering them more are the island’s definition. With seascapes that are unquestionably some of the best in the world, there are countless reasons why the country’s most sparsely populated region is well-loved by tourists from all over the world. It is also interesting to note that this 403-mile island stretches as far as Borneo.

Here are 25 of the must-visit tourist spots in Palawan:

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1. Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake in Coron, Palawan - Things to Do in Coron Palawan

Located in beautiful Coron , Kayangan Lake is regarded as the cleanest lake in the country – some even consider it the cleanest lake in Asia. Before you can reach the lake itself, a trek is needed, but the fascinating views once you get to it are worth all the effort. The lake is warm and inviting, and don’t forget to gaze at its prepossessing jagged rock formations. 

2. Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

Love diving? Then Barracuda Lake should be on your itinerary. Also situated in Coron, this lake combines both fresh and salt waters that hold a secret hidden beneath it. To know this secret, you’ve got to dive in.

This lake is named after a sizable barracuda skeleton once discovered in its depths. But don’t worry because though its name is “Barracuda,” there are not many barracudas in these waters, except for its resident barracuda that likes to conceal itself among the rocks at the lake’s far side. Yes, it will remind you of Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, indeed.

3. Twin Lagoon

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The only way to get to the Twin Lagoon is by boat. If you wish for a more tranquil trip, you can ride a private boat, and you’ll reach this place early in the morning before the crowds arrive. But that does not mean you can’t take a boat ride with other tourists. 

Quite reminiscent of Italy’s Capri island, the Twin Lagoon got its name from the two bodies of water separated by stunning limestone cliffs on one of the many islets making up Palawan’s Calamian archipelago. You can explore its reefs and capture the best photos you can share with your friends on social media. 

4. Siete Pecados

Siete Pecados - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

Meanwhile, Siete Pecados is called such because of its seven islands bursting with marine life. You can mingle with sea turtles, squid, tropical angelfish, baby sharks, and octopi, among many others. Snorkel or dive into its turquoise waters to see its grandeur. 

This site is Coron’s closest dive site to the town proper. In just within a few minutes, your boat ride will take you right in the middle of its seven islands.

5. Calauit Island National Park

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If you want to take a break from Palawan’s waters, head over to Calauit Island National Park. Spanning almost 3,800 hectares, this wildlife sanctuary was originally a game reserve established in 1976. Did you know that the park’s large African mammals were translocated here under the orders of former President Ferdinand Marcos? 

You won’t need to book a flight to Africa when you visit Calauit Island National Park. Roaming around the park are giraffes, waterbucks, monkeys, freshwater crocodiles, bear cats, zebras, bushbuck, various species of birds, and the region’s very own Calamian deer.

6. Mount Tapyas

Mt. Tapyas - Things to Do in Coron Palawan

Palawan isn’t just about the beaches and waters. For hiking enthusiasts, there are also some trails you can tread, such as those of Mount Tapyas.

Mount Tapyas is the most famous viewpoint in Coron. You will be treated to sweeping views over the rolling hills, a directed look toward the island, and a spectacular sunset you will never forget. However, before you get to the summit, you need to climb a whopping 721 steps. Not for the faint of heart, but avid hikers will love it. 

7. Pamalican Island

Pamalican Island - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

Pamalican Island is a tiny and sandy island part of the Cuyo Islands in the Sulu Sea, which is located between Palawan and Panay. It is a private island fringed with mesmerizing white sand beaches and coral reefs. 

Offering a retreat to nature in supreme comfort and privacy, this tropical getaway also has calm and clear seas perfect for water sports, as well as sandy tracks that will lead you to jungle-clad lookouts and deserted coves. 

You may have seen it from your friends’ posts online, Pamalican Island is where you can find the luxurious Amanpulo Resort, the go-to resort for many Hollywood celebrities when in the Philippines. So if you don’t mind shelling out some bucks to take in the best of the best, book a stay at this resort.

8. Malcapuya Island

Malcapuya Island in Coron Palawan - Tourist Spots in Coron Palawan

Malcapuya Island belongs to Culion municipality but is also part of the Calamian group of islands. Considered by many travelers as one of the most beautiful islands in Coron, it is teeming with crystal clear blue waters and powdery white sands, providing the best idyllic backdrop for relaxation. Activities you can do here include swimming, snorkeling, or enjoying a sumptuous picnic lunch right on the sands of this paradise.

9. Big Lagoon

Big Lagoon - Tourist Spots in El Nido Palawan

Located off the eastern coast of El Nido’s Miniloc Island, Big Lagoon is famous for its vibrantly-hued waters and picturesque limestone rocks greeting you over the horizon.

Your boat will approach this lagoon around a rock fronting a smaller lagoon. From here at the entrance, you can linger for a while and marvel at the Gatorade-blue pool.

As it’s shallowest, you can take a plunge and swim leisurely alongside sea turtles, or snorkel a bit farther to see some charming corals underneath you.

10. Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon - Best Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan

You bet that if there’s a “Big Lagoon,” there has to be a “Small Lagoon.” Right, and Small Lagoon, being the more cramped version of the former, lets you pass through a narrow entrance that you need to plunge into or ride a kayak and go through a gap on a wall made of limestone, so you can see the turquoise waters and limestone cliffs inside.  

Then, you can either swim or kayak around this lagoon’s waters, and enjoy its calmness pulsating in harmony with the wildlife.

11. Shimizu Island

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Shimizu Island is part of one of the most popular island-hopping tour packages in Palawan, which takes you here, and to Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, and Secret Lagoon, among others.

Snorkeling the calm and crystal clear waters is a recommended activity around this island. You will see colorful coral reefs and vibrant tropical fish wading beneath. Surrounding the island are black cliffs that shoot into the sky, laden with impressively lush trees.

Being a popular tour package, feel free to take advantage of this as you socialize with other tourists over a lavish fresh seafood lunch. 

12. Cadlao Lagoon

Cadlao Lagoon in El Nido Palawan

Characterized by its turquoise waters splashing on its tiny pocket of white sands, Cadlao Lagoon is pure bliss. Ask your tour guides about their favorite lagoon in El Nido , and they will tell you it’s this lagoon. 

Its waters are best for kayaking and even a short hike leading to a rocky lookout. However, like many islands in Palawan, Cadlao Lagoon is only accessible by boat. But if you are feeling a bit adventurous, you can use your kayak and paddle your way here.

13. Nacpan Beach

Nacpan Beach - Best Things to Do in El Nido, Palawan

Another pride of El Nido is Nacpan Beach, and you’ll understand why. Before, it was a secret destination only visited by a few tourists, until it was discovered by more tourists. Eventually, it has become among the most popular beaches in beautiful El Nido. Well, it doesn’t have to be a secret as it is wonderful here. 

Visitors can simply lie on the beach consisting of cream-colored sands lined with coconut trees, or on hammocks if they wish to do some sunbathing. Then, you can swim its crystal clear turquoise waters, or play volleyball, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Discover its magic.

14. Taraw Cliff

Taraw Cliff - Tourist Spots in El Nido Palawan

Continuing on the list of the top tourist attractions in Palawan with Taraw Cliff. If you fancy trekking, this is for you. But, since the trek features sharp rocks in high heat and humidity, though a short climb, it is not for everyone. 

Should you wish to partake in this adventure, it is strictly recommended that you follow your guide as they will tell you the path to tread. Before you reach the rocks and the vantage point for amazing views of the area, you will walk through a small jungle and some jungle areas.

15. Seven Commandos Beach

Wondering what to include on your Palawan itinerary? In this guide, we highlighted the top tourist attractions in Palawan—from Coron to Balabac.

This beach got its name from the seven soldiers who were once stranded there. Seven Commandos Beach is known for its fine white sands lined with towering coconut trees standing at the foot of gorgeous limestone cliffs.

Seven Commandos Beach is usually part of your El Nido island hopping tour . You can swim, snorkel, play beach volleyball, and indulge yourself with refreshing beverages, as this is the only island in El Nido, alongside its high-end resorts, with bars. Food is also served on this beach.

16. Puerto Princesa Underground River

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If there’s one destination that you should never ever miss when you plan to visit Palawan, it has to be the Puerto Princesa Underground River . Apart from being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this subterranean river national park is often featured in school books, so you know this place is really important. 

As you wear your life vest and your protective helmet, a boat will take you inside the cave where you will get to see the most breathtaking cave formations, stalactites, and stalagmites.  Among this underground river’s distinguishing attributes is that it directly emerges into the sea, with its lower portion subject to tidal influences. It also serves as a habitat for some wildlife.

17. Luli Island

Luli Island on Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Luli Island is one of the three important islands you will visit in Honda Bay. Honda Bay has 16 islands in total, but only three are open to tourists.

Curious about where the island’s name came from? Well, it is taken from the first syllables of two Filipino words, lulubog (“to sink”) and lilitaw (“to surface”), as the island’s sandbar appears and disappears depending on the tides.

It is beautiful here. You’ll be able to enjoy Luli Island’s powdery cream sand and clear emerald waters. You may also rent cottages and snorkeling equipment. 

18. Cowrie Island

Cowrie Island Puerto Princesa Tourist Attractions in Palawan

Cowrie Island is another of the three islands you’ll be visiting in Honda Bay, the others being Luli Island and Starfish Island. 

The island got its name from the cowrie shells scattered around the area. Cowries are a type of sea snail. 

Aside from swimming in and snorkeling in its beguiling waters, tourists can also enjoy really incredible views of the island. Remember to take photos that you can keep as memories. 

Interestingly, some friendly locals on the island even offer to snap some artistic pictures of you on the island, free of charge. You can also enjoy a delicious picnic-style meal while on Cowrie Island.

19. Ugong Rock Adventures

Ugong Rock Adventures Tourist Attractions in Palawan

Are you an adrenaline junkie? You must include the Ugong Rock Adventures in your itinerary. Best paired with your visit to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Ugong Rock Adventures involves climbing Ugong Rock, an enormous moss-covered limestone formation where you will see such a glorious view of the mountains and the surrounding rice fields from the summit. 

But right before you begin climbing, you’ll be able to see equally astounding untouched mineral deposits in caves. After you’re done taking in everything that the rock’s summit has to offer, you can choose to descend Ugong Rock by a single-rider zipline with a 71-meter drop.

20. Long Beach

Long Beach San Vicente Palawan Tourist Attractions in Palawan

San Vicente is an exquisite municipality located on the northwestern side of the island of Palawan. If you are passing by in this part of the province, don’t forget to visit Long Beach. 

Long Beach is regarded as the longest white sand beach in the Philippines and the second-longest across Southeast Asia, hence its name.

You can take a dip into its crystal clear waters, or take a walk to explore the beach. If you just wish to relax, you can simply lounge by the ocean, read a book, listen to the waves, or chat with the friendly locals.

21. Bato Ni Ningning

Bato Ni Ningning - Things to Do in San Vicente Palawan

Another must-visit tourist spot in San Vicente is Bato Ni Ningning, touted as the municipality’s “rock star.” The place refers to the iconic rock sitting on top of a hill in San Vicente’s Barangay Sto. Niño. Its name came from a TV show featuring a character named “Ningning” and how this area where the boulder is became her playground.

Activities to do at Bato Ni Ningning include climbing atop the hill, of course. You can either use a motorbike to ascend or simply walk. The neighborhood’s community also serves up a meal usually consisting of fresh seafood and barbecue which you can enjoy.

22. Boayan Island

Boayan Island - Things to Do in San Vicente Palawan

Boayan Island is the largest island in San Vicente. Hiking is one of the most popular activities here where you can immerse yourself in views of the area from the island’s higher elevations. 

You may also explore its reefs, and many tourists who have visited this place say the waters are warm, clean, and peaceful. There are also areas where you can play volleyball and badminton. 

The island’s residents can also prepare food and perform music for you. But those tourists also say you must ready yourself for the pesky sandflies that could bite you. They can be allergic, so be sure to bring an insect repellant with you.

23. Onuk Island

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Onuk Island is another of the province’s paradises located in Balabac . Balabac is a municipality in the south of Palawan. 

This island may be tiny, but it has vast clear waters, a sandbar that shows up during low tide, giant clams, wild sea turtles, a coral reef, and a stilt over-water walkway. You may be focused on visiting the underground river or El Nido while you’re in Palawan, but making some time for Onuk Island will be all worth it.

24. Mansalangan Sandbar

Mansalangan Sandbar Balabac Palawan Tourist Attractions in Palawan

Another jewel of Palawan’s southern area is the Mansalangan Sandbar. Also referred to as Byan Island, Mansalangan Sandbar is reachable by taking an island-hopping tour in Balabac.

If you are a beach bum and love the sun, or just want the perfect place to relax, detoxify, and clear your mind from unwanted thoughts, Mansalangan Sandbar should be on your bucket list. 

25. Patawan Island

Patawan Island Balabac Palawan Tourist Attractions in Palawan

Last but not least is Patawan Island. Also located in Balabac, it is a small islet in the Sulu Sea. Unlike other islands in the municipality, Patawan Island is privately owned. 

Many tourists also call it “Dolphin Island” because of its shape which resembles a dolphin as seen from drone images. The island has white sands, clear waters, corals, and fish, perfect for snorkeling. 

You Complete Palawan Travel Guide

From the bustling Puerto Princesa capital city, to the wondrous islands in El Nido, to quaint municipalities like San Vicente, Palawan is every traveler’s dream destination. Adventurous souls will appreciate this Philippine province as it is filled with natural sceneries that will leave you wanting more.

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Palawan is arguably one of the top tourist destinations in the tropical paradise of the Philippines. Read on and discover the stunning sights that are responsible for making this island-province so breathtakingly irresistible to globetrotters.

1. tubbataha reefs natural park.

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2. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

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4. Kayangan Lake

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Considered by many as the cleanest lake in the Philippines, and by some as even the cleanest in Asia, Kayangan Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Coron. It’s a bit of a trek (a few hundred steps) to get to the lake itself from the docking point, but the gorgeous views more than make up for the effort. The lake is warm and inviting but can get especially crowded during peak season. Try to drop by during the least popular hours of the day to avoid too much company. Sights below the lake’s surface are just as spectacular as those above, with its striking jagged rock formations that just call to be explored.

5. Small Lagoon

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El Nido’s not-so-small Small Lagoon is a wonder to explore on kayak. Be prepared to squeeze through its narrow opening between two limestone rock formations but be even more prepared for the jaw-dropping sights that await inside. Entering the Small Lagoon will feel like entering an entirely new, almost fantasy-like world. The towering rock formations that surround it contrast the lagoon’s sparkling azure waters. Once inside, the real fun begins with exploring its many nooks and crannies. Paddle away or let the water guide your drift. This is one attraction that’s truly magical.

6. Culion Island

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This little island neighboring the tourist hotspot of Coron is much more than meets the eye. In the early 1900’s, Culion was a designated leper colony and was divided into two areas: one for the disease-inflicted, and the other for its “healthy” residents. Many of Culion’s inflicted residents were torn away from their homes and families and shipped off to what was then a completely foreign island, never to return home again. And while the island today is leprosy-free, reminders of its painful, isolating past still remain. There’s the Culion Museum and Archives and all around town are historical structures from its days as a leper colony, accompanied by information signages that take visitors back to how life might have been like back then. Often overlooked, a trip to Culion is a moving historical experience that should not be missed.

7. Coron Bay Shipwrecks

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Coron is considered a wreck diver’s utopia due to the sheer number of shipwrecks right beneath the busy surface of Coron Bay. The United States’ WWII bombardment of Japanese ships in September 1944 has left nearly a dozen wrecks in the area, now bustling with marine life and still well-preserved. Because many of these vessels belonged to a supply fleet, they were carrying a good number of equipment and vehicles when they went down. These still-intact machinery make for interesting sights for wreck divers today.

8. Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Ecotourism And Wildlife Park

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9. Port Barton

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This fishing village in the municipality of San Vicente sits almost halfway between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. For some reason, its beautiful beaches and islets aren’t nearly as popular as those of El Nido or Coron. So this is one Palawan destination that still remains quite low-key. This is also perhaps its strongest allure — that its sand and shores are still peaceful, and can still be savored without the company of tourists docking one bangka after the other. Aside from pristine island-hopping stops like German Island and Exotic Island, Port Barton also has thriving reefs perfect for snorkeling and wrecks for advanced divers.

10. Honday Bay Islands

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For Palawan visitors who don’t have enough time to venture up north to El Nido or Coron, the islands of Honda Bay, near the heart of the province’s capital, are a good alternative. It’s about a half-hour drive from the city proper to the Honda Bay port, where travelers can arrange their day-long island-hopping tour. Stop at Starfish Island for endless encounters with – you guessed it – starfish. Check out the picture-perfect sand bar that is Luli Island, which recedes and emerges with the tide (the name is literally derived from Filipino words which mean “sinking” and “rising”). And admire the flourishing reefs of Pandan Island and their schools of colorful fish swimming about, extremely close to shore. Set off on the tour equipped with a snorkeling set and you won’t even notice time go by as you drift along Honda Bay’s crystal clear waters, marveling at the wondrous world below.

11. Ugong Rock

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12. El Nido Beaches

Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan

El Nido’s dreamy beaches aren’t limited to the stops of the island-hopping tours that take you around Bacuit Bay. It also has some that are easily reached by tricycle — no boat rentals necessary. The most popular ones include Nacpan, Marimegmeg, Las Cabanas, and Corong-Corong. Aside from sunbathing, walking by the shore, and gloriously lazing the day away with a cocktail in hand, perhaps the best thing to do at these beaches is to wait for sunset and watch as everything takes on the soft, warm glow of golden hour.

13. Tabon Cave Complex

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Not nearly as popular as Puerto’s Underground River, the Tabon Caves in the municipality of Quezon has been a long overlooked Palawan attraction — and a significantly historic one at that. While there are over 200 caves in the area, only seven are open to the public. The caves proved to be an archaeological gold mine when fossils and artefacts dating up to 50,000 years ago were discovered. Perhaps the most notable of these finds were the skeletal remains of the Tabon Man, which dates back over 16,000 years. A tibia bone, the oldest that has been found so far, is considered one of the oldest evidence of Homo Sapiens from Southeast Asia. To visit the cave complex, a permit is first needed which requires a prior visit to the local National Museum branch in Quezon. A boat rental also needs to be arranged as it is the only way to reach Lipuun Point.

14. Long Beach

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Dubbed the longest white-sand beach in the country, Long Beach in San Vicente stretches an astounding 14 kilometers long. And unlike Palawan’s tourist hotspots, this beach has barely any traces of commercialization (yet). Pay this beach a visit and you’ll be treating yourself to the luxury of feeling like you have your very own tropical haven that goes on forever. No other tourist will likely be in sight — just pure, raw sand and sea goodness.

15. Nagtabon Beach

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More than a tourist attraction, Nagtabon Beach, about a 45-minute drive from the Puerto Princesa city proper, is a local favorite. Because of its accessibility from the city, here you’ll find locals who’ve just gone for an afternoon drive, university students who have just gotten out of class and wanted to hit the beach, or barkadas (groups of friends) enjoying cold brews by the sea. It’s a great beach to lounge so pack a picnic and a cooler. Another local secret is the Nagtabon Viewdeck nearby, which offers the most gorgeous view of the Nagtabon cove and sunset. It’s a great way to spend an afternoon like a Puerto Princesa local.

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1. Chill at Nacpan Beach

2. marvel at the beauty of big lagoon.

  • 3. Kayak in Small Lagoon
  • 4. Dip in the Secret Lagoon

5. Discover the Hidden Beach

6. find the secret beach, 7. relax at shimizu island.

  • 8. Lounge in Seven Commandos Beach

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  • 10. Lie on the Sandbar of Snake Island

11. Catch the Sunset at Las Cabanas Beach

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Explore one of the best island destinations in the world found in the Philippines' Palawan province, El Nido. Find out why it's continuously in the top favorites of travelers from different parts of the world.

One of the  top tourist destinations in the Philippines , both for local and international explorers alike, thanks to its undeniable and exotic beauty is El Nido .

This quaint little beach town located in the northernmost part of mainland Palawan has developed to become a travel destination, with more convenient access to more flights and a wide array of El Nido resorts  and El Nido hotels  (some of which offer  Philippine luxury vacation packages ), some of the best beach resorts in the Philippines , Philippines honeymoon resorts , and backpacker hostels that cater to everyone's budget, El Nido has opened its doors to wanderers from all walks of life.

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El Nido weather is almost always in summer mode, making it a great year-round destination. The main attraction of El Nido is several island-hopping destinations that you can easily travel to. 

More than the many beautiful islands off its coast, the island also satisfies adventure-seekers and nature lovers by offering exciting  tours in El Nido such as cliff climbing, kayaking, trekking to waterfalls, and lounging on pristine Palawan beaches in the main island.

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Experiencing El Nido is like getting lost in a dream, one that you wouldn’t want to wake up from. Its grandeur and charm will surely let you have a taste of paradise and heaven on earth. Can’t wait to explore El Nido yet? Start preparing your trip with this list of all the things to do in El Nido that you should not miss when you explore this exquisitely gorgeous tropical destination.

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Deserted golden sand, clear blue waters, and a surreal view of the ocean await you at Nacpan Beach. Just the thought of lounging under the sun in this paradise makes you wish for that dreamy escapade. It's why joining an  inland trip in Nacpan Beach  is worth the wait. 

The 45 minutes to 1-hour drive from the El Nido town proper is well worth it once you set foot in this slice of heaven. Read a book, listen to music, or watch the waves kiss the shoreline as you take in the beauty that Nacpan Beach has to offer. Local and foreign tourists rave about the 4-km long Nacpan Beach in El Nido because of the laid-back vibe here. 

Nacpan Beach is part of the Twin Beaches with the adjacent Calitang Beach. You can climb up to the highest point and see the view of the two beaches. If you're trying out Nacpan Beach tours, buy some drinks or snacks in the beach bar as you work on your tan. The sunset in Nacpan Beach is also a must-see, the cherry on top for a perfect tropical getaway in El Nido, Palawan.

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As you enter through the Big Lagoon, everything is a sight to behold – the crystal-clear blue water, the ray of light peeking through the top of the cliffs, and the luscious limestone formation. It has become famous for being featured in several movies and postcards because of its beauty, as seen from drone shots to kayak views.

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Due to the local government's efforts to keep the pristine condition of El Nido islands and avoid overcrowding, island-hopping boats are not allowed to go inside of the Big Lagoon anymore. The time spent and the number of tourists is also strictly controlled.

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Tourists, however, can board kayaks and paddle their way through the shallow entrance that will lead to a giant natural pool with turquoise waters surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.

3. Kayak in Small Lagoon 

Travelers kayaking at Small Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan

Another Miniloc Island destination is the famous Small Lagoon. As the name implies, it is relatively smaller compared to the Big Lagoon, but can't be discounted when it comes to the beauty and charm it exudes.

Unlike the Big Lagoon where the opening can be easily entered, the Small Lagoon has a smaller entrance. You can swim or ride a kayak and go through a crack on a limestone wall to get inside during your Small Lagoon tour .

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Once you’re inside, you can take a dip or kayak around the peaceful waters of Small Lagoon and enjoy its calm surroundings with the sound of nature as your default soundtrack. Its serene turquoise waters that make up a natural pool in the middle of cliffs are the perfect spot for floating or kayak rides.

Similar to the policies implemented in Big Lagoon, the number of tourists and time spent in Small Lagoon has limitations as well to keep its enchanting vibe. 

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4. Dip in the Secret Lagoon 

Secret Lagoon in El Nido, Palawan

This unique natural pool in El Nido's Miniloc Island is also known as the Hidden Lagoon. This popular El Nido Big Lagoon has a sweet surprise that awaits you once you enter a small opening on the majestic limestone cliffs.

When getting here, your boat will make its way to a small white sand beach in the southern part of Miniloc Island. You'll pass through a hollow rocky cave-like opening so be extra careful and dock your head. You can easily wade into the opening if it's low tide.

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Once inside, you'll be greeted by a small natural pool surrounded by remarkably high limestone cliffs –  this is the Secret Lagoon.

You can dip in the natural cold pool and bury your toes in its beautiful white sand. Unlike the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon, the water here is cooler because of the cliffs that cover it from the sunlight.

However, a Hidden Lagoon tour  is done during low tide, the water is only knee-high deep and activities are limited to quick dips or picture taking. But the mysteriousness of the Secret Lagoon is what makes it a worthy destination. 

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​ Similar to the Big Lagoon, you will need to board a kayak or swim from your boat to get to this Hidden Beach. The pristine small stretch of white sand beach called the Hidden Beach is usually a part of Matinloc Island Premium Private Tour .

Boats cannot fit in the entrance to go to the Hidden Beach. Since the distance from where the boats dock and the beach itself is quite far; the best way to get inside is by riding a kayak from your boat where you'll pass through towering karst cliffs.

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The crystal clear water here is more shallow than the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon and is excellent for a relaxing swim. The white sand of Hidden Beach lined with lush greenery is also the right spot for sunbathing or building sandcastles if you have kids with you.

Travelers swimming at the Secret Beach in El Nido, Palawan

El Nido isn't done yet with hidden and secret places! A highlight and must-see during an El Nido speedboat island hopping tour  is the Secret Beach. This hidden enchanting beach in El Nido is said to have been the inspiration behind the novel "The Beach," by Alex Garland. It was then adapted into a film starring Leonardo di Caprio. 

Once your boat arrives, you'll see nothing but a big wall of limestone cliffs with no beach in sight. To see the Secret Beach, you'll need to swim through the hole under the towering cliffs. A sweet surprise in the form of a hidden unspoiled beach awaits you behind the wall that surrounds it.

Be careful when swimming through the hole, especially if the waves are strong. Kayaks cannot go in through the hole, so your only option is to swim. Your tour guide will provide you with life vests and assist you as you make your way inside. But the struggle will be all worth it when you see the immaculate Secret Beach. 

Shimizu Island in El Nido, Palawan

Shimizu Island (also spelled as Simizu Island) is the perfect stop for you to relax in its cool white-sand beach or whip out your snorkeling gears to explore its colorful marine life. In fact, a Shimizu Island tour  will let you lounge on one of the  best beaches in El Nido and a popular lunch stopover as well.​

You can spot here different species of fish in various shapes, colors, and sizes. You can explore the beauty of Shimizu Island underwater by snorkeling or you can relax and lounge by its white sand beach.

The island-hopping tour usually includes lunch at this island stop. You can swim some more or take a nap under the shade of the limestone cliffs as your boatmen and guide clean up and prepare to leave for your next stop.  

8. Lounge in Seven Commandos Beach 

Beach view of boats at Seven Commandos Beach in El Nido, Palawan

The 320-meter long Seven Commandos Beach is said to have been named after seven soldiers who were stranded here during World War II. You can visit this when you book a Big Lagoon tour . 

Seven Commandos Beach is a postcard-worthy white sand beach lined with coconut trees and a massive wall of limestone cliffs in the background. It's the perfect last stop for tourists to lounge by the sand with a freshly opened coconut in hand. 

The Seven Commandos Beach has a shore wide enough for tourists to play beach volleyball or work on their tan. The beach is also known for its gentle waves; you can relax by the crystal-clear waters after a tiring day of kayaking in the lagoons.

It's also the right spot for snorkeling because of the calm waters and precious marine life. But you can always opt to have a lazy afternoon on its shores and enjoy the tropical island life.  

Matinloc Shrine in El Nido, Palawan

Unlike the beaches and lagoons of El Nido whose main highlights are their pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters. This island-hopping stop in a Matinloc Island Premium Shared Tour is a unique one.

The Matinloc Shrine, specifically the Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc, is an abandoned spiritual oasis that sits on top of Matinloc Island and offers one of the best views of El Nido.

There's also a mini-museum on the island where you can learn about the shrine's history. The story says that a Matinloc devotee had a vision of a dome with 12 pillars and inside was the image of the Virgin Mary.

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The way to the viewing deck is through the limestone cliff staircase, so make sure to wear your slippers or aqua shoes. Once you reach the top, you can climb further to the jagged cliffs to see a 360° view of the neighboring islands and the blue waters of El Nido. 

10. Lie on the Sandbar of Snake Island 

Aerial view of the sandbar at Snake Island in El Nido, Palawan

Snake Island, aptly named because of its s-shape white powdery sandbar that connects a small island to the mainland of El Nido, is a popular attraction included in a Cave Exploration Private Tour . The sandbar only appears during low tide and is truly a sight to behold. 

Snake Island excursions feature gorgeous sandbar strip, hidden in Bacuit Bay, which is the perfect spot for a romantic stroll as you take in the breathtaking view. Dip your feet in the sand or lounge by its shores as the waves meet from both sides gently crash into you. Not to worry though, there are no snakes in Snake Island. Its other name is Vigan Island. The beauty of Snake Island and its serene vibe make it a must-try when in El Nido. 

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Las Cabanas Beach in El Nido, Palawan

The beach is lined with several bars and restaurants. You can buy drinks and snacks while waiting for the sunset or chill and enjoy the laid-back vibe of this El Nido tourist spot. 

Some of these bars and restaurants also have bean bags or chairs by the beach where you can grab the perfect spot for sunset-watching. Our tip is to find a seat by the far left to get the best view of the sunset. 

If you want a different way to enjoy this beach in El Nido, you can also try the Las Cabanas zipline where you can be treated to an incredible view. At night, you can also enjoy romantic dinners or chill drinking sessions by the beach here. 

View from Taraw Cliffs in El Nido, Palawan

There are two ways to climb the Taraw Cliffs: the regular hike or by a Canopy Walk. But both will require you to face your fear of heights. The regular hike up the Taraw Cliffs will have you ascending its steep and sharp limestone rocks. Doing this hike will require a guide and proper hiking shoes, so you have a better grip. 

An alternative and much safer way to see the view from the Taraw Cliffs is by doing the Canopy Walk. Compared to the regular hike, a canopy walk tour provides you with safety equipment like helmets and harnesses. There are built-in walkways in the cliffs that you can explore to get the best views. This option is an excellent activity for inexperienced hikers.  

Aside from the islands, beaches, and lagoons of El Nido, you can also dip into the natural pool of Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls. The hike to the waterfalls is an adventure itself, but the cool temperature of the water compensates for the effort of trekking to the place. 

"Nagkalit-kalit" translates to "Nagsaglit" in Tagalog which means "taking a moment." You will surely forget the time as you adore the beauty of the waterfalls and the joy it offers to tourists who stumble upon it.

Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls is located in between El Nido town proper and Nacpan Beach. It’s usually a stop in El Nido inland tours. From the main road, you will have to trek for about 20-45  minutes in the jungle and rivers to reach the waterfalls. Once you arrive at Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls, you can choose from the big or the small falls and plunge into the natural pool for a refreshing swim.  

While Palawan’s  Coron is regarded as a top diving spot, El Nido also offers several underwater adventures for diving enthusiasts. There are over 40 diving spots that you can choose from in El Nido. From coral gardens, tunnels, steep vertical walls, sandy flats, to deep dives, El Nido has them all for you. 

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Most of the diving spots in the island are around its islands and beaches that are included in  El Nido island-hopping tours . The most popular diving site in El Nido is South Miniloc, where you can find vibrant coral gardens. You might even get the rare chance to spot sea turtles.

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Take it from us; El Nido will leave a mark on you. If you think that falling in love at first sight, isn't real, think again because El Nido will cast a spell on you. Its effortless natural beauty, charming tropical island vibe, and breathtaking sceneries along with the warmth of its people will surely find a way to your restless heart. We're sure that El Nido will be on the top of your favorite travel destinations once you explore it for yourself.

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The Most Popular Tourist Spots in Palawan, Philippines and How to Get the Most Out of Your Vacation

Discover the wonders of Palawan, Philippines - a tropical paradise with pristine beaches, lush forests, and stunning limestone cliffs.

Palawan is a stunning province in the Philippines that offers visitors a chance to explore some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the world. From pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters to lush forests and stunning limestone cliffs, Palawan is a nature lover's dream. With top Palawan tourist spots like Puerto Princesa and El Nido, there are plenty of things to do on Palawan island.

By following our tips on how to plan a trip to Palawan, Philippines, choosing the best accommodations, transportation options, and stress-free vacation tips, you can ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip to this paradise.

Palawan is a tropical paradise in the western part of the Philippines, making it a popular destination for tourists worldwide. However, with so many best places to visit in Palawan, Philippines, it can be overwhelming to plan your itinerary.

That's why we've compiled a travel guide to help you explore the best Palawan tourist spots and maximize your vacation. From El Nido to Port Barton, let's dive into the beauty of Palawan and discover the best places to visit in Palawan, Philippines.

Top 5 Tourist Attractions in Palawan

Underground River in Puerto Princesa

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The Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the top Palawan tourist spots. Located in Puerto Princesa, it is one of the most unique natural wonders in the world. You can explore the river by boat and see the different rock formations and cave systems.

Island Hopping in El Nido

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El Nido is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist spots in Palawan. It is known for its stunning limestone cliffs, white sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters. El Nido has many activities, including island hopping, snorkeling, and diving. The best way to get the most out of your vacation in El Nido is to book an island hopping tour. You can explore the different islands, lagoons, and beaches while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Coron Island

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Coron is another popular tourist spot in Palawan. It is known for its beautiful beaches, crystal-clear waters, and stunning marine life. One of the best things to do in Coron is to go on a snorkeling or diving trip. You can explore the different wrecks and corals while enjoying the beautiful marine life. If you're not into water activities, you can visit the other beaches and hike to the top of Mt. Tapyas, which offers a beautiful view of the island.

Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa

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Honda Bay is a group of islands in Puerto Princesa and a popular destination for island hopping. You can visit different islands and beaches while enjoying the beautiful scenery. It is also an excellent spot for swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

Another popular tourist spot in Puerto Princesa is the Underground River. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the world's unique natural wonders. You can explore the river by boat and see the different rock formations and cave systems.

Port Barton Beach

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Port Barton is a small village located in the northern part of Palawan. It is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and stunning landscapes. One of the most popular tourist spots in Port Barton is White Beach.

It is a lovely white sandy beach with crystal-clear waters, making it a perfect place to relax and unwind. Another popular activity in Port Barton is an island hopping tour. You can explore the different islands and beaches while enjoying the beautiful scenery.

These top Palawan tourist spots offer breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences. So whether you're into water activities, beach hopping, or just want to relax and unwind, Palawan has something for everyone.

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How to Make the Most of Your Trip to Palawan?

Planning and knowing things to do on Palawan Island is essential to make the most of your trip to Palawan. When planning a trip to Palawan, Philippines, it's important to consider the season, as the weather can affect your travel plans. The best time to visit Palawan is from November to May, when the weather is dry and sunny.

You can start by researching the top Palawan tourist spots and creating an itinerary that includes the must-see attractions. Consider your interests and preferences when choosing your activities: island hopping, diving, or exploring the local culture and cuisine.

Another way to make the most of your trip to Palawan is to choose your accommodation wisely. There are many options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxury resorts, depending on your budget and preferences. Also, consider staying in different parts of Palawan to experience different vibes and attractions.

While it's tempting to try to see everything in Palawan, it's essential to balance your itinerary with some downtime to relax and recharge. Remember to sample the local cuisine and interact with the friendly locals to experience the Palawan culture truly.

Accommodations & Transportation Options for Traveling Around Palawan

In Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, you can find a wide range of capacities, including hotels, resorts, and guesthouses. Plenty of affordable hostels and homestays are available for those on a budget.

You can choose from beachfront resorts, budget-friendly guesthouses, and backpacker hostels in El Nido. If you're looking for a more secluded getaway, you can also find private villas and bungalows on the outskirts of El Nido. Here are some of the best accommodations in Palawan:

El Nido Resorts

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These luxury resorts offer guests a chance to stay in private villas, enjoy stunning ocean views, and indulge in delicious cuisine.

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island Resort

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Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa

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Located in Puerto Princesa, this beachfront resort offers guests a chance to relax in comfortable rooms, dip in the pool, or enjoy a spa treatment.

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Sabang Beach, Sitio Cabayugan

Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort

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This eco-friendly resort in Sabang offers guests a chance to stay in comfortable rooms and enjoy various activities, including snorkeling and hiking.

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Sabang Beach, Barangay Cabayugan

Matinloc Resort

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This luxury resort in El Nido is on a private island. It offers guests a chance to stay in luxurious villas, enjoy gourmet cuisine, and participate in activities like kayaking and island hopping.

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Palio, Matinloc Island

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The Funny Lion

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This boutique hotel in Coron offers guests a chance to stay in stylish rooms, dip in the pool, and enjoy delicious cuisine at the rooftop restaurant.

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Sitio Jolo, Poblacion 5

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Regarding transportation around Palawan, several options are available, including tricycles, taxis, and vans. Tricycles are a standard mode of transportation in cities and towns, while taxis are available in larger cities like Puerto Princesa. Vans are a popular option for traveling between different parts of Palawan, especially for island hopping tours and airport transfers.

If you're looking for a more adventurous mode of transportation, you can also rent a motorbike or scooter. This option is ideal for exploring the less crowded areas of Palawan and enjoying the beautiful scenery at your own pace. However, it's essential to exercise caution and wear protective gear, as the roads in Palawan can be challenging and dangerous.

Tips & Tricks for Enjoying a Stress-Free Vacation in Palawan

Planning a vacation to Palawan can be exciting. Still, it's essential to remember some stress-free vacation tips to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip, especially if you're on a budget.

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One of the best ways to avoid stress during your Palawan trip is to plan and book your accommodations and activities in advance. This will help you avoid last-minute scrambling and ensure that you have plenty of time to relax and enjoy your trip. You can also consider booking a tour or hiring a guide to help you navigate Palawan's attractions and get insider tips.

Be Flexible

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Another tip for a stress-free vacation in Palawan is to be flexible with your itinerary. While having a plan is essential, it's also important to allow for some spontaneity and adjust your goals as needed. This can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed or stressed if things go differently.

Choose Budget-Friendly Options

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If you're on a budget, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Palawan without breaking the bank. You can save money by staying in budget-friendly accommodations, eating at local restaurants, and avoiding expensive tourist traps. Also, consider traveling during the off-season, as prices tend to be lower and attractions less crowded.

Whether you're on a budget or not, there are plenty of ways to make the most of your trip without feeling overwhelmed or stressed. With these tips, you will have an unforgettable experience in this tropical paradise.

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So there you have it, the mesmerizing beauty of Palawan, Philippines, awaits your arrival!. From crystal-clear waters to breathtaking landscapes, this tropical paradise has it all!

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The Top 6 Palawan Tourist Spots You Need to See

When I think back to my travels in the Philippines, it’s Palawan that really stands out to me. The stunning coastline, the magical beaches and the chilled out laid back vibe just worked for me. 

There are some great Palawan tourist spots for you to explore when you’re on the island, so let me help you plan your Palawan itinerary and take you through the highlights. 

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Where is palawan exactly.

Palawan is a beautiful island in the Philippines, located far in the south west.

Why visit Palawan?

People come to Palawan to see the incredible landscapes, as the island has won all kinds of accolades thanks to its vistas. The Palawan beaches, the limestone cliffs and the incredible azure waters just draw you in. 

It’s also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. Both are absolute must dos while you’re on the island. 

One of the main reasons us Brits also like Palawan, as well as the amazing views, is the price. You can get a lot for your money in Palawan, compared to what we’re used to. So, let’s get onto why I think you should visit this hedonistic oasis, ASAP! 

What to do in Palawan

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1. Visit Puerto Princesa

Flights from Manila to Palawan arrive into Puerto Princesa City. This is the island’s capital and a great base to start your Palawan trip.

Puerto Princesa City on the east coast and El Nido in the far north make up Palawan’s two main tourist hubs, and the two Palawan tourist hot spots where most people end up. They’re about six hours apart by bus, and totally doable.

Most travellers to Palawan will spend a few days in Puerto Princesa before heading out to El Nido – a vibrant young city with almost 200,000 people, and some amazing beaches.

2. Take a boat trip on Puerto’s Princesa’s Underground River

But first, Puerto’s underground river. This 5-mile long subterranean watercourse was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and is one of the wonders of the natural world. Tours to the river are a fill day out and you’ll need to shop around for the best prices. Make sure the one you go with includes return transport, lunch and the 45 minute boat trip.

This is the number one tourist hotspot on Palawan, so be prepared for a bit of waiting during peak season. 

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3. Snorkel in Honda Bay

Honda Bay is just a short drive east of the city of Puerto Princesa, and is the epitome of a tropical paradise. The small fishing village at the centre of the bay is your jumping off point into the turquoise waters of the South China Sea. There are several other tiny islands peppering the bay and tourists hop between them on boats chartered from the shore.

Many of the islands, some no more than a sandbar, charge a small fee for refreshments and others sell freshly cooked seafood. The snorkelling here is fun and the surroundings are truly idyllic.

Seriously, it’s absolute dreams here. You definitely need to take a day or two to really make the most of the relaxation opportunities here. 

4. Get in the water in El Nido

Nightlife, restaurants and stunning scenery are what El Nido is all about. And if you’re a watersports enthusiast, you’ll be totally spoilt for choice. Crystalline waters lap shimmering white beaches as looming limestone cliffs rear up from the deep to meet the jungle. This is one of the most popular tourist spots in Palawan.

Get your flippers on and get out there!

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The waters of El Nido are home to over 850 species of marine life and there are 30 dive sites suitable for all abilities in Bacuit Bay alone. El Nido town has several dive-shops, most of them PADI certified, so if you’ve never tried it before you can give it a go in safety.

El Nido is the   place for scuba diving in the Philippines and snorkelling but also – and not a lot of people know this – El Nido is a great place for surfing too. The scene is still young but surfers should head to Mike’s Point on El Nido Beach to get kitted out or take lessons. The best breaks are to be found north of El Nido.

If you’re into your surfing and you have longer in the Philippines then I’d totally recommend going to Siargao island too . Although I didn’t actually surf when I was there, there was a great scene and it seemed to be the thing to do there. 

5. Relax on Twin Beach

Back to El Nido though and with over 100 beaches around, beach bums can throw down a towel and not see a soul. You definitely need to visit Twin Beach, although the 10 miles to get there will take you ages as the roads are so rubbish. There are a few shops, a restaurant or two, and views for days. 

6. Hike up Taraw Peak

This is the jagged limestone rock towering above El Nido, you cant miss it.  The ascent is tough in places, with some brief climbs, but your efforts will be rewarded with the most amazing view of Bacuit Bay. Allow three hours for a round trip, and make sure you charge your phone / camera – the view from the top is one you’ll never forget!

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Eating in Palawan

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Puerto Princesa

Most of Puerto Princesa’s restaurants are located on Rizal Avenue and Manalo Street. All kinds of food are available here but I’d recommend you pick the restaurant with the most locals sat outside. 

Wherever you go, try the Kamayan speciality,  boodle fight. It’s a buffet of freshly-cooked seafood and fish, with several delicious local dishes, and served on banana leaves. No plates or cutlery needed, just tuck in! It’s also a great option for anyone watching their budget.

For a meal with a view, take one of the many island-hopping boat tours of Bacuit Bay. Most include a delicious buffet lunch cooked on board by the crew. It’s a great way for new arrivals to get their bearings in Palawan while sampling the local cuisine.

Up in El Nido, the Habibi Restaurant and Shisha Café (Hama Street) is always a good laugh with good food. Don’t let first appearances fool you – from the outside it looks a bit worse for wear, but it’s actually a really cool little hangout. The owners, Ronnie and Charo, cook top-notch food, beautifully presented. Don’t miss the crȇpes, the milkshakes or the king prawn curry – and afterwards, you can relax with a shisha pipe on the beach.

Hidden away at the end of a dirt track, Happiness Beach Bar is a little gem and a real find. A few minutes walk from El Nido beach in Sitio Lugadia, it serves an eclectic selection of homemade Middle Eastern, European and local dishes. This was my favourite ‘sunset’ bar – the elevation gives visitors amazing views across Bacuit Bay when the sun goes down.

Good tunes, great food, cheap drinks and  that  sunset – it’s a meal to remember. 

Best places to stay in Palawan

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Not the most memorable name ever, but Kambakambak Doss Haus (Dacanay Street Road 1) in Puerto Princesa is a quaint little hostel run by super-friendly staff. Located in a quiet street off the main drag, all rooms are en-suite, have Wifi and are air-conditioned. If you’re travelling with someone else, it’s definitely a good shout.

Otherwise try the Uyang B&B on Socrates Road for great value for money. Set in a residential area and surrounded by tropical gardens, the whole experience is charming and rustic. With brekkie thrown in, you get bed and board at a bargain tenner a night.

If you’re thinking even cheaper than that there are a lot of hostels about, book your first few nights and then ask around. You can often get a cheaper deal once you’re there on the spot, and if you’re a champ at the bartering, something you definitely need to learn in the Philippines.

One of the best things I did in Palawan was to get the Tao Experience boat from El Nido to Coron. A 5-night rustic adventure on some of the Philippines’ uninhabited islands, sleeping under the stars. It was brilliant and still to date remains one of the best things I’ve ever done on my travels. 

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Seriously, Palawan is amazing. I hope that gives you a few ideas for where you want to base yourself for Palawan’s tourist spots, and how long you need to plan for.

There’s more to do on Palawan, but you don’t want to plan in too much when you’re on a paradise island. I’d suggest heading for Puerto Princesa and El Nido and then seeing where the sun and sea take you in between. 

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Hi, I'm Vicky! I wrote this. I love a bit of adventure, will try anything once, and have a strong passion for the local food and drink, whatever it may be. I'm here to help inspire you to travel to places a little out of your comfort zone, or at least to explore the usual destinations in a different way. Stay, have a look around, and if you have any questions – let me know below.

I like to see coron palawan they have great places to see.

Oh yes, I’ve been there and it’s a really beautiful part of the world.

What’s the point of writing this article. The travel restrictions are so ridiculous here in the Philippines there doesn’t seem to be any hope for those wanting to visit there.

I’m a permanent resident of the Philippines, own a home in Puerto Princessa and they still won’t let me in. I’m stuck in Manila.

Those domestic tourists that are fortunate enough to get to El Nido have go there as a group and their entire itineraries are laid out in front of them. How romantic is that?

Under the once again current ECQ we are locked in this has to be the most tasteless article I’ve seen in months.

Hi Tim, I’m sorry you feel that way. This article was written a few years ago and was written with the intention to inspire people to visit the Philippines one day in the future, and to share my experiences. I don’t expect people to just book right away – it’s more planting the seed for some future fun. Hope you manage to get to where you want to be soon.

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El Nido Tourist Spots

El Nido is one of the most famous tourist spots in Palawan and for good reason. With its crystal-clear waters and limestone cliffs, El Nido boasts some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes in the world. One of the top activities to do in the area is island hopping, which takes you to several of the area’s best natural wonders, including hidden lagoons, secluded beaches, and snorkelling sites. If you prefer a more relaxing vacation, beach bumming is also a great option, with many secluded and peaceful beaches to choose from.

Some of the must-visit tourist spots in El Nido include Big Lagoon, known for its emerald green waters and towering limestone cliffs, and Small Lagoon, which can only be accessed by kayak or swim. Another popular spot is the Secret Lagoon, hidden behind a small opening in a towering limestone cliff. And don’t forget about Shimizu Island, a great spot for snorkelling with its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. These are just a few of the many amazing sights to see in El Nido that are sure to make your Palawan trip unforgettable.

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Taytay Tourist Spots

Nestled in the northern province of Palawan, Taytay is a hidden gem that should not be missed by any nature lover. This charming town is the perfect escape from the crowds of El Nido, offering its own natural wonders and tourist attractions that are sure to leave you in awe. Just a short walk from The Dream Wellness Resort, you can find the beautiful Kuyawyaw falls, the falls feature three levels, and although the trek can be a bit tiring, the crystal blue waters make it all worth it.

Taytay is also known for its island hopping activities, which can easily be arranged from The Dream Wellness Resort. Unlike the crowded island hopping in El Nido or Honda Bay, the nearby islands such as Elephant Island are much less chaotic with tourists allowing you to fully immerse with nature. Don’t miss the chance to see stunning white-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters during your visit.

Another must-see attraction is Fuerza de Santa Isabel, a well-preserved fort built by the Spaniards in 1667. Invaded by vegetation, the fort is perfect at sundown with a great view of the Taytay Hollywood-like sign. There’s also a charming old chapel in the middle that looks like it’s still being used.

Taytay boasts a rich marine life and is a haven for divers and snorkelers alike. Some specific Taytay tourist spots that are a must-visit include Isla Blanca, a stunning white sandbar surrounded by clear blue waters; Starfish Island, where you can see numerous starfish and snorkel around the island; and the Taytay Bay Lighthouse, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the bay and the town.

In addition to its natural beauty, Taytay also offers a glimpse into the local culture and cuisine. There are several local food stands where you can taste some of the best street food in Palawan, as well as try fresh and delicious local fruits and fish. Make sure to try the famous Palawan delicacy, tamilok, a woodworm found in the mangrove trees that is served raw with vinegar and chili. It might sound unappetizing, but many visitors have found it surprisingly tasty!

Taytay truly offers a unique and authentic Palawan experience that should not be missed. With its natural wonders, cultural offerings, and proximity to the Dream Wellness Resort, it’s the perfect destination for any nature lover looking for a secluded and unforgettable vacation, but still in close proximity to popular tourists hotspot. 

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Coron Tourist Spots

Coron is a tropical paradise that boasts some of the most beautiful natural wonders in the Philippines. With its crystal-clear waters, towering limestone cliffs, and abundant marine life, Coron has become a top destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

Island hopping is one of the most popular activities in Coron, and for good reason. The Calamian Islands offer a range of stunning sights to explore, from hidden lagoons and coves to white sand beaches and coral reefs. You can even visit some of the more remote islands that are untouched by tourists.

Another must-do activity in Coron, diving! Home to some of the best dive sites in the world, you can explore WWII shipwrecks, swim with sea turtles, and marvel at the colourful coral gardens that teem with marine life.

With several trails leading to stunning viewpoints and natural attractions, hiking is also a popular activity in Coron. One of the most famous hikes in Coron is the climb to the top of Mt. Tapyas, which offers a stunning panoramic view of the town and surrounding islands.

Some specific Coron tourist spots that are a must-visit include Kayangan Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and towering limestone cliffs that make for astonishing photos; Twin Lagoon, a unique natural wonder where two lagoons are connected by a small tunnel; and the WWII shipwrecks, where you can dive down to explore the sunken remains of Japanese warships.

Coron offers a plethora of activities and sights to explore for any kind of traveller. Whether you’re an adventure seeker or looking for a more laid-back vacation, Coron is sure to leave you in admiration.

Bonus Palawan Tourist Spots

Palawan is not just limited to El Nido, Taytay, and Coron. There are other destinations worth visiting that offer unique experiences and attractions. San Vicente is an 80-minute ride from The Dream Wellness Resort, while Puerto Princesa is about 3 hours and 30 minutes away by car. These destinations have their own charms, such as the famous Underground River in Puerto Princesa and the 14-kilometer long white sand beach in San Vicente.

The Dream Wellness Resort is ideally located for those who want to experience the whole of Palawan. It’s situated in Taytay, which is close to many popular tourist spots, and also provides easy access to other destinations on the island. With its serene surroundings, luxurious accommodations, and excellent service, the resort is the perfect home base for your Palawan adventure.

In summary, the top 10 must-visit Palawan tourist spots for nature lovers include El Nido, Taytay, Coron, Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Isla Blanca, Starfish Island, Elephant Island, and Kuyawyaw Falls. These destinations offer a wide range of activities and attractions, such as island hopping, beach bumming, snorkelling, diving, and hiking. We encourage you to explore these destinations and experience the natural beauty of Palawan for yourself. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller or a first-time visitor, Palawan will leave you with unforgettable memories that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

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20 Best CORON PALAWAN TOURIST SPOTS & Things to Do

20 Best CORON PALAWAN TOURIST SPOTS & Things to Do

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When we think of Coron, the first thing that comes to mind are the towering karst cliffs that cloister pristine lagoons and lakes. These limestone walls have become iconic, but they’re not really unique to the area. Several other destinations in the Philippines have the same wonders to brag about — from El Nido just across the sea to Caramoan all the way to the other side of the country — but what sets Coron apart is the sheer diversity of what it has to offer.

Coron is part of the Calamianes, a collection of jagged islands that pepper the waters of Northern Palawan. It is the tourism hub in the area. Its map is dotted with tour operator offices, hotels, hostels, and guesthouses. Consequently, this made the town of Coron the major jump-off point to tourist attractions in neighboring islands and municipalities.

Coron offers a wide array of tourist spots and activities — from lustrous lagoons to beautiful beaches to unforgettable dive sites. They even have saltwater hot springs, which is pretty rare, and, believe it or not, an African safari.

Note: Most of these attractions can be accessed as part of an organized tour — either by chartering a private ride or by joining a group tour. You can also pull a D-I-Y if you have the means. In addition, opening hours might change without prior notice, so please check the official websites or Facebook pages before visiting.

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1. Kayangan Lake

This scenic lake can be reached after a 15-minute trek up a hill, a bit challenging but totally worth it. But even before reaching the actual lake, you will be treated to a magnificent view of the clear blue waters halfway. This image from the view deck is what you will usually see when you search Kayangan Lake on the internet.

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To reach the actual lake, you need to do a few minutes of trekking, but the sight of Kayangan Lake will make the climb worth it. It is hailed as one of “the cleanest lakes in the Philippines”. It’s also important to note that the area is maintained by the local Tagbanua tribe. Take a dip and appreciate the surrounding rock formations. Go early to avoid the crowd.

Entrance Fee: P300 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If chartering a private boat: Standard rates are P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If joining a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

Get discounted rates when you book with Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A both include Kayangan Lake in their itineraries.

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2. Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake is another popular lake on Coron Island that is open to the public.

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Why Barracuda? It’s said to be named after a giant barracuda fish whose skeleton was discovered in the depths of the lake. Like the Kayangan Lake, it has brackish water, a combination of saltwater and freshwater, but what makes it more interesting, especially for divers, is the thermocline — layers of cold, warm, and hot waters.

Be sure to follow the safety regulations when swimming and diving.

Entrance Fee: P250 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax) per boat. Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If joining a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

Score a great deal when you book with Klook! Both Coron Tour B and Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour have Barracuda Lake in their itineraries.

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3. Twin Lagoon

This is a double treat for tourists! This stop features two pieces of paradise separated by a low karst wall.

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The first lagoon where the boats are docked can easily get crowded, especially at midday. The second lagoon can be accessed in two ways, depending on the tide — taking the ladder over the rock during high tide or swimming through an opening underneath the rock during low tide. Either way, take utmost care when transiting between the two.

You may feel a combination of warm and cold water as you swim in the lagoons.

Entrance Fee: P200 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a group tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary first before booking. Some tour packages don’t have Twin Lagoon in their itinerary.

You can book this tour through Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour B both include Twin Lagoon in their itineraries.

4. Banul Beach

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Aside from the lagoons and lakes, Coron is also blessed with beautiful beaches both on the mainland and on the islands. Banul Beach features powdery white sand, limestone walls, and a coral garden.

Banul Beach is the usual lunch stop for the Coron Island Tour, although not always. Some tour operators do their lunch stop somewhere else when the beach has already reached its traffic capacity.

Entrance Fee: P150 Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a join-in tour: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking. Some tour packages don’t have Banul Beach in their itinerary.

Score a great deal when you book with Klook! Coron Tour B and Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour’s itineraries have Banul Beach as their lunch stop.

5. CYC Beach

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Coron Youth Club (CYC) Beach is usually part of the Coron Island Tour package. The beach has fascinated both local and foreign tourists for its clear waters, fine white sand, and picturesque beachscape embellished with mangrove trees and rock formations.

Entrance Fee: FREE Tour Guide Fee: P500 If booking a private boat: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. If booking a group tour package: P1,500 – P1,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking. Some tour packages don’t have CYC Beach in their itinerary.

Get discounted rates when you book with Klook! Both the Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A’s itineraries include CYC Beach.

6. Siete Pecados

If you are curious about what Coron has to offer beneath the surface, Siete Pecados Marine Park flaunts a diverse and vibrant underwater ecosystem.

Aside from various marine species, it also features a colorful coral garden that delights divers and snorkelers alike.

Entrance Fee: P100 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P2,700 (2-4 pax) / P3,250 (5-8 pax) / P3,800 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Coron Island Tour Rates: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Book with Klook! The Coron Super Ultimate Day Tour and Coron Tour A both include Siete Pecados in their itineraries.

7. Mount Tapyas

At 210 meters, Mount Tapyas offers a panoramic view of its surroundings. At its summit stands a giant cross. At sunset or sunrise, you can also witness the sky’s colorful gradient.

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But to get to the top, you need to conquer around 700 concrete steps. But fret not, rest stops with chairs have been installed along the way. For those who are not really into hiking, you can stop and take a breather in one of these rest decks.

To reach Mount Tapyas, you can march to the base of the hill independently (DIY-style) or charter a tricycle. If you want a hassle-free trip, you can book a Coron Town Tour . Whatever you choose, make sure to bring enough water and sun protection for this activity.

Entrance Fee: FREE Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can get promo rates when you book with Klook!

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8. Maquinit Hot Springs

After your island-hopping escapade or your Mount Tapyas hike, Maquinit Hot Spring is a perfect place to cap off your day. The hot spring bath draws dozens of tourists — locals and foreigners — despite the considerable distance from the town center.

You can book a tour or just charter a tricycle to go there. The roundtrip tricycle fare is around P350. The travel time is around 30 minutes from the town center.

Entrance Fee: P200 Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Maquinit Hot Spring is often included in the Coron Town Tour package. If you decide to take this tour instead, get promo rates when you book with Klook!

9. Calauit Safari

A piece of Africa in the Philippines? Yes!

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Although not really an African safari, the Calauit Safari Park still entices you with an experience that is different from the usual island destination activities in the Philippines. The island provides a habitat for animals that are not native in the Philippines like giraffes and zebras.

Calauit is located in the municipality of Busuanga, on the other side of the island, so it can take a lot of time to reach. To get to the Calauit Safari, you travel by sea or travel by land.

If you want to visit Black Island too, then the recommended mode is by boat. Here are the other stops when you travel by boat: Lusong Coral Garden and Gun Boat Wreck and Pamilacan Island. Other packages might include these stops: North Cay and South Cay.

If you choose to go by land, the itinerary will depend on the operator. Choose the one that suits your preferences. The trip by land usually consists of 2-4 of these attractions (aside from Calauit Safari): Conception Falls, Malbato Chapel, North/South Cay, Pamilacan Island, and Lusong Coral Garden and Gun Boat Wreck.

Entrance Fee: P250 (Filipinos) / P400 (Regular) Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can get discounted rate when you book Klook’s Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour!

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10. Black Island

Situated northwest of Busuanga Island is Malajon Island , popularly called Black Island by the locals and tourists.

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It looks intimidating from afar because of its distinct feature — the dark colossal karst cliffs that largely define the island’s landscape. These peaks rise from a huge bed of white sand that slopes steeply and slides under the waves. It’s a wide and happy playground for the beach lover.

Aside from snorkeling, diving, or beach-bumming, you can also go cave hunting as the island have caves that are open to the public. The biggest can be easily accessed by climbing a short ladder. Its floor is cracked open, allowing a glimpse of the cold crystal water that filled its miniature lakes. Stalactites adorn its ceiling and rocks covered in sparkling white silica make up its walls.

Black Island is usually part of the Calauit Safari Tour by sea.

Entrance Fee: P200 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

You can book Klook’s Coron Calauit Safari and Beach Tour and get a discounted rate!

11. Pamalican Island

There are two Pamalican Islands in Palawan: the popular one is in Cuyo, which is exclusively owned by Amanpulo; the other can be found in Busuanga, easily accessible from Coron.

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Lying west of Busuanga, this 50-hectare island is fringed by a wide expanse of light-colored sand and is covered by a dense forest. This is the best place for beach lovers to laze around and swim.

Pamalican Island is usually included in the Calauit Safari Tour itinerary.

Entrance Fee: P100 Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P9,300 (2-4 pax) / P10,400 (5-8 pax) / P17,000 (9-15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Calauit Safari Tour Rates: P2,500 – P3,000 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

12. Lusong Coral Garden & Gun Boat

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Lusong Coral Garden is another usual stop in the Calauit Safari Tour itinerary. This activity is amazing and enjoyable not only for those who know how to dive but also for those who are content just snorkeling.

The vast coral garden is a sight to behold — various colorful marine creatures frolicking in and out of the various formations of vibrant corals.

Lusong also has a shipwreck of a World War II gunboat.

Klook’s Coron Reefs and Wreck Day Tour includes Lusong Coral Garden at Gun Boat in the itinerary.

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13. Malcapuya Island, Bulog Dos & Banana Island

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These island destinations are tailor-fit for those who are interested in beach bumming and swimming. These three share the same feature — powdery white sand beaches, cerulean waters, and rock formations — but each of them still offers something different and will make you appreciate the natural beauty of Coron.

All three are usually included in Malcapuya Island Tour , sometimes called Island Escapade Tour or Beaches Tour . Some packages also have Malaroyroy Island in the itinerary.

Entrance Fee: P250 (Malcapuya Island) / P250 (Bulog Dos) / P250 (Banana Island) Tour Guide Fee: P500 Standard Boat Rates: P4,350 (4 pax) / P5,450 (8 pax) / P7,100 (15 pax). Please book with the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The rates above do not include entrance fees, guide fee, and food. Island Escapade Tour Rates: P1,500 – P2,800 per person (ALL IN). Check the itinerary and inclusions first before booking.

Klook’s Coron Tour C and Coron Island Escapade Day Tour have Malcapuya Island in their itineraries. Check the other inclusions.

✅ BOOK CORON TOUR C HERE!

✅ BOOK CORON ISLAND ESCAPADE DAY TOUR HERE!

14. Fireflies and Plankton Tour

It’s something that we highly recommend! This tour is an enchanting experience that you will never forget! In Coron, fireflies come out and fly around the mangroves at night, creating a luminous show.

But it doesn’t stop there. The natural illumination continues when you look down and dip your hand in the water, creating a magical trail brought about by the bioluminescent plankton.

You can avail of this through Calamian Islands Travel and Tours. The tour is inclusive of buffet dinner, transfers, and kayak fees. Note that they don’t do private tours, only group tours.

We tried taking photos and videos but it’s just too dark. But it is similar to what’s happening in this video. Not the same, but close to it.

Joiner Tour: P950 per person Tour Duration: Pick-up at 6:00 PM. The end of the tour and return to the hotel is at 9:30 PM.

15. Parasailing

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This is a thrilling way to see and experience Coron. If you want to see panoramic views of the natural riches of the area from above but don’t want to sweat it out by hiking up a mountain, you can opt to strap yourself up and parasail. Feel the wind embracing you as you appreciate the breathtaking scenery up in the air.

There are many parasailing packages offered in Coron. You can go solo or experience with your friends or family by booking the double flyer or the triple flyer. You can also check Klook’s All-In Watersports Experience if you want to try other watersports aside from parasailing.

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16. Water Sports

Aside from the island-hopping tours, there are lots of water sports activities in Coron. Each operator offers different packages with varying inclusions and/or combines them with other tours or activities. Choose the best that suits your preference, budget, and itinerary. Some of the options are:

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  • Banana Boat

Score a discounted rate when you book with Klook! If you want to check the rates and inclusions, here are some of the water sports activities offered. Note that most tours are bundled with a “Clear Kayaking” activity.

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17. Culion Island

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Also part of the Calamianes, Culion Island is another day trip destination from Coron. Isolated from the rest of the world for almost a century, Culion has endured the stigma associated with being the biggest leper colony in the world.

Finally declared a leprosy-free area in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO), the island town is slowly rising as a tourist destination. Getting there is quite challenging as that route is yet to be developed, so the crowd volume is way fewer than the neighboring Coron and Busuanga.

Some of the places to visit are the Culion Museum and Archives, Culion Church, Aguila Viewpoint, Balanga Falls, San Ignacio Farm, Pulang Lupa, and diving/snorkeling sites. The first three are usually part of the Culion Town Historical Tour .

Island hopping tour usually includes Malcapuya Island, Banana Beach, Bulog Bulog Beach, Bogor Marine Park.

Getting There: You can charter a private boat via the Calamian Tourist Boat Association. The office is located at Lualhati Park, just behind the public market. The rates depend on the number of passengers and the itinerary. Note that because the price is quite steep, it is best for big groups. Alternatively, you can join a group day tour from Coron. This is a much cheaper option if you don’t plan to stay overnight on the island.

If you are planning to stay overnight, the cheapest option is to take the passenger boat from Coron. Only one trip per day per way. The departure time from Coron is 1:30 PM. The trip back to Coron is scheduled at 7:00 AM the next day. The travel time is about 90 minutes. Note that this schedule might change, depending on the weather condition and other reasons.

Rates: P3000/1-4 pax, P3500/5-8 pax, P6000/10-15 pax (Private Boat Roundtrip); Approximately P1200 (Day Tour from Coron); P180 (Passenger Boat Fare + P20 Terminal Fee)

18. Coron Town Tour

Coron is not just about island hopping and beach activities. The town center also has some attractions for those interested in seeing how the locals go about their lives. Here are the usual stops:

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  • Public market
  • Souvenir shops
  • Lualhati Park
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Maquinit Hot Springs
  • Mount Tapyas

Some tours include a stop at a cashew nuts factory.

Although it is entirely possible to do this tour on your own — most stops are accessible by tricycle and on foot — it’s best done with a guide, who can explain the significance of these places to the locals.

Rates: Maquinit Hotsprings P200 (Entrance Fee); P350 (Roundtrip Tricycle Fare); FREE (Mount Tapyas Entrance) Coron Town Tour: P700 – P1,600 per person. Check the itinerary and inclusions before booking.

If you want to join a group tour, you can book Klook’s Coron Town Half-Day Tour. Usually, Klook offers discounted rates for tour packages.

19. Shipwreck Diving

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The battle between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy in 1944 at the height of World War II resulted in about a dozen sunken warships at the bottom of Coron Bay. These shipwreck diving spots are just a short boat ride from the mainland and are within recreational diving depth. The colossal wartime vessel wrecks are said to be some of the best-preserved in the world.

Some of the popular wrecks are the Irako, the Olympia Maru, the Okikawa Maru, the Kogyo Maru, the Akitsushima, and the Morazan. There are many dive operators in Coron Town, so you will have no problem booking a diving tour here.

20. Seafood Galore

Because Coron is a world-famous island destination with very few food sources, expect the food to be quite pricey. Yes, even seafood! If you are eating at restaurants, the price range for a meal is P150 to P400.

To give you an idea, the P150-meal at a proper sit-down resto is composed of a cup of rice and a small serving of a Pinoy dish like adobo, tapa, or liempo. If you want to binge on seafood, the price of grilled seafood is around P200. For fruit shakes, the price is P100 to P120.

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Some of the restaurants we tried are:

  • La Morena Cafe
  • Carl’s BBQ
  • Kawayanan Grill Station
  • KT’s Sinugba sa Balai
  • La Sirenetta

The locals also recommend Santino’s Grill and Amigos’ Smokes and Grill .

That said, there are still many carinderias and other budget options for those traveling on a shoestring.

Note: Most restaurants and cafés are operating only during lunchtime and dinner time. Lunchtime is from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM and dinner time is 6:00 PM onwards.

Top Coron Resorts & Hotels

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Here are some of the top-reviewed hotels, hostels, resorts, and apartments in Coron as scored by Agoda customers.

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Discover the breathtaking beauty of palawan.

Palawan is a world-renowned destination for its breathtaking land and seascapes, offering unparalleled cultural, adventure, and nature experiences. Visitors can immerse themselves in trekking through hills, valleys, and rivers, as well as snorkeling and diving in pristine waters. Additionally, there are diverse festivals held throughout the year, allowing visitors to partake and celebrate with the locals. Come and discover the truly remarkable experiences that await you in Palawan!

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Palawan Facts

  • Nickname: Philippines’ Last Frontier
  • Capital: Puerto Princesa
  • Palawan has 4 airports: Coron Busuanga, El Nido, Puerto Princesa, and San Vicente
  • Weather: tropical climate with a dry season and a wet season
  • Average temperature: 84°F (29°C)
  • Most popular destinations: El Nido and Coron
  • Best off-the-beaten-path: Balabac and Taytay
  • Best tour: Underground River Cruise
  • Best Island Hopping tour: El Nido Tour A
  • Best month to travel: April
  • Wettest month: August
  • Best diving: Coron and Tubbataha Reef

Inside Cadlao Lagoon, El Nido Bacuit bay, Palawan, Philippines

Discover the heart and soul of the Philippines on the pristine white beaches and dramatic rock formations of Palawan. This island province is an adventurer’s dream, bursting with exotic flora and fauna, primeval caves, and secluded beaches. From exploring indigenous settlements to kayaking among limestone cliffs, Palawan offers endless opportunities for adventure.

Saint Paul Subterranean River National Park is not a dive site : Palawan province boasts some of the world’s most challenging dive sites, with marine reserves, coral reefs, and subterranean rivers, including the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Tubbataha Reef. 

Additionally, Palawan is home to another UNESCO World Heritage site – the Saint Paul Subterranean River National Park . This underground river system is surrounded by well-preserved limestone formations and a forest teeming with wildlife, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike.

But Palawan isn’t just for adrenaline junkies – it’s also a nature lover’s paradise, wrapped in a mantel of rainforests, majestic mountains, and beaches. Named “ World’s Best Island ” by several Travel Magazines, Palawan is an untamed land that lives up to its image as the Last Frontier.

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Exploring the Big Lagoon in El Nido's Bacuit Bay

El Nido, Bacuit Bay

El Nido, located in the Philippines, is a sought-after tourist destination, particularly for the Bacuit Archipelago, which is renowned as one of the most stunning bays in the world. Visitors can explore the archipelago by joining a boat tour and hopping around the spectacular islands. These islands are famous for their emerald lagoons, turquoise waters, emerald karst cliffs, and secluded powdery white beaches.

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Puerto Princesa's Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is a must-visit destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, this complex offers visitors the opportunity to explore a flooded cave system surrounded by well-preserved limestone formations and a forest brimming with wildlife. The Underground River is the second-longest navigable underground river in the world and is the highlight of the park.

Barracuda Lake, Coron Palawan

Coron and Calamian Islands

The Calamian Islands, including Coron, are renowned destinations for scuba divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. With crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and abundant marine life, these islands offer unparalleled opportunities for underwater exploration. Coron stands out among the islands, thanks to its dramatic rock formations, deep blue lagoon, and barrier reef, making it a picture-perfect destination.

How to get to Palawan?

Palawan can be reached by air or sea. There are several airports on the island, including Puerto Princesa International Airport, El Nido Lio Airport, San Vicente Airport and Coron Francisco B. Reyes Airport. Those airports offer regular flights from Manila and other major Philippine cities. You can also take a ferry or a fast craft from Manila or other ports in the Philippines to Palawan. Once you arrive in Palawan, there are several transportation options to get around the island, including buses, vans, tricycles, and boats.

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Palawan Tourist Spot

Palawan , a jewel of the Philippines , boasts a myriad of stunning tourist spots. From the UNESCO-listed Puerto Princesa Underground River and the majestic seascapes of El Nido to the diving haven of Coron with its historical shipwrecks, the island is a paradise for nature lovers and adventurers alike. Its serene beaches in San Vicente and Port Barton offer tranquil retreats, making Palawan a diverse and captivating destination.

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Top 10 palawan tourist spots.

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park : This UNESCO World Heritage Site features a spectacular underground river and is known for its impressive limestone karst landscapes and diverse ecosystem.
  • El Nido : Renowned for its stunning limestone cliffs, pristine beaches, and clear blue waters. Popular activities include island hopping, snorkeling , and kayaking.
  • Coron Island : Famous for its world-class wreck diving sites, stunning lakes like Kayangan Lake, and beautiful beaches.
  • Nacpan Beach : Located near El Nido , this beach is known for its long stretch of golden sands and serene atmosphere, perfect for relaxation.
  • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park : A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a diver’s paradise, known for its rich marine biodiversity and pristine coral reefs.
  • Honda Bay : Near Puerto Princesa, Honda Bay is ideal for island hopping, with numerous islands such as Starfish Island and Luli Island offering beautiful beaches and snorkeling opportunities.
  • San Vicente Long Beach : Boasting one of the longest white sand beaches in the Philippines, it’s a quieter option for beach lovers.
  • Port Barton : A less crowded alternative to El Nido and Coron, offering beautiful beaches, snorkeling, and a laid-back vibe.
  • Balabac Islands : Situated in the southern part of Palawan, these islands are known for their crystal-clear waters, pristine beaches, and rich marine life.
  • Calauit Safari Park : Located on Calauit Island, this safari park is home to a variety of African and local wildlife, offering a unique experience in the Philippines.

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Top 10 Questions and Answers about Palawan Tourist Spots

  • Answer : The most famous tourist spot in Palawan is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also known as the Puerto Princesa Underground River. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its spectacular limestone karst landscape and navigable underground river.
  • Answer : Some of the best beaches in Palawan include Nacpan Beach in El Nido , known for its golden sands; the pristine beaches of Coron Island like Banol Beach; and the long, serene stretch of San Vicente’s Long Beach.
  • Answer : In El Nido , the top activities include island hopping to see beautiful lagoons like Small and Big Lagoon, snorkeling and diving to explore rich marine life, and relaxing at stunning beaches like Nacpan Beach.
  • Answer : Absolutely, Coron is worth visiting for its unique underwater landscapes, including famous WWII shipwrecks for diving, stunning lakes like Kayangan Lake, and beautiful beaches such as Seven Commandos Beach.
  • Answer : The Puerto Princesa Underground River is unique because it’s one of the world’s longest navigable underground rivers, known for its impressive limestone cave system and diverse ecosystem, including significant bat populations.
  • Answer : Yes, Palawan is full of hidden gems like Port Barton, a quieter alternative to El Nido ; the Balabac Islands, known for their crystal-clear waters; and Cuyo Island, offering a glimpse into traditional Filipino island life.
  • Answer : The best time to visit Palawan for good weather is during the dry season, from December to May, when there’s less rainfall, making it ideal for beach and island activities .
  • Answer : Eco-friendly tourist spots in Palawan include the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for diving and marine conservation, and the Calauit Safari Park, a wildlife sanctuary with both African and local animals.
  • Answer : Family-friendly destinations in Palawan include Honda Bay for safe and enjoyable island hopping, the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center for an educational experience, and the beaches of El Nido with their calm, clear waters.
  • Answer : An ideal Palawan vacation would be around 7 to 10 days, allowing sufficient time to explore key destinations like Puerto Princesa, El Nido , and Coron, including travel time between these locations.

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Why Should I Visit Palawan Tourist Spots?

Discovering paradise: a journey to palawan’s enchanting tourist spots, introduction to palawan’s charms.

Palawan, an archipelagic province in the Philippines, is a destination that can only be described as a slice of paradise. This stunning locale, blessed with an abundance of natural beauty, offers a compelling argument for being one of the most breathtaking places on Earth. The island’s unique blend of pristine beaches, crystal-clear waters, rich biodiversity, and vibrant culture makes it an irresistible destination for any traveler.

The Allure of Puerto Princesa

The journey into Palawan’s heart often begins at Puerto Princesa, a city that seamlessly marries urban sophistication with natural splendor. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stands as the city’s crowning jewel. This natural marvel, featuring a navigable underground river, is a spectacle of stunning limestone formations, untouched natural beauty, and rich biodiversity. A boat ride through this subterranean wonder not only offers an incredible visual experience but also an opportunity to witness a unique ecosystem.

El Nido: A Quintessential Tropical Paradise

Moving north, El Nido presents itself as a quintessential tropical paradise, renowned for its towering limestone cliffs, hidden lagoons, and enchanting beaches. The sheer beauty of places like the Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon in Bacuit Bay is mesmerizing. Here, the water’s azure hue contrasts spectacularly with the dark limestone cliffs, creating a visual feast. El Nido is not just a showcase of nature’s artistry; it’s an ideal destination for various activities such as snorkeling, kayaking, and diving, offering intimate encounters with marine life in their untouched habitats.

Coron’s Underwater Wonders

Coron, often synonymous with shipwreck diving, offers an entirely different allure. This part of Palawan is a haven for divers, with several Japanese shipwrecks from World War II lying beneath its clear waters. These historical relics, now teeming with marine life, provide a hauntingly beautiful underwater experience. Above the water, destinations like Kayangan Lake and Barracuda Lake offer serene settings ideal for swimming and relaxation, surrounded by stunning karst landscapes.

The Serene Beauty of San Vicente and Port Barton

Away from the more frequented tourist paths lie the tranquil towns of San Vicente and Port Barton. San Vicente boasts the Long Beach, one of the longest white sand beaches in the Philippines, offering a serene and unspoiled beach experience. Port Barton, on the other hand, is a quiet and charming village with a laid-back atmosphere, ideal for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of touristy spots. These areas offer a glimpse into the serene and untouched beauty of Palawan Tourist Spots.

Culinary Delights: A Taste of Palawan

Palawan’s culinary landscape is as diverse as its natural one. The island’s cuisine offers an array of flavors, from the freshest seafood to local delicacies. Restaurants in Puerto Princesa and El Nido, for instance, serve mouth-watering dishes that are a testament to the island’s rich cultural and culinary heritage. The experience of dining by the beach, enjoying the fresh catch of the day, is something that adds to the charm of Palawan’s tourist experience.

Sustainable Tourism: Preserving Paradise

What makes Palawan Tourist Spots even more remarkable is Palawans commitment to sustainable tourism. Efforts to preserve the natural environment and promote responsible tourism practices are evident across the island. This sustainable approach not only enhances the visitor experience but also ensures that Palawan’s natural beauty is preserved for future generations.

Cultural Richness: The Soul of Palawan

The cultural tapestry of Palawan is vibrant and diverse. The local communities, with their rich traditions and customs, add depth to the island’s allure. Engaging with the communities, participating in their festivals, and understanding their way of life enriches the travel experience, offering insights into the soul of Palawan.

Adventure and Relaxation: A Balanced Offering

Palawan is an ideal destination for both adventure seekers and those in search of tranquility. The island’s varied landscape offers everything from thrilling diving experiences and island-hopping adventures to serene spots for relaxation and rejuvenation. This balance between adventure and peace makes Palawan a versatile destination, catering to all kinds of travelers .

Conclusion: Palawan, A Must-Visit Destination

In conclusion, Palawan is more than just a tourist spot; it’s a destination that touches the soul. Its unparalleled natural beauty, combined with rich cultural experiences, culinary delights, and sustainable tourism practices, makes it a must-visit destination. Whether it’s exploring the underwater caves of Puerto Princesa, basking in the sun in El Nido, diving into the history in Coron, or enjoying the quiet beaches of San Vicente and Port Barton, Palawan offers an experience that is both diverse and fulfilling. It’s a place where every traveler finds something to cherish, a paradise that keeps calling you back. Palawan isn’t just a journey; it’s an experience that stays with you, long after you’ve left its shores.

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Palawan Tourist Spot Facts

1. introduction to palawan: a tropical paradise.

The mere mention of Palawan conjures images of a tropical paradise, an idyllic setting where nature’s magnificence is on full display. This elongated island province, nestled in the southwestern part of the Philippines, is more than just a destination; it’s a dream woven into the fabric of azure seas, lush greenery, and a spectrum of biodiversity that captures the heart of every nature lover. Palawan, known as the “Last Frontier” of the Philippines, is a testament to the country’s commitment to preserving natural beauty. The island’s allure lies not only in its pristine beaches and rich marine life but also in its unique culture, compelling history, and the warmth of its people. For those seeking a quintessential Palawan tourist spot, this island offers an endless array of options, each more captivating than the last.

As one sets foot in Palawan, the first encounter is often with Puerto Princesa, the capital city, serving as the gateway to the island’s treasures. This bustling city, balancing modernity with nature, is a microcosm of what Palawan offers. Here, one can start their journey by exploring the renowned Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. This subterranean river, flowing directly into the sea, presents a mesmerizing experience as you navigate through its limestone caves, marveling at the stalactites and stalagmites sculpted over centuries.

But Puerto Princesa is more than its underground river. It’s a city that epitomizes the island’s ethos – where verdant jungles, fascinating wildlife, and beautiful beaches coexist with urban comforts. The white sand beaches near the city, such as those in Honda Bay, are a haven for beach lovers and marine enthusiasts. . Island hopping tour in Honda Bay is an activity that shouldn’t be missed, offering a chance to visit multiple islets like Starfish Island and Cowrie Island, each presenting a unique aspect of Palawan’s marine biodiversity.

From Puerto Princesa, one’s journey into the heart of Palawan island’s beauty continues towards El Nido, a name synonymous with the phrase “Palawan tourist spot.” This small town, located on the northern tip of the island, is a gateway to the Bacuit Bay archipelago, a group of islands and islets with dramatic limestone cliffs rising from emerald waters. El Nido offers some of the best island hopping tours in Southeast Asia, showcasing spectacular spots like Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, and Seven Commandos Beach. Each location in this tropical paradise is a postcard-perfect scene, with turquoise waters, powdery white sand beaches, and abundant marine life. El Nido, with its natural splendor, has rightly earned its place as a top ten Palawan island tourist spot.

Not to be outdone, Coron, located at the northern end of Palawan, is another jewel in the crown of this island province. Coron is particularly renowned among scuba divers and history buffs for its World War II-era Japanese shipwrecks, nestled deep within its clear waters. The marine park around these wrecks is a surreal underwater museum, attracting wreck divers from around the world. But Coron’s allure doesn’t end underwater. The island is dotted with stunning lagoons, including the famous Kayangan Lake, often dubbed the cleanest lake in the Philippines. Its crystal-clear waters, sandwiched between massive limestone cliffs, make it a must-visit tourist spot in Coron Palawan.

Palawan’s charm extends beyond these well-known locales. Places like the San Vicente long beach, home to the longest white sand beach in the Philippines, offer a more secluded escape. This relatively untouched area of snake island of Palawan is perfect for those who wish to experience the island’s natural beauty in a more serene setting. San Vicente’s Long Beach stretches over 14 kilometers, providing a tranquil alternative to the more touristy beaches.

Another gem is Port Barton, a sleepy coastal village that offers a glimpse into Palawan’s laid-back island life. This area is less commercialized than El Nido or Coron but no less beautiful. Its calm waters, dotted with small islands and vibrant coral reefs, make it an ideal spot for snorkeling and unwinding. The palm-fringed beaches here epitomize the tropical paradise that Palawan is celebrated for.

But what truly sets Palawan apart is its commitment to environmental conservation. The entire island is a testament to sustainable tourism, where development is balanced with ecological preservation. The Palawan Council for Sustainable Development, a pioneering initiative in the Philippines, ensures that the beauty of Palawan is not compromised, making it a beacon for responsible tourism practices.

Culinary experiences in Palawan also add to its charm. The island’s cuisine is a delightful mix of fresh seafood, local delicacies, and tropical fruits. In Puerto Princesa and other towns, one can savor dishes like kinilaw (a Filipino -style ceviche), grilled seafood, and the exotic tamilok (woodworms), offering a taste of the island’s diverse culinary culture.

For the adventurous, Palawan has more to offer. The island’s rugged terrain and dense forests are ideal for trekking and wildlife spotting, while its clear waters are perfect for paddle boats, kayaking, and even kite surfing. Every corner of Palawan, from its city center to the remote coves, presents an opportunity for adventure and discovery.

As the day ends, the sunset views in Palawan are nothing short of magical. Whether viewed from the sandy shores of El Nido, the peaks surrounding Coron, or the quiet beaches of San Vicente, the sunsets here are a daily spectacle, painting the sky in hues of orange, pink, and purple. It’s a fitting end to a day in what can only be described as a slice of paradise.

In conclusion, Palawan, with its array of top tourist attractions and spots, from Puerto Princesa to Coron, from El Nido to the lesser-known corners, stands as a beacon of natural beauty and sustainable tourism. It’s a place where the wonders of nature are preserved and celebrated, where every corner offers a new discovery, and where the spirit of the Philippines comes alive. Whether you’re seeking adventure , relaxation, or a connection with nature, Palawan promises an experience that is both profound and unforgettable. As the world continues to discover this tropical paradise, Palawan’s status as a top tourist attraction and spot in the Philippines is not just well-deserved, it’s a testament to the island’s enduring allure and the promise of an adventure that remains etched in the hearts of all who visit.

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2. Exploring Puerto Princesa: Gateway to Palawan’s Wonders

Puerto Princesa, the bustling capital of Palawan, serves as more than just a gateway to the island’s many treasures; it’s a vibrant tourist spot in its own right. This city, nestled in the heart of Palawan, offers an intriguing blend of urban amenities and natural wonders, making it a must-visit destination for anyone embarking on a Palawan trip. In this section, we dive deep into the myriad attractions that make Puerto Princesa a microcosm of the island’s diverse offerings.

A conversation about Puerto Princesa’s attractions invariably begins with the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, also declared one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, is a marvel of the natural the world’s coral species. The underground river, a labyrinthine network of caves and subterranean channels, offers an otherworldly experience as you glide through its dark waters. The sound of water flowing against the ancient limestone formations, coupled with the sight of bats and swiftlets flitting about, creates an ambiance that’s both eerie and enchanting. As you navigate the twists and turns of this underground river, you’re not just exploring a geological wonder, you’re journeying through millions of years of Earth’s history.

But the allure of Puerto Princesa extends beyond its famous underground river. The city itself, a harmonious blend of urban development and natural beauty, offers a range of experiences. Puerto Princesa is not just a city proper; it’s a hub of culture, cuisine, and commerce. The city center is dotted with lively markets, quaint cafes, and local restaurants where one can savor the flavors of Palawan. From fresh seafood to traditional Filipino dishes, the culinary offerings in Puerto Princesa are a delight for food enthusiasts.

The beaches near Puerto Princesa are a testament to Palawan’s reputation for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Pristine beaches like those in Honda Bay, just a short boat tour away from the city, are perfect for a day of sun, sea, and sand. The white sand beaches here, fringed with swaying palm trees, offer a serene escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. an Island hopping tour in Honda Bay is a popular activity , with stops at idyllic spots like Starfish Island and Cowrie Island. These islands, each with their unique charm, provide opportunities for snorkeling, swimming, and simply basking in the tropical sun.

For those interested in Palawan’s rich biodiversity, a visit to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, often referred to as the Crocodile Farm, is a must. This facility is part of the government’s conservation efforts and serves as a sanctuary for Palawan’s endangered species, including the Philippine crocodile. A tour of the center not only provides insight into the efforts to protect these magnificent creatures but also offers a chance to see them up close.

Puerto Princesa is also the perfect starting point for exploring other Palawan tourist spots. The city’s strategic location makes it an ideal base for trips to further-flung destinations like El Nido and Coron. But even within the vicinity of Puerto Princesa, there’s no shortage of attractions . For beach enthusiasts and marine life aficionados, a day trip to Pandan Island or a diving trip to explore the underwater wonders of Palawan’s seas is highly recommended.

As the sun sets, Puerto Princesa doesn’t lose its charm. The city comes alive with a vibrant nightlife, offering a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle. Whether it’s enjoying a quiet dinner by the sea or exploring the night markets for souvenirs and local crafts, the city offers experiences that resonate with both the tranquil and the lively sides of Palawan.

One cannot talk about Puerto Princesa without mentioning its commitment to environmental sustainability. The city is a pioneer in eco-friendly practices in the Philippines, and this ethos is evident in its well-maintained parks, clean streets, and the general consciousness towards preserving nature. This commitment reinforces Puerto Princesa’s status as not just a tourist destination, but a model for sustainable urban living.

For adventure seekers, the outskirts of Puerto Princesa offer a plethora of activities. Trekking through the lush jungles, exploring the mangrove forests, or even venturing out for a safari park experience are just a few of the options available. The city’s surrounding landscape, with its hills, forests, and rivers, provides an ideal setting for outdoor adventures.

Another aspect of Puerto Princesa that captivates visitors is its rich history and culture. A visit to the Palawan Heritage Center or a tour of the historical Fort Santa Isabel in nearby Taytay offers insights into the island’s past. These sites not only showcase Palawan’s history but also highlight the resilience and spirit of its people.

In Puerto Princesa, accommodations range from luxurious resorts to budget-friendly inns, catering to all types of travelers. The hospitality of the locals, coupled with the comfortable and diverse lodging options, ensures that every visitor’s stay is pleasant and memorable.

As a concluding thought, Puerto Princesa is not just a transit point for tourists heading to other Palawan tourist spots; it’s a destination that deserves exploration and appreciation in its own right. The city’s blend of natural wonders, cultural richness, and urban convenience makes it a microcosm of what Palawan offers as a premier tourist destination. Whether it’s marveling at the underground river, lounging on white sand beaches, sampling local delicacies, or immersing in the city’s vibrant culture, Puerto Princesa encapsulates the essence of Palawan’s beauty and diversity. It stands as a testament to the island’s allure, beckoning travelers from around the world to discover its many wonders.

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3. The Magic of El Nido: Island Hopping and Marine Splendors

El Nido, a small town nestled on the northern tip of Palawan, is a name that resonates with anyone who dreams of a tropical paradise. This enchanting locale, with its stunning limestone cliffs, crystal-clear waters, and rich marine life, is not just a Palawan tourist spot; it’s a destination that epitomizes the very essence of a tropical paradise. In this section, we delve into the myriad attractions that make El Nido a jewel in Palawan’s crown, a place where nature’s artistry is displayed in its most pristine form.

The primary allure of El Nido lies in its Bacuit Bay, a breathtaking seascape dotted with numerous islands and islets, each offering a unique experience. The bay’s turquoise waters, home to a diverse array of marine life, are perfect for snorkeling and diving. The underwater world here is a kaleidoscope of colors, with vibrant coral reefs teeming with fish, sea turtles, and sometimes even dolphins. The bay’s clear waters provide excellent visibility, making it a haven for marine enthusiasts.

Island hopping in El Nido is an activity that captures the essence of a Palawan trip. The tours typically cover various iconic locations, each more picturesque than the last. The Small Lagoon, with its tranquil waters surrounded by towering limestone walls, is a serene oasis perfect for kayaking or simply floating in awe. The Big Lagoon, on the other hand, is a vast, open expanse of water with shallow areas ideal for swimming and snorkeling. These lagoons, with their emerald waters and stunning rock formations, are quintessential El Nido experiences.

Another gem in El Nido town proper’s crown is Nacpan Beach, a four-kilometer stretch of golden sand that is often hailed as one of the most beautiful beaches in Palawan. This beach, with its gentle waves and serene ambiance, is a stark contrast to the busy streets of El Nido town proper and city proper. Nacpan Beach is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe, and watch the spectacular sunset that turns the sky into a canvas of fiery hues.

El Nido is not just about its natural beauty; it’s tourist attraction is also a testament to sustainable tourism. The local community and authorities have put in significant efforts to preserve the area’s natural wonders. This commitment to sustainability is evident in the way the tours are conducted, the conservation of marine life, and the maintenance of the beaches. El Nido sets an example for other tourist destinations in terms of balancing tourism with environmental responsibility.

For those seeking a more secluded experience, El Nido offers hidden coves and beaches accessible only by boat. These spots, like Secret Beach and Hidden Beach, provide a sense of exclusivity and adventure. The journey to these hidden treasures, navigating through narrow openings in limestone cliffs, adds to the sense of discovery and wonder.

Beyond the beaches and lagoons, El Nido’s inland attractions are equally captivating. Hiking up to the Taraw Cliff offers a panoramic view of the town and Bacuit Bay, a vista that is breathtakingly beautiful. The hike itself, though challenging, is rewarding with its scenic paths and the promise of an unrivaled view at the summit.

El Nido’s charm extends to its culinary scene, with a variety of restaurants and cafes serving both local and international cuisine. The town is particularly known for its fresh seafood, which is a must-try for any visitor. Dining in El Nido is not just about the food; it’s about the experience – enjoying a meal with a view of the bay, the sound of the waves, and the cool sea breeze.

Accommodation in El Nido ranges from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels . Many of these establishments offer stunning views of the bay and the surrounding islands, ensuring that the beauty of El Nido is never out of sight. Whether one prefers the comfort of a high-end resort or the simplicity of a beachfront hut, El Nido has something to suit every taste and budget.

The nightlife in El Nido, while not as bustling as in larger cities, has its own charm. The town’s bars and beachfront establishments offer the perfect setting to unwind after a day of exploration. Whether it’s enjoying a quiet drink under the stars or socializing with fellow travelers, the nightlife here complements the laid-back atmosphere of the town.

For those looking to explore beyond El Nido, the northern part of Palawan offers additional treasures. Destinations like Coron and the Calamian Islands are within reach, each with their unique attractions. However, El Nido itself offers enough to fill any itinerary, with its array of beaches, lagoons best beaches, and islands.

In summary, El Nido palawan is not just a Palawan tourist spot; it’s a destination that captures the imagination and leaves an indelible mark on the heart. Its natural beauty, coupled with a commitment to sustainability, makes it a model destination for eco-friendly tourism. From the adventure of an island hopping tour to the tranquility of secluded beaches, from the thrill of snorkeling in clear waters to the pleasure of dining by the sea, El Nido palawan offers a comprehensive and unforgettable tropical experience. It’s a place where nature’s beauty is revered and preserved, where every turn offers a new vista to admire, and where the spirit of Palawan is embodied in its purest form.. El Nido palawan is more than just a destination; it’s a paradise that beckons travelers to return, time and time again.

Palawan Beach

4. Coron: A Diver’s Paradise and Historical Treasure

In the northern reaches of Palawan lies Coron, a magical area that holds a special place in the hearts of travelers and adventure seekers. This part of Palawan, with its stunning natural beauty and rich historical significance, is more than just a tourist spot; it’s a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. In this section, we explore the myriad facets of Coron that make it a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the wonders of Palawan.

Coron is renowned worldwide as a premier destination for wreck diving and enthusiasts. The area is famous for its Japanese shipwrecks from World War II, submerged beneath the clear waters, creating an eerie and mesmerizing underwater world. These historical relics, now encrusted with coral and teeming with marine life, provide a unique diving experience that attracts wreck divers from all corners of the globe. Each wreck tells a story, not just of war and history, but also of nature’s ability to reclaim and beautify what has been left behind. The marine park surrounding these wrecks is a testament to the biodiversity of Palawan’s seas, the world’s coral species, offering divers a chance to see an array of sea creatures, from colorful fish to sea turtles and even occasional sharks.

But Coron’s allure is not limited to its underwater attractions . The island itself, with its jagged limestone cliffs and crystal-clear lakes, is a paradise for nature lovers. Kayangan Lake, often cited as one of the cleanest lakes in Asia, is a must-visit Palawan tourist spot. The lake’s waters are so clear that you can see the rock formations beneath the surface, creating a surreal swimming experience. The journey to the lake, involving a short trek and a climb up a steep set of stairs, is rewarded with a view of kayangan lake that is nothing short of breathtaking. The lake, surrounded by towering karst formations and palm trees, is a picture-perfect example of the unspoiled beauty of Coron.

Another iconic destination in Coron is Twin Lagoon. As the name suggests, it consists of two lagoons separated by a narrow strip of rock. Swimming through the natural tunnel connecting the two lagoons is an experience unlike any other, with the water in small lagoon’s temperature varying between warm and cool due to the mixture of saltwater and freshwater. The surrounding cliffs provide a dramatic backdrop to the tranquil waters of the twin lagoon, making it a favorite spot for both swimming and photography.

Coron is also home to several pristine beaches, each offering a slice of paradise. One such beach is the famous Seven Commandos Beach, known for its powdery white sand and clear waters. This beach, accessible only by boat, provides a perfect setting for relaxation and sunbathing. For those seeking a more active beach experience, snorkeling in the area reveals a vibrant underwater world just a few meters from the shore.

The town of Coron itself, while small, is rich in history and culture. A visit to the Coron town proper offers a glimpse into the local way of life, with its bustling markets, quaint shops, and friendly locals. The town proper is also a hub for local cuisine, with restaurants serving fresh seafood and traditional Filipino dishes. Dining in Coron is not just about the food; it’s about the experience of being part of a community that thrives amidst the natural wonders of Palawan.

For history enthusiasts, a visit to Fort Santa Isabel in nearby Taytay is a journey into the past. This historic fortress, built during the Spanish colonial era, offers insights into the region’s history and provides stunning views of the surrounding area. The fort’s well-preserved structures and the stories behind them add depth to the Coron experience, connecting visitors with the island’s rich heritage.

Coron’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its efforts to preserve the natural environment of coron island. The local community and authorities work tirelessly to maintain the balance between tourism and ecological conservation on coron island. This commitment ensures that Coron remains not just a popular Palawan tourist spot, but a model for responsible tourism.

Accommodation options in Coron range from luxurious resorts to simple homestays, catering to all preferences and budgets. Many of these accommodations offer breathtaking views of the islands and the sea, enhancing the overall experience of staying in Coron. The hospitality of the locals, combined with the comfortable and diverse lodging options, ensures a pleasant and memorable stay for every visitor.

The journey to and from Coron is part of the adventure . Whether arriving by air or sea, the trip provides stunning views of Palawan’s islands and seas. The journey, whether by plane offering aerial views of the archipelago or by ferry crossing the Sulu Sea, is an integral part of the Coron experience.

In conclusion, Coron is not just another Palawan tourist spot; it’s a destination that offers a rich tapestry of experiences. From diving among historic shipwrecks to swimming in crystal-clear lakes, from relaxing on secluded beaches to exploring a town steeped in history, Coron has something for everyone. It’s a place where adventure and tranquility coexist, where nature’s beauty is revered and preserved, and where every corner offers a new discovery. Coron, with its natural splendors and cultural richness, stands as a shining example of what makes Palawan a premier destination for travelers from around the world. It’s a place that not only captures the imagination but also captures the heart, leaving an indelible mark on all who visit.

Palawan Beach

5. The Lesser-Known Gems: San Vicente, Port Barton, and Beyond

While the likes of El Nido and Coron often steal the limelight as premier Palawan tourist spots, the island province of Palawan is dotted with numerous lesser-known gems that offer tranquil beauty and an escape from the more frequented tourist paths. Among these hidden treasures are San Vicente and Port Barton, each offering a unique blend of natural splendor and serene ambiance. In this section, we explore these quieter, yet equally enchanting locales of Palawan, showcasing their appeal to travelers seeking a more subdued yet equally memorable experience.

San Vicente, known for housing the longest white sand beach in the Philippines, is a burgeoning tourist spot that balances development with environmental preservation. Stretching over 14 kilometers, San Vicente’s Long Beach is a breathtaking expanse of pristine white sand beach set against the backdrop of turquoise waters and lush greenery. Unlike the more popular beaches in Palawan, Long Beach offers a sense of seclusion and tranquility, making it an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of crowded tourist spots. The beach’s sheer length ensures that visitors can find their own private spot to relax, sunbathe, or simply take in the majestic views of the sea and sky merging on the horizon.

Aside from its famed beach, San Vicente is also a gateway to a range of other natural attractions . The area is surrounded by smaller, uninhabited islands that are perfect for day trips and island hopping. These islands, such as Exotic Island and German Island, offer their own unique experiences, from snorkeling in vibrant coral reefs to enjoying picnics on secluded beaches. The waters around these islands are also home to diverse marine life, providing opportunities for close encounters with sea turtles and a myriad of tropical fish.

Port Barton, on the other hand, is a sleepy, idyllic village that epitomizes the laid-back island life of Palawan. This quaint destination is less commercialized than its more famous counterparts, offering a more authentic experience of the island’s natural beauty. The main beach in Port Barton, while smaller, is a picture of serenity, with its calm waters and scenic views. The village itself, with its friendly locals and small-town charm, provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere for visitors.

Island hopping is a popular activity in Port Barton as well, with nearby attractions like Paradise Island, Twin Reef, and Bigaho Falls. These spots are less crowded, allowing for a more intimate experience with nature. Snorkeling in the clear waters around Port Barton reveals a rich underwater world, while a visit to the waterfalls offers a refreshing change of pace from the beach.

The areas around San Vicente and Port Barton are also home to diverse flora and fauna, making them ideal destinations for both nature lovers and enthusiasts. The lush forests and mangroves in the vicinity and other islands are perfect for trekking and wildlife watching, with the possibility of spotting unique bird species and other wildlife endemic to Palawan.

Accommodations in both San Vicente and Port Barton range from rustic cottages to eco-friendly resorts, reflecting the areas’ commitment to sustainable tourism. These accommodations are often nestled amidst natural surroundings, offering a peaceful retreat with minimal environmental impact. Dining options in these areas, while more limited than in larger towns, provide a taste of local cuisine and fresh seafood, adding to the authentic Palawan experience.

Both San Vicente and Port Barton, while less developed, are accessible by road from Puerto Princesa, making them convenient destinations for those exploring the island. Their location along the west and east coast off of Palawan also makes them ideal spots for witnessing stunning sunsets, a daily spectacle that adds to the charm of these areas.

In addition to San Vicente and Port Barton, Palawan is home to other lesser-known locales that are worth exploring. Areas like Cuyo Island, Balabac, and Taytay offer their own unique experiences, from historical sites to untouched natural beauty. These destinations, while requiring a bit more effort to reach, reward visitors with unspoiled landscapes best beaches, and a glimpse into the quieter side of Palawan life.

In summary, San Vicente and Port Barton, along with Palawan’s other lesser-known destinations, offer a different kind of appeal compared to the island’s more famous tourist spots. They provide a haven for those seeking solitude, natural beauty, and a more authentic experience of what Palawan has to offer. From the longest white sand beaches to quaint fishing villages, these areas showcase the diversity and richness of Palawan’s natural and cultural heritage. They are places where time slows down, where the beauty of nature takes center stage, and where visitors can find a deeper connection with the serene and unspoiled environment. For those willing to venture off the beaten path, these hidden gems of Palawan offer experiences that are both enriching and unforgettable, adding to the allure of this magnificent island province as a top tourist destination in the Philippines.

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6. Unique Experiences in Palawan: Safari Parks, Local Culture, and Culinary Delights

Palawan, a majestic island province in the Philippines, is renowned not only for its stunning beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes but also for the unique experiences it offers to its visitors. Beyond the usual beach and island-hopping activities , Palawan presents a plethora of opportunities to immerse oneself in its rich culture, indulge in its culinary delights, and engage in unique adventures that are distinct to this tropical paradise. In this section, we delve into these unique experiences, highlighting the diverse aspects that make Palawan a multifaceted tourist spot.

One of the unique attractions in Palawan is the Calauit Safari Park, located on Calauit Island, off the east coast of Busuanga. This wildlife sanctuary is unlike any on other islands in Southeast Asia. Established in the 1970s as a conservation area for African and endemic Palawan wildlife, the safari park is home to giraffes, zebras, and a variety of deer species. A visit to this safari park offers a surreal experience where one can witness these exotic animals roaming freely in an environment that closely resembles their natural habitat. The park also serves as a research facility for wildlife conservation and is a testament to the island’s commitment to preserving its natural heritage.

Apart from its natural wonders, Palawan is also rich in cultural heritage. The indigenous communities of Palawan, such as the Tagbanua and Palaw’an tribes, offer a glimpse into the island’s ancient traditions and customs. Visitors have the opportunity to engage with these communities, learn about their way of life, and even participate in their traditional activities. Experiencing the local culture first-hand adds depth to the Palawan tourist experience, providing insights into the island’s history and the diverse ways of life that have thrived in this tropical paradise.

Palawan’s culinary scene is another aspect that shouldn’t be missed. Known for its abundance of fresh seafood, the island offers a culinary journey that is as diverse as its landscapes. In Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron, restaurants and local eateries serve a variety of dishes that reflect the island’s rich bounty. Must-try local specialties include ‘kinilaw’ (raw fish salad), ‘lechon’ (roasted pig), and the unique ‘tamilok’ (woodworm), which is considered a delicacy. The fusion of flavors, influenced by various cultural heritages, makes dining in Palawan an adventure in itself.

For those interested in a more hands-on culinary experience, cooking classes are available in several towns. These classes often involve going to the local market to source fresh ingredients, followed by learning how to prepare traditional Filipino dishes. This interactive experience is not only educational but also a fun way to immerse oneself in the local culture.

The city of Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, offers a blend of urban and natural attractions. Its city center is bustling with activity , offering shopping , dining, and nightlife options. The Puerto Princesa City Baywalk, a popular promenade along the city’s coastline, is a great place to enjoy a leisurely walk, savor street food, or simply watch the sunset. The city also serves as a hub for various land -based adventures such as visiting the Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Eco-Park, where one can witness the enchanting spectacle of fireflies illuminating the mangroves at night.

Another unique aspect of Palawan is its array of beach resorts and accommodations that offer more than just a place to stay . Many resorts in Palawan are designed to provide a holistic experience, often including wellness programs, yoga retreats, and spa services that complement the island’s tranquil setting. These wellness retreats are perfect for those seeking relaxation and rejuvenation amidst nature.

?Palawan island’s geographical diversity also makes it an ideal location for various outdoor activities. The island’s rugged terrain and dense forests are perfect for trekking, mountain biking, and even ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) adventures. For water sports enthusiasts, Palawan island’s clear waters are ideal for stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, and kite surfing. The island’s natural formations, such as its limestone cliffs and caves, also provide opportunities for rock climbing and caving, offering thrilling experiences for adventure seekers.

The island’s commitment to sustainable tourism is evident in its eco-friendly practices. Many tourist spots and activities in Palawan are geared towards preserving the environment and supporting local communities. This sustainable approach ensures that the island’s natural beauty and cultural heritage are protected for future generations.

In conclusion, Palawan offers a rich tapestry of experiences that go beyond its famous beaches and islands. From the unique wildlife encounters at Calauit Safari Park to the cultural immersion in indigenous communities, from diving trip the culinary adventures to the wellness retreats, Palawan provides a diverse range of activities that cater to all interests. Whether it’s exploring the urban landscape of Puerto Princesa, engaging in outdoor adventures, or simply enjoying the serene beauty of the island, Palawan promises an experience that is both enriching and unforgettable. The island’s blend of natural wonders, cultural richness, and sustainable practices makes it not just a popular tourist spot, but a destination that offers something unique and special for everyone who visits.

7. Practical Tips for Your Palawan Trip

Planning a trip to Palawan, a renowned tropical paradise in the Philippines, requires careful consideration to ensure a fulfilling and hassle-free experience. This section provides practical advice and tips for travelers, covering aspects from transportation and accommodation to the best times to visit. These insights are designed to help tourists make the most of their journey to this exquisite Palawan tourist spot.

Transportation: Navigating the Island

  • Getting to Palawan : The primary gateway to Palawan is through Puerto Princesa International Airport . Regular flights are available from major cities like Manila and Cebu . Cebu Pacific and other domestic airlines operate frequent flights , making Palawan easily accessible.
  • Traveling within Palawan : The island’s transportation system includes buses, vans, tricycles, and motorcycles. Renting a motorcycle or scooter is a popular choice for those comfortable with self-navigation and seeking flexibility. For longer distances, such as traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido, air-conditioned vans and buses are available, offering a balance of comfort and affordability.
  • Island Hopping : Exploring Palawan’s archipelago is best done through island hopping tours . These can be booked in advance or arranged through local tour operators in towns like El Nido and Coron. Boat tours vary in price and itinerary, so it’s advisable to compare options and check reviews .

Accommodation: From Luxurious Resorts to Budget Stays

  • Choosing the Right Accommodation : Palawan offers a wide range of accommodations to suit various budgets and preferences. In key tourist areas like El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa, options range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels and homestays.
  • Booking in Advance : During peak seasons, it’s wise to book accommodations in advance to secure the best places and avoid last-minute hassles. Online platforms provide an easy way to compare prices and amenities.
  • Staying in Remote Areas : For those venturing to less-touristy areas like San Vicente or Port Barton, accommodation options may be more rustic and limited. Embrace the simplicity and authenticity these places offer for a unique experience.

Best Time to Visit: Balancing Weather and Crowds

  • Peak and Off-Peak Seasons : Palawan’s peak tourist season is from December to May, coinciding with the dry season. This period offers ideal weather conditions for beach activities and exploration. However, it also means larger crowds and higher prices.
  • Visiting During Off-Peak Season : Traveling during the off-peak season (June to November) can be rewarding, with fewer tourists and lower prices. However, be mindful of the rainy season, which might affect outdoor activities and sea conditions.

Local Cuisine: A Culinary Journey through Palawan Tourist Spots

  • Sampling Local Delicacies : Palawan’s cuisine is a blend of fresh seafood, tropical fruits, and unique local dishes. Don’t miss out on trying grilled dishes, kinilaw, and the exotic tamilok.
  • Eating Like a Local : For an authentic culinary experience, visit local eateries and markets. Puerto Princesa, for instance, offers a variety of dining options, from upscale restaurants to street food stalls.

Money Matters: Currency and Expenses

  • Currency : The Philippine Peso (PHP) is the currency used in Palawan. Ensure to have enough local currency, as not all places accept credit cards, especially in remote areas.
  • Managing Expenses : While Palawan can cater to luxury travelers , it’s also possible to enjoy its beauty on a budget. Street food, public transportation, and budget accommodations are great ways to save money.

Health and Safety: Staying Secure and Healthy

  • Medical Facilities : Major towns like Puerto Princesa have hospitals and clinics. In remote areas, medical facilities may be basic, so it’s advisable to carry a first-aid kit and necessary medications.
  • Safety Precautions : While Palawan is generally safe for tourists, standard safety precautions should be observed. Be mindful of your belongings and aware of your surroundings, especially in crowded places.

Cultural Sensitivity and Environmental Awareness

  • Respecting Local Culture : Understanding and respecting local customs and traditions is crucial. Dress appropriately, especially when visiting rural communities or religious sites.
  • Environmental Responsibility : As a visitor to this beautiful island, play a part in preserving its natural wonders. Practice responsible tourism by minimizing plastic use, respecting wildlife, and following guidelines during tours and activities .

Connectivity: Staying in Touch

  • Mobile Network and Internet : Major mobile networks provide coverage in Palawan, but signal strength can vary, especially in remote areas. Internet cafes and Wi-Fi in hotels and restaurants are available in larger towns.

Language : Communication in Palawan

  • Language : English is widely spoken in Palawan, making communication relatively easy for tourists. Learning a few basic Filipino phrases can enhance interaction with locals and show respect for their culture.

Final Thoughts

A trip to Palawan tourist spots is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the natural beauty and rich cultural tapestry of one of the world’s most stunning island destinations. By planning adequately and respecting the local environment and culture, visitors can have a truly enriching experience. Whether it’s lounging on the white sand beaches, exploring the underwater wonders, or simply enjoying the laid-back island life, Palawan promises an unforgettable journey. With these practical tips, your visit to this incredible Palawan tourist spot can be both enjoyable and respectful, ensuring that the island’s magic is preserved for generations to come.

8. Concluding Thoughts: Why Palawan is a Must-Visit Destination

As our exploration of Palawan comes to an end, it’s essential to reflect on the myriad reasons that make this island province a must-visit destination. Palawan, with its unparalleled natural beauty, rich cultural heritage, and array of unique experiences, stands as a beacon of what a tropical paradise can offer. This section aims to encapsulate the essence of Palawan, highlighting why it continues to enchant travelers from all corners of the globe and why it remains a top tourist spot in the Philippines.

Natural Wonders: A Diverse Landscape

Palawan’s most compelling draw is undoubtedly its natural beauty. From the UNESCO-listed Puerto Princesa Underground River to the stunning seascapes of El Nido and the historic shipwrecks of Coron, Palawan offers a diverse range of natural attractions . The island’s geography, characterized by dramatic limestone cliffs, lush jungles, and a myriad of islands and islets, creates a landscape that is not just visually stunning but also offers a plethora of outdoor activities . For beach lovers, Palawan is a dream come true, with its long stretches of white sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant marine life. Each Palawan tourist spot, whether it be a secluded beach or a popular island-hopping destination, promises a unique encounter with nature’s splendor.

Cultural Tapestry: A Rich Heritage

Beyond its natural wonders, Palawan is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. The island’s history is as colorful as its landscapes, with influences from various settlers and indigenous groups. This cultural diversity is reflected in the local customs, festivals, and culinary practices. Engaging with the local communities, whether it be through a village visit or participation in a cultural event, offers insights into the traditional way of life that still thrives in Palawan. The hospitality and warmth of the Palaweños add to the charm of the island, making visitors feel welcome and appreciated.

Sustainable Tourism: A Model for Conservation

Palawan is not just a destination; it’s a testament to sustainable and responsible tourism. The island’s approach to preserving its natural and cultural heritage, while promoting tourism, is commendable. Efforts like regulated tours , environmental awareness campaigns, and community-based tourism initiatives ensure that the beauty of Palawan is preserved for future generations. This commitment to sustainability enhances the appeal of Palawan as a tourist spot, offering visitors the opportunity to enjoy the island’s wonders responsibly and conscientiously.

Culinary Delights: A Feast for the Senses

The culinary journey in Palawan is as diverse as its landscapes. The abundance of fresh seafood, combined with local flavors and cooking traditions, makes dining in Palawan a delightful experience. From upscale restaurants in the city centers to quaint eateries in remote areas, each meal reflects the island’s rich gastronomic heritage. Trying local specialties like kinilaw, tamilok, or the freshly grilled catch of the day is not just about satisfying hunger; it’s about experiencing the local culture through its flavors.

Adventure and Relaxation: A Balanced Experience

Palawan offers a balanced mix of adventure and relaxation. For the adrenaline seekers, activities like diving, snorkeling, trekking, and kayaking provide an exhilarating way to explore the island’s natural wonders. For those seeking tranquility, the serene beaches, wellness retreats, and leisurely boat tours offer a chance to unwind and rejuvenate. This balance makes Palawan an ideal destination for all types of travelers , whether they seek excitement or a peaceful escape.

Accessibility and Accommodation: Catering to All Travelers

The accessibility of Palawan, with regular flights and a range of transportation options within the island, makes it a convenient destination for both local and international travelers . The variety of accommodations, from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels, ensures that there is something for every preference and budget. This ease of access and variety of lodging options contribute to Palawan’s appeal as a tourist spot.

Lasting Impressions: The Magic of Palawan

Perhaps the most enduring aspect of Palawan is the impression it leaves on its visitors. The island’s stunning landscapes, combined with the warmth of its people and the richness of its culture, create memories that last a lifetime. Palawan is more than just a destination; it’s an experience, a feeling, a moment in time that stays with you long after you’ve left its sandy shores behind. Whether it’s the sight of a breathtaking sunset over Bacuit Bay, the thrill of swimming in a hidden lagoon, or the joy of sharing a meal with locals, Palawan offers moments of wonder and connection that are truly priceless.

In conclusion, Palawan stands as a testament to the beauty and diversity of the Philippines. It’s a place where nature, culture, and sustainability converge to create a destination that is not just beautiful but also meaningful. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a returning traveler, Palawan promises an experience that is both enriching and unforgettable. It’s a place that captivates the heart, engages the senses, and reminds us of the beauty that our world has to offer. As the world continues to discover and appreciate the wonders of this tropical paradise, Palawan’s place as a top tourist spot in the Philippines is not just well-deserved; it’s a recognition of the island’s enduring allure and the unforgettable experiences it offers to everyone who steps on its shores.

9. Appendix: Comprehensive List of Palawan Tourist Spots

Palawan, an archipelago in the Philippines, is a treasure trove of natural wonders, each offering unique and unforgettable experiences. In this comprehensive list, we explore various Palawan’ top tourist attractions and spots, encompassing the well-known and the hidden, each contributing to the island’s reputation as a premier destination. This section serves as a guide for travelers seeking to explore the diverse tourist attractions that Palawan island has to offer.

Puerto Princesa

  • Puerto Princesa Underground River : A UNESCO World Heritage site, this subterranean river is a marvel of nature, featuring stunning limestone karst landscapes and diverse wildlife.
  • Honda Bay : Known for its beautiful islands like Starfish Island and Luli Island, Honda Bay is perfect for island hopping, snorkeling, and enjoying white sand beaches.
  • Baker’s Hill : A thematic park known for its beautifully landscaped gardens, bakeries, and eateries, offering a relaxing atmosphere and a panoramic view of the city.
  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center : Also known as the Crocodile Farm, it’s a sanctuary for Palawan’s wildlife, particularly crocodiles, and offers educational tours.
  • Bacuit Bay Islands : Including Miniloc Island, Shimizu Island, and Entalula Island, these are key spots for island hopping tours , known for their clear waters, lagoons, and marine life.
  • Nacpan Beach : A serene and unspoiled beach, offering a tranquil escape from the more crowded spots, ideal for sunbathing and swimming.
  • Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon : These stunning natural formations are perfect for kayaking and snorkeling, surrounded by towering limestone cliffs.
  • Seven Commandos Beach : Known for its powdery white sand and crystal-clear waters, it’s a great spot for relaxation and enjoying the tropical sun.
  • Kayangan Lake : Often cited as the cleanest lake in Asia, it’s known for its crystal-clear waters and stunning limestone cliffs.
  • Twin Lagoon : Comprising two bodies of water separated by karst formations, it’s ideal for swimming and snorkeling.
  • Siete Pecados Marine Park : A popular snorkeling and diving spot known for its rich marine biodiversity.
  • Japanese Shipwrecks : Diving sites featuring World War II wrecks, offering a unique underwater experience.

San Vicente

  • Long Beach : Boasting one of the longest white sand beaches in the Philippines, it’s perfect for beach walks, sunbathing, and enjoying serene sunsets.
  • Port Barton : A quaint and peaceful village offering beautiful beaches, coral reefs, and a laid-back atmosphere.
  • Exotic Island : Known for its vibrant marine life and pristine conditions, ideal for snorkeling and relaxation.

Additional Noteworthy Spots

  • Balabac Islands : Situated on the southernmost tip of Palawan, these islands are known for their pristine beaches, clear waters, and the rare Philippine mouse-deer.
  • Cuyo Island : A less-traveled destination, offering historic sites like Fort Santa Isabel and pristine beaches.
  • Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park : A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this marine park is a haven for divers, showcasing some of the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs.
  • Calauit Safari Park : A unique wildlife sanctuary where African animals coexist with endemic Philippine species.
  • Culion Island : Once known as a leper colony, now a destination with rich history and stunning vistas.
  • Linapacan Islands : A group of lesser-known islands known for having some of the clearest waters in the world.
  • Malcapuya Island : Offers one of the most beautiful beaches in Coron, ideal for relaxation and snorkeling.
  • Tabon Caves : Known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization”, these caves hold significant archaeological value.
  • Mt. Tapyas : A popular hiking spot in Coron, offering panoramic views of the town and surrounding islands.
  • Corong Corong Beach : Located near El Nido, it’s a quieter alternative for sunset views and relaxation.
  • Cowrie Island : Part of the Honda Bay island hopping tour , known for its water sports and beach activities.
  • Snake Island : Named for its serpentine sandbar, it’s a unique and picturesque stop on El Nido’s island hopping tours .
  • Pandan Island : A small island near San Vicente, known for its tranquility and beautiful coral reefs.
  • Vigan Island : Also known as Snake Island, it’s famous for its winding sandbar visible during low tide.
  • Mangrove Eco Park : Offers a unique paddle boat experience through serene mangrove forests, providing insights into these vital ecosystems.

Each destination in this comprehensive list contributes to the mosaic that makes the best Palawan tourist spots a must-visit location. From the enchanting underground river of Puerto Princesa to the hidden beaches of Balabac, the island province of the best Palawan tourist spots offers an array of experiences that cater to diverse interests and preferences. Whether it’s the thrill of diving into the depths of the sea, the serenity of lounging on a secluded beach, or the awe of exploring ancient caves, the best Palawan tourist spots has it all. Each Palawan tourist spot, with its unique charm and beauty, ensures that visitors leave with memories that last a lifetime and a longing to return to this slice of paradise.

Sources : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palawan_(island)

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Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo in Japan is on the number one spot in the list. Tokyo is a beautiful city with skyscrapers, ancient temples, vibrant neighborhoods and old castles.

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul was on the number two position on the prestigious list. The city attracts visitors with its ancient palaces, colourful markets, trendy districts, and a thriving K-pop scene.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

The number three spot is taken by Vietnam’s Halong Bay. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to breathtaking karst landscapes, dotted with limestone islands, which looks stunning.

Palawan, the Philippines

Palawan is in fourth spot on the list. The place is renowned for its crystal-clear waters and stunning coral reef that draws travellers to its pretty beaches, hidden lagoons, and the UNESCO-listed Puerto Princesa Underground River.

Sapa, Vietnam

Sapa enchants with its terraced rice fields, ethnic minority villages, and trekking opportunities, providing a glimpse into the rich cultural tapestry of Vietnam.

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Bogota, colombia.

Colombia's capital, Bogota, boasts a vibrant cultural scene, historic architecture, and diverse neighborhoods, offering visitors a taste of Colombian art and history.

Pattaya, Thailand

Pattaya attracts with its lively beaches, vibrant nightlife, and family-friendly attractions, making it a popular destination for those seeking both relaxation and fun.

Alajuela, Costa Rica

Alajuela serves as a gateway to Costa Rica's natural wonders, including the Arenal Volcano and lush rainforests.

Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, combines historical sites like the Royal Palace and Killing Fields with a burgeoning culinary scene.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur showcases a modern skyline with iconic landmarks like the Petronas Towers, a diverse culinary scene, and a mix of cultures, blending Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Western influences.

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80% of the trending global travel destinations for 2024 are in Asia, according to new report—here's the full list

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Experts predict that in 2024 travelers will look away from popular destinations like London and Paris, and that interest in major cities in Asia will continue to rise .

This month, Tripadvisor announced its Travelers' Choice Best of the Best Destination Awards, which ranks the world's top trending destinations for 2024.

The ranking was determined based on the quality and quantity of reviews from global travelers for accommodations, restaurants and "things to do" that were posted to Tripadvisor from October 1, 2022, and September 30, 2023.

No. 1 trending travel destination 2024: Toyko

Tokyo is the top trending destination for 2024, according to Tripadvisor.

Japan was among the last countries to ease border closures after the Covid-19 pandemic and now that they are open again, tourists are getting in line to visit the country.

Tokyo is also among the top 24 worldwide destinations among non-U.S. travelers this year, according to Airbnb  data shared with CNBC.

Search traffic for Japan has more than tripled for trips during the first nine months of 2024 relative to the same period in 2023—a larger increase than any other nation, Airbnb said.

Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's most livable cities and is home to the world's tallest tower, Tokyo Skytree .

As of 2023, Tokyo is home to 41 headquarters of companies listed in the annual Fortune Global 500 .

Top 10 trending global travel destinations 2024

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Seoul, South Korea
  • Halong Bay, Vietnam
  • Palawan Island, Philippines
  • Sapa, Vietnam
  • Bogota, Colombia
  • Pattaya, Thailand
  • Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Phnom Penh, Cambodia
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Seoul, South Korea is the No. 2 trending global destination this year.

The city was one of the most visited Asian cities in 2023, according to market research company Euromonitor International.

In the same year, flight bookings to Seoul increased 191%, double from 2022, a Trip.com representative told CNBC Travel .

Seoul, South Korea, is known for its music and entertainment industry, and the area is home to over a dozen Fortune Global 500 companies, including Samsung and LG.

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