Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Discover Palawan: What to Do in this Beautiful Island of the Philippines

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Discover rare and raw beauty in the most beautiful island of Palawan.

The Philippines is home to more than 7,000 islands, including the most beautiful island of Palawan, located in the south-west side of the country. In fact, Palawan has been included in the list of the world’s best islands for three consecutive years, from 2016 to 2018.

Palawan is a world-class tourist destination that’s teeming with natural beauty. Whether you’re bound to explore Puerto Princesa, Coron, or El Nido, you’ll find a wide range of things to do and places to see during your visit.

Use this travel guide when you go to Palawan and discover what the island has to offer.

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital city of the province of Palawan. Located in the center of the Palawan island, Puerto Princesa serves as the main gateway to the island. The city is highly urbanized, yet it also has a laid-back atmosphere that suits the nature-loving side of your personality.

Must-try activities in Puerto Princesa include:

Tour Around the City

A city tour around Puerto Princesa will take you to famous historical sites, such as the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, World War II Museum, and Heritage Museum, among others.

You’ll also stop by the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, which serves as a sanctuary for hurt, abandoned, or endangered animals, including crocodiles, eagles, hawks, and hornbills. You can end your city tour at Baker’s Hill, a resto with a garden that serves delicious snacks and seafood dishes to recharge your body after the day’s journey.

Water-Based and Other Extreme Adventures

Palawan is surrounded by lakes, lagoons, beaches, and rock formations, making the island look and feel like a paradise for visitors.

You can cruise through the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or more popularly known as the Underground River. This is one of the most prized attractions in Palawan, being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Here, you’ll be taking a boat ride and paddle through the waters to get inside cave tunnels and past rock formations.

In an effort to enhance the experience for tourists coming from all over the world, there are audio devices provided during the Underground River tour as part of travel essentials for foreigners to use when listening to talks describing the history of the park in their own language.

You can also go island hopping in Honda Bay, which is in the mid-eastern coast of Puerto Princesa. Around Honda Bay, you’ll come across an island where starfish abound, an island that disappears and reappears depending on the tides of water, and more unforgettable attractions.

Swim in white sand beaches, snorkel, or blend with the locals for an ultimate island hopping experience. Puerto Princesa also has private beach resorts, diving sites, surfing spots, inflatable playgrounds for aqua adventure, and kart racing circuits. Truly, Puerto Princesa offers all sorts of activities and amenities for everyone.


Coron is part of the bigger Busuanga Island, serving as a jump-off point to the Calamian Group of Islands, where you’ll find some of the most wonderful attractions. These include:

Barracuda Lake, an island that’s also a haven for scuba divers. The lake has a combination of freshwater and saltwater so that you may experience different water temperatures.

Kayangan Lake, known as the cleanest lake in the Philippines; around it is tall limestone formations that will make you want to capture an image of the whole place for the gram.

Siete Pecados Marine Park, a well-visited snorkeling spot with loads of colorful coral reefs and tropical fishes

Coron Bay, where you’ll find the best diving spot to get around WWII Japanese shipwrecks

Apart from the water activities, Coron is also known for its safari attraction in Calauit Island.

El Nido

Another popular tourist destination in Palawan is the town of El Nido, which is home to the following sites:

Miniloc Island, where you’ll find small and big lagoons with fresh, crystal clear waters that are inviting for swimming and snorkeling. There’s also the so-called secret lagoon, which is named that way because it is hidden from view by a massive limestone cliff.

Snake Island, which got its name from the strip of a sandbar along its coast that makes an S-shape figure

El Nido attracts tourists who want to stay in luxurious resorts and exclusive islands, although there are also accommodations and Island Hopping Tour that cater to those who are on a budget.

Indeed, anyone who wants to experience rare and raw beauty has to visit Palawan sooner than later

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