Prepare to be wowed beyond words by majestic limestone karsts, pristine waters, possibly your best diving and snorkeling experience, natural wonders and a prison without walls, among others. Palawan also hosts a UNESCO Heritage site, the Tubbataha Reef which is undeniably the best dive site in the country and famed throughout the world.
Palawan is more than perfect for honeymooners, not only in pictures but also in experience. Discover a place teeming with incomparable natural wonders combined with extraordinary hospitality. There is simply so much to see in Palawan but let’s focus on the more popular towns of Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron and the island-resort of Amanpulo.
Explore Paradise Beaches
El Nido exhibits the country’s diversity both in geological and biological aspects. Nacpan Beach, Entulala Island, Hidden Beach, Secret Lagoon Beach, Vigan Island, Matinloc Island, Simizu Island, Marimegmeg Beach, and Seven Commando Beach are the most noteworthy island hopping attractions. Snorkel, sunbathe, swim, or beach bum in paradise to your heart’s content. If you’re looking into factoring romance in your trip, El Nido Resorts offers the best of the best. Sleep over luxury water cottages, relax on a hammock, dip in your private pool, and kayak in calm clear waters. Hollywood celebrities Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario and Patrick Adams have high praises for the destination. Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz shot the final scene of The Bourne Legacy in El Nido, proclaiming the town a “paradise island” and a “fantasy place”. Aman Resort of Amanpulo is reportedly the most expensive vacation destination in the whole country. Only reachable via private flights, this destination is truly a haven for those seeking exclusivity, privacy, impeccable service, and of course the exotic beauty of Palawan. Hollywood stars Tom Cruise, Jude Law, Robert de Niro, and Sienna Miller have been reported to have visited the resort. In El Nido, the limestone cliffs of Bacuit Bay are frequented by mountain climbers. Cadugnon Cave is an archeological site where relics dating back from the Sung Dynasty were uncovered. Cathedral Cave hosts the edible nests of swiftlets called nido harvested by the locals and thus where this town derived its name from. Small Lagoon and Big Lagoon are favorite attractions for their deep emerald waters, marine life and a “private pool” in the former.
Island Hopping Experience
In the capital city of Puerto Princesa alone, island hopping includes Honda Bay’s Snake Island featuring a winding sandbar that slithers about pristine waters, Starfish Island packed with starfishes of different colors and sizes, Pandan Island named so with the abundance of a local plant and where tourists can enjoy snorkeling and fish feeding, and Cowrie Island perfect for sunbathing, lounging and picnicking. Arreceffi Island hosts Dos Palmas resort, an exclusive island resort with top-notch amenities and fun activities.
Enjoy Natural Wonders
The Subterranean River
The Subterranean River or more commonly called Underground River is the longest navigable underground river in the world at 8.2 kilometers. Inside the cave are spectacular formations of stalactites and stalagmites. The Subterranean River is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Popular Underwater Activities
Wreck-Diving Capital of the Philippines
Dive sites in El Nido
How to get to and around Palawan
To best way to reach Palawan is by air via domestic flights. There are daily flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa, Coron via Busuanga and El Nido. There are also regular flights from Cebu, Clark, and Davao to Puerto Princesa, and from Cebu to Busuanga. Many tourists travel to El Nido from Puerto Princesa on a 5 to 7-hour land trip for much cheaper costs. There is a ferry from Coron to Puerto Princesa and vice versa on weekends but the trip takes 14 hours. You can hire boats to travel between Coron and El Nido on a 7-10 hour journey.
Tour packages are typical in Palawan which would be the most convenient way to visit the attractions. The tours include all land and boat transfers, tour guides, related entrance fees and picnic or buffet lunch. Rickshaws are easily available when getting around town.