About the Area
Lots of tourists find Palawan as a must-visit destination; it is the largest province and also considered as the most protected area in the Philippines which has a 2,000-kilometer coastline, with 1,700 islands and islets.
To be more specific, Palawan’s overall natural beauty makes it a dreamy island destination; it is a slice of paradise that has the most magnificent lagoons, wonderful rock formations, interesting caves, and a rich marine biodiversity! It was voted as the “World’s Best Island” by the Travel & Leisure Magazine in 2017.
Traveling to Palawan with flyeast Philippines is such a breeze – we personally go to the destination to make sure everything is in order. We only want what’s best for you – our fully customized tours will let you explore Palawan the way you want to, and we’ll handle the rest.
There are four main destinations that Palawan offers: El Nido, Coron, Puerto Princesa, and Port Barton. The magnificence of Palawan as a destination always leaves tourists wanting for more. One trip is never enough. Palawan is the kind of destination you’ll never get tired of visiting over and over again.
Points of Interest:
- Secret Lagoon
- Snake Island
- Bacuit Bay
- Taraw Peak
- Las Cabanas Beach
- Nacpan Beach
In 2019, Conde Nast Traveler included El Nido in the top 5 of its “24 Best Island Beaches in the World” list! This certainly makes the destination earn a place on your bucket list. It has gorgeous limestone rock formations and striking bright blue waters that will instantly take your breath away. Several island-hopping tours are available so that you can fully explore El Nido. This journey will bring you to the most magical lagoons you have ever seen!
If you’d like to do something different from the typical boat tours, why not go from one island to another via zipline? There is a 750-meter zipline across Las Cabanas Beach all the way to Depeldet Island, which a fun and exciting way to capture the captivating view of the island you wouldn’t want to miss. Compared to the scenic ziplines in Thailand and Hawaii, tourists have claimed the Las Cabanas Beach zipline to be the most impressive, especially during the sunset! Fly through the open skies as you zoom into one island to another!
Aside from the island-hopping tour activities, you can also drive up to “the best beach in El Nido” or also known as Nacpan Beach, the half of the well-known Twin Beaches in El Nido, while the other half is called Calitang Beach.The golden sandy shores of Nacpan Beach are almost always empty, which means that you have a four kilometer-long coast to enjoy all to yourself.
Points of Interest:
- Coron Bay
- Barracuda Lake
- Busuanga Island
- Maquinit Hot Springs
- Twin Lagoons
- Kayangan Lake
Palawan has a lot of immaculate destinations to offer and Coron is one of them. Compared to El Nido, it’s smaller and quieter, but they’re equally perfect. There are numerous adventures you can do in Coron like swimming through underwater mountains, snorkeling over surreal coral reefs and diving under shipwrecks, and relaxing in white sand beaches.
One awesome experience you shouldn’t in Coron is free-diving or scuba diving in the Skeleton Wreck; it’s an underwater attraction which consists of a real 25-meter long Japanese supply ship from the World War 2 period. It has now sunk 5 to 22-meters down the ocean floor.
Another prescribed activity not known to many is observing the life of the indigenous Calamian Tagbanua people who are the original tribes of Palawan. Huge parts of the Palawan islands served as sacred Tagbanua burial grounds which do not allow tourists to visit. Some areas welcome visitors who are willing to witness the simple indigenous lives of these tribes. Witness native Tagbanuas in their natural element as they spearfish, play in the water, prepare “kurot” (a wild tuber found locally in Coron), harvest seaweeds and sea cucumbers, collect bird’s nests, and go on about their day in their simple cave homes.
A couple of these Tagbanua communities are located near Kayangan Lake and Twin Lagoons. Kayangan Lake is one of the most popular tourist spots in Coron, because you would find pristine coral reefs, incredible rock formations, and crystal clear waters on this lake. Some activities you can do in this site are free dive, hike up to the viewpoint, snorkel, and maybe you can also get awesome shots with your drone!
Points of Interest:
- Underground River
- Honda Bay islands
- Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village
- Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Ecotourism And Wildlife Park
Puerto Princesa is the second-largest city in the Philippines in terms of land area; its city proper is compressed but very simple to navigate. The rest of Puerto Princesa is filled with green forests, nearby beach coves, towering mountains, and huge mangroves.
Most tourist spots in Puerto Princesa are within the close radius of the city proper, which means that you can spend a good 2-3 days exploring the best things Puerto Princesa has to offer. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean Underground River National Park is one of UNESCO’s New 7 Wonders of Nature. The Underground River runs 24 kilometers under a secured cave, but only 4.2 kilometers are navigable by boat, which means there’s more to discover! You’ll find splendid formations of stalactites and stalagmites inside the cave. . There are also bats inside and other marine creatures. In 2010, environmentalists discovered that the cave has a second floor through a small waterfall revealing an upper layer.
Points of Interest:
- Secret Paradise Resort &Turtle Sanctuary
- Pamuayan Resort
- Exotic Island
- German Island
- Long Beach
Port Barton is a small village in the north-western part of Palawan. Though it’s not as popular as El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa, it offers the same quality of pristine beaches as the first three. Port Barton is so small, that you can walk from the island’s end to end in a matter of minutes. Because it’s an isolated village, there are no luxury hotels or fancy restaurants in this area.
The good news is that there are no crowds, it is every wanderer’s dream. Every corner of the place is an Instagram shot waiting to happen. There aren’t many activities to do in Port Barton except indulge yourself in the total serenity of the island.
Port Barton also offers island-hopping tours. You can choose from Tours A – D. Some islands to explore are Exotic Island, Twin Reef, Paradise Island, Aquarium Reef, and German Island, among others. For a different experience, there’s a small waterfall called Pamuayan Falls, a secluded spot where you can enjoy swimming in the ice-cold fresh water..
Another fun activity in Port Barton is the visit to the 77-hectare Turtle Sanctuary in Secret Paradise Resort. This ecotourism destination is known to be the “only turtle sanctuary in the Philippines endorsed by WWF-Philippines.” Turtle species such as green sea turtles, Olive Ridley turtles, and hawksbill turtles can be found on the island. They also lay eggs between October to March but if you’d like to see baby turtles hatch and crawl their way to the sea, be sure to drop by during November!
Bringing dry bags with you while island-hopping is a must and make sure it’s secured. Nobody wants some wet gadgets.
Bring enough cash. There are only a few ATMs available in Palawan and almost everything is on a cash basis payment.
Try exotic food. Taste the culture of Palawan through local eats and make sure to try crocodile meat, tamilok (woodworm), or buti-buti (heirloom rice of Cuyo, Palawan).
Do not litter. Palawan is considered as the “Last Frontier”, so let’s maintain the cleanliness of this paradise by responsibly disposing of our garbage. If you’re caught littering, you will have to pay a fine.
Don’t drink tap water. It’s better to buy bottled purified water from the stores.
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