Among the Philippines’ most famous tourist destination is the Palawan island. Located on the MIMAROPA region, the island is called as the Philippine’s last frontier. And so it is with its beautiful tourist attractions.

Home to the famous Underground River and the Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, Palawan does not only offers amazing beaches but other great natural resources as well. All of which has been preserved and remains untouched until this day.

For tourists wishing for a place of adventure and a chance to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the island is the best place to do just that. Indulge in the culinary tastes in the island and its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere that is purely Palawan.

Surrounded by islands, islets, rocky coves and sugar-white sandy beaches, Palawan is indeed one of Asia’s most alluring tourist destination.

How to Travel to Palawan

Palawan is located on the western portion of the Philippines. Commercial flights are available to major cities and municipalities in the province.

If you are coming from major cities like Cebu and Manila, there are direct flights that can take you to Puerto Princesa and Coron. You may check out flight availability at local airlines like Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.

El Nido on the other hand can be pretty tricky as commercial flights are scarce. But you can always check out airlines like AirSwift for flight availabilities.

Palawan Trip Itinerary

If you have a lot of time to explore the province then you may want to know how to effectively travel from one city/ municipality to the next.

Day 1-3. One of the best alternate route you can take is to take a commercial flight to Puerto Princesa. Three days is enough to spend here.

Take the city tour on your first day, do some island hopping on your second day and visit the Underground River on the third.

Day 4-5. If you have a day or two to spare, hop on a bus or a van and visit Port Barton. Do some island hopping and some snorkelling while there.

Otherwise, head to El Nido by taking the late night van or bus. Travel time is approximately 5-7 hours depending on the speed.

Day 6-9. When in El Nido, enjoying 3-4 days doing some island hopping activities as well as some enchanting diving and beautiful hikes.

From El Nido, take the ferry going to Coron and take another round of island escapades and tours in this beautiful island. Travel time to Coron from El Nido will take around 4-8 hours depending on which boat you take.

Day 10-15. When in Coron, you may opt for another 3-5 days to try out the different tours including tours in Busuanga.

Coron may be your last leg of your Palawan trip. You can take commercial flights to Cebu or Manila.

Otherwise, you can start your trip in Coron and do the alternate route mentioned above with side trips to Balabac. You may book your flight from Puerto Princesa.

You can also take a look at this route if that makes the planning more easier:

Please take note that both Balabac and Coron are islands separate from the main island of Palawan. Thus the exclusion on the map.

Tourist Attractions In Puerto Princesa, Palawan

For a list of great places to visit in the province, Favorite Tourist Attractions in Palawan, Philippines will be your guide. Check out some of Palawan’s most promising spots and let its magic envelope you!!!

Honda Bay

Honda Bay

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
One of Palawan’s beautiful tourist destination is the Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. It is surrounded with several islets with shallow reefs and wonderful beaches. Aside from the terrific opportunities of diving in the area, the bay is the perfect place for lounging around on its sand.

There are several island hopping tours made available for tourists wanting to explore the bay and its surrounding gorgeous islands. I have been to several amazing islands in Honda Bay including Starfish Island, Isla Pandan and many more.

Several islands have amazing coral reefs and powdery white sand that’ll make you sigh with happiness especially for beach lovers and snorkel lovers out there.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Palawan Crocodile Farm)

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centeris a conservation center that breeds Palawan’s crocodiles, some of which are saltwater species and others which live in freshwater only. The center provides some interesting and educational experience for its guests.

Walk through educational areas in the conservation area and learn how to protect the Philippines’ crocodiles. During our visit we saw some hatchlings and full grown crocs all lounging around within protective walls of the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan 5300, Philippines
One of the most distinguished protected areas in the Philippines and awarded as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is Palawan’s most popular attraction. Featuring a karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km long underground river that flows directly to the sea, the Underground River provides a unique nature experience that tourists visiting Palawan shouldn’t miss.

The various stalactites and stalagmites formations are very interesting indeed. Top it off with entertaining stories from your guide will definitely make the visit more interesting and equally educational!

We were indeed lucky to have been assigned a guide that made the entire tour very interesting indeed!

Make sure to pre-book before you visit as there are indeed a lot of tourists wanting to visit the Underground River too!

The Immaculate Conception Church

The Immaculate Conception Church

Location: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Philippines
Serving as a dedication to the Patron Saint of Palawan, the The Immaculate Conception Church is one of the tourist attractions in Puerto Princesa. Its astounding architecture, with angular structures and well preserved edifice from a century back had made it a worthy place to visit.

You can include visiting the church during your Puerto Princesa City Tour or just do it yourself and hire a tricycle to take you there!

Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

Location: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is an atoll coral reef that includes 130,028 ha, including the North and South Reefs. It has a very high density of marine species with pristine coral reefs, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. The area was a nominee at the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Ugong Rock

Ugong Rock

Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Puerto Princesa’s Ugong Rock is another promising tourist destination in Palawan. A trip to Ugong Rock is guaranteed to be as exciting as any travel destination with its unique combination of caving, climbing and zip line. The rock formation stands like a pedestal that offers a 360 degree of view of lush green fields and mountains.

It’s usually included as a side trip when visiting the Underground River and definitely a cool way to pump up your excitement for the entire trip!

The walk to the top takes about an hour (although it’ll still depend on your pace) but definitely an enjoyable one!

Tourist Attractions In El Nido, Palawan

El Nido Marine Reserve Park

El Nido Marine Reserve Park

Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Occupying a total of 96,000 hectares, the El Nido Marine Reserve Park is a premiere tourist destination that boasts of rain forest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. Its divers Eco-system creates a breathtaking and fascinating natural scenery that will surely enchant tourists.

Entalula Island

Entalula Island

Location: Bacuit Bay, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
The Entalula Island is a private beach where tourists from Lagen and Miniloc can reserve in for dinner or lunch. Filled with water activities, the beach at the Entalula Island is fringed with white sand, some with rich coral and fish populations at forty to sixty feet.

Secret Lagoon Beach

Secret Lagoon Beach
Image By: Angelica Andrea Cruz

Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Separated into two by limestone cliffs, the Secret Lagoon Beach is an interesting island in El Nido. A secret lagoon is hidden on one side while the second is comprised with gorgeous stretch of fine, white sand beach. Access to the lagoon is through a small opening.

Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon

Location: El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
The Small Lagoon is another must-see attraction in El Nido with its orchid-lined limestone walls and bountiful marine life. With its tranquil turquoise-green waters, the Small Lagoon is a favorite destination for tourists visiting El Nido.

Tourist Attractions In Coron, Palawan

Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake

Location: Northern part of Coron Island, Palawan, Philippines
Barracuda Lake in the Coron Bay is an interesting and unusual diving spot in Palawan. The lake is declared as one of the world’s natural and beautiful sanctuaries and is referred as the “craziest dive site in the Philippines”.

It is located at the top of a volcano crater that offers a dreamy scenery with blue-turquoise waters, surrounded by limestone cliffs.

What I love most about Barracuda Lake is its clear waters. You can easily see the bottom when swimming on the lake.

Twin Lagoon

Twin Lagoon Coron Palawan

Location: Coron, Palawan, Philippines
The Twin Lagoon in Coron, Palawan are two (2) lagoons interconnected by a small hole in between the karst mountains. It’s part of the Coron Ultimate Tour and is definitely worth the visit.

The lagoon has definitely taken me by surprise and left me breathless. It’s beautiful karst mountains is imposing and breathtaking at the same time. We have spent an hour just enjoying the karst formation and swimming in the lagoons clear waters.

Calauit Island Wild life Sanctuary

Caluit Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Calauit Island, Palawan, Philippines
Situated on the Busuanga Island in the province of Palawan, the Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary was home to a variety of exotic, indigenous and marine animals. Among these are the Bushbucks, Elands, Giraffes, Impalas, Calamian Deer, Mouse Deer, Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Dugong, Sea turtles and Giant clam.

Today, however, Calauit Safari’s wildlife population has dwindled. When we visited, only the giraffes, Calamian Deer and zebras have remained including a few animals in their zoo.

There are Calauit Safari Tours offered by some travel agencies should you wish to explore it just like we did.

This part of the island is made up of undulating topography with narrow coastal plains, widespread grasslands and low ranges of hills.

Coron Bay

Coron Bay

Location: Coron, Busuanga, Palawan, Palawan, Philippines
Popular among divers around the world, the Coron Bay in Palawan boasts of fabulous wreck diving spots in the world. History says that US fighter aircraft and dive bombers have sunk 24 vessels from Japan in this area. Some of these wrecks have now been discovered. Aside from the wrecks, the corals in the area are quite exceptional and shouldn’t be missed.

You can uninterrupted views of the Coron Bay on top of Mount Tapyas in town. A trip to Mount Tapyas is usually included in Coron Town Tours. Personally, I’d recommend doing it yourself as the town is pretty tourist friendly and can be easily navigated!

Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake

Location: Palawan, Philippines
Lake Kayangan is nestled on top of a mountain. For tourists visiting this place, a 10-minute steep climb is required. After this, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and crystal-clear waters. The lake Kayangan has been awarded as the cleanest lake in Asia.

New Palawan Destinations

Over the years, other areas in Palawan are slowly gaining popularity not only for locals but to tourists as well. Here are some destinations you might want to consider.

Port Barton

If you want a bit more solitude and less the crowd, Port Barton is a good option. It’s less crowded than its neighbouring municipality: El Nido.

You can mostly do 4 island hopping activities in the area and they are more cheaper than those in El Nido but equally as beautiful. You may also enjoy snorkelling and kayaking to nearby islets.


Balabac is a group of islands in Southern Palawan that is made up of 30 islands and islets. Getting there and arranging the trip by yourself may be a bit difficult as the tourism is not yet fully developed and that most of the islands are privately owned.

Contact local travel agencies for the meantime to help you plan your trip. Expect gorgeous sandy white beaches when you visit.

Palawan Hotels

For a convenient stay in the province, you may want to check out some of Palawan’s hotels right here.

Hotels In Puerto Princesa

If you are staying in Puerto Princesa, the best location will be at the city centre to get close to food stops, restaurants and other fun attractions. Most travel agencies will be picking you up for day trips so being close to the city center is desirable. Below are three of the top rated accommodations you may want to consider:

Lala Panzi Bed and Breakfast

The Lala Panzi Bed and Breakfast is an ideal accommodation option for travelers who wants to stay within the city centre.

Aside from the standard rooms, they also offer dormitories for large groups.

Casa Belina

Another great accommodation to book in is at Casa Belina. Aside from the comfortable rooms and breakfast availability, Casa Belina offers airport transfers for its guests.

Cleon Villas Pension

If you want a bit more luxury and convenience, the Clean Villas Pension is an awesome choice with its 3-star rating. Room options include twin sharing, triple sharing and quadruple sharing.

Hotels In El Nido

Expect sun and beach when in El Nido! Being a popular tourist destination in the Philippines, hotels in El Nido range from luxury to budget. Here are some great options for you!

Qi Palawan Resort

If you want a bit tranquility, the Qi Palawan Resort is the perfect getaway. The resort is a beach front property. Though its a location is a bit far from the the city centre, you’ll be rewarded with a tranquil and amazing vacation experience.

Cauayan Island Resort (El Nido)

You know how we sometimes love to be pampered when we are on a trip (after all, you are in a vacation). The Cauayan Island Resort (El Nido) is the perfect getaway for you. The Resort is conveniently located in Bacuit Bay, the perfect area to explore nearby attractions.

Hidden Garden Pension

For the budget conscious, the Hidden Garden Pension is a perfect choice. It is centrally located in El Nido and is close to other convenient stops in El Nido.

Hotels In Coron

When you are traveling to Coron for a couple of days and would want to explore various areas and maybe try one or two fo the tour packages, staying within the town centre is a good idea.

Hotel pick-ups will be easier plus you’ll get to do the Coron Town Tour by yourself and not to mention plenty of opportunity to look for great food. Here are are our top picks for hotels in Coron:

Darayonan Lodge Coron

Darayonan Lodge is a budget-friendly accommodation in the town centre. Aside from its comfortable accommodations and facilities, the lodge can also arrange tours for you when you want assistance.

Happy Camper Hostel

Another budget-friendly accommodation when in Coron is the Happy Camper Hostel. This is a good place to mingle with other travellers too though there is no wifi. But since you are in a vacation, that’s alright!

Aquilah Homestay

Business and leisure travellers will love to stay at the Aquilah Homestay. The homey ambiance of this accommodation is enough to make every stay a comfortable one.

Palawan Travel Tips

Palawan is generally safe with friendly locals. And since you’ll be mostly enjoying fun days at the beach, here’s a few Palawan travel tips for you:

1. Pack light and cool clothes when you travel to Palawan. The Philippines is a tropical country so expected it to be hot most of the time.
2. Bring some sturdy foot wear for walking and the beach. There are plenty of hiking opportunities, like in Mount Tapyas in Coron. Washable and high durable flip-flops will be perfect for this trip.
3. Don’t forget to bring sunscreens while on the trip to avoid sunburn. Trust me! Mosquito repellent is necessary too.
4. Stay hydrated all the time and bring lots of waters with you.
5. Don’t forget to bring dry bag with you when you visit Palawan. Or try to check out our island hopping packing list for a more convenient trip.

What are you waiting for? Make Palawan your next travel destination!

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