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Travel Guide

Palawan is one of the most popular islands to visit in the Philippines and it's no wonder why. It's a Filipino paradise, with white sandy beaches, chilled out beach bars, and world-famous scuba diving. Explore underwater caves, vivid coral reefs, lush national parks and island-hopping boat trips.

Top things to do in Palawan

  • El Nido to Coron
    You can do loads of island hopping boat trips from El Nido, but one of the best to do is hopping from El Nido to Coron island.
  • Sabang Underground River
    The Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park is found in Sabang. Float through miles of stunning underground caves in this UNESCO-listed national park.
  • Honda Bay
    Go island hopping and snorkelling in this quiet bay of water. Relax on white sandy beaches inbetween spotting colourful fish in the coral.
  • Bacuit Archipelago
    Using El Nido as your base, book onto some island hopping trips around the Bacuit Archipelago for some of the most picturesque beaches and islands in Asia.
  • Diving in Busuanga Island
    Dive amongst shipwrecks of a Japanese fleet sunk in 1944.
  • Motorcycle Trips inland
    Hire a motorcycle in Puerto Princesa and venture into the countryside to explore.

How to get to Palawan

The quickest and easiest way to get to Palawan is to fly. The main airport is Puerto Princesa but there are two smaller airports on Busuanga Island and El Nido. You can also get there by boat, with ferries from Manila, Mindora and Iloilo.

Best time to visit Palawan

The best time to visit Palawan is between March and May for the calmest sea travel. November, December and January are also good months to go, for cooler, drier weather.
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Packages in Palawan

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Palawan Explorer
A week of exotic wildlife, lost jungles, lazy island-hopping and free time strung up in  hammock - nothing spells Filipino paradise like this Palawan package. Spend three nights in Sabang and explore the underground river, zipline down Ugong Rock and trek through the jungle to the Batak tribe before heading to El Nido to chill.
from $1,216
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El Nido Island Hopping
A surreal stunner, El Nido's majestic limestone cliffs tower over crystal-clear waters with countless species of tropical fish and corals plus endangered sea turtles. Spend time relaxing on sandy beaches and taking boats out to the other islands nearby. Includes accommodation, meals and transfers. Bliss!
from $564
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Our favorite Palawan hotels

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La Natura Resort - Coron
This mountain top 3-star hotel has an outdoor pool, restaurant and spacious rooms with modern bathrooms.
King from $88
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La Salangane Hotel - El Nido
On the beachfront and complete with restaurant, bar and terrace, this small hotel has basic but comfortable rooms.
Double room from $55
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Makulay Lodge & Villas - El Nido
With 6 guestrooms, a restaurant, bar, garden and barbecue, the Makulay Lodge has great views over the sea and a lovely terrace to enjoy the sunsets.
Double from $75
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Sunz En Coron Resort - Palawan
Sunz En Coron resort has 18 guestrooms, an outdoor pool, free WIFI in the lobby and free cooked-to-order breakfast!
Single from $69
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