With the undeniable beauty of Palawan, it has already become a regular on the list of the world’s best islands of international travel magazines. Of course, this doesn’t come as a surprise. From the clear blue-green waters of lagoons and colorful reefs to pristine white beaches, what more can you ask for? The Palawan tourist spot has been the talk of the town, the world rather, because of its magnificent charm.

Palawan is home to nature reserves on both land and sea, marine gardens of giant clams, sea turtles nesting on white-sand beaches, hundreds of species of butterflies, and lush palm forest. 

The list may be long but trust us, you’ll ask for more!

Puerto Princesa City

Puerto Princesa City is the capital of Palawan. It is called the Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines and is mainly a gateway to El Nido. In Puerto Princesa, you’ll find a decent food scene, some nightlife, and a growing number of boutique hotels.

1. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

tourists entering the puerto princesa underground river

This is one of the most frequented Puerto Princesa tourist spots. (Rightfully so!) The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Tourists will see karsts—natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone—loom in every direction.

2. Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

A group of young crocodiles at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center in Puerto Princesa

If you’re an animal lover, you will surely have a blast at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, one of the best places to visit in Puerto Princesa. It is where Palawan Crocodile Farm is located, which not only serves as the home of various crocodile species but is also a research center that educates visitors about these creatures. Aside from the crocodile farm, there are also aviaries where you’ll see various species of birds.

3. Baker’s Hill

A well-known pasalubong (gift store) in Puerto Princesa called Baker's Hill. It's a crowd favorite!

Baker’s Hill is a well-known pasalubong (gift store) in Puerto Princesa. They sell various pastries and cakes that will surely fill your tummy. Most tourists in Puerto Princesa never miss Baker’s Hill and always have one or two boxes of their homemade pastries in their carry-ons for their loved ones back home. But other than being a pasalubong store, Baker’s Hill has also become one of the most famous Puerto Princesa tourist spots because of its Instagram-worthy areas such as the mini zoo and a collection of life-sized cartoon statues.

4. Honda Bay

Honda Bay is another popular tourist attraction in Puerto Princesa well known for its white sand beaches, wonderful landscapes and coral reef.

If you think you can’t enjoy an island like Puerto Princesa, think again ‘cause it’s more than just city sights. There you’ll find Honda Bay where various white beaches are located. Through an island-hopping tour, tourists can visit its numerous islands, which are all unique from each other. The best Puerto Princesa beaches are in Luli Island, Starfish Island, and Cowrie Island.

5. Iwahig Firefly Watching Mangrove Ecotourism And Wildlife Park

A tour at the Iwahig River and Park will give you a magical treat as you witness an enchanting group of shining fireflies twinkling within the mangroves that line the riverbank. The tour is guided by a local who talks about these critters, the Iwahig environment, and even constellations. It’s a great tour for couples who want a naturally romantic setting and for children who have an affinity for anything whimsical. Don’t miss Iwahig Ecotourism and Wildlife Park as it is among the best places to visit in Puerto Princesa.


El Nido

El Nido is on the northwestern-most tip of mainland Palawan. It is famous for its luxurious resorts and prized birds’ nest soup. But whether you stay in the budget side of town or on its exclusive islands, you would still enjoy the beauty of El Nido.

6. Secret Lagoon

Secret Lagoon and it's cool, blue waters is an exciting tourist spot to visit in Palawan

Secret Lagoon is an exciting Palawan tourist spot to visit. It is literally one of Miniloc Island’s best-kept secrets as it is hidden by massive karst cliffs. To get there, you’ll crawl through a small hole to get through and once you’re inside, you’ll discover the stunning Secret Lagoon’s cool, blue waters. Secret Lagoon is definitely a great El Nido Palawan tourist spot.

7. Big and Small Lagoons

A girl happily paddling along the lagoon in El Nido

The Big and Small Lagoons are staples in El Nido’s tour itinerary. Both lagoons are surrounded by limestone cliffs and feature crystal clear waters which make them perfect for swimming and snorkeling. You can also rent kayaks and paddle along the surface.

8. Shimizu Island

Breathtaking rock formations of El Nido Palawan

This island is an El Nido Palawan tourist spot and one of the best snorkeling spots in El Nido. It is named after a late Japanese scuba diver who’s believed to have died in an underwater tunnel on this island. Through its crystal-clear waters, one can discover an abundant reef inhabited by the corals and various fishes.

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9. Seven Commandos Beach

The extraordinary beauty of 7 Commandos Beach and its calm, cerulean waters in Palawan

With a long stretch of fine white sand, 7 Commandos Beach is an absolute paradise for beach bums who not only want to take a dip or snorkel, but also want to take a rest, sunbathe, and play along the shore.

10. Nacpan and Calitang Beach

Nacpan and Calitang are said to be among the best beaches in El Nido, Palawan

The twin beaches of Nacpan and Calitang are the only beaches you can visit by land via a tricycle or motorcycle. These two are said to be among the best beaches in El Nido. Nacpan is an El Nido Palawan tourist spot that boasts a 4-kilometer shoreline lined with soft golden sand. While Calitang has a shorter shoreline albeit dotted with white sand. You can also get a sweeping view of the beaches on the bend where these twin beaches meet.


Coron

Oh, Coron! What’s not to love about it? Coron leaves its visitors struck by the number of islands dotting the sea, beautiful Coral Garden with massive corals stretching to several meters visible through crystal-clear water, rolling landscape, red soil, and lush palm forest.

11. Kayangan Lake

Palawan's Kayangan Lake's clear and calm waters with huge rock formations

Blessed with clear waters perfect for swimming, Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. It is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. The lake is warm and inviting. That’s why tourists love Kayangan Lake and considered it as the top Coron Palawan tourist spot.

12. Twin Lagoons

Two boats in Twin Lagoons at Palawan

Twin Lagoons, also known as hidden lagoons, offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss. The lagoons are essentially two small lakes that have been created inside limestone cliffs and are fed by the turquoise ocean water. When the tide is low, the surface of the water lays below a beautiful limestone archway, where you can swim through to the other lagoon. As you swim, you’ll pass through warm and cold spots that just add to the strangely wonderful experience. Twin Lagoons is definitely a great Coron Palawan tourist spot.

13. Barracuda Lake

Barracuda Lake Palawan

Barracuda Lake is one of the island’s renowned scuba diving spots. The water of the lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers will experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.

14. Siete Pecados Marine Park

 

siete pecados

Photo source: Wikimedia Commons

If you’re looking for the best of Coron’s marine life, it can be found at Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this natural creation is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named. Trust us, you’ll miss out a lot if you don’t visit this Palawan tourist spot.

15. Calauit Safari Park

A giraffe with several zebras at Calauit Safari Park Palawan

Calauit Safari Park will give you a piece of an African safari with all the wild animals roaming freely. This was established in 1976 by the former dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The park is home to many wild animals such as giraffes, zebras, antelopes and even animals endemic to the area such as the Calamian deer.

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16. Mt. Tapyas

Mt Tapyas Coron Palawan birds eye view

Tourists flock to Mt. Tapyas to get a panoramic view of Coron. It is also a great place to see the sunset. There’s also a giant cross and letters spelling “Coron,” there that lights at night. But the journey doesn’t come easy as you have to take 721 steps to the view deck. Don’t worry, the trek is worth it when you finally reach this Palawan tourist spot.

17. Malcapuya Island

A lady taking a picture of her friend laying on a hammock that's in between two coconut trees in Coron, Palawan

A tropical getaway is never complete without beaches. Malcapuya Island is one of the many pristine beaches Coron boasts. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy the beach all to yourself⁠— what a great way to spend a day at this Palawan tourist spot, right?

18. Maquinit Hot Spring

Tourists enjoying the natural salt water hot spring at Palawan

Now, if you want to take a break from wading in the cool waters of the sea and relax in warm therapeutic waters instead, go for a dip in a hot spring! Unlike usual hot springs of fresh water, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world.

Palawan truly captivates everyone’s hearts. There’s something about it that makes people fall for its charm. And with pictures like these, you can easily see why.

Frequently Asked Questions About Palawan Islands

Q: Where are the Palawan Islands located?

A: Located in the Western Visayas region, Palawan is the fifth largest island of the Philippines. The capital city is Puerto Princesa.

Q: Is Palawan open for tourists 2022?

A: Palawan is currently under Alert Level 2. All tourists need to present their vaccinations card. If unvaccinated, a negative RT-PCR test results is required. Check here to read more travel requirements.

Q: Is Palawan worth visiting?

A: Absolutely! With its white beaches, breathtaking rock formations, crystal clear lagoons, and more, Palawan is surely a slice of heaven.

Q: How many hours is the travel from Manila to Palawan?

A: It takes approximately 3hrs and 30mins including all transfers to get to Palawan from Manila.

Q: How to travel to Palawan Island?

A: The most common way to travel to Palawan is by riding a plane, with Puerto Princesa as the main jump-off. However, there are flights going to El Nido, Coron, and San Vicente.

Q: How many islands are there in Palawan?

A: There are roughly 1,780 islands in Palawan.

Q: Is Palawan the most beautiful island in the world?

A:  Palawan was recognized as the “best island in the world” in a survey conducted by renowned international travel magazine Travel+Leisure, a New York-based travel magazine, where the island topped with 94.83 points.

Q: What are the best things to do in Palawan?

A: There are a lot of things to do in this beautiful island namely:

  • Swim on the beaches of El Nido
  • Island Hop in Honda Bay
  • Visit Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
  • Rent kayaks in Big and Small Lagoon
  • Watch fireflies in Ihawig
  • Admire the beauty of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and more!

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Don’t you just miss the excitement that comes with planning a trip, researching a destination, exploring the unexplored, delving into sumptuous cuisines, and meeting new people that traveling can only give?

While the idea of traveling is on pause right now, it wouldn’t hurt to think about our post-quarantine trips. Perhaps, daydreaming about traveling again can help us get through these hard times. 

This could have been a perfect time to go island-hopping and discover the great underwater world that the Philippines has to offer. And where else can we better experience these than in Palawan? 

But more than these, what exactly about Palawan makes it so special than other destinations? In this blog, we’ve rounded up eight reasons why you should visit Palawan after the quarantine. At the end of it, you’ll understand why everyone keeps talking about Palawan.

8. Fresh seafood, exotic cuisine and lots of it

tamilok

Palawan is known for its crazy lineup of exotic food. If you’re on for an exciting gastronomic adventure, make sure to try the crocodile sisig and tamilok also known as woodworm. It’s actually a mollusk harvested from mangrove trees.

7. The underground river is jaw-dropping

tourists entering puerto princesa underground river

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the world’s most impressive cave systems. What makes it to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Philippines is its uniquely and impressive features of spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife. Measuring to up to 8.2 kilometers, it is said to be among the longest in the world.

6. The lakes are refreshing

stunning view of kayangan lake

And Instagrammable! Some of the must-visits in Palawan are the Kayangan and Barracuda Lakes that are situated in Coron. 

Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. It is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. While the Barracuda Lake is perfect for freediving and scuba diving. The water of the lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers will experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.

5. It’s more affordable than you think

tourists ziplining in el nido

Palawan is not as expensive as you think it is. The tours are cheap, the accommodations are affordable, and you can have a meal for as low as PHP 50! 

4. There are so many stunning beaches

aerial view of nacpan beach palawan

While Boracay is the most popular and go-to island destination in the Philippines, Palawan also has something to brag when it comes to beaches. In Puerto Princesa, you can check out Honda Bay; in El Nido, Nacpan Beach and 7 Commandos Beach never disappoint; and in Coron, you’ll never run out of beaches as they have the Malcapuya Island, Banana Island, and Bulog Dos Island.

3. Coral gardens are unbelievably glorious

coral garden in palawan

If amazing corals and colorful fishes interest you, you can never go wrong with Coral Garden. This is the best place to experience snorkeling because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish, and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here. 

Another site where you can see the best of Palawan’s marine life is Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. 

2. Postcard-like lagoons

girl swimming in palawan lagoon

When talking about lagoons in the Philippines, Palawan tops the list. There’s nowhere else you can find lagoons as beautiful as Palawan’s because of its towering karsts and clear turquoise waters. It’s like you’ve stepped straight into a postcard when you see its lagoons. 

In Coron, you can visit the Twin Lagoons, Green Lagoon, and Hidden Lagoon. While in El Nido, you’ve got to see the Big and Small Lagoons and Secret Lagoon.

1. Palawan has been recognized as one of the world’s best islands

couple enjoying kayak palawan

Travel + Leisure and Conde Nast Traveler, two of the most famous international travel magazines, named Palawan as one of the best islands in the world. If this isn’t enough to convince you that Palawan is a must-visit, we don’t know what else will.

Palawan is an amazing destination that not just boasts its beautiful spots but also gives its visitors an unforgettable and unique travel experience. When visiting this province, one thing is for sure, you will definitely fall head over heels for Palawan. Because, why not? 

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Traveling influences our lives in so many ways. Whether it’s a foreign country trip or the spontaneous weekend getaway, traveling makes an important part of being our best selves. In short, traveling is good for us. Even science says so.

But now that we can’t travel yet because of the pandemic, we’re forced to just wander through our screens. But hey, traveling virtually doesn’t have to be boring!

To make it more exciting and keep your wanderlust alive, we’ve compiled 20 jaw-dropping photos of the top Philippine destinations to feed your fernweh.

20. Vigan

a kalesa passing through old houses in vigan

If being a UNESCO World Heritage Site doesn’t convince you to visit Vigan City, we don’t know what else will. Vigan City is famous for its preserved Spanish colonial towns that are considered among the best in the world. For a full detailed guide to Vigan City, read this.

19. Laoag Sand Dunes

a 4x4 in paoay sand dunes

If you want an extreme adventure up north, don’t miss the 4×4 ride at Laoag Sand Dunes. It may be scary but trust us, after your ride, you’ll ask for more!

18. Sagada

a group of friends watching the sea of clouds

Photo credits to Dale Diaz

Feeling lonely? Heartbroken? Reminisce your favorite scenes from the movie That Thing Called Tadhada with this amazing view of sea of clouds in Sagada. For a full detailed guide to Sagada, read this.

17. Banaue 

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

If you want to witness a majestic view, take a look at this Banaue Rice Terraces photo and be in awe. This place has never failed to amaze its visitors because of its wondrous beauty. For a full detailed guide to Banaue, read this.

16. Kabayan, Benguet 

stunning sunrise view at benguet

Missing the mountains? The hiking trails? Let this photo feed your wanderlust in the meantime. The town of Kabayan is the home of the famous Mt. Pulag in Benguet. Include this in your bucket list if you haven’t hiked Mt. Pulag yet.

15. Baler

aerial view of baler

Baler is one of the most famous surfing spots in the Philippines. But unlike other surfing places like La Union and Siargao, Baler is perfect for newbies because the surfing base is sand, not corals. Making it not too painful in case you fall.

14. Mt. Pinatubo

a majestic view of the mt. pinatubo

Stand in awe once you get to this “beautiful disaster,” in the words of Kathryn Bernardo’s character in the movie Crazy Beautiful You. To see its magnificent crystal clear waters of Crater Lake, you will have to ride the 4×4 (talk about adventure!), and you can interact with one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines, the Aetas.

13. Manila

casa manila old building in intramuros

If you’re a city dweller, at some point, you’re missing the Manila traffic, right? But more than that, what we’re missing the most about Manila is its lively nightlife, busy streets, and historic stories. For now, let’s cherish our quiet times at home. 

12. Puerto Galera

white beach in puerto galera

With its proximity to Manila, Puerto Galera has been a default quick getaway destination. No need to book plane tickets to enjoy a stunning white beach! For a full detailed guide to Puerto Galera, read this.

11. Polillo Island, Quezon

sunset view at polillo island

Polillo Island is not the usual party island nor does it have the luxurious resort comfort. But this tropical oasis in Quezon Province offers an escape into an island that promises a restorative vacation.

10. Mayon Volcano

A clear view of the perfect cone-shaped mayon volcano

Mayon Volcano is one of the most beautiful and most active in the world. Its perfect cone shape never disappoints its visitors for a great snap for the ‘gram. Read this for a full detailed guide to Mayon Volcano.

9. Lintaon Peak and Cave Baybay, Leyte

photo of a girl in Lintaon Peak & Cave 16k Blossoms in Baybay City, Leyte

If Cebu has 10,000 Roses, Leyte has 16,000 LED Roses for the tourists to enjoy! Every corner of this spot is definitely Instagrammable!

8. Kalanggaman Island

a tourist in the middle of a sandbar

Kalanggaman Island used to be a secret spot in Leyte but now, it has gained popularity thanks to social media. Becauce why not? Its sandbar makes it a perfect spot for the feed, right?

7. Chocolate Hills, Bohol

Majestic view of chocolate hills

Chocolate Hills in Bohol is one of the most unique sights in the world. Once there, you’ll see more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. For a full detailed guide to Chocolate Hills, read this.

6. Batanes

photo of tayid lighthouse in batanes

Oh Batanes, what more can we say? From the spectacular rolling hills and soothing crashing waves to vast greenery and stunning views everywhere, Batanes will surely take your breath away.

5. Coron, Palawan

the stunning view of kayangan lake

Pristine beaches, breathtaking lagoons and so much more! You’ll never run out of things to do and beautiful places to see in Coron. For a full detailed guide to Coron, Palawan, read this.

4. Puerto Princesa Underground River

tourists entering the puerto princesa underground river

Dubbed as one of longest underground rivers in the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is definitely one for the books! You’ll get to see glorious limestone formations and other wonders of nature. For a full detailed guide to the Puerto Princesa Underground River, read this.

3. Boracay

tourists flocking in boracay

This list won’t be complete without Boracay! Known as one of the world’s best islands, Boracay is surely a must-visit when everything gets better. It will definitely take our stress away with its fine white sand beach. For a full detailed guide to Boracay, read this.

2. Siargao

man ready to jump on a cliff

Known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, Siargao never fails to impress travelers with its romantic island vibe. Make sure to visit Cloud 9, Magpupungko Rock Pools, and Sugba Lagoon when in Siargao!

1. Pink Sand Beach Sta. Cruz Island, Zamboanga

 

stunning view of pink sand beach

The Philippines is not just all white and cream-colored beaches. In case you don’t know, Zamboanga boasts of its pink sand beach that definitely makes a perfect spot for Instagram snaps!

Through these travel photos, we can really say that the Philippines is, without a doubt, majestic. We hope that these photos satisfied your travel cravings even just for a short time. 

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If discovering hidden lagoons, island hopping, and witnessing astounding colorful corals sounds like something you’re fascinated to tick off your travel bucket list, then Palawan should be your next destination. And you know what caught our (and other travelers’) attention the most? The striking beauty of Coron, Palawan tourist spots!

Travelers can’t get enough of its sublime views, even international magazines recognize it as one of the world’s best islands.

Can’t wait already? Here are the best Coron attractions that will definitely sweep you off your feet!

1. Kayangan Lake

tourists swimming in the clean waters of kayangan lake

Kayangan Lake is one of the primary Coron tourist spots. It is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. The water here is clean so it’s perfect for swimming. Kayangan Lake is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. The lake is warm and inviting perfect for those who want to swim. That’s why tourists love Kayangan Lake. 

2. Twin Lagoons

two boats docked at the middle of twin lagoons

Also known as hidden lagoons, Twin Lagoons offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss. The lagoons are essentially two small lakes that have been created inside limestone cliffs that meet the picturesque turquoise water. When the tide is low, the surface of the water lays below a beautiful limestone archway, where you can swim through to the other lagoon. As you swim, you’ll pass through warm and cold spots that just add to the strangely wonderful experience. Don’t miss Twin Lagoons because this is one of the best places to visit in Coron.

3. Barracuda Lake

astounding view of barracuda lake featuring the huge stone and turquoise water

This is one of Palawan’s best scuba diving spots. The water of the Barracuda Lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers can experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.

4. Malcapuya Island

two girls lounging at malcapuya island

One of the best places to visit in Coron is Malcapuya Island. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy the beach all to yourself! 

5. Coral Garden

colorful fishes and corals in coral garden, coron

If amazing corals and colorful fishes interest you, you can never go wrong with one of the most popular Coron, Palawan tourist spots—Coral Garden. This is the best place to experience snorkeling because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish, and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here. 

6. Siete Pecados

Photo courtesy: Club Paradise Palawan

Another site where you can see the best of Coron’s marine life is Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named. Siete Pecados is definitely one of the must-visit Coron tourist spots.

7. Mt. Tapyas

aerial view of mt. tapyas

Coron, Palawan tourist spots are not just about lagoons and beaches. The town might be small and far from the modernity of the metro but it doesn’t mean Coron can’t keep up when it comes to hills and mountains. If you want to see a panoramic view of Coron and watch the sunset, go to Mt. Tapyas. But before you reach the view deck where the giant cross and huge signage that spells “Coron” are, you have to take 721 steps. Don’t worry, the trek is worth it when you finally reach the view deck.

8. Calauit Island Safari

giraffes and zebras in calauit island

Believe it or not, there’s a safari park in Coron! In fact, it is one of the most popular Coron attractions. Calauit Island Safari lets you get up close with the animals like giraffes and zebras and feed them. This is one of the fun things to do in Coron. Kids, especially, will love this trip.

9. Skeleton Wreck

Wreck diving in Coron is one of the most exciting activities! There are many spots on the island to see shipwrecks that were sunk during World War II. Skeleton Wreck is home to a sunken Chinese fishing vessel that has stimulated the growth and development of an amazing reef. You can also see brightly-colored corals, blue and red clams that are the size of a burrito, and big schools of black and white striped fish that will swim with you.

10. Bulog Dos Island

man kayaking in bulog dos island

Bulog Dos Island is one of the must-visit Coron tourist spots because this is where you’ll get to walk on a sand bar and admire the stunning surrounding tropical views. The sand is perfectly fine and white, the water fades from clear crystal to bright turquoise, and the scenery is definitely an island haven and very Instagrammable!

11. Banana Island

white beach with few people in banana island

What better way to end your island tour than having a great view of sunset by the beach? There are many spots that fit your liking to have the best sunset view. And one of them is Banana Island. Like the other beaches in Coron, Banana Island is perfect for any type of trip—from chill to adventure.

Maquinit Hot Spring

people relaxing in hot springs

After a full (or half) day of touring the town, a good way to relax is to have a dip in a hot spring. Unlike usual hot springs of freshwater, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world. This is one of the must-visit Coron, Palawan tourist spots if you want a different kind of relaxation.

How to get to Coron by plane

Going to Coron by plane is easier and more accessible than in El Nido. There are daily direct flights going from Manila, Cebu, and Clark to Coron and vice versa. The flight takes about an hour to reach Francisco B. Reyes airport which is located in Busuanga. 

How to get to Coron from El Nido

If you’re coming from El Nido, there are a few options for fast and slow boats with different schedules and prices. You can get the slow boat for around P1,300 and it takes 6 to 7 hours. While the fast boat is around 3 hours for P1,700. 

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Palawan and Boracay are the two most popular destinations in the Philippines. With their breathtaking spots and fun island activities, it’s not hard to see why people are drooling to be in these places. 

Both destinations have magnificent beauty that charm travelers across the world. And if you’re to pick just one destination to travel because of limited time (and budget), for sure it’ll be a tough decision because hey, both destinations should not be missed and how can you choose between the two “World’s Best Islands”?

So to help you out, we listed the things that Palawan and Boracay have. Let’s stop this dilemma and find out which destination is better once and for all.

Palawan 

aerial view of a lagoon in palawan

✔️Adventurous vacation

✔️Nature

✔️There’s an exotic food

✔️Beautiful coral reefs

✔️There’s a lot of chill and extreme activities

❌Few party hubs

girl kayaking in palawan

Palawan was named “Best Island in the World” many times already by international travel magazines so it comes as no surprise when tourists across the world notice its jaw-dropping beauty. And aside from having the magnificent lagoons and pristine beaches, what pulls travelers are the fun things to do in Palawan.

This destination is perfect for those who are looking for a thrill and adventurous trip. You will never run out of things to do in Palawan may it be in Puerto Princesa where the UNESCO World Heritage Site Underground River is, or kayaking in the big and small lagoons of El Nido, or freediving in Barracuda Lake in Coron.


Boracay

aerial view of the white beach in boracay

✔️Chill vacation

✔️Pristine white beaches

✔️Best party hubs

✔️Kid-friendly

✔️More accessible

❌Limited activities

When it comes to beaches in the Philippines, nothing beats Boracay. It is known worldwide because of its stunning fine white sand beaches. 

This island is perfect for those who seek a laid back trip and just want to enjoy a chill moment at the beach. Boracay is also perfect for families, especially if there will be kids, because there are places that offer babysitting services, small pools, kids clubs, etc.

While the island does not offer a lot of activities like Palawan, Boracay boasts a great nightlife experience!

Now that you’ve seen what each place has to offer, have you decided which destination suits you? Palawan and Boracay may offer a different kind of adventure but they have the same intent— making their visitors fall in love with the Philippines.

Both Boracay and Palawan have ZEN Rooms that you can book with excellent customer service and high-quality rooms at an affordable price. Travel more, Pay less!

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There’s a reason Palawan is one of the most coveted destinations in the Philippines. Being the home to natural wonders of nature and pristine beaches, it is, without a doubt, a place to be included in every traveler’s bucket list. From the magnificent underground river in Puerto Princesa and El Nido’s paradise islands to jaw-dropping beauty of the lagoons and fun things to do in Coron, Palawan has everything to offer! 

While we recommend visiting all three of them, let’s focus first on the world-famous Coron! This island is one of the best places to visit in Palawan because of its stunning and picturesque spots.

We’ve rounded up the best things to do in Coron for the perfect 3-day itinerary!

Day 1: Town Tour

On your first day, we suggest you tour around the town proper to see the little town’s hidden gems. You can either book a town tour at your trusted travel agency, rent a whole tricycle with a driver that serves as your guide or rent a motorbike to tour the town for yourself at your own pace.

1. Hike Mt. Tapyas 

aerial view  of mt. tapyas

If you want to see a panoramic view of Coron and watch the sunset, go to Mt. Tapyas. But before you reach the view deck where the giant cross and huge signage that spells “Coron” are, you have to take 721 steps. Don’t worry, the trek is worth it when you finally reach this Coron Palawan tourist spot.

2. Buy Goods at the Town Market

different kinds of seafood sold in coron town market

When in Coron, you don’t have to worry much about your travel expenses because the food and other things there are quite affordable compared to other tourist spots. But if you want to cut your expenses at its finest, you can opt to cook your own food and buy the goods in the market where you can find cheap food and haggle.

3. Feed the giraffes in Calauit Island Safari

giraffes and zebras in calauit island

You don’t have to fly to Africa to see animals in the wild because you can already do this in Coron! Get up close with the animals like giraffes and zebras and feed them on Calauit Island. This is one of the fun things to do in Coron. Kids, especially, will love this trip.

4. Relax at the Maquinit Hot Spring

people relaxing in hot springs

After a full (or half) day of touring the town, a good way to relax is to have a dip in a hot spring. Unlike usual hot springs of freshwater, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world. This is one of the must-try things to do in Coron Palawan.

Day 2: Coron Ultimate Tour

Discover the exceptional beauty of Coron island by visiting its enchanting lakes and magnificent towering limestones. 

5. Swim in Kayangan Lake

the stunning view of kayangan lake

Blessed with clear waters perfect for swimming, Kayangan Lake is dubbed as the “cleanest lake in the Philippines” and some consider it as the cleanest lake in Asia. It is bordered by tall limestone formations and if you want a view of the entire place, you can just climb up a 300-step hill for a picture-perfect view. It might be a bit of a trek but the views are worth the effort. The lake is warm and inviting perfect for those who want to swim. That’s why tourists love Kayangan Lake and considered it as one of the top Coron Palawan attractions. Swimming in Kayangan lake is definitely one of the must-try things to do in Coron.

6. Kayak in Twin Lagoon

man kayaking in twin lagoons

Twin Lagoons, also known as hidden lagoons, offer a one-of-a-kind experience that you shouldn’t miss. The lagoons are essentially two small lakes that have been created inside limestone cliffs and are fed by the turquoise ocean water. When the tide is low, the surface of the water lays below a beautiful limestone archway, where you can swim through to the other lagoon. As you swim, you’ll pass through warm and cold spots that just add to the strangely wonderful experience. Among the top activities in Coron Palawan is kayaking and Twin Lagoons is the perfect place to do that.

7. Snorkel in Coral Garden

colorful corals and fish in coral garden

Snorkeling is among the top activities in Coron Palawan and the best place to experience it is in Coral Garden because it is home to rich biodiversity. You can snorkel here to see colorful anemones, clownfish and brightly colored reef fish by the hundreds. If you are an experienced diver and want to go deeper, this site offers depths of 131 feet that are totally surrounded by protected reef life offering the most crystal clear dive experience you may have ever had. But before you dive, you need to present your Advanced Open Water certification to come here.

8. See the colorful corals in Siete Pecados

colorful corals and fishes in siete pecados
Photo courtesy: Club Paradise Palawan

If you’re looking for the best of Coron’s marine life, it can be found at Siete Pecados Marine Park. You’ll be amazed at how glorious this place is because beyond its cool and clear waters, lies a diverse of corals and tropical fishes you can only discover through snorkeling. You shouldn’t also miss the 7 limestone formations where the place was named. Trust us, you’ll miss out a lot if you don’t visit this Palawan tourist spot.

9. Wreck dive in Skeleton Wreck

shipwreck in skeleton wreck dive spot

One of the best things to do in Coron is wreck diving as there are many spots to see shipwrecks that were sunk during World War II. Skeleton Wreck is home to a sunken Chinese fishing vessel that has stimulated the growth and development of an amazing reef. You can also see brightly-colored corals, blue and red clams that are the size of a burrito, and big schools of black and white striped fish that will swim with you.

10. Freedive in Barracuda Lake

man standing on the side of barracuda lake

Freediving is also one of the top things to do in Coron. Barracuda Lake is one of the island’s renowned scuba diving spots. The water of the lake is a combination of freshwater and saltwater, which is why divers will experience temperature shifts from cold to warm.

Day 3: Island Escapade

While El Nido is more famous for its beaches, Coron has its own tropical hideaways perfect for those who are looking for an island escapade. And if you’re looking for just chill things to do in Coron Palawan, then go for an island hopping!

11. Admire the tropical view at Bulog Dos Island

man kayaking in bulog dos island

Bulog Dos Island is a must-visit destination in Coron because this is where you’ll get to walk on its sand bar and admire the stunning surrounding tropical views. The sand is perfectly fine and white, the water fades from clear crystal to bright turquoise, and the scenery is definitely an island haven and very Instagrammable!

12. Laze around at Malcapuya Island

two girls lounging at malcapuya island

A tropical getaway is never complete without beaches. Malcapuya Island is one of the many pristine beaches Coron boasts. You can enjoy the sun and just laze all day on the fine white powdery sand of the island. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get to enjoy the beach all to yourself⁠— what a great way to spend a day at this Palawan tourist spot, right?

13. Watch the sunset at Banana Island

white beach of banana island

What better way to end your island tour than having a great view of sunset by the beach? There are many spots that fit your liking to have the best sunset view. 

Now that you’ve listed the best things to do in Coron, it’s time to look for the budget hotel. Experience the best vacation by booking with ZEN Rooms for quality accommodation at a low price!

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Palawan was named “Best Island in the World” many times already by international travel magazines so it comes as no surprise when tourists across the world notice Palawan’s exquisite beauty. And aside from having the magnificent lagoons and pristine beaches, what pulls travelers are the fun things to do in Palawan.

From wreck diving to caving— there are far more amazing things to do in Palawan beyond island hopping.

1. Kayaking

One of the most popular things to do in Palawan is kayaking especially if you’d prefer to go off the beaten path during your island hopping tour. You will be able to fully explore the lagoons that surround Bacuit Bay. Kayaking allows you to explore the Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon even further, as these smaller boats can enter small entrances that big boats cannot. And the experience is more satisfying when you can see the limestone formations and cerulean blue waters while paddling at your own pace.

2. Eat tamilok

The Philippines definitely has some of the world’s craziest and most exotic foods! If you think Balut (16 to 21-day old fertilized duck egg) is a crazy thing to eat, wait until you see Tamilok. This Palawan delicacy is a type of mollusk that lives inside of mangrove trees. The long slimy worms are sold mostly everywhere in Palawan, especially in Puerto Princesa, and it is best paired with vinegar. There are also many restaurants that serve Tamilok in Palawan.

3. Explore Puerto Princesa Underground River 

 

tourists entering the puerto princesa underground river

This is one of the most popular things to do in Puerto Princesa. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Inside the underground river, you will see karsts—natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone—loom in every direction.

4. Discover the Philippines’ Rarest Birds

Bird Watching might not be as popular as island hopping in Palawan but it’s definitely one for the books! Palawan is so rich with forests where some of the Philippines’ rarest birds can be found. 

You can visit Rasa Island or Cleopatra’s Needle Forest Reserve (CNFR) to witness the wildlife in the jungle. It is home to countless endemic species like Palawan hornbill, Palawan peacock-pheasant, Palawan flycatcher, Palawan bearcat, Palawan bearded pig, Palawan flying squirrel, and Palawan birdwing.

5. Wreck diving

Coron, Palawan is home to several World War II wrecks, Japanese supply ships that were sunk by American forces in the battle of Coron Bay in September 1944, that’s why it’s great for wreck diving. Many travelers go to Coron to dive as it is one of the best things to do in Coron. Vessels like Akitsushima, Iraku and Olympia Maru are big, ghostly and fascinating to visit.

In the present day, the six shipwrecks offer a tempting target for divers of all levels of experience. Beginners can glide past the ships’ exteriors, admiring the coral-encrusted cranes, portholes and armaments. Coron’s wrecks range in depth from 10 feet to as deep as 140 feet, with an average depth of 60-80 feet making it among the interesting Palawan points of interest.

6. Legit Safari trip

You don’t have to fly to Africa to see animals in the wild because you can already do this in Coron! Get up close with the animals and feed them in Calauit Island. This is one of the fun things to do in Coron. Kids, especially, will love this trip.

7. Explore a Prison Without Walls at Iwahig

If you want to immerse and want a different kind of trip, visit Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa. It is one of the world’s largest open-air jails. Instead of concrete walls, the prison is surrounded by a wire fence. A single guard at the entrance gate greets tourists and prisoners’ relatives without inspecting them.

According to an Iwahig Prison official, the idea of this prison is to rehabilitate criminals, so that the minimum-security inmates feel integrated within the community. All convicts learn a trade, including farming, fishing, forestry, and carpentry.

The visitors can tour around the Iwahig prison. Some prisoners perform a dance routine for the tourists and their handmade products can be bought. This is another Palawan tourist spot you shouldn’t miss!

8. Try the Maquinit Hot Spring

Another Palawan tourist spot that you should visit is the Maquinit Hot Spring. Unlike usual hot springs of freshwater, Maquinit is a natural saltwater hot spring and is actually one of the few in the world. So if you want to take a break from the cool waters of the sea, go for a dip in Maquinit Hot Spring! 

9. Caving

One of the most exciting but different El Nido Palawan things to do is caving! El Nido may be famous for its pristine beaches and breathtaking lagoons, but you should not also miss the caves they boast of. You can marvel at the wonderful rock formations at the Cathedral and Cudugnon Caves.

10. Ziplining

If you’re on for a thrilling adventure, try zip lining at Las Cabanas Beach. It is among the most exciting El Nido Palawan things to do! But before the zip line thrill, you will have to go on a 10-minute hike first to reach the starting point of the zipline. The 750-meter long zip line starts from the Las Cabanas Beach to Depeldet Island. When trying this activity, remember to follow all the guidelines for safety.

11. Firefly watching

A tour at the Iwahig River and Park will give you a magical treat as you witness ethereally bluish swarms of fireflies twinkling within the mangroves that line the riverbank. The tour is guided by a local who talks about these critters, the Iwahig environment, and even constellations. The tour usually begins at past 8pm. Firefly watching is one of the best things to do in Puerto Princesa that you will surely remember forever!

12. Dance the night away

Palawan is not all-island and beach hopping though! Locals have a nightlife, too! They’ve got a lot of bars and nightclubs where you can party all you want. In Puerto Princesa, the Tiki Bar is among the famous bars in town. In El Nido, Beach Shack is one of the most popular bars. People frequent here because of its cool Miami vibe. And in Coron, you can try visiting the No Name Bar. It is open to the street with a mini thatch-roofed ‘cabana’ bar and has more character than other Palawan points of interest. The food and drinks here are cheaper than other clubs.

What things to do in Palawan are you most excited to try? Also, don’t forget to check out www.zenrooms.com to enjoy budget hotels in Palawan. You’re guaranteed with high-quality accommodation at a very low price!

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Named as the World’s Best Island for years by international travel magazines, Palawan is, without a doubt, a slice of paradise. There are many jaw-dropping places that you can visit here, from Puerto Princesa and Coron to El Nido. These three are the top destinations that travelers go to. But there are more Palawan hidden gems that are yet to be discovered… by many, at least.

Behind the towering limestones in lagoons of Coron and pristine beaches of El Nido hides buried treasure. So if you’re game to take your Palawan trip to the next level, don’t miss these Palawan hidden gems!

1. Marimegmeg Beach

empty beach in palawan

Nacpan Beach might be more popular than Marimegmeg Beach (also known locally as Las Cabanas), but the latter can be regarded as a Palawan hidden gem that will definitely take your breath away. Marimegmeg beach is a swimmer’s delight. Compared to Nacpan that has a bit of a rip current, making swimming quite challenging, Marimegmeg beach has calmer waters.

You can also enjoy an incredible view of the sunset at Marimegmeg beach. It’s also a brilliant place to go for a walk and see which islands you can go island hopping between.

2. Hidden Beach

aerial shot of hidden beach in palawan

Okay, so while this might not be a secret, but the name suggests, hence we’re tagging it as a Palawan hidden gem. The Hidden beach in El Nido hides behind tall natural stone walls, with only a tiny break from which to enter and exit. Who wouldn’t want to visit this concealed delight?

3. Onuk Island

 

onuk island palawan

Speaking of Palawan hidden gems, don’t forget to include Onuk Island to your itinerary. Despite its extremely remote location, the island can nevertheless give you a plethora of unforgettable memories and definitely IG-worthy snaps, thanks to its seemingly endless sandbars, red corals and glowing white sands. What’s even more surprising is that, the Onuk Island is surrounded by heaps of charming sea creatures, such as whale sharks, sea turtles and dolphins.

4. Boodle Fight Resto & Bar

 

seafood at boodlefight

Photo credits to Boodle Fight Resto & Bar

The Boodle Fight Resto & Bar is a real treat for anyone looking to give local Filipino cuisine a try. This unique restaurant offers a way of eating which many probably aren’t used to back home. Served on a huge banana leaf and eaten with your hands, the backdrop of islands and beaches makes it this El Nido hidden Gem a real treat for backpackers and holidaymakers alike.

5. Altrove Trattoria

Craving for pizza? Regardless as to what your preference towards the tomato and cheese covered bread snack, Altrove Trattoria is an absolute delight for pizza lovers. You might be expecting not to find a great pizza place in this (somewhat remote) locale, but lo and behold, there is. Most nights, in fact, you’ll find yourself joining the back of a long queue.

The pizzas here are stone-baked and many claimed that those they have eaten were cooked to perfection. If you’re a backpacker on a trail around the Philippines, or even the whole of Southeast Asia, grabbing a bite of familiar food to eat can feel like heaven. Altrove counts as one of the Palawan hidden gems because the pizza is just that good.

Make sure to book the best budget hotels in Palawan to enjoy a comfortable and hassle-free stay at a very affordable price! Check out www.zenrooms.com for more details!

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