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

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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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When talking about camping in Philippines, there are a few things that automatically come to mind—long travel times, bug bites, the endless list of things to bring, figuring out how to pitch a tent, building your own fire, and maybe catching fish in the lake. It’s a lot like the Survivor show.

But despite these challenges, nothing beats the kind of private time you get by pitching a tent in the middle of nowhere. Imagine waking up feeling like you have your own private corner in the world. How exciting is that, right?

10 Best Camping Sites in the Philippines

Thinking about camping? Here are our top picks of the best camping sites in the Philippines:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales – A beach and camping site in one!
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas – No electicity, low signal, but perfect ambiance to go camping.
  3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte – A glamping spot where you can connect with nature.
  4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna – A glamping site near Manila featuring cool spots and a lake.
  5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan – There are glass cottages and villas built with one-way mirrors, letting the structure appear to blend with the surroundings and giving the illusion that you are outside while staying indoors.
  6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte – A pristine beach in Bicol where you can also camp.
  7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan – This is a 4-kilometer stretch of cream-colored sand where you can camp.
  8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan – With over a hundred islands and islets, you will never run out of things to do like island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling.
  9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal – This campsite in Tanay Rizal offers a perfect view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and Laguna de Bay
  10. Camp Explore in Antipolo – Famous for its team building and family activities

If this is your first time to go camping, don’t worry! We’re here to help you find the best spots whether it’s a private resort or beach camping sites Philippines. Check out our list below!

1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales

anawangin cove camping in philippines

The town of San Antonio has many beautiful coves where tourists enjoy beach bumming and camping, one of those is the Anawangin Cove. The shores are lined with grey sand and the waters are clear blue and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Anawangin is one of the best beach camping sites Philippines has to offer. The ambiance is perfect for those looking for both adventure and tranquil getaway. With the campsite surrounded by tall agoho trees, picturesque mountain landscapes, and having no electricity and network connections, letting you live the old fashion way, Anawangin gives the much-needed nature vibe for your camping trip.

2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas

fortune island camping philippines

Just a few hours from the metro, this beautiful island is located in Nasugbu, Batangas. Surrounded by crystal waters, Fortune Island is another place to go camping in Philippines, ditching basic amenities like electricity and running water for days of swimming, cliff diving, light trekking, and lounging on the sand. What makes it popular is its incredible sights and iconic Grecian pillars ruins that will be your regular view as you set up your camping essentials.

3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte

north beach camp ilocos camping philippines
Photo from North Beach Camp

North Beach Camp Pagudpud is quite a drive from the city as this resort is located in Ilocos Norte that is about 10 hours of travel time from Manila. The camp is powered by solar panels, meaning you’ll be able to connect with nature even more. North Beach Camp Pagudpud has five glamping huts that can fit up to two people each, but you are allowed to bring your own tents in case you want to round up the whole gang.

4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna

BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
Photo from BLOC Camp Site

If you prefer mountains and lakes over beaches and the sea and want to go camping in Philippines in style, then BLOC Camp Site in Laguna is for you. Just a few hours drive from the metro, this glamping site is very accessible. The glamp grounds are surrounded by greenery and the ambiance is serene that will make your weekend escape perfect. Not only can you camp there but you can also enjoy activities on the lake like swimming, paddle boarding, or hop on a rowboat and visit the islet of your choice. After a good night’s sleep in the cozy glamorous tents, wake up early to catch the breathtaking sunrise.

5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan

If you think camping in Manila isn’t possible, you’re wrong. At San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan, you can enjoy a different kind of camping in Manila while being one with nature. There are glass cottages and villas built with one-way mirrors, letting the structure appear to blend with the surroundings and giving the illusion that you are outside while staying indoors. But those who are in for an adventure, there are spacious tents that can be set up at the campsite or afloat on a raft in the river itself. 

6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte

calaguas island camping tent

Calaguas is one of the most pristine beaches in Luzon. Over the years, it has become a popular beach destination and a go-to place for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Its powdery bone-white sand and cerulean waters can still elicit the perfect island vibe. 

7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan

nacpan beach el nido palawan camping sites in the philippines

El Nido has a lot of wonders of nature that always make it to travelers’ bucket list. Aside from its famous lagoons, the 4 kilometers stretch of cream-colored sand of Nacpan Beach in El Nido is a must-visit. Not only you can chill by the beach but you can also pitch a tent and go camping. If you’re lucky, you can have the beach all to yourself. 

8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan

hundred islands in pangasinan

Hundred Islands is one of the country’s pride. With over a hundred islands and islets, you will never run out of things to do like island hopping, swimming, and snorkeling. If you choose to spend the night, you can pitch your tent at Governor’s Island, Marcos Island, Children’s Island, and Quezon Island.

9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal

Ten Cents to Heaven was not named that way for nothing. This campsite in Tanay Rizal offers a perfect view of the Sierra Madre mountain ranges and Laguna de Bay. Sometimes, the low-lying clouds descend to the camp and make you feel closer to “heaven” hence the name. Aside from camping, you can also enjoy extreme sports facilities such as a four-lane zip line; a tower for rappelling, wall climbing, and even free fall; a rope course; and a 4×4 adventure ride. This campsite in Tanay Rizal also has fish spa therapy!

10. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Camp Explore Antipolo is famous for its team building and family activities. Their base camp is located in Calawis, Antipolo, at the foot of the Sierra Madre embraced by the beauty of nature. They have spacious cabins, cozy cottages, game room, swimming pool, bonfire area, mini conference, multi-purpose hall, hiking trails, resting gazebos, camping tents, etc.

Camping in Philippines can be quite a challenge but it’s totally worth it. You might have a hard time (or culture shock) if this is your first time, but at the end of the day, it’ll be so rewarding because of the new learning you had and new adventures you’re willing to take.

Frequently Asked Questions About Camping in Philippines

Q: What are the best places to go camping?

A: Here are some of the best camping sites in the Philippines:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
  3. North Beach Camp in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte
  4. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
  5. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan
  6. Calaguas Island in Camarines Norte
  7. Nacpan Beach in El Nido, Palawan
  8. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan
  9. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal
  10. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Q: Where to camp near Manila?

A: There are many camping sites you can check out near Manila. Some are:

  1. Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales
  2. Fortune Island in Nasugbu, Batangas
  3. BLOC Camp Site in Laguna
  4. San Rafael River Adventure in Bulacan
  5. Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos, Pangasinan
  6. Ten Cents to Heaven in Tanay, Rizal
  7. Camp Explore in Antipolo

Q: How much is camping in the Philippines?

A: It depends on the place and type of camping you prefer. The cheapest we know so far is in Zambales because it’s a famous camping site. Tent rental cost starts from PHP 300. But if you bring your own tent, it will be cheaper.

Q: How much is camping in Anawangin Zambales?

A: As of writing, the tent rental in Anawangin Cove is PHP 500.

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When we talk about the most beautiful places in the Philippines, it’s really hard to pick just one destination to visit because with 7,641 jaw-dropping islands, how can you decide? 

From the breathtaking islands, majestic lagoons, and pristine beaches, the Pearl of the Orient Seas never disappoints its visitors. We can’t guarantee you that you will have the best time of your life but one thing is for sure, you will have a hard time leaving the Philippines because you’ll be wanting for more days to spend here.

Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the Philippines

These beautiful places in the Philippines are perfect for all types of travelers, from solo and couple to family and friends. You will be mesmerized by the magnificent wonders of nature and man-made cultural heritage sites that the country has to offer. 

To help you plan your trip, here are the top 10 beautiful places in the Philippines that will definitely blow your mind!

10. Sugba Lagoon in Siargao

sugba lagoon

Siargao is a beautiful island in the Philippines so expect a lot of stunning destinations that will definitely captivate you. One of its pride is the Sugba Lagoon. The place is surrounded by turquoise blue waters—perhaps the bluest you would ever see—where you can dive, paddleboard, kayak, and swim. While this is a famous tourist spot in Siargao, it doesn’t get too crowded as the other lagoons in the country. You won’t have the lagoon to yourselves by any means but it’s big enough to find your own piece of paradise to chill, take photos, and hang out. 

Related article: Siargao Travel Guide: What Every First-Timer Should Know Before Going to Siargao

9. Intramuros in Manila

baluarte de sandiego intramuros

A trip to the Philippines will never be complete without visiting the Walled City a.k.a. Intramuros. Travelers who have a thing for old places and ruins will definitely love this place. Intramuros is filled with old Hispanic architecture that was preserved from hundred years ago. It’s a favorite hangout place and shooting locations because of its old world charm. You can stroll the area by riding a bambike (bamboo bike) that you can rent from P500, book a walking tour, or just explore the Walled City on your own. Trust us, Intramuros never disappoints as it is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines.

Suggest read: A Guide to Intramuros Tour: 10 Places That Will Let You Travel Back in Time

8. Vigan in Ilocos Sur

vigan

Just like Intramuros, Vigan is a place where time stands still. It is the best-preserved example of a planned Spanish colonial town in Asia. Established in the 16th century, Vigan’s architecture reflects the coming together of cultural elements from elsewhere in the Philippines, from China and from Europe, resulting in a culture and townscape that have no parallel anywhere in East and Southeast Asia that’s why it is the most beautiful tourist spot in the Philippines. No wonder Vigan has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Related article: Vigan City Guide: Traveling to The World’s Best-Preserved Spanish Colonial Town

7. Hinatuan Enchanted River in Surigao del Sur

clear blue water of the enchanted river

Arguably Mindanao’s most magnificent attraction and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines, Hinatuan Enchanted River is a magically clear blue saltwater river hidden in the jungle, and flawlessly flowing into the Pacific Ocean. 

6. Chocolate Hills in Bohol

Majestic view of chocolate hills

Among the top 10 beautiful places in the Philippines is the Chocolate Hills in Bohol. Its majestic views continue to draw attention across the world. There are more than 1,000 symmetrical mounds, conical and dome-shaped that most people liken them to Hershey’s Kisses. It is called the Chocolate Hills not because it’s made of chocolate but because of its color. Aside from the Chocolate Hills, you can also go to Pangalao, Bohol because it has one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

Must-read: 15 Best Bohol Tourist Spots Every First-Timer Should Visit

5. Banaue Rice Terraces in Ifugao

majestic view of banaue rice terraces

Rice paddies? There are lots of them in the Philippines and they are not ordinary! Ifugao Province presents you the Banaue Rice Terraces that everyone’s keep buzzing about! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that’s why Banaue Rice Terraces is one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. Your journey won’t be easy though. Before you see its breathtaking beauty, you will have to go through a lot of hiking and trekking. But it will be so worth it!

4. Boracay in Aklan

clean beach of boracay island

What more can we say about this beautiful island in the Philippines? The world has already spoken about how stunning Boracay is. In fact, it has been a regular on the list of world’s best islands by some international travel magazines. With its pristine beaches that has fine white sand that never turns hot and the fun activities, travelers will surely enjoy Boracay. It will not be considered by many as the most beautiful island in the Philippines for nothing.

3. Big and Small Lagoons in El Nido, Palawan

girl kayaking in small lagoon in el nido

With a place as beautiful as El Nido, it’s difficult not to recognize it as the most beautiful island in the Philippines. With its gorgeous rock formations and clear aquamarine waters, El Nido is a sure-hit for every traveler! Don’t miss the Big and Small Lagoons as these are the best tourist spots in El Nido. You can go kayaking, paddle boarding, or swimming in these lagoons while digesting its majestic views. Aside from these lagoons, make sure to also visit Nacpan Beach as it is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines.

Related article: The Paradise on Earth: Glorious Palawan Tourist Spot That Will Make You Fall In-Love With Nature

2. Bantayan Island in Cebu

the beautiful beach of bantayan island

Cebu is a great place to travel to, and among the top tourist spots, there is the Bantayan Island. You can find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines here. From the Virgin Island to Kota Beach, you will be amazed at how pristine these beaches are! And if you’re into seafood, this place is perfect because you can indulge yourself in an eat-all-you-can seafood for as low as P250 per person! 

Must- read: Bantayan Island: The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the Paradise of North Cebu

1. Racuh A Payaman in Batanes

 
stunning view of racuh a payaman batanes

It’s not so hard to see why Racuh A Payaman in Batanes, or Marlboro Country as what many refer it to, is the most beautiful tourist spot in the Philippines. Once you’re there, there’s an unexplainable pleasure you’ll get that only nature can give. You will get the best view of Mt. Iraya, Diura Beach, Tayid Lighthouse and the Pacific Ocean. 

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The Philippines, without a doubt, is a sight not to be missed. Its grandeur never disappoints its visitors and the locals are the friendliest and most hospitable people you could ever meet.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Most Beautiful Places in the Philippines

Q: What is the most beautiful spot in the Philippines?

A: With so many stunning places in the Philippines, it’s hard to pick the most beautiful spot. But you’ll never go wrong with El Nido and Coron in Palawan, Boracay, Siargao, Batanes, and Cebu. 

Q: Where’s the best place to go in the Philippines?

A: It depends on your preference. If you want a beach vacation, go to Boracay, Palawan, or Siargao. If you fancy culture and nature, visit Banaue Rice Terraces, Batanes, or Vigan. And if you want an electrifying nightlife, go to Makati, BGC, Cebu, or Boracay.

Q: What is the Philippines most famous for?

A: The Philippines is famous for so many things but its main identifier is its pristine beaches! So beautiful that Philippine beaches have caught the world’s attention and landed on top spots in the list of best islands in the world by prestigious international travel magazines.

Q: Which Philippines island is best?

A: There are many beautiful islands in the Philippines but the highly recognized islands are Palawan and Boracay. In fact, these two islands have been named as World’s Best Islands several times already by international travel magazines.

Q: What is the cheapest month to fly to the Philippines?

A: The cheapest time to visit the Philippines is during the lean season which is between August to October. 

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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.

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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.

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