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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Palawan itself is just so beautiful as it is. With the abundance of amazing views of the lakes, lagoons, and clear blue-green waters, what more can you ask for for a perfect island getaway? But in this day and age, there’s a saying that goes you’ve never really been there if you don’t have a photo of it. So, what better way to level up your feed game than taking photos at the most Instagrammable Palawan attractions?

From hidden lagoons to underground rivers, there are tons of picturesque spots you can visit and turn into your very own Insta-paradise! Check out our list of stunning destinations you can feature on your next social media feed.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

1. Palawan Underground River

A protected area of the Philippines, the Palawan Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world that outflows directly to the sea. This tourist destination is loved by travelers and locals. You can find yourself becoming amazed by its mysterious and enchanting rock formations inside this beauty. That’s why this is one of the best Palawan attractions!

2. Honda Bay Islands

empty honda bay island in palawan

Island hop to witness stunning islands and white sand beaches in Honda Bay Island. It offers a day tour that allows you to explore dive sites and hidden gems all around Puerto Princesa, leaving you with glimpses and memories of the beauty of Palawan’s landscape. You’ll also enjoy being surrounded by corals and marine wildlife.

3. Cowrie Island

nipa hut at cowrie island

Cowrie Island is one of the best Palawan attractions you can explore during the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour. Some of the activities you can try here are swimming, riding the banana boat, snorkeling, and other water activities. This charming island is perfect for adventure seekers and Instagram lovers looking to enjoy an exciting day at the beach.

4. Luli Island

tall palm trees at luli island

Luli Island is unique because it sinks and rises depending on the tide. Famous among tourists for its sandbars and mangrove forests, it also has beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to grab a beer with some friends, take pictures and relax under the sun.

5. Sabang Waterfall

Mother Nature has a way of turning everything into something majestic and stunning. Sabang Waterfalls faces directly to the sea and is adorned by travelers and locals. It isn’t your typical waterfall because it’s 50-ft. high and has a rock pool at the bottom and it’s just a short walk from the beach.

6. Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach is surrounded by white sand, palm trees, and mountainous views. This small village in Puerto Princesa City has yet to be discovered by the mainstream crowd. Whether it be swimming or just soaking up the sun, Sabang Beach is the perfect place for some downtime because it’s not crowded with tourists.

7. Nagtabon Beach

aerial view of an empty nagtabon beach

Feel the summer breeze with these palm trees at Nagtabon beach. Keep calm and at ease at this ultimate destination. This quiet place is the complete opposite of the chaos in Honda Bay and Underground River. Here, you can easily spend the day eating delicious food and enjoying the relaxing tropical atmosphere.

El Nido, Palawan

1. Shimizu Island

stunning view of shimizu island

Soak up the sun in Shimizu Island. This spot has fishes of different colors and is the perfect island getaway if you’re looking for rich marine life. You can also enjoy a seafood feast here with your friends.

2. Secret Lagoon

aerial view of secret lagoon

Separated from the ocean through a small keyhole-like opening, Secret Beach is only accessible by swimming through this door size opening through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. Here you’ll see a beach surrounded by limestone cliffs that cannot be seen from the open sea!

3. Taraw Cliff


a guy at the taraw cliff

Taraw Cliff is a giant limestone terrace overlooking the town of El Nido. It is the highest peak and it’s perfect for adventurous spirits who would do anything for a stunning view. A peak with this view of Palawan is definitely worth the hike. Climb and conquer the forests and terranes leading up to this rewarding landscape and don’t forget to capture your victory. It was worth it for the gram!

4. Las Cabanas Beach


las cabanas beach

Las Cabanas Beach is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and swim! You can catch a beautiful sunset in this hidden gem. This Palawan attractions spot is very accessible to tourists and locals since it’s just a few minutes away from El Nido town.

5. Pinagbuyutan Island


girl relaxing at Pinagbuyutan Island palawan

Also called Inabuyatan Island, meaning “Enchanted Island,” this island holds one of the most outstanding landscapes in El Nido. The beach has soft powdery white sand, making it a great place to just stay in a hammock, and forget all your troubles and relax. There is also a colorful and thriving underwater ecosystem beneath its glass-like waters.

6. Seven Commandos Beach


stunning view of seven commandos beach

Seven Commando Beach is a lovely place to relax under the coconuts or just swim! It’s an ideal place for a romance with the sun. It has a sandy shore that’s perfect for sunbathing or playing sports or lazing around. This destination is one of the stops in El Nido’s special day tour.

7. Nacpan Beach


aerial view of nacpan beach

Head out to Nacpan Beach for a less-crowded beach experience! Nacpan Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Philippines. It has surfable waves, a fishing village, coconut palms, and brimming white sand. You can also end your day in this special spot, for Nacpan’s sunsets are known for being absolutely spectacular.

8. Baquit Bay

Baquit Bay has clear blue waters that are teeming with marine life and nature’s most beautiful creatures. This place is filled with islands that are both occupied and uninhabited.

There are over 30 dive sites that can be explored, as well as activities that will allow you to become closer to nature.

9. Big Lagoon


tourists kayaking at big lagoon

Just like any other lagoons in Palawan, Big Lagoon is dotted with dark limestone cliffs. These limestone pieces are perfectly lined beside blazing blue waters, creating a pathway, and a panoramic view. Visitors are given the freedom to enjoy this paradise on their own. You can take a short swim in the shallow waters at the entrance or try kayaking through the waters. Don’t miss this as this is one of the best Palawan attractions.

10. Small Lagoon


tourists kayaking at small lagoon

Small Lagoon is usually the first stop to the Island Hopping tour. Some of the favorite activities here are kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. You can swim to the other end of the lagoon where you can reach a small water-filled cave and enjoy a cool dive in its underwater paradise.

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