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
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
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
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
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.
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