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6 Reasons to Visit Palawan

If pure paradise is what you’re hoping to experience from your next travel destination, look no further than Palawan. This island offers some of the world’s most stunning beaches and is an ideal destination for travelers of all kinds. So, if you’re interested in world-class diving and snorkeling, a romantic getaway, a family-friendly trip, or just some much needed beach time, pack your bags and book a flight to the Philippines.

There are tons of ways to plan the perfect getaway, but you can simplify things by booking from one of the many’s Palawan packages available to travellers. But if you’re still not convinced that it is the perfect place for you, check out the top 6 reasons to visit Palawan:

El Nido

Many people come to Palawan just to experience the beauty of El Nido, which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is located on the northern tip of the island and is the ideal spot for photo ops. The crystal-clear waters are contrasted with towering mountains in the background, so both beach and mountain lovers will get their perfect fix of outdoor time.

The best way to experience all of the beaches of El Nido is to sign up for a boat trip. There are several tour companies to choose from, and typically a day out on the boat includes hotel pick-up and drop-off, lunch on the beach, and unlimited use of snorkel equipment. You’ll most likely hop between these islands throughout the day: Small Lagoon, Big Lagoon, Shimizu Island, Secret Lagoon, and 7 Commando Beach.

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Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital city of Palawan, and you can keep things simple by flying into Puerto Princesa International Airport if you’re travelling by plane. Getting here is easy – it is about a 75-minute direct flight from Manila. Even though it is considered one of the larger cities of the Philippines, it is nothing like the big cities of Manila or Cebu. Here you’ll have plenty of opportunities to relax and enjoy the fresh salty air, and you won’t feel that fast-paced city vibe.

The main attraction here in Puerto Princesa is the Subterranean River National Park, the second longest underground river in the world. Recently this world heritage site was named one of the seven wonders of the world, so don’t miss out on seeing it! Other reasons to visit the city are the amazing snorkeling opportunities (mostly near Honda Bay), fun nightlife scene, and tasty authentic cuisine.

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Coron Island

If SCUBA diving is your top reason for visiting the Philippines, be sure to travel to Coron. It is known for its colorful coral reefs, lively marine life, and even has some World War II shipwrecks for more advanced divers and history buffs. Above the surface, you’ll be exposed to white sand beaches and clear calm waters that offer perfect conditions for snorkeling, fishing, and boat cruises. Flying to the Coron airport is easy – you can find flights from direct flights from Manila that take about an hour, or if you’re coming from Puerto Princesa you can fly from there.

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Port Barton

Port Barton is a great place to spend some quiet time and get away from all of the touristy hotspots in Palawan. This small village is similar to El Nido, but more off-the-beaten path and much more laid back, and also cheaper in general. The main tourist activity to do is island hop around the many offshore islands, or snorkel right off the beach. If you’re coming from Puerto Princesa, it is about a four-hour drive, but well worth your time.

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Quezon and Tabon Caves

A place filled with adventure, Quezon is a small town in southern Palawan. Here you’ll find the well-known Tabon Caves; many people are familiar with these caves because it is the archaeological site where the remains of the “Tabon Man” were found – the oldest found human remains in the Philippines. So if you’re interested in archaeology and exploring the cave formations, be sure to visit Quezon. It is an easy trip from Puerto Princesa – between two and three hours by car or bus. A great option for exploring the surrounding area would be to rent a car at Puerto Princesa International Airport and drive yourself to Quezon.

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Linapacan Islands

Linapacan Islands is where adventure lovers end up spending a good majority of their time. It can be found between El Nido and Coron; a ferry from either island is possible, and it takes between three and four hours from either destination. Many people come here because it is known as having some of the clearest water in the world. Island hopping tours are always an option here, but you also need to set aside time to explore Eli Cave and Ginto Island.  Divers wanting to do some cave diving can sign up to see a wreck that is just offshore from Eli Cave.






  1. Obviously, there have a lot of wonderful places. Those beauties are a great attraction for all the travel lovers. I will love to visit all those zones but my main target is El Nido. This place makes my heart beat faster and its a perfect place for boating. I have never visited Palawan before. As a travel lover, I can not wait for myself for exploring this place. This is a wonderful blog. Keep writing and inspire us.

  2. I don’t generally need many reasons to visit a place (I want to visit everywhere!), but these are definitely some fantastic reasons! I’m a sucker for picturesque beaches and boat rides. I’ll definitely keep this on my radar for when I’m finally able to come and visit! Thanks for the great information 🙂

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