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What to Do in Palawan

Palawan Attractions

Wondering what to do in Palawan? If you’ve come to this page, we’re pretty sure that you already have the beginning of an idea regarding the things to see and do in this outstanding province located at the western end of the Philippines. From the pristine lagoons of El Nido to the sunken Japanese ships of Coron Bay, and from the Tabon Cave near Quezon to the Subterranean River near Puerto Princesa, a holiday in Palawan is the promise to see extraordinary places and do exciting activities.

The province of Palawan is often referred to as “Philippines’ Last Frontier”; floating between the South China Sea to the north and the Sulu Sea to the south, you’ll be bewitched by Palawan and the plentiful attractions it features.

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  • 5 Best Beaches in El Nido

    The best beaches in El Nido described below are the prime reasons why this northern tip of Palawan Island has become one Read More»

  • 6 Best Things to Do in El Nido

    Most of the best things to do in El Nido are directly related to the warm tropical waters of the South China Sea that

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    Our list of the best things to do in Coron will please visitors who enjoy adventure holidays amid beautiful natural Read More»

  • Best Things to Do in Puerto Princesa

    Puerto Princesa offers a lot in the way of places of outstanding natural beauty and this is heavily refeected in our Read More»

  • 5 Best Beaches in Coron

    Coron offers a range of beautiful beaches framed by the stunning natural scenery that surrounds. And the beauty here Read More»

Featured Attractions

  • Calauit Safari Park

    Calauit Safari Park is a game reserve and wildlife sanctuary on a 3,700-hectare island located just off the coast of Read More»

  • Tubbataha Reef National Park 

    Tubbataha Reef National Park is a protected marine and bird sanctuary located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. Read More»

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

    Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and one of
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Palawan Attractions

Barracuda Lake

Located on the northwest coast of Coron Island, Barracuda Lake is a spectacular site. With emerald green, brackish waters surrounded by an impressive limestone karst formation naturally sculpted through the years by the weather, Barracuda Lake offers not only a splendid place to visit, but also one of the most original dive sites in the region. Like many exceptional places, getting there requires some efforts: a 30-minute steep walk is necessary to reach the lake. If you take the strenuous effort needed to carry your diving equipment, including a tank, to get there, you’ll surely enjoy it.

  • Location: On the northwest coast of Coron Island
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Calauit Safari Park

Calauit Safari Park is a wildlife sanctuary that covers the 37 km² of Calauit Island, just north of Busuanga Island and Coron. During the '70s, Philippines' president Marcos decided to import endangered animal species from Kenya in east Africa, and to offer them an entire game preserve island to start a new life. The imported giraffes, Read More...

  • Location: Off the northern tip of Busuanga Island, just north of Coron
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Coron

Coron is one of the more popular holiday destinations in the Province of Palawan. Comprising the eastern half of Busuanga Island, Coron Island, and about 50 other smaller islands, all of them part of the Calamian Archipelago, Coron is a first class municipality listed by UNESCO as a unique natural biotic area.

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El Nido

El Nido is the most popular holiday destination in Palawan, the westernmost province in the Philippines. Occupying a land area of about 400 km2 at the northern tip of Palawan Island, El Nido is a first-class municipality that also comprises 45 islands and islets, all of them part of the Bacuit Archipelago. El Nido –

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El Nido’s Small and Big Lagoons

El Nido’s Small and Big Lagoons are both located next to each other on the northern coast of Miniloc Island. El Nido is famous for its limestone karst formations erecting from vivid turquoise waters, and these two lagoons offer the perfect site to see them. Sea kayaking and snorkelling are the two main activities at hand here. These two lagoons are part of the most popular island-hopping day trips, and it roughly takes 20 minutes to get there from El Nido main town.

  • Location: On the north coast of Miniloc Island
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Honda Bay

Honda Bay (Deep Bay, in Spanish) is a superb body of water dotted with small islands, located just northeast of Puerto Princesa on the eastern shore of Palawan Island. The bay is an important fishing area, yet has seen its recreational aspect developed according to the ever-growing number of visitors who come to Palawan. Boats can be rented for the day or you can join a scheduled tour to hop from one island to the other, and enjoy excellent snorkelling.

  • Location: Just northeast of Puerto Princesa on the east shore of Palawan Island
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Kanyangan Lake in Palawan

Kayangan Lake is a crystal-clear fresh water lake in Coron featuring underwater rock formations, caves and islets. This lake is a popular spot for photographers. It’s said to be the cleanest lake in all of the Philippines. This popular day trip destination is a popular tourist attraction and offers a range of activities for visitors. The lake is so Read More...

  • Opening Hours: 08:00 – 16:00 
  • Location: Kayangan Lake, Coron, Palawan, Philippines 
  • Tel: 0998-1632666 (Coron Tourist Office) 
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Nacpan and Calitang – El Nido’s Twin Beaches

The Twin Beaches, Nacpan and Calitang, are located toward the northern end of El Nido Bay, some 15 km north by sea from El Nido main town. Often included as part of day trips, you can also get there by tricycle or by renting a scooter. Note that the road is made of soil and can be pretty muddy after rainy days. Nacpan is about 3 kilometres long while Calitang is only 500 m. The Twin Beaches join each other on a tiny cape forming a viewpoint from which you can see both beaches and the Bolog Islands, two tiny rocks jutting out from the sea a short distance from the cape. The area is perfect to relax, and you’ll find here a few establishments to dine, as well as a few accommodation choices.

  • Location: Toward the northern end of El Nido Bay
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Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital city of Palawan and the second most popular holiday destination in the province, behind El Nido. Recognised as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines, it offers a pleasant urban environment nestled in splendid natural surroundings that include great beaches and pristine forested hills.
 
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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Featuring the world’s longest navigable underground river and one of the most impressive cave systems in the world, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a popular attraction for

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  • Location: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
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Tabon Caves

Located at the tip of a cape named Lipuun Point, between Nakoda and Malanut Bays in the southern part of Palawan Island, the Tabon Caves are a group of over 200 caves. Only 29 of these caves have been explored, and seven of them are open to the public. Called “Philippines' Cradle of Civilization”, the Tabon Caves are the place where the oldest human bones – dating back 22,000 years - were found in the country. Declared a National Cultural Treasure in 2011, the caves can be visited on scenic tours from Quezon, the closest municipality.

  • Location: At Lipuun Point, north of Quezon municipality, in the southern part of Palawan Island
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The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay

The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay are a series of impressive wreck sites for diving and snorkelling in Palawan. There are 12 sunken wartime ships at the bottom of the ocean. The Shipwrecks of Coron Bay was the result of an attack on the Japanese Navy during the Second World War in 1944. The wrecks were a significant moment in history when Read More...

  • Location: Coron, Palawan, Philippines
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Tubbataha Reef National Park

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1993, Tubbataha Reef National Park is a marine and bird sanctuary that covers a 97 km² area that includes two large atolls and the Jessie Beazley Reef. Located in the middle of the Sulu Sea, some 150 km southeast of Puerto Princesa, Tubbataha Reef is considered one of Read More...

  • Location: 150 km southeast of Puerto Princesa
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