10 best tourist destinations in Palawan

Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary. -Photo by iFly Travels
03 Mar 2015

Planning to visit Palawan for a vacation? Well, get ready to be captivated and enjoy its gorgeous scenery, white sandy beaches, amazing landscape and seascape, and of course, its friendly locals.

Palawan, known as the Philippine’s Last Frontier, is a perfect vacation getaway for everyone who wishes to see nature at its best.

Here are the top 10 most promising spots in Palawan.

1. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Underground River in the Philippines

Photo by Explore Palawan Ph

One of the most distinguished protected areas in the Philippines and awarded as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, or the Underground River, is Palawan’s most popular attraction. Featuring a karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km long underground river that flows directly to the sea, it offers a unique nature experience that tourists visiting Palawan shouldn’t miss.

2. El Nido Marine Reserve Park

El Nido Marine Reserve Park

El Nido Marine Reserve Park in Palawan. -Photo by Our Love for Travel

Occupying a total of 96,000 hectares, the El Nido Marine Reserve Park is a premiere tourist destination that boasts rain forest, mangroves, white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. Its divers Eco-system create breathtaking and fascinating natural scenery that will surely enchant tourists.

3. Coron Bay

Coron Bay in Palawan

Coron Bay in Palawan. – Photo by Vigattin Tourism

Popular among divers around the world, the Coron Bay in Palawan features one of the most magnificent wreck diving spots in the world. History says that US fighter aircraft and dive bombers have sunk 24 vessels from Japan in this area. Some of the wrecks have now been discovered. Aside from the remains, the corals in the area are exceptional and shouldn’t be missed. Coron is also home to a variety of colorful marine life which makes snorkeling and diving so much fun.

4. Honda Bay

Honda Bay in Palawan

Honda Bay in Palawan. – Photo by World for Travel

One of Palawan’s beautiful tourist destinations is the Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. It is surrounded with several islets with shallow reefs and wonderful beaches. Aside from the terrific opportunities of diving in the area, the bay is the perfect place for lounging around on its sand. It is just a 30 minute drive from the mainland of Puerto Princesa.

5. Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

Tubbataha Reef Marine Park

Tubbataha Reef Marine Park. – Photo by Alexa Tours

The Tubbataha Reef Marine Park is an atoll coral reef that includes 130,028 hectares including the North and South Reefs. It has a very high density of marine species with pristine coral reefs, extensive lagoons and two coral islands. The area was a nominee for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

6. Ugong Rock

Ugong Rock

Ugong Rock in Palawan. – Photo by Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa’s Ugong Rock is another promising tourist destination in Palawan. A trip to Ugong Rock is guaranteed to be as exciting as any travel destination with its unique combination of caving, climbing and zip line. The rock formation stands like a pedestal that offers a 360 degree view of lush green fields and mountains.

7. Entalula Island

Entalula Island

Entalula Island in Palawan. – Photo by Panoramio

The Entalula Island is a private beach where tourists from Lagen and Miniloc can reserve in for dinner or lunch. Filled with water activities, the beach at the Entalula Island is fringed with white sand, some with rich coral and fish populations at forty to sixty feet.

8. Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake

Kayangan Lake in Palawan. – Photo Pix Good

Lake Kayangan is nestled on top of a mountain. For tourists visiting this place, a 10-minute steep climb is required. After this, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and crystal-clear waters. The lake Kayangan has been awarded as the cleanest lake in Asia.

9. Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary

Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary. -Photo by iFly Travels

Situated in Busuanga Island in the province of Palawan, the Caluit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is home to a variety of exotic, indigenous and marine animals. Among these are the Bushbucks, Elands, Giraffes, Impalas, Calamian Deer, Mouse Deer, Palawan Peacock Pheasant, Dugong, Sea turtles and Giant clam. This part of the island is made up of undulating topography with narrow coastal plains, widespread grasslands and low ranges of hills.

10. Tabon Cave

Tabon Cave

Tabon Cave in Palawan. – Photo by Palawan Mag

The cave is located in the southern part of Palawan and labeled as the “Cradle of Civilization” of the Philippines. This is where archaeologists found a skull cap and other remains of what they believed as the oldest inhabitants in the country.

There are more places to discover in Palawan. Come and visit this island and see for yourself!


Nancy Almasco

Nancy is a freelance blogger who loves to write anything that captures the heart and imaginations of people.

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