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Palawan

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  • Relaxation
  • Beach / Seaside Resort
  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Island
  • Port
  • Caves
  • Unesco World Heritage
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5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
1hr flight from Manila
When to go
From December to June to avoid the rainy and typhoon seasons.
Minimum stay
One week

Reviews of Palawan

Nicolas Hillaire Seasoned Traveller
18 written opinions

An island between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea, Palawan Province is a little gem.

My suggestion:
Whilst you're in Palawan, I recommend you spend a night or two in Port Baron, a little corner of paradise on the road between Puerto Princesa and El Nido.
My review

Whether you're in a town, visiting a coastal village or taking a dip in the sea, you won't be disappointed by Palawan. I landed at Puerto Princesa, a lovely town that's the provincial capital. But the best attractions are further to the north.

I began my Philippines holiday with a trip to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, at 70km from the town. It's a classified UNESCO site and considered by the Swiss New Seven Wonders Foundation to be one of the new seven wonders of the world. You really shouldn't miss this one out - it's not every day that you'll get to hop on a boat and navigate your way through a cave for several kilometres.

The other highlight on this island is El Nido Bay. Imagine a landscape of karstic rocks overlooking a bay with turquoise waters, hidden beaches and a superb marine life. It's like a mini Ha Long Bay but even hotter!

Unfortunately, the ferry I was due to take to the Busuanga Archipelago was cancelled due to a typhoon, so I was forced to turn back. I was really disappointed, as I was looking forward to an amazing dive - the area's famous for being the final resting place of dozens of Japanese warships that sank during the Second World War. I just hope you guys get better weather when you're there!

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