There are actually over 100 things to do and places to visit in Palawan but if this is your first time, you deserve an introduction through the best or the top 5 of what this Philippine travel destination has to offer.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
This has to be one the best places to visit in Palawan. This world heritage site boasts of an 8.2 kilometer long underground river cruise leading towards the South China Sea. The park is believed to be the world’s longest underground river and had recently received a nomination as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. During the paddle boat tour, you can watch bats or birds hovering throughout the dark cave and be in awe of natural rock formations made out of limestone and marble including stalactites and stalagmites while cruising through crystal clear waters.
El Nido Marine Reserve
Honda Bay also offers snorkeling opportunities. Here, you can also dive, swim, or simply hop from one islet or reef to another wandering while in awe and wonder of various fishes and marine creatures thriving in the islets. You’ll also love its crystal clear shallow white sand beach waters peeping clearly through the ocean floor.
- Cannon or Cowrie Island
- Bat Island
- Meara Marina
- Pandan Island
- Lu-Li Island or ‘lulubog-lilitaw,’ meaning to float and sink since it is seen only during low tide
- Starfish Island, its name is derived from a flock of starfish with a white sand beach and clear waters
- Snake Island, which resembles a snake
- Senorita Island, where lapu-lapu fishes breed
Accommodation is available through the islets of Meara Marina and Starfish. Most islets are free for access but others are privately owned and may require permission from corresponding owners or are available upon payment of an entrance fee.