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

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National ParkCredit: UNESCO

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

El NidoCredit: http://www.palawan.gov.ph

El Nido is the Philippine’s largest wildlife preserve. It boasts of more than 96,000 hectares of diversified environment including cruise areas, white sand beaches, lagoons, rainforests, palms, mangrove trees, coral reefs, other marine wildlife such as fishes, and limestone cliff or rock formations. Among marine life, you’d find manta rays, hawksbill turtles, and when diving, you’ll find the famous ‘dugongs’ or sea cow. It’s also home to numerous resorts offering tourist accommodations, water sports activities, and other forms of recreation.

Tubbataha Reefs          

This PhiTubbataha ReefsCredit: TubbatahaReef.orglippine national park is one of the first marine parks and is also considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its breathtaking coral reefs and marine life sanctuary in various colors, shapes, and sizes.

Coron Bay

coron bayCredit: WikiPedia Another dive worthy location is in Coron, a northern Palawan bay. Here, you can descend down to 20 meters below to dive and snorkel through one of the best diving sites in the world. In fact, Forbes magazine listed Coron in its top ten best dive sites worldwide. The bay presents limestone rock formations and wreckage sites found underwater.

Honda Bay

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.

Honda BayCredit: GoPalawan.travel

 The islets include the following:

  1. Cannon or Cowrie Island
  2. Bat Island
  3. Meara Marina
  4. Pandan Island
  5. Lu-Li Island or ‘lulubog-lilitaw,’ meaning to float and sink since it is seen only during low tide
  6. Starfish Island, its name is derived from a flock of starfish with a white sand beach and clear waters
  7. Snake Island, which resembles a snake
  8. 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.