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Palawan

Travel Guide

Stretching across the South China Sea all the way to Borneo, Palawan in the Philippines is every island hopper's dream destination. Its white sandy beaches, world-famous scuba diving and otherworldly national parks are only a handful of the things that make this part of Asia a paradise. Dive in!

Top things to do in Palawan

  • Island Hop from El Nido to Coron
    When it comes to deciding which postcard-perfect island to cast away to from El Nido, the options are endless, but one of the best routes is to Coron island. Here, you can dive in Japanese WWII wrecks, kayak through mangroves and karst formations, or simply lie back and bake on the white sand beaches.
  • Sabang Underground River
    Float through miles of stunning underground caves in this UNESCO-listed Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park in Sabang.
  • Honda Bay
    Located under one hour's boat ride from Puerto Princesa, Honda Island is the perfect beach escape from... well, an equally as lovely beach escape. Find Nemo and spot starfish amongst colourful coral, paddle in pristine coral and grab some seriously enviable beach snaps.
  • Bacuit Archipelago
    Using El Nido as your base, book onto some island hopping trips around the Bacuit Archipelago for some of the most picturesque beaches and islands in Asia.
  • Diving in Busuanga Island
    Find your own tiny pocket of paradise on one of the many islands off Busuanga's shore, dive in sunken shipwrecks, or jungle even head inland to trek through dense jungle.
  • Hit the Road Inland
    Grab some friends, don a helmet, hire a motorbike, and spend a day searching for waterfalls and touring around secluded villages.

How to get to Palawan

The easiest way to get to Palawan is to fly; it's just one hour from Manila airport. The main airport is Puerto Princesa, but there are two smaller airports on Busuanga Island and El Nido. You can also get there by boat, with ferries from Manila, Mindora and Iloilo... but this can take 30 hours or more!

When is the best time of year to visit Palawan?

From March to May, the sea around Palawan is calmest meaning sea travel is fuss-free. November, December and January are also good months to go, for cooler, drier weather.
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Top Palawan Tour Packages

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El Nido Island Hopping
Including your meals, accommodation and transfers, this Island Hopper tour weaves you through countless stunning islands, where you can swim with turtles, spot colourful fish and relax amongst El Nido's unbeatable scenery. You'll pass through Manila and Puerta Princessa, too.

6 days | From £570

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Palawan Beach Break
Beguiling, magical, otherworldly; just some of the words used to describe this island paradise by people in the know. No wonder then that Palawan was voted 'best island in the world' not too long ago. Enjoy eight days in complete and utter paradise on this package. Fly in from Manila, laze on the beach, grab a cocktail and relax!

8 days | From £404

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Puerto Princesa & El Nido Adventure
Discover the beautiful regions of Puerto Princesa and El Nido on this exciting eight day adventure filled to the brim with underground rivers, stunning beaches and underwater paradises. During your trip you will embark on a spectacular subterranean river excursion, head off on an amazing camping adventure to view incredible beaches and islands and swim your way through the colourful corals. 

8 days | From £742

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Check out these Palawan Hotels...

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La Natura Resort - Coron
A 3 star tropical mountaintop getaway with an outdoor pool, restaurant and spacious rooms and modern en-suite bathrooms.

From £74 per night

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La Salangane Hotel - El Nido
A basic but comfortable guesthouse ideally located on El Nido's beachfront, close to all bars and shops.

From £33 per night

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Makulay Lodge & Villas - El Nido
With a restaurant, bar, garden, barbecue and terrace overlooking the sea, the Makulay Lodge and Villas are the perfect spot for making new friends as the sun sets.

From £56 per night

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Sunz En Coron Resort - Coron
Sunz En Coron resort has 18 guestrooms, an outdoor pool, free WiFi in the lobby and free cooked-to-order breakfast included in the cost of your stay! The perfect location to jump off from on an island hopping trip around the Bacuit archipelago.

From £82

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