Things to Do in Palawan Island

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Things to Do in Palawan Island


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Top Attractions in Palawan Island

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Bodies of Water
Underground river tour through a mesmerizing cave system, complete with audio guides and the chance to spot wildlife amidst stunning mountain scenery. Enjoy serene boat rides and natural wonders.
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Beaches
Secluded beach with white sand and clear waters, ideal for serene days and picturesque surroundings. Bumpy access road, with calm areas for children and some ATV activity.
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Reefs
Scuba diving destination famed for vibrant Tubbataha Reef, with deep dives and strong currents ideal for advanced divers. Encounter diverse marine life and pristine coral ecosystems.
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Beaches
Tropical beach with a lively ambiance, shaded by coconut trees and vibrant coral reefs for snorkeling. Enjoy kayaking, volleyball, and a serene lagoon, amidst picturesque white sands and turquoise waters.
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  • irenevff
    Bulacan Province, Philippines4,009 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    everything was picture perfect, regardless of the angle your camera points at. been here quite a few times in a span of 20 years. but this particular trip was special because i was travelling with my family. my dream to bring us all together in this so called last frontier finally came true.

    the most unpleasant part of the whole journey was the waiting. we got there a little after 9 in the morning but we were given the clearance to ride our rented boat at almost 11. something needs to be done to prevent tourists from flaring up.

    but i could say it was really worth all the trouble. once you get there, you'll realize how lucky you are to have seen nature's best secrets despite the long wait.

    my son, who has yet to develop his appreciation for communing with nature, blurted out after leaving the cave: "mom, let's go back again!"

    palawan will always be my go-to place for a much needed relaxation.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • MIRA
    Doha, Qatar157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This beach is located in the north of El Nido and it is about 17km from center. We stayed in coron-coron area, so we drove about 30-35 min to reach the beach by bike. Road is okey, just some part closed to the beach out of asphalt but still drivable. Nacpan Beach is about of four km sand beach with clear water. Perfect for families. There are some restaurants to dine in and connect to wife. Beautiful spot for sunset.
    Written March 20, 2024
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  • MrsKanga
    Manila, Philippines180 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    this is my first.time to visit the big lagoon at 6am amd it was.worth it. no people and no sun. it was a good workout kayaking the whole lagoon amd coming back for a buffet breakfast at miniloc. not to be.missed
    Written March 29, 2024
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  • Julia
    Germany2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Diving at Tubbataha reef aboard the Stella Maris explorer was simply spectacular! From delicious meals to exhilarating dives, it was an unforgettable adventure. The crew was incredibly supportive and had a great sense of humor, making the experience even more enjoyable.
    Written April 18, 2024
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  • David G
    General Trias, Philippines17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This Island is smaller than the Big Lagoon , But when it comes to View , Clear water , Trees and Rock formation it's the same as the Big Lagoon

    Overall it's Good and enjoyable island.
    Written February 23, 2024
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  • Czar Emmanuel
    Manila, Philippines6,299 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Honda Bay is one of the famous tourist destinations in Palawan. It's located less than an hour away from Puerto Princesa, which makes it ideal for a day tour. You just need to go to the Santa Lourdes wharf and take a boat from there for island hopping. Usual itinerary includes a visit to the Cowry Island, the Starfish Island, and the so-called Luli Island. All of these islands are good for swimming. You can have your lunch in any of them. Highly recommended!
    Written July 5, 2023
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  • Edgar D
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice beach in El Nido just about 15 minutes from town center. You will get a good sunset view here and a view of Bacuit Bay.
    Written March 24, 2024
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  • GreyNomad2014
    Jannali, Australia892 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unforgettable entry through an opening in the rock face from the sea into an oasis of sandy beach, trees and coral. Sure you have to share it with many others - no problem!
    Written February 14, 2023
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  • Fav Five
    Zurich, Switzerland12 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Snake island is one of the stopovers in the island hopping tours departing from El Nido. It is located around 20 minutes away from the town and the name comes for the shame communicating an small illet with the mainland.

    It is an awesome natural spot but unfortunately too crowded of tourists, even I'm one of them, and we saw some pollution on the area, that is very disappointing.
    Written June 19, 2023
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  • Patrick Unson
    Philippines4,293 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The view of the Secret Lagoon is just magical! It is very peaceful, beautiful, and simply great to admire as you look upwards, sinking your ears into the water and flapping your arms to stay afloat. While we were there, there was one orange flower just above the entrance to the Secret Lagoon, and that was beautiful as well!

    As far as accessibility is concerned, I would not recommend solo travelers, seniors, PWDs, pregnant, or mothers with babies to go especially when the water is high enough. At the entrance, the water has a strong push. If pushed upwards, you needs to watch your head. And below the water are some rocks that you can bang your legs and feet against. You can still be careful but once the water pushes you, you have no choice but to go with it. Our guide got us through by having us lay on our backs, and he would float us right through with experienced timing. Our mother with a baby ended up staying at the beach with a cover until we were done inside.

    If you get thirsty, you can always buy fresh coconut juice from the friendly men on the little boats. They will charge you for them when you get back to your main boat. It is about P100/buko during our visit. Sounds pricey but this money can help them a lot! They are even supportive to those who can't really swim, because they can paddle you back to your main boat if you need help or feel tired fighting against the current.

    I also suggest waterproofing your mobile phones so you can capture pretty photos inside. I should have done this, actually.
    Written May 21, 2023
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  • irenevff
    Bulacan Province, Philippines4,009 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    this is one of the beaches included in the island hopping tour selection in el nido, palawan. we're glad we chose tour A.

    well, this island was bustling with people. it's summer time and tourists flocked the beach. when i first stepped foot on this place two decades ago, el nido had sparse tourist activities. so we had this island all by ourselves.

    7 commandos is conducive for beach volleyball. there was a group of random strangers who got together and played the game when we got there. nice to see them having fun.
    Written April 19, 2024
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  • TraveldadLondon
    London140 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a better experience than many (reading reviews below). Our guide was knowledgeable and explained a lot about how fireflies work and their habitat. It was silent going through the mangroves and there were loads of fireflies to see. Our package included a buffet dinner which we ate in the harbour rather than by the mangroves due to delays which leads to 4x review. Buffet was tasty but with many options on the Baywalk it wasn’t really needed and I would have preferred to eat before/after.
    Written November 5, 2023
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