Top Tourist Spots in Palawan [And How To Get There]

As a tropical country, the Philippines is home to the most beautiful beach destinations that tourists, both local and foreign, can enjoy. In fact, some of the popular tourist spots in Palawan are beaches and island coves. The following are the top travel destinations you must include in your bucket list when visiting Palawan.

Top Tourist Spots in Palawan
Top Tourist Spots in Palawan

Must-Visit Tourist Spots in Palawan, Philippines

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites you can visit, the Tubbataha Reefs is a natural attraction with stunning marine biodiversity. It’s located in the middle of the Coral Triangle with various coral species and fishes including dolphins, whales, and sharks.

Coron

With a sheer number of ship ruins below the bay of Coron, this place is now considered a main spot for wreck divers. The shipwrecks came from the Japanese ships bombarded by the US during World War II. But now, there’s growing marine life in the area which makes it even more popular among divers. Don’t forget to check out our comprehensive Coron travel guide.

Kayangan Lake, Coron
Kayangan Lake, Coron | Bigstock Photos

Calauit Safari Park

They call it “a piece of Africa” that’s conveniently located in the Philippines. You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world just to witness rare species such as the giraffes and zebras. All you need to do is book a flight to Palawan and enjoy the Calauit Safari Park and other tourist spots in Palawan.

Calauit Safari Park | Photo by: Max Reyes under creative commons

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

In 2012, the Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared as part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. From then on, more tourists visited the capital of Palawan to witness this amazing attraction. To explore the site, you will have a personal guide to tour you around the place while telling you about the rich historical background of Puerto Princesa.

El Nido

Whether you’re looking for the most unforgettable island hopping tours, dreamy beaches for swimming, sunbathing at pristine white sands, or enjoy the sunset in the island, El Nido is the place to be. You can rent a boat to check out Corong-Corong, Las Cabanas, Marimegmeg, and Nacpan. Make sure to check out our comprehensive El Nido Travel Guide to learn more about this popular tourist spot in Palawan.

El Nido
Taraw Cliff | Photo by Klaus Stiefel under creative commons

Honda Bay Islands

From the city, you only have to take half an hour to reach Honda Bay. This is a popular destination for island hopping and swimming. You can see the starfishes at Starfish Island, take selfies at Luli Island, and enjoy swimming in the powdery white sand beach of Pandan Island.

Port Barton

Today’s one of the leading tourist spots in Palawan, Port Barton has so much to offer to every visitor. It’s a small fishing village with beautiful beaches that can be compared to the ones in Coron and El Nido. This might be a low-key choice for travelers, but the peace and quiet here will help you relax and just vibe with nature

How to get to Palawan

Palawan is a group of islands and can be reached by plane or boat. From Manila, you can fly to either Puerto Princesa, El Nido or Busuanga (Coron). You can also take a boat from Manila to these towns.

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