There is a wide variety of resorts and accommodations in Palawan to suit each traveler’s budget, interests and lifestyle. Ranging from the most luxurious, upscale resorts, mid-economy lodgings and special interest resorts, travelers from all over the world will definitely find what they value in a hotel here.
- El Nido Resorts
- Apulit Island Resort
- Club Paradise
- Coco Loco Island Resort
- Hibiscus Garden Inn
- El Rio y Mar Resort
- Mangenguey Island Hotel
- Majika’s Island Resort
- Niko’s Cabanas and Restaurant
- Kawayanan Resort
- Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
- Puerto Pension Bed and Breakfast
- Sangat Island Dive Resort
- Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
- Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
- Discovery Divers Resort
- Marina Garden Beach Resort
For a truly remarkable vacation where you can not only have fun under the sun but bask in the glorious wonders of nature, the island of Palawan in the Philippines is your best bet.
Palawan is an island province in the Philippines that lies between the South China Sea (in the northwest) and Sulu (in the southeast). Considered as the last ecological frontier of the Philippines, it has gained popularity for its spectacular beaches and premium resorts.
Two of the world’s heritage sites are found in Palawan – the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.
The northern and southern fringes, as well as the entire west coast of Palawan experience two distinctive seasons, a dry and wet period lasting six months each. The eastern coast goes through a short dry season of one to three months and practically no well-defined rainy period for the rest of the year.
Southern Palawan is practically free of typhoons year-round, while northern Palawan generally has heavy rains from July to August.
The fastest and easiest way to get to Palawan is by air, with the Puerto Princesa International Airport serving as the main port of entry to the island. The major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways fly to Palawan from Manila and Cebu, PAL Expreess (Air Philippines) come in from Busuanga and SEAIR has flights to and from Kota Kinabalu.
Charter flights are provided by Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) to and from El Nido Airport. SEAIR provides seasonal flights to this airport as well.
Sulpicio Lines and WG & A Superferry both sail from Manila to Coron or Puerto Princesa, Palawan weekly.
Visitors to Palawan generally need to take a bus ride to their beach destination from Puerto Princesa International Airport. Vans and cars are also available for those who would rather not take public transportation. Local jeepneys and motorized tricycles are also in abundance. For those who want to explore around the island, boating trips are also available.
Discovering the Island
Palawan is home to numerous cities and municipalities, not to mention notable sites that tourists should not miss. Puerto Princesa is the island’s highly urbanized capital and it is there that the amazing Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park can be found.
Coron is well-known for the visual feast found in its awe-inspiring diving spots, while Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park is the country’s famous and largest marine habitat where giant manta rays, sea turtles and a host of reef fish species can be found.
Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is a natural habitat for African wild animals, imported to the island as a result of the drought and civil conflict that struck Kenya in 1977. Giraffes, zebras, gazelles, impalas and many other imported wildlife share the preserve with the Calamian deer, Palawan mouse deer, Palawan peacock pheasant and tarsier, among others.
Things to See and Do
Palawan is a much quieter island compared to Boracay, but don’t let that fool you – there are adventures and activities aplenty waiting in this island paradise.
Palawan is a haven for divers – and there are spots suitable for the beginner and diving aficionado alike. Puerto Princesa, Coron, El Nido, the Tubbataha Reefs – the challenge will be trying to cram a lot of these diving sites into a limited schedule, so make sure you allot a significant amount of time if you want to see them all. Exploring sunken Japanese wrecks are also a favorite among divers.
Don’t forget to visit Honda Bay, consisting of several islets with shallow reefs flanking spectacular beaches where you can engage in fun water activities such as swimming, snorkeling and even diving. The islets are known as Cannon (Cowrie) Island, Bat Island, Lu-Li Island (which is only visible during low tide), Meara Marina, Starfish Island, Snake Island, Pandan Island and Senorita Island.
The Tabon Cave is known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization” and consists of chambers where anthropologists have discovered remains of 22,000 year old Tabon Man and other artifacts. It is located about 155 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City, in Lipuua Point, Quezon, Palawan.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is an 8.2 kilometer navigable underground river that is said to be the longest in the world. The river stretches through a magnificent cave of rugged milestone and marble cliffs and leads out into the South China Sea.
Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary
Covering an area of 3,700 hectares, Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is home to both endemic and African animals. Safaris can be arranged with park rangers, and for those who want to immerse themselves in the environs, modest accommodations are available for overnight stays.
Other activities and sights include firefly watching in a small paddle boat in the river (Puerto Princesa), the Palawan Butterfly Garden (Puerto Princesa), kayaking/snorkeling in small and big lagoons, climb Mount Tapyas (Coron), visit the local museums and hike up to the El Nido cliffs, to name a few.