What to do on Palawan Island in the Philippines

Ultimate List of Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

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There are so many interesting things to do in Palawan. For instance, you can explore the subterranean river in Puerto Princesa, the Barcuit archipelago, caves, reefs, lagoons, beaches, national parks, waterfalls, and many other exciting adventures around the island.

Here’s a condensed list of what to do in Palawan, Philippines.


What part of Philippines is Palawan?

Palawan is located in the south-western part of the Philippines. It is the largest province in terms of land area and is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites - The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park.

1. Coron Bay Diving

Aside from diving of course, there’s plenty of things you can try at Coron Bay. But this time, we’re going to focus on scuba diving since it’s the best thing you can do here. Located in the northern part of Palawan, would you believe that Coron Bay is now the most visited spot in the island? Well we cannot blame the breath-taking views offered by this paradise. Between Culion and Busuanga islands, you can find the perfect diving area in Coron. In fact, this is the world’s best “wrecking diving”. The appealing rock formations also give tourist the opportunity to snorkel. You can enjoy up to 20 meters underwater visibility along with the beautiful aquatic living things deep down the water.

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

2. Underground River Adventures

If you happen to be in the subterranean river, don’t forget to explore the famous underground river. With a distance of 50 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa, you can experience the beauty of St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park while riding a paddle boat to tour around. In an hour, you will see the hidden natural treasures of this spot and know why it is one of the new 7 Nature Wonders of the World.

3. Honda Bay Island Hopping

The reefs and islets offered by Honda Bay will amaze you due to the rich variety of sea creatures and fishes with different shapes and colors. In addition, you can explore the shallow waters covering the powdery white sand of the beach. Whether you want to snorkel or just take a swim, this is the perfect place for you.

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Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines - Cowrie Island

4. Palawan El Nido Tours

Distancing 238 kilometers from Puerto Princesa, you can reach the Palawan El Nido Marine Reserve with stunning bay views and rock formations. And from there, you can also check out the Bacuit Bay as well as the largest wildlife preservation area of the Philippines. The diverse ecosystems including limestone cliffs, coral reefs, white sand beaches, mangroves, and rainforests truly astonish the tourists visiting the area. You can also get a glimpse of the hawksbill turtles, sea cow or dugong, and other marine mammals only seen here.

5. Tubbataha Reefs Scuba Diving

Your Palawan adventure will not be complete without diving in the Tubbataha Reefs. This national park also offers underwater sanctuary with stunning marine life. And in case you didn’t know, this is included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also the first national marine park ever constructed in the Philippines.

6. Ugong Rock Caving Action

A few kilometers to the prominent Sabang Beach, you can come by the Ugong Rock and have some caving action together with your friends and family. This is usually done after exploring the Underground River with a small fee of 200 pesos per head. You can try this if you haven’t done any caving activity yet. This will offer you an unforgettable adventure in the mysterious inside of the Ugong Rock cave in Sabang, Palawan.

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines - View from Ugong Rock

7. Seafood Grilling 

If you happen to be at San Jose Market, you can buy some fresh seafood and have them grilled for a delicious lunch by the bay. There are grilling stations or portable griller in the area to help you prepare your own meal for the day. In fact, tourists can get some lobsters for an ideal breakfast. And while eating, you can see the beautiful and colorful fishes near the shore. However, this usually happens early in the morning so if you want to see them, go by the shore at around six in the morning.

8. Pambato Reef Snorkeling 

One of the best snorkeling areas in Palawan, the Pambato Reef is where you can see anemones, clownfish, and live corals. And the best thing in choosing this spot is that there’s no time limit in snorkeling. So you can see all the lovely creatures underwater and even name them one by one. However, there are times when the fishes are hard to come by so it’s advisable to be patient when snorkeling in the area. And of course, be sure to bring your underwater camera to capture some remembrances while snorkeling.

9. Puerto Princesa City Tour 

This city tour will take you around the beautiful Puerto Princesa. You will see the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Plaza Catuel, Crocodile Farm, Baker’s Hill, Mitra’s Ranch, Iwahig Penal Colony, and other spots you want to visit.

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines

Best Things to Do In Palawan, Philippines - Cathedral in Puerto Princesa

10. Dos Palmas Island Resort 

For those who want to enjoy a laid back island hopping day, Dos Palmas Island Resort is the place to be. For only 1,500 pesos, you can take advantage of the resorts’ facilities including snorkeling gear, billiard tables, and bikes. You can also enjoy live island music as well as a hearty buffet meal. When it comes to transportation, you will be picked up from and to your hotel so there’s no hassle.

11. Paraw Sailing

The Filipino traditional sailboat is called paraw which is named after Gener Padua’s Balangaw (rainbow) boat. This is the perfect way of having fun at the beach while enjoying the views of the entire Palawan. Tourists also use this to relax and free their minds from stressful thoughts back at home. There are also available fresh seafood dishes to try if you want to.

These are only some of the things you can do in the island. There are so much more to enjoy when touring around Palawan. 

Logistics

Cheap Flights:

My top choice is kayak.com. You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class. 

Hotel Deals:

I would recommend checking out Agoda.com. It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500,000 hotels. Other sites I check are Booking.com and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb - Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel reviews.

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