Palawan Travel Guide

Situated between the Sulu and South China Seas, Palawan is a stunning tropical island holiday destination that is considered the last ecological frontier of the Philippines. Stretching from Mindoro to Borneo, the island province of Palawan is surrounded by crystal clear waters and offers a relaxing holiday experience for visitors, particularly in the north which is especially popular with tourists. Puerto Princesa is the provincial capital of Palawan and is also the culinary hub and gateway to the oceanfront and rural land. Home to spectacular beaches and holiday resorts, Palawan is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. Time in Palawan is usually spend enjoying the beaches, island-hopping, visiting friendly fishing villages and tourist towns, snorkelling and diving, and exploring the lush jungle covered mountains.

Palawan Accommodation

Palawan accommodation is scattered throughout Puerto Princesa, Central Palawan and Northern Palawan and offers a wide range of hotels, resorts, apartments, guesthouses and B&Bs ranging from 3 to 5 stars. Palawan accommodation is designed to cater for all travellers and budgets, many of which are situated on beachfronts and enjoying beautiful views of the limestone cliffs and coastline. Offering all the onsite facilities of quality hotels and resorts including pools, restaurants and day spas, Palawan accommodation also offers a number of luxury options including overwater bungalows.

Holiday Packages

The ideal way to plan your Philippines holiday, these Palawan holiday packages offer an easy and affordable way to arrange all of your travel needs. Designed to save you time and money, these Palawan holiday packages combine everything from fights and accommodation to transfers, tours, meals, travel insurance and much more to offer a coordinated approach to your holiday. There are a great range of existing packages available, however you may also choose to customise one to suit your own individual needs.

Palawan Attractions

There are many things to do in Palawan, most of which revolve around the island's stunning location, beautiful beaches and spectacular natural environment. For many visitors, trying the local Tamilok food is quite a novelty, as is bartering and buying from the local markets that sell all manner of souvenirs and trinkets. Snorkelling is a popular Palawan attraction, particularly in Honda Bay where it is most beautiful. If diving is more your thing, you can't miss the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park for an absolutely unforgettable experience. Kayaking is also great fun and island-hopping is an extremely popular Palawan attraction, visiting local fishing villages and friendly little towns. The city of Puerto Princesa is also quite beautiful and a city tour is the ideal way to take it the local culture, history and hospitality. You also can't miss the breathtaking sea views and rugged cliffs of the 138 hectare Tabon Caves, an ancient site in Quezon estimated at 22,000 years old.

Fast Facts

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is home to the world's longest underground river system accessible to humans and is one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Palawan is home to a total of 1,780 islands and islets and 9,900 sq km of coral reefs. Due to Palawan's unique biodiversity, it has been declared a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve. There are three major indigenous communities that call Palawan home including the Batak which are found in central and northern Palawan, Tagbanua in the central, northern and southern regions and Pala'wan, exclusively in the southern areas of the province.