Palawan attractions are as diverse as the island's landscapes itself and with such a beautiful natural environment and so many stunning beaches, it's no surprise that some of the most popular ways to spend your time here is in the water and on the islands. Kayaking is a fun way to explore the waters around the island and can be as challenging or as leisurely as you like. With most resorts offering free or affordable kayak hire, it's an inexpensive holiday activity. There are so many charming little islands that surround Palawan and a day spent island hopping is the ideal way to explore them and meet the friendly locals that call them home. There are plenty of boats available for hire or alternatively the local fisherman are also happy to give you a tour for a small fee.
The city of Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan and is one of the most beautiful cities in the Philippines. City tours are a wonderful way to experience the local hospitality while taking in the city's culture and history. Not to mention, there are a number of attractions situated within the city including Mitra's Ranch, hot springs, the Crocodile Farm and Honda Bay. One of the best snorkelling spots in all of Palawan, Honda Bay boasts soft white sand beaches and crystal waters teeming with marine life. Meanwhile, if diving is more your thing, the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park offers an unforgettable experience home to tropical fish, manta rays and even sharks.
Another popular Palawan attraction and UNESCO World Heritage site is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or St. Paul Underground River. The world's longest accessible underground river system, the Puerto Princesa National Park is home to amazing caves that dome 300m above the underground river and feature rock formations, deep water holes, river channels, small waterfalls and a variety of marine and wildlife including large bats. A visit to this Palawan attraction is unlike anything you've experienced before. The Tabon Caves in Quezon are also worth a visit and are estimated to be 22,000 years old. Home to 138 hectares of deep slopes, rugged cliffs and breathtaking views of the sea, the caves have been a discovery site for an ancient skull cap.