It’s more fun in the Philippines. There’s beautiful beaches, cheeky cocktails, luxury and enough adventure to keep the whole squad entertained. With a population of over 100million, 7,000 islands and some of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. But with so much going for it how does one choose which island to play at? Hands down without a doubt – Palawan.
Don’t believe me? Well let’s take a look at a few of the amazing things you can do around Palawan.
Slumber As You Swing.
The beaches of Palawan are pristine and the perfect place for a siesta or two. You’ll find hammocks, chairs and generally great places to snooze along most of the main beaches. The larger resorts will have private lounges but even the most basic beach frontage places will have somewhere for you to snooze in safety.
Make Friends With the Locals
The locals on the island are exceptionally friendly. Now maybe I was blessed but have found the majority of Filipinos to be warm, welcoming and friendly. The people of Palawan seem to take it to the next level of friendly and helpful.
Float on a Boat
No trip to Palawan is complete without at least one miniature sea voyage. If you’re in Sabang then you’ll want to float on a boat down to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. One of the new wonders of the world.
Soak Up Some Vitamin Sea
Palawan is truly a stunning island. From Puerto Princessca to the bumpy butt ride to El Nido. There’s no shortage of beach vibes for you to catch. Which is a lot healthier then other things that travellers sometimes catch. Palawan’s beaches boast beautiful sands, crystal clear waters and an abundance of sea life. So whether you’re into being a mermaid on the sands or swimming with the turtles there’s no shortage of vitamin sea activities for you to do. Let’s be honest no trip to the Philippines is complete without a scuba adventure.
See Things From A Different Perspective.
Palawan and the surrounding islands that support Palawan have some of the world’s most stunning cliff faces, beaches and wild life. You can’t help but turn off from the outside world and see things from a different perspective. Even after floating on a boat and getting a wet backside.
Enjoy A Little Bit Of Luxury
Palawan has a large variety of accommodation options available to suit every budget. Luxury is the every day norm around the island. If you’re budget doesn’t stretch out to a week worth of pampering then I’d suggest trying to squeeze in one night of luxury.
How To Get To Palawan
The easiest way to Palawan is by air. It’s just over an hour flight from Manilla into Puerto Princessca. You can easily pop through Manila and catch a connecting flight. Airlines that fly to Palawan – Cebu, AirAsia, Philippines Airlines etc.
Let’s be honest. There’s so much more to see and do in Palawan. Like eat all the fresh seafood, drink cocktails by a pool or swim with turtles. The best thing to do is go and explore for yourself.
Have you been before? Let us known in the comments below.
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Wow, now I have the idea already what are the traits of local palawan people and I will also now add Palawan on my travel vacation list he he
Hi Jean, thanks for spreading the beauty of my country. Keep it up!
Oh Philippines, I love you! Thanks for sharing the beauty that we have back home, Jean! Way to go!
I have to the Philippines many times but never did visit Palawan. I have read and your post corroborates, what a beautifull place that is. Maybe next I will make it!
Great overview! Palawan looks beautiful and this makes me all the more excited to visit El Nido later this year! Definitely seems worth the extra travel getting there! 🙂
The right way and word to describe Palawan. This islands eternal beauty is worth visiting. It’s winning point aside from it’s natural beauty is how warm the people form this place are. It’s tranquil feel and amazing scenery is really breathtaking.
I agree, Palawan is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. I totally see why you think it is the perfect island.
Hands down, Palawan remains my most favourite region in the Philippines. Hard to put it down after island hopping and floating in the underground river! And no you just didn’t get lucky, people of the philippines are some of the most friendliest hosts that I have ever met! I had a great time with the locals!
I’ve heard such great things about the Philippines and Palawan! I think my friend who recently went stayed at those same overwater bungalows. Those alone are reason enough for me to plan a trip one day!
I spent a month in the Philippines last year and Palawan was a great spot! I LOVED the wreck diving in Coron and would go back in a heart beat! Just maybe in better weather.. I was there in typhoon season (oops)
I was three during typhoon season too! Made for a fun trip
haha true! A bit hectic though. Got stuck a few times with weather
Worse time of the year to host a tbex!
This is fantastic! A friend actually once lived there and I have heard such good things about Palawan…your post now makes me want to plan a visit right away!
p.s. those cliff faces are simply stunning 🙂
The Philippines are still on my bucket list. Will definitely visit Palawan when I make it there though. It looks so peaceful there.
I visited the Philippines last year and took in Manila and Boracay, though had many friends who went to Palawan instead of Boracay, and I was so jealous after seeing their photos! Boracay was great, but Palawan looked far less touristy, far more authentic and a billion times a beautiful untouched paradise 🙂 Would love to visit!
I was there with you in the Philippines 😉 Palawan was far less touristy and oh so much fun!! I’d happily go back again.
Great article! I have been a bit intimidated by the Philippines in the past – there just seems like there is SO much to see and do and I’ve struggled to choose! I definitely want to add it to my next trip to SEA, i’ll have to ask you for some more tips when I do!
All these things sound so insnaley appealing to me. I want to fall asleep in a hammoc and meet the local puppies and then go float in a boat. Talk about heaven.
Thanks for fueling my wanderlust! I’ve seen so many stunning images from Palawan that I’m dying to get there. In a desperate need of that Vitamin Sea 🙂
I need to get to Palawan — it looks like such a beautiful place! Your photos are stunning 🙂
Wow… This is so dreamy!! I don’t know if I prefer the hammock, the boat, the stunning cliffs or the cocktail on the beach… Why choose anyway? It looks amazing. I hope I will visit the Philippines one day!!
Exactly! Just do it all
I have always wanted to visit the Philippines! It looks absolutely beautiful! I think I’d be quite happy just chillin on that beach!
It’s an amazing place to do just that
After living in the Australian desert for 8 months, and having spent a month in Japan, I’m so keen for a relaxing beach-side trip! This looks like such a beautiful place to visit, and the Philippines are pretty high on my bucket list. Thanks for such a great post, with a ton of helpful tips! 🙂
You should go now! Go enjoy the wonderful beaches and amazing food
Agree with everything you said! I went to Coron, Palawan this past December and it was breathtaking. I’d like to see El Nido and Puerta Princessa next time I go. I love how it’s still a hidden gem and hopefully it doesn’t get too commercialize because it is a must visit.
It’s a wonderful place. Go now before anyone else does!!
Palawan looks like a proper dream with those amazing white beaches and the untouched beauty. Many times I have read how Palawan is the best destination if you are looking for a perfect beach vacation. I am glad to read that there are options for every pocket and you can enjoy it even if you are on a budget.
I could stay here for weeks. I love hammocks on the beach and I have been hearing a lot about vitamin sea lately that it’s been making me really want to go! If only the Philippines weren’t so far away from the US…
Phillipines has been on the cards for a long time. For its stunning landscapes and beautiful beaches and of course the water sports! The waters look mesmerising! Did you do scuba diving here?
I didn’t because I don’t but a lot of people do
Such a perfect list of things to do! I transitted in Philippines last year but didn’t have time to visit it. I would love to go back and enjoy the beauty of this country.
Endless beauty in Philippines I believe! These beaches are the very reason why I want to get there some day. Hopefully I can.
Your post has made our lives a lot easier! My husband and I were planning to visit Philippines this summer, and were confused … given the number of islands around there. Now, I’m gonna include Palawan for sure! That cocktail & those high cliffs have convinced me!
I’ve been dying to go to the Philippines ever since seeing all the beautiful beach photos. Palawan looks stunning! And after being rated one of the top beaches in the world, I’m sure it’s just gorgeous in person.
Though I haven’t been to Phillipines, I know some Filipinos and they are all really really warm people. I would like to snooze in a hammock in one such pristine beach of Palawan one day in future. Afterall Tripadvisor rated Palawan it’s number 1 travel destination, the place must be outstanding!
We are going to the Philippines in November and we have not got set plans of where yet. I will for sure be considering Palawan after reading this post. Thanks for sharing!
It’s well worth the adventure