Touted as the Philippines’ best tropical island, Palawan is truly a gorgeous wonder to behold.
Peppered with various white sand beaches here and there complemented with a diverse landscape, there are plenty of reasons why locals and tourists simply cannot get enough of this island. It offers a wide range of experiences that you can surely check off from your travel bucket list. Voted as the “World’s Best Island” two years straight by globetrotters (beating islands such as Bali, Boracay and Santorini), Palawan is indeed the Philippines’ very own slice of tropical paradise. While the island is seemingly the perfect mix of sand, sea and sun, it is far from being the typically cliched exotic destination. Palawan has its own identity insomuch that it deserves at least one visit from everyone who calls themselves a tourist or a traveler. More importantly, Palawan has something in store for everyone. From the social media influencer who is looking to pepper his or her feed with stunning photos, the intrepid traveler seeking adrenaline-pumping activities, the newlywed couple looking for a romantic getaway to the individuals looking for their next personal escape.
So, if you have been looking for convincing reasons to visit this lauded island, read on below.
1.) It is home to the underground river
Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, is home to one of the beautiful wonders of the world, the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The navigable underground river stretches for about 8.2 kilometers within the complex cave system that is also part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Apart from being recognized as one of the seven wonders of the world, the diverse mountain to sea ecosystem has also been granted UNESCO world heritage site status. If you are looking for Puerto Princesa hotels and a hotel near the underground river in Palawan, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort, a hotel in Sabang is the nearest luxury accommodation.
2.) Experience world-class diving
It is already a known fact that some of the best beaches in the country are found in Palawan. But aside from Palawan having the best beaches in the world, it is also home to some of the best diving spots in the Philippines. Even if diving is not really something you typically enjoy, the rich and diverse marine life of the island is so beguiling that you cannot help but take a dip in the water. Apart from the island’s teeming marine wildlife, there is plenty to see such as the few wrecks and remnants from the Second World War in the waters off Palawan. Apart from that, the island offers plenty of diving courses and trips–particularly in El Nido.
3.) Home to great wedding venues
While the island is known to be an idyllic honeymoon spot, there are also a lot of beautiful wedding venues in Palawan. As Palawan has a very diverse landscape, it should come as no wonder why many couples would choose to have their wedding here. Apart from having a spectacular view as they say their I do’s, their wedding can also double as a vacation for their wedding guests.
4.) Sunsets that will render you speechless
Boracay may be known to have some of the best sunsets in the country, but Palawan’s sunsets are beyond comparison. With the island’s beautiful landscape, the sun’s cascading rays over the islands not only paints a beautiful picture, but presents a different set of hues that can potentially change every day and from place to place. For this reason, you can capture some of the most social media-worthy photos on the island and pepper your feed with it. Regardless of whether you are a novice at photography or a seasoned one, the island has plenty of prime spots for you to practice and refine your photography skills.
5.) Relatively fewer tourists than other areas in the Philippines
It is no question that Palawan is one of the most visited islands in the Philippines considering the island’s allure of tropical experiences. However, Palawan is relatively crowd-free compared to other travel destinations. It is one of those offbeat destinations that has escaped the radar of tourists and as a result, there are no cruise ships making stopovers yet nor are there any direct international flights to the island. More importantly, establishments are relatively less crowded reducing the chances of you running into annoyingly drunk people causing ruckus. Individuals who wish to immerse themselves into the culture of a particular place by making their own itineraries are going to love Palawan. The island is an ideal destination for flexible options without compromising the laidback and relaxed vibe–truly a holiday retreat!
6.) Gorgeous islands to visit
One of the popular activities you can do in Palawan is go on an island hopping tour. As Palawan is peppered with various gorgeous islands, the options for your tour are seemingly endless. Some of the destinations you can avail of an island hopping tour are El Nido and Honda Bay in Puerto Princesa. If you are lucky, you can even have some of the islands all to yourself. There are island hopping tours you can avail of in the cities of El Nido and Puerto Princesa with their rates typically including lunch, gear and the boat rental. If you wish to save up on boat rental fees, you can choose to travel in a group.
7.) It is undoubtedly the best island in the world
Indeed, the beauty of Palawan is beyond comparison–and you do not need to take just our word for it. Apart from being voted as the “World’s Best Island” for two years straight, the island is a resort haven of all sorts. It has remained largely preserved and continues to be the Philippines’ tropical jewel throughout the years.
With all these compelling reasons considered, surely you deserve to see the beauty for yourself. If you have not made any plans for the summer yet, why not take your summer travel goals to the most beautiful island in the country called Palawan?