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Across the water to the west of the main island of Luzon, Palawan is another island group made up of more than 1,700 islands and islets.

It is truly the ‘last natural frontier’ of the entire archipelago. Remote jungles and rugged scenery tower over pristine beaches and some excellent diving reefs are protected by a strong commitment to eco-tourism.

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital of the island and is reached by plane from Cebu and Manila. Centrally located, it is a good place to start exploring both the north and south of Palawan. Dos Palmas is the best resort in this area and is set on its own island just off the coast, surrounded by fantastic dive sites.

The Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and follows a network of pitch-black caves: it is thought to be the longest navigable tunnel in the world and is great fun to explore.

Diving and snorkelling

Palawan, PhilippinesIn the north of Palawan, the Calamian Islands are renowned for some of the best wreck diving in the world. However, non-divers are attracted by other atmospheric sights including the limestone cliffs of Coron Island that rise vertically out of the sea above beautiful coves. There are many good places to snorkel. Inland the stunningly beautiful Cayangan volcanic lake is surrounded by rock walls and is a delight to swimmers and divers alike.

Just outside Coron town, on the island of Busuanga, a natural hot spring is a great place to unwind after a busy day and offers a chance to mingle with the town’s people.

For those looking to explore further afield, the area offers excellent island hopping and opportunities for solitude and snorkelling.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Palawan

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Palawan, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Map of Palawan

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    Places in and around Palawan

    Accommodation choices for Palawan

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Palawan. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Beach club at Amanpulo

      Amanpulo

      Opulent

      Amanpulo is the perfect sanctuary for those wishing for a peaceful and secluded stay in luxury on a beautiful remote tropical island paradise.

    • Pool Villa,El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort

      El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort

      Deluxe

      El Nido Pangulasian Island Resort is a beautiful property with fantastic modern facilities to enrich the desert island experience.

    • Water cottages at El Nido Lagen resort

      El Nido Lagen Island Resort

      First Class

      The standard of service at El Nido Lagen is second to none and your every need will be catered for. The hotel is a perfect escape for those who would like to enjoy nature and tranquillity in style.

    • El Nido Apulit Island Resort,El Nido

      El Nido Apulit Island Resort

      First Class

      Apulit Island Resort is located in Taytay on the eastern coast of Northern Palawan. The resort is set within a pristine cove of a white-sand beach lined with coconut trees. It boasts an unspoilt location and showcases a wealth of wildlife, colourful tropical fish and scenic landscapes.

    • El Nido Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido

      El Nido Miniloc Island Resort

      Medium

      The El Nido Miniloc Resort is worth staying here for a few days at the end of a long trip to enjoy the amenities and relax before going home.