A nature sanctuary, stunning piece of beauty, and diving wonderland, Palawan is the last frontier of the Philippines. It is a nature sanctuary with rainforest, mountains, beaches, cave systems and marine life that are all world-class.
Flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa run twice a day. From there, head to Honda Bay for fantastic beaches and island hopping. It is a lovely introduction to the beauty of the island. Palawan is often referred to as the last frontier, for the ability to visit fairly untouched places.
From Puerto Princesa, head to Sabang and the Subterranean River. The cave here is one of the most intriguing attractions in all of the Philippines and is not to be missed. Next, go overland to El Nido and the Bacuit Archipelago. Explore the islands and beaches. Next, head to Busuanga Island and Coron. Lakes and wreck diving abound. The dive sites of El Nido are world class, and Coron’s reefs, lakes and limestone cliffs are fitting for the adventurous traveler. Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the world’s best dive sites. Divers will delight in this once in a lifetime experience. Calauit Island Wildlife Sanctuary is also worth a visit.
Amanpulo is a world-class luxury resort. Coco Loco is a popular and more affordable option in Palawan. Lagen Island resort in El Nido is a private and relaxing destination. Sangat Island Resort near Coron is another excellent option.
The fantastic flora and fauna and jaw-dropping natural beauty contributed to Palawan having 2 sites named as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This is one destination not to be missed. If there is only time for one destination besides Manila, head to Palawan.