7 Places You Don’t Want To Miss in Palawan Philippines
The Philippines is a bit different from other parts of Southeast Asia. Their unique blend of cultural influences invites you to discover its land in your way. Although backpacking in the Philippines is not as easy as other mainlands in the Southeast of Asia due to its many islands, but it’s one of the most rewarding destinations in the region.
The archipelago of 7000 islands is quite full of natural wonders that even a lifetime of exploration wouldn’t be enough. Especially with extraordinary hiking, beaches, diving and of course amazing islands. It is quite surprising that the Philippines despite its wonders is an under-appreciated tropical travel destination. And why we would like to visit every island in this beautiful country, there’s one island, in particular, we would like to focus on. Palawan, a hidden paradise. That was recently labeled in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards as “The Best Island in the world”.
In Palawan, the crystal blue water mixes with emerald green, the mountain seems to rise from the ocean, and fishing villages dot the island. The island is majestic and makes a very beautiful and adventurous place everyone should visit. It is not a mystery why Palawan is considered the best. Below are 7 places you don’t want to miss in Palawan when you visit.
1. El Nido Marine Reserve
El Nido is Spanish for “the nest”, it is a gateway to the majestic Archipelago, which makes up 45 islets and islands. Once attached to southern china thousands of years ago, the landscape is nothing like the other parts of Philippines. It has towering limestone cliffs that plunge into turquoise lagoons and reminiscent of Guilin or Halong bay.
2. Puerto Princesa Underground River
The subterranean river located 80km north of Puerto Princesa, within a national park. It was voted in 2011 as one of the 7 new wonders of the world, alongside Halong bay, Table Mountain, and Iguazu falls. Tours can be arranged inside the cave for around 3000 PHP. Entrance into the river is a boat trip or a short walk from the town of Sabang.
3. Port Barton
This is a small village on the Northwest coast of Palawan. Although port Barton is a smaller and less frequented compared to El Nido, it is fast turning into a popular choice amongst backpackers. This is due to its cheaper accommodation than El Nido. Are you looking for a relaxed beachside village that is laid back, with a nearby rain forest, natural beauty, and good snorkeling? Then port Barton is the place for you.
4. Coron Island
Coron island is a must visit destination in Palawan and it’s just a 20-minute ride on Bangka from Coron town. It is laced with dramatic scenery such as lagoons, cliffs and jungle-glad rugged terrain that begs to be photographed. Are you planning to visit? Then don’t miss the beautiful lake kayangan with crystal clear waters and views that are dramatic. It also houses a gorgeous twin lagoon, great for swimming and snorkeling.
5. Lake Barracuda
The lake barracuda is also part of the Coron Island. And still, it deserves a special mention for the following reasons. The water is fresh and cold on the surface of the lake. But as you go deeper, about 14 meters, the water gets warm and salty, reaching up to about 38 degree Celsius at a depth of 30 meters. The layers of hot and cold water are evident for everyone to see. It is known as ‘thermoclines’. Climbing over some jagged rocks brings you to a rocky wall that enables you to climb down to the lake.
6. Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
The Tubbataha Reef Natural Park is located in the middle of the Sulu Sea. It is a UNESCO World heritage site and it’s perfect for divers and snorkeler. Are you looking forward to exploring the marine in your next adventure? Then look no further, because the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has an incredible diversity of marine life to explore.
7. Island hopping Honda bay
Honda bay is close to Puerto Princesa and it’s a wonderful place to visit. It has clean white sands, plenty of tropical fish, starfish and shallow warm waters. It’s a great place for going island hopping away from the city. With numerous islets to explore, a convenient way to get around quickly is by Bangka, a traditional fishing boat known to the Filipino.
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