The Philippines is the ultimate tropical paradise, but among the many beautiful provinces and thousands of islands in the archipelago, Palawan might just be the crowning jewel. With powdery white sand beaches, crystalline waters, secret lagoons, and dramatic karst cliffs, how could it not be?
Check out six of the most breathtaking attractions in the country’s “Last Frontier” to find out what makes Palawan such a must-see destination among travelers.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Most trips to Palawan begin in the capital, Puerto Princesa, where the world’s second-longest navigable underground river is found. While you may be in Palawan for picturesque beaches, don’t miss the Puerto Princesa Underground River, which is hailed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
Hop on a paddle boat and marvel at the stalactites and stalagmites as you cruise deeper into the underground river. Discover winding river channels, towering rock formations, and hidden waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may even encounter some of the wildlife that live in the National Park, such as the long-tailed macaque, bearcat, and the white-breasted sea eagle, among many others.
Book a day tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River for a memorable time at one of the great natural wonders of the world. Enjoy a smooth-sailing experience with a day tour with KKday.
Honda Bay Islands in Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa has its own string of idyllic islands to entice tourists to stay here just a little longer. Spend a day sailing around Honda Bay and exploring the islands of Pandan, Cowrie, Starfish, and Luli.
An island-hopping day tour is one of the best things to do in Puerto Princesa, especially on a balmy day with a light breeze and calm, crystal-clear waters. Go snorkeling at Pandan Island, then stroll along the perfect sandbars of Luli Island. Small islands Cowrie and Starfish are perfect for beach-bumming and island picnics.
Make the most of your time in Puerto Princesa with a private Honda Bay island hopping day tour via KKday.
Bacuit Bay in El Nido
When people imagine Palawan, they’re usually picturing the sparkling waters of Bacuit Bay framed by lush forests and karst cliffs rising to the sky. It’s a swoon-worthy photo, but the El Nido destination is even better in person.
Be mesmerized at the unearthly beauty of the landscape as you approach the Big Lagoon, then swim to the Small Lagoon that’s tucked away from sight. Swim through a narrow underwater crevice in Matinloc Island to get to the Secret Beach, a small pocket of paradise that’s said to have inspired Alex Garland’s famous novel The Beach.
Reserve a private transfer from Puerto Princesa to El Nido with KKday for an easy, comfortable trip.
Inland El Nido
El Nido may have gained renown from the incredible Bacuit Bay, but the inland attractions are just as amazing.
Take the private El Nido inland tour with KKday and discover dreamy destinations you can reach by land travel, including the twin beaches Nacpan and Calitang. Delight in the sheer beauty of the long expanse of golden sand lined with coconut trees and wonderfully absent of the large crowds. Splash in the turquoise waters or ride the waves in a fun surf session.
Other fantastic inland spots in El Nido include the Makinit Hot Springs, Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls, Kuyawayaw Waterfalls, Sibaltan Beach, Corong-Corong Beach, and Marimegmeg Beach.
Kayangan Lake in Coron
Hike up several hundred steps on the side of the mountain to get a glimpse of the enchanting Kayangan Lake in Coron, which is one of the most popular tourist spots in Palawan. While the destination can get quite crowded, the gorgeous lake is well worth the trip. After taking a couple of photos, jump in the warm waters and take a peek below. The jagged rock formations that surround the lake extend underwater—and it’s just as striking a sight.
Other great Coron destinations include Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, and Malcapuya Island. Book an island hopping day tour to see more of the astonishing natural attractions in Coron.
Coron Dive Sites
Coron is known for its fascinating underwater world, from the rich coral reefs to the amazing wrecks now teeming with marine life. Sign up for a day of diving or snorkeling the number of Japanese shipwrecks from World War II. From the bombed Akitsushima to the relatively shallow Lusong Gunboat wreck, these sites present fascinating diving opportunities.
If you’re still up for exploring more sights beneath the ocean’s surface, hop on a liveaboard boat and head to the Tubbataha Reef National Park for one of the most breathtaking and biodiverse dive sites in the world.