Palawan: Top 1 Travel Destination in the Philippines & Best Island in the World

Philippines is truly blessed with wonders of nature for it has more than 7,000 islands ready to be explored by every tourist. Each island has a unique charm that will captivate everyone who will visit this Asian country.

One of the most toured destinations is Palawan specifically Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. Great news for visitors can enjoy very good deals by booking a complete vacation package through a travel agency one I especially recommend is – because they specialize in building packages based on your personal requests.

Palawan is the number 1 travel destination in the Philippines and awarded recently by Travel + Leisure Magazine as the World’s Best Island for 2017 beating the amazing islands of Galapagos in Ecuador, Santorini in Greece, Bali in Indonesia and another Philippines’ top destination which is the Boracay Island.

Palawan island is known also as the last ecological Frontier of the Philippines. It’s a place where preserving the environment and natural resources are used in a sensible way.

Most travellers describe this island as rustic, romantic and affordable destination in Asia. This amazing island has more than 1,800 islets and islands, verdant mountains and the five-mile long Underground River, limestone cave and crystal clear water.

Check out the list of activities you can do in each of the popular destinations in the island.

Puerto Princesa

Visit the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) which is included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature and marked as UNESCO World Heritage Site. This pride of the country is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range featuring amazing limestone or karst landscape with the most complex cave system. This top tourist destination contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and forests which is important for biodiversity conservation.

Love white sand beaches and water activities? You can enjoy Honda Bay (Luli Island, Cowrie Island, Pambato Reef). White sand beaches with crystal clear water complemented with peaceful surrounding, water activities are also available such as jetsky, banana boat ride, snorkeling and scuba diving.

Lastly, indulge your taste buds with sumptuous seafood. One of the best tasting seafood in the country is found in Palawan. Freshly caught seafood and cook into perfection. It’s a haven for all the foodies out there.

Want to explore more about Puerto Princesa? Click this -> Rediscover Palawan: Top 10 Must Visit Places in Puerto Princesa

El Nido

The top islands in Palawan are found in El Nido, you will definitely love island hopping exploring the lagoons namely: Secret Lagoon, 7 Commando Beach and Shimizu Island which are the best spots you should check.

Aside from numerous islands, you can rediscover caves in Snake Island, Pinagbuyutan Island, Cudugnon Cave, Entalula Island and Cathedral Cave. You will definitely amazed on what’s inside on each cave.

And ofcourse, explore the amazing white sand beaches of Helicopter Island, Matinloc Shrine, Secret Beach, Star Beach & Hidden Beach. Pasandigan Beach, Nat Nat Beach, Bucal Beach, Cadlao Lagoon and Paradise Beach.


Adventure seekers will surely love Mt. Tapyas, after a few minutes of hiking you will see the breathtaking view over Coron town proper below and stretching out across both Busuanga Island and Coron Island.

Hot Spring? Coron got it. You can soak in Maquinit Springs, it’s one of very few salt water hot springs in the world. Two pools that have been built in the mangrove forest and there’s a small beach just beyond. Natural hot water from an underground volcano feeds the pools to produce the therapeutic waters.

Have a relaxing swim in Lake Kayangan which is also one of the most photographed destination in Coron. It’s easy to see why it gets so crowded. It’s one of Coron Island’s seven fresh water lakes and one of only two lakes that are open to the public.

No doubt, Palawan is one of the top destinations in the Philippines and hailed as the Best Island for 2017 by Travel + Leisure Magazine. There is so much to do and discover in this island paradise of Asia.

Thank you to Philippine Airlines, City Government of Puerto Princesa  for making my trip possible. I will definitely go back to explore the beauty of this island. Until our next trip! See you! 🙂

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