15 Stunning Things to do in Palawan, Philippines

Often called the Last Frontier of the Philippines, for its rugged beauty and isolation, Palawan isn’t exactly undiscovered these days, but it is spectacular.

Lounge on beaches, island hop from one white sand beach to the next or explore underground rivers and coral reefs. To inspire your next adventure, here are our favorite things to do in Palawan.


Most travelers will either start or end their journey in Puerto Princesa – sometimes both – because from here, you can fly, or take ferries all over the Philippines.

Visit Puerto Princesa

Float on the Underground River

You can take a boat ride through sections of the river, to experience the ethereal glow of the turquoise water and to enjoy the natural beauty all around you.

Snorkel at Honda Bay

Bring your snorkeling gear too, because the coral here is colorful and teeming with marine life, while the water is perfectly clear and calm, especially in the dry season.

Go Island Hopping in El Nido

Known for its limestone cliffs and dramatic karst rock scenery, El Nido is really a collection of small islands extending from the mainland.

Head to Nacpan Beach 

A long sandy beach extends far along the coastline, and it’s fringed by swaying palm trees, jungle and limestone rocks.

Coron Island

On Coron Island, you’ll find dramatic sights such as Kayangan Lake, a deep freshwater lagoon that’s held sacred by the local Tagbanua population.

Busuanga Island

Busuanga has a lot to offer itself though, and you can hike the hundreds of steps that lead to the top of Mount Tapyas, for a fiery sunset over the islands that are arrayed before you.

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