Quite untouched, this gem of natural beauty is often referred to as a final frontier and continually ranks as the best island in the world. Filled with World UNESCO Heritage Sites, colorful reefs and protected waterways, it’s a popular destination for travelers with a love for the natural world. If you are planning a visit to the Philippines and would like to turn your trip into something more unique, consider heading off to Palawan Island. Here’s why…
The Caves of Sabang
Visiting this tiny village will be well worth the effort as it’s home to a national park filled with caves and an especially interesting underground river. First obtain a permit and then pay the fee to take a boat ride on this river that runs underground. Spend time visiting Elephant and Lion caves or take a mangrove lined river boat cruise.
The Sites of Puerto Princesa
The island’s bustling city is a fantastic place to take in a bit of the culture. Check out the Iwahig Penal Colony, a farming community for inmates that also offers handicrafts for purchase to tourists. There is the Butterfly Garden, Palawan Museum, an eco-park and plenty of opportunities for shopping here as well.
The Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center
Once a crocodile farm, this conservation center is now open to the public, allowing them to see some of the island’s most endemic species. Wander around to see the animals and the flora that surround the place.
This tourist destination is popular for its natural beauty, night life and beaches. Similar to Ha Long Bay, there are limestone cliffs and calm lagoons, making it absolutely stunning. Make sure to check out the coral reefs, waterfalls, natural springs and boating options that are available. You can also try mountain biking, climbing, snorkeling and diving.
How to Get to Palawan Island
The best way to reach the island is to fly into Puerto Princesa International Airport. These flights can be had from the mainland and popular carriers include, AirAsia Zest, Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines.