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The Philippines is a sought-after travel destination for those who love beaches and tropical islands. They are home to many natural wonders that have benefited from separation from the primary population centers on the island. With so many islands to choose from it is hard to make the correct decision.

Despite the number of choices available to travelers, they almost always rate Palawan as the most beautiful island in the world. Here's a guide to everything travelers can expect from a visit to Palawan.


Palawan Of The Philippines

Known officially as the Province of Palawan, this province is made up of an archipelago in the region of Mimaropa. At a size of 14,649.73 km squared, it is the largest province in the Philippines when it comes to total area. Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan. Palawan is often referred to as the last frontier of the Philippines as well as the best island to travel to.

The multiple islands of Palawan run between Mindoro island in the northeast and Borneo in the southwest. It also lies midway between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The largest island in the system is Palawan island which measures 450 kilometers (280 miles) long and 50 kilometers (31 miles) wide.

Breathtaking Coastal Landscape

Palawan is not only the largest island in its province but also the fifth largest in the entire country. It is full of stunning aesthetics as well as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. One of the many must-see destinations on this island.

The views from Palawan are stunning, even from sea level. The mountains rise dramatically from white sand beaches lined with palm trees. In the water itself, visitors can enjoy unforgettable experiences. There are world-class scuba diving areas and even WWE shipwrecks for travelers to discover.

With all this in mind, it is no surprise that it annually ranks number one as the Philippines' best island to visit.

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Nacpan Beach

Perhaps not the easiest destination to reach, but definitely reachable by scooter or public transit, Nacpan Beach offers an immensely pleasant stretch of beach to relax on. Visitors will be greeted by several establishments that will be able to take care of just about all of a traveler's needs, including food and beverage brought to them as they relax on the beach. This beach is the perfect destination for a simple day of relaxing.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is part of The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park which is the island’s UNESCO World Heritage Site. This makes it a must-explore destination. Travelers can take a tour through these narrow passages during a visit to the island.

Big Lagoon

For those who enjoy a bit of exploration, they can rent a kayak and visit Big Lagoon in El Nido. Big Lagoon may not be the easiest to get to but its incredible views and aesthetic surroundings make it an excellent location to spend some time.

Small Lagoon

Small Lagoon is another destination accessible by kayak. It is highly recommended to not miss out on this little adventure and though a kayak isn’t needed it is highly recommended as visitors can travel deeper into the lagoon to get the most out of the experience.

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Lavish Resorts In Palawan

A stay in Palawan is accessible to most with a wide range of accommodation options. They all offer something a bit different, but they will leave their visitors satisfied.

Cauayan Island Resort

Known for great food and service, the Cauayan Island Resort is an ideal location for visitors looking to get the most out of the ocean and stunning sights offered by the Philippines. They have amazing villas and other accommodations available to their guests.

  • Estimated Cost - $329.35 per night
  • Rating - 4.5 stars

Canvas Boutique Hotel

The rooms here are clean, spacious, and fashionable. There are a variety of room and bed options, but travelers can count on having a refrigerator, hair dryer, split-type air conditioner, heated faucet, and a shower.

  • Estimated Cost - $56.42
  • Rating - 4.5 stars

Charlie's El Nido

With panoramic and modern rooms, Charlie’s El Nido offers everything a traveler would expect and then a bit extra. They offer shuttle services, trip planning advice, a helpful doorman and even nighttime cookies.

  • Estimated Cost - $100.35
  • Rating - 5 stars

Seda Lio

With spacious pools, a game room for the kids, and outdoor children's movie nights this is an ideal location for those traveling with kids. Seda Lio also offers a spa, poolside bar, gym, and the ability to schedule a lagoon for kayaking, hiking trails, and an amazing beachfront to keep the parents satisfied.

  • Estimated Cost - $152.09
  • Rating - 4 stars

Astoria Palawan

With an incredibly friendly manager, Astoria Palawan offers excellent service and facilities at a great rate. This is an incredibly accommodating hotel, and a great value, especially for those looking to stay for a few nights.

  • Estimated Cost - $64.56
  • Rating - 4.5 stars