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Stretching west towards Malaysia in the Sulu Sea, Palawan is the largest of the Philippines’ island provinces. Despite its extensive size, Palawan province is one of the least populated areas in the country and is renowned for its untouched natural wilderness. Endless stretches of perfect beaches give way to mangroves, towering cliffs and mountains. The province is home to the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park and Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, both recognised by UNESCO as significant sites, a testament to the region’s majestic beauty.
Palawan province is known as the Philippines’ last ecological frontier and the area is ideal for travellers with a sense of adventure. The waters of Palawan’s many islands are teeming with big game fish and tropical species. Palawan is considered one of the world’s best diving and fishing locations, and these pastimes have become major industries on the main island of the province. Dive courses and charters can be found in all major towns, including the capital city, Puerto Princesa.
The tiny village of Sabang, 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of the capital, marks the entrance to the spectacular Puerto Princesa Underground River. Take a guided boat tour and marvel at the dramatic stalactite and stalagmite formations, and explore some of the world’s largest cave chambers. In the town of Quezon, visit the Tabon Caves, regarded as the cradle of Philippine civilisation. Fossilised human remains, jewellery and earthenware dating back almost 50,000 years have been discovered at this site.
When it’s time to come up for air, try some of the island’s culinary specialties such as barbecued seafood and plump tropical fruits. Larger resorts often feature a fine-dining restaurant, while street food and simple delicacies can be found everywhere.
Palawan is well connected by international and domestic flights from major destinations in Southeast Asia, as well as inter-island ferry services within the Philippines. Once on the island, hail a jeepney or boat, or rent your own vehicle to begin your Palawan adventure.
A: Like many happening cities, Puerto Princesa and Narra can be explored by public transportation. But if you're hoping to get out and discover the wider region of Palawan or elsewhere, you may appreciate the freedom that comes from having your own set of wheels. For all your motoring requirements, see our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Palawan.
A: If you're organising a visit to Palawan, usually you'll land at Puerto Princesa Airport (PPS). This major airport operates around 36 international flights per month.
A: Palawan is overflowing with excellent accommodation. Hotels are the most popular choice. Guest houses, bed & breakfasts and hotel resorts are worth considering too.
A: However much you like. Book a hotel, flight or car. You can also simplify things by bundling them together. Why not chuck in some attractions and activities as well?
A: You'll score a seriously good bargain if you bundle your Hotel, Flights and Rental Car. It's simple (and easy on the wallet) to put together your own holiday package with Expedia. It's time to make those travel daydreams a reality and see more of our incredible planet for less.
A: If you're spending time in Puerto Princesa, there's a myriad of sights to see. Get things started with a visit to Puerto Princesa City Baywalk and Salakot Waterfalls. NCCC Mall Palawan is also worth an excursion.
Roof top swimming pool was amazing, although needed more sun loungers.
Pros: The location is excellent. Kind and accommodating staff. Clean basic room. Cons: Very small bathroom
Clean great hotel. Unfortunately I had to leave really early as just got there to enjoy my vacation. Received a call that the island was closing as national lockdown was just 24 hours away. I had to scramble to get plane ticket back to Manila and ran out before was too late !
Very happy with our stay - island is great! Stayed 2 nights, and really enjoyed the snorkeling around (including turtles and black tip sharks)... island was also not over-crowded, which was great! (bit skeptical with the construction going on, I hope this won't mean too many guests in the future...) ...
This is hands down the nicest place I've ever stayed. Everything is clean and well-maintained, and the staff goes above and beyond. Extremely friendly and helpful, adding another level of amazing to the already incredible setting.
If you wrote down a list of exactly what you were looking for in a hotel/resort in El Nido, Pangulasian ticks all the boxes. The key thing that makes all the difference is its proximity to the main attractions, Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, etc. So when I left the resort in a speed boat at 7am, the tourists ...