Explore Palawan: The Island Paradise in the Philippines

May 16, 2024

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Ever dreamed of a place so beautiful that it looks like a postcard? Welcome to Palawan, a place where reality exceeds your wildest dreams! 

Over 1780 unspoiled islands, dramatic limestone cliffs, lush rainforests, and pristine beaches are just some of the things that make this Philippine archipelago and province one of the most beautiful places in the world.

But that’s not all that Palawan has to offer. It’s also a biodiversity hotspot, with many natural resources and flora and fauna found both on land and underwater. From rare animals to vibrant coral reefs, it’s a paradise for nature lovers and conservation enthusiasts alike.

So, if you are planning to explore Palawan, keep reading as we will provide you with all the necessary information to help you make the most out of your adventure in this tropical paradise!

How to get to Palawan from Manila

The easiest and fastest way to get to Palawan is by plane. There are daily flights from Manila, and the journey typically lasts about 65 minutes. 

Flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa (Palawan)

There are a few airlines that have daily flights to Puerto Princesa, the capital of the Palawan province.

Philippines AirAsia is known for being one of the more affordable options.

PAL Express (operates under Philippine Airlines) offers direct flights to Puerto Princesa, though slightly more expensive.

Cebu Pacific Air often offers promotional flights, making it a budget-friendly choice.

Zest Airways offers direct flights to Puerto Princesa from Manila, particularly cost-effective if you’re traveling to El Nido.

Flights from Manila to Coron (Busuanga Airport – USU)

If you decide to explore Coron, one of the most remote places in the Philippines, you can choose one of the following options.

Both Philippine Airlines (operated by PAL express) and Cebgo (Cebu Pacific) offer direct flights to Coron Island (Busuanga Airport-USU) at competitive prices.

Philippines AirAsia & Sunlightair offer flights from Manila to Coron via Puerto Princesa.

Flights from Manila to El Nido (ENI)

El Nido is one of the most visited places in the Philippines, and you’ve probably already seen its stunning landscapes of limestone cliffs all across Instagram. 

AirSwift (formerly known as Island Transvoyager) offers two daily direct flights from Manila.

Remember to book your flight at least 5 days in advance and adhere to luggage restrictions, as even premium fares come with a limited luggage weight allowance of only 10kg or 22lbs, with additional charges for excess weight.

Ferry from Manila to Palawan

Taking a ferry is another, yet way slower way to get to Palawan from Manila.

The journey is quite long and lasts between 23 and 28 hours, depending on the ferry company.

Several operators service this route, and here are some of the most reputable ones.

2Go Travel offers weekly sailings from Manila to Puerto Princesa via Coron, and the trip takes 28 hours. It departs Manila on Fridays, stops in Coron on Saturdays, and arrives in Puerto Princesa later the same day.

Negros Navigation operates on a weekly schedule and provides a 23-hour journey from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Departure from Manila is on Thursdays and arrival in Puerto Princesa on Fridays.

San Nicolas Shipping operates three times a week- on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

    Is Palawan safe

    If you’re concerned about safety in Palawan, you can relax. This stunning archipelago is widely recognized as one of the safest and most tourist-friendly places in the Philippines. It enjoys a reputation for its peaceful atmosphere and welcoming hospitality. 

    Is visiting Twin Lagoon in the Philippines worth it?

    If you’re going to explore Palawan, you can’t miss the Twin Lagoon. It’s one of the top attractions in the Philippines, and a must on your island-hopping adventure. 

    These lagoons are located in the most picturesque location you can imagine. They were formed thousands of years ago when limestone cliffs eroded to create these two lagoons divided by a narrow cliff.

    As you arrive, you’ll be mesmerized by their outstanding beauty, and you’ll notice that the water color changes from deep blue to turquoise. 

    Why is Palawan the most beautiful island in the Philippines?

    Palawan has been ranked the most beautiful island in the world for two years in a row. Its crystal clear waters, dramatic landscape of limestone cliffs, and breathtaking lagoons are just some of the reasons why Palawan is considered the most beautiful island, not just in the Philippines, but globally.

    Furthermore, Palawan boasts a rich marine life with vibrant coral reefs and some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world.

    How much time should you spend visiting Palawan?

    When it comes to the time needed to thoroughly explore Palawan, it’s not an easy task. The breathtaking beauty of this paradise is so captivating that you could spend months here and still feel like you don’t want to leave.

    However, considering that most of us can’t spend months in this tropical paradise, it’s very important to plan it carefully to ensure you make the most of your visit. 

    If you decide to visit Coron, you should plan to stay for at least 3 full days. However, if you have more time to spare, you can easily extend your stay by a few days. 

    To explore El Nido, you’ll need about the same amount of time as you would for Coron Island. This will give you enough time to go on an island hopping adventure and participate in some other activities like kayaking or a waterfall visit.  However, if you want to do more than one island hopping tour and explore the region thoroughly, you should stay in El Nido for a few more days.

    With so many unspoiled islands, Palawan is a great choice if you’re seeking a serene tropical getaway.

    Whether you decide to visit El Nido, Coron, or explore Palawan thouroughly, you can’t go wrong. And, if you’d rather not plan it yourself, you can join our small group tour to the Philippines and we will take care of everything, from logistics to meals and activities- it’s all-included!