Palawan is without a doubt one of the top tourist destinations in the tropical island paradise known as the Philippines. Curious about it now? Well, you can read on below and discover the stunning sights that are responsible for making Palawan so breathtakingly irresistible to all travel bugs and adventure junkies out there.
Without further ado, here are some of the attractions that help Palawan make it into all of the travel guides:
The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Rightfully considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this natural attraction has some of the most amazing biodiversity in marine life in the world. Strategically positioned at the heart of the Coral Triangle, Tubbataha is home to approximately half of the world’s species of coral, approximately 600 species of fish, as well as a number of sharks, whales and dolphins.
Bacuit Bay Islands
Northern Palawan can perhaps be considered the crowning glory of Palawan, and here lie the breathtaking beaches and waters of both El Nido and Coron.
The Bacuit Bay islands are largely responsible for the province’s boom when it comes to tourism. The white sand beaches are simply attracting and the surrounding waters are a vibrant shade of cerulean.
The best thing: there are so many of them to choose from! Some of the choices, usually included in most tours, include the islands of Entalula, Helicopter and Shimizu.
However, if you prefer a peaceful experience where you don’t have to share the sand and sea with other nosy tourists, you can always ask your boatman to dock on less popular islands for utmost serenity.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Less than an hour’s drive away from Puerto Princesa City is the Puerto Princesa Underground River Palawan – and this is another one of those globally recognized natural attractions found in the Philippines.
The Underground River was officially recognized as one of the New 7 Wonders of Natura back in 2012. This recognition gave tourists a good reason to stay in the province’s capital, instead of beelining northwards to either El Nido or Coron.
Here, visitors can enter a cave aboard paddle boats directed by their personal guides. Once inside, tourists are treated to an astonishing display of stalagmites rising from the water, and stalactites suspended just above the river’s calm surface.
The Coron Bay Shipwrecks
Coron is known as a wreck diver’s haven due to the sheer volume of shipwrecks found right beneath the busy surface of Coron Bay. The United States’ WWII bombardment of Japanese ships back in September 1944 has left almost over a dozen wrecks in the said area, now bustling with marine life and still very well-preserved.
Due to the large amounts of vessels belonging to a supply fleet, they were carrying a generous amount of equipment and vehicles when they sank. These still-intact machinery make for one interesting sight for wreck-diving aficionados.
This humble little island neighboring Coron, a tourist hotspot, is much more than meets the eye. In the early 1900s, Cuilon was a designated leper colony and was split into two parts: one for the disease-inflicted and the other for the “healthy” residents. A lot of Cuilon’s inflicted residents were torn away from their homes and families and shipped off to what was then a completely foreign island, never to return home again.
While today, the island is free of all of that, reminders of this painful story still haunt the island, even up to this day. With the Cuilon Museum and Archives, plus historical structures from days past all around town, visitors see how the life may have been here back then.
Despite the potentially grim undertones because of that very story, Cuilon is still a must-visit destination.
So, there you have it. These are just some of the Palawan tourist destinations you should consider visiting. Just remember to carefully plan your trip to avoid any disaster along the way.