Welcome to a world of endless beauty, where nature unveils its wonders, and where adventures await. We're talking about Palawan, the Philippines' Last Frontier.
Known for its vibrant marine life, breathtaking landscapes, and rich culture, Palawan is a must-visit location for those in search of the ultimate tropical paradise.
Here's our bucket list of activities you absolutely must try when you visit Palawan:
1. Island Hopping at El Nido
It's no secret that the stunning archipelago of El Nido is what draws many to Palawan. Spend a day or two island hopping across its idyllic waters, exploring lagoons, hidden beaches, and coral gardens.
Must-visit spots include Big Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Snake Island, and Seven Commando Beach. Snorkeling and diving in these pristine waters are an unforgettable experience as you get up close with colorful fish, corals, and maybe even turtles.
2. Explore the Underground River in Puerto Princesa
No trip to Palawan would be complete without exploring the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Embark on a boat tour to marvel at its stalactite and stalagmite formations while traversing the river that flows directly into the sea. With its complex cave systems and diverse wildlife, this experience will surely be etched in your memory.
3. Visit the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
This UNESCO World Heritage site is a diver's paradise. With nearly 600 species of fish, 360 coral species, 11 shark species, and 13 dolphin and whale species, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park is the epitome of biodiversity. This marine sanctuary is only accessible from mid-March to mid-June, so plan your visit accordingly.
4. Immerse in the Culture of the Ivatan Tribe in Port Barton
Palawan is not just about natural beauty; it's also a place to immerse yourself in local culture. Visit the small coastal village of Port Barton and spend a day with the local Ivatan tribe. Learn about their traditions, partake in their daily activities, and try their unique, delicious cuisine.
5. Go Wildlife Watching in Calauit Safari Park
Located on Calauit Island, the park is home to various species of African and Palawan native wildlife. Go on a guided safari tour and observe zebras, giraffes, and a range of other animals roaming freely in the park. Don't miss the chance to meet the endemic Palawan bearded pig and the Calamian deer!
6. Relax in Nacpan Beach
Often regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Nacpan beach offers a serene escape from the busy world. Its four kilometers of cream-colored sand, crystal-clear turquoise water, and swaying palm trees make it an idyllic spot for relaxation. Don't miss the sunset here - it's truly mesmerizing.
7. Try the Local Cuisine
Finally, delight your taste buds with local delicacies. Don't miss out on trying tamilok (woodworm), a local delicacy that's definitely an acquired taste. Also, enjoy fresh seafood, kinilaw (Filipino-style raw fish salad), and crocodile sisig.
Palawan, with its stunning natural wonders, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural heritage, offers an array of experiences that cater to every type of traveler.
So pack your bags, and get ready to experience the magic that is Palawan. This paradise is waiting for you to explore and fall in love with.
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