Palawan is located on the Western side of Philippines, stretching from Mindoro till Borneo. This island has a colorful history and rich culture and has become a hub for commerce and tourism. Like every other island destination, Palawan has various activities, some would be snorkeling, kayaking, diving, island hoping and more. The island is abundant in wildlife, jungle mountains, and white sandy beaches attracting many tourists. The must see places in Palawan are:
1) Underground River: One of the best places to visit in Palawan is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also known as the Underground River. It was considered as one of the 28 finalists for the New Seven Wonders of the World. The river features a limestone karsts mountain landscape with an 8.2 Kilometre of the River that stretches through a cave flowing directly to South China Sea. Paddled power and kerosene-powered boats will take visitors to explore the Palawan Underground River. One can also enjoy other activities inside the Park like jungle trekking, wildlife watching, and mangrove paddleboat tour, swimming, snorkeling and diving in the famous diving sites.
2) Caluit Island Wildlife Sanctuary: The Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Busuanga, Palawan in northern Calamines Island. It is one of the popular tourist destination in Palawan and is home to exotic and rare animal species that roam openly in hills and plains.
3) Tarbon Caves: Tabon Caves is located in Lipuua Point, Quezon Palawan which is about 155 KM south of Puerto Princesa. It is situated in the mountainous cape of Lipuan Island, which composed of 29 caves. It is one of the famous archaeological places to visit in Palawan and is also known as the “Cradle of the Philippine Civilization”. The Tabon Caves composed of history where anthropologist discovered the remains of crude man and his tools and some artifacts like burial jars, earthenware, jade ornament, and other jewellery. These Caves have a great importance to the history and heritage of the Philippines. Visiting the Tabon Caves is an exciting and memorable adventure.
4) Honda Bay: This place is one of the Philippines premiere tourist destination and is also known as the “Last Frontier”, hosting some of the country’s exclusive resort and beaches. The island is also a haven for some species of birds that rest and converge before sunset. This place boasts its natural white sand, absolutely untouched beach fringes and amazing shore featuring royal blue sea. This bay consists of several islets (small islands) with shallow reefs and fabulous beaches, each with its own beauty and charm. The Islets are the Cannon Island, Bat Island, Lu-Li Island, Meara Marina, Starfish Island, Snake Island, Pandan Island and Senorita Island. The best recognized Island of Honda Bay is Bat Island and the Snake island that is shaped like a snake Tongue.
5) El Nido: This City is situated in Bacuit Bay, covering a land area of 465.1 square kilometres in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan. There’s El Nido Reserve Park that is a another good place to visit and is approximately 1 hour travel from the City. This popular nature spot is blessed with extraordinary ecosystem such as white sand beaches, rain forest, mangroves, coral reefs and limestone cliff. This Park becomes a haven for various form of wildlife such as Manta rays, sea turtles, dolphins, shark and sea cow also known as “dugong”. Large species of reef fishes such as butterfly fishes, parrot fishes, wrasses, tiger fishes, angel fishes, rabbit fishes and snappers are also found here. Another top tourist place is the Nagkalit- Kalit Falls which is a frequent destination for some trekkers adventurers. It will take approximately 1 hour hike to reach the falls and you will need a guide along when visiting for the first time to this area because the path to the waterfall is not marked.