A narrow archipelago of more than 1,780 islands and islets, Palawan is the undisputed final frontier in the Philippines. Palawan’s bewitching landscape includes bays hiding ancient shipwrecks, unchartered mountains, hidden pockets of forests, deserted islets ringed by coral reefs, isolated white sand beaches and majestic limestone cliffs.
Palawan is also a haven for wildlife wonders where visitors can see exotic fauna like giraffes, zebras, gazelles, mouse deer and scaly anteater at Calauit Safari Park. Whether you’re an adventurous backpacker or a tourist seeking a nature adventure in plush surroundings, you’ll find that Palawan is an enchanting destination.
This easygoing, coastal town is the gateway to exploring the beautiful Bacuit Archipelago. It sits between towering limestone hills and Bacuit Bay. If you’re looking for a fun beach holiday, we suggest staying in town so you’ll be close to the activities and the beach bars.
Cruising on the crystalline waters of Bacuit Bay will take you through the labyrinthine Bacuit Archipelago. Here the sight of imposing, limestone islands rising from the sea, coral reefs, hidden coves and beautiful lagoons, are sure to mesmerise. Or even overwhelm. Lonely Planet says it’s easily the rival of southern Thailand or Halong Bay in Vietnam.
Wreck diving enthusiast can explore at least ten Japanese WWII warships. Most of the wrecks in this world-class diving spot are about 45 minutes to two hour boat rides from Coron Town. But there are diving opportunities for beginners and experts alike as depths of the wrecks range from shallow to very deep.
Puerto Princess Subterranean National Park
This World Heritage site features an eight kilometre underground river, reputed to be the world’s longest. It winds through a spectacular cave of stalactite pillars, rock formations, and domed amphitheatres before emptying out into the South China Sea.
Another World Heritage site, this protected marine reserve is often compared to the Galapagos Islands. The park is a natural wonderland with hundreds of seabirds and fish, including mantas, whale sharks and all kinds of marine life.
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