Palawan Island, the Philippines: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The capital city of Palawan Province, Puerto Princesa, is advertised as the eco-capital of the Philippines. However, the dominant concrete buildings and traffic jams in the city disagree with that. Puerto Princesa’s strong points are in its restaurant scene and worthwhile day trips. Remote beaches on several islands close to Puerto, await exploration. The subterranean river in Sabang attracts large numbers of local and foreign visitors. Within the city one can visit a couple of museums and churches, or enjoy a stroll through one of its parks and wildlife center.
In the northern stretch of Palawan Island, about 240km northeast of Puerto Princesa, is the paradisiacal small island group known as El Nido. Eco-tourism is the main thing here, with numerous caves, lagoons and white beaches to explore. The area offers good opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, biking, climbing and kayaking. The ordinary town of El Nido, gateway to the Bacuit Archipelago, features a decent assortment of restaurants, bars and accommodation options, while the Bacuit Archipelago offers top-end resorts.
Coron is further north of Palawan Island, but still part of Palawan Province. Comprising of Coron Island and half of Busuanga Island, the region offers some great dive sites, swimming and snorkeling areas, as well as good off-road motorbiking areas. Not too far from the town of Coron are the Makinit Hot Springs and the 640m Mt. Tundalara, highest point in northern Palawan. Tours and expeditions to all the dive, snorkeling and on-land adventure spots are offered in Coron Town. There’s also a few nice restaurants and bars.