Things to do in Palawan

Our most recommended things to do in Palawan

From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

1. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Sail along the world's largest underground river at Puerto Princesa on a full-day tour. Learn about this incredible structure from your guide, look out for wildlife, and enjoy a restaurant meal.  Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river.  Your guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip, a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan.  After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love.  An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

2. Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

Enjoy a hassle-free journey between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Sit back and relax inside a modern air-conditioned vehicle as your professional driver takes you to your destination. Choose between a shared or private transfer.  If your upcoming holiday has a laid-back schedule, try the shared transfer with time slots available throughout the day. If you would prefer a readily available transfer, you can book a private van. Enjoy the spacious interior that will fit up to 13 people.

El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

3. El Nido: Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches

Spend a perfect day island-hopping in paradise. After pickup from your accommodation in downtown El Nido, you'll head to Carong-Carong beach for the necessary tour briefing and registration. By 9:00 AM, you'll be on your way to various destinations on Bacuit Bay.  Your day will include 4 stops in all: start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in the jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand. Your last stop will be the Big Lagoon. If you've booked far enough in advance, you'll be guaranteed entrance to this Lagoon, one of three premium stops designated by the local government—entrance is restricted to just 700 people per day. By midday, make a stop to enjoy a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. Head back to Carong-Carong by approximately 4:00 PM. 

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

4. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

5. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

6. El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine

This unique tour will take you over the world-famous beaches of El Nido that include Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Helicopter Island, Tapiutan Beach and Matinloc Shrine. Your day begins with an early departure to El Nido Pier, where you'll travel to your first stop: Helicopter Island, named for its unique rock formations that from a distance looks like a helicopter. Visit Matinloc Shrine, which is also known as the Shine of Our Lady of Matinloc, a spritual oasis. After learning the stories behind this location, indulge in a delicious barbecued lunch and then head off to the Secret Beach. Hidden away from the shoreline, it's like your own private paradise. Don't miss out on the chance to see and swim along El Nido's finest beaches.

Puerto Princesa: Jungle Firefly Watching Boat Tour & Dinner

7. Puerto Princesa: Jungle Firefly Watching Boat Tour & Dinner

Be at one with nature with this one-of-a-kind activity in Puerto Princesa. You will be collected from your accommodation at approximately 4:30 PM and will be driven to a restaurant where you can have your dinner. The food is mostly local cuisine and includes rice, fish, meat, soup, and fruits in season. Other dietary meals can also be requested upon booking. After the hearty dinner, you will be driven to a village 45 minutes from the city center. With fewer lights from the city, you will be able to fully enjoy the night illuminated by fireflies. Board a paddle boat and learn about these majestic creatures and their habitat. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere aboard the boat. Depending on weather and tide conditions, the tour may end anytime between 8 and 10 PM.

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

8. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

Coron Tour A: Kayangan Lake, Quin reef Tour with Lunch

9. Coron Tour A: Kayangan Lake, Quin reef Tour with Lunch

Today you will discover the beauty of Coron Island beginning with the magnificent rock formation and towering million years of limestone. Visit the most unique island destination, crystal clear water, powdery white sand beaches, enchanted lakes, sunken old shipwrecks, beautiful fishes, and different corals in the coral gardens. The itinerary begins at: “KAYANGAN LAKE” Experience the enchanting beauty of this lake. Accessible by a 10-minute climb. The crystal clear water of kayangan lake is located on a mountain wall; underwater is like a moonscape. There’s a little wooden pathway and platform to stay your things if you go swimming. “CYC BEACH (CORON YOUTH CLUB)” One of the beach destinations for the tour is the CYC (Coron Youth Club) Beach. CYC means “Coron Youth Club.” One interesting fact about this place is that it is the only beach without an entrance fee. It has a long stretch which makes it the better pick when it comes to swimming. The beach has a picturesque view, decorated by rock formations, mangrove trees, and powdery white sand perfect for sunbathing. “SUNSET BEACH” It's named sunset beach because the view of the sunset. This beach is a good area for lunch. A beautiful beach, with crystal clear water. “LAS ISLAS DE CORAL” Just a little swim from CYC Beach and you'll reach Las Islas de Coral where you can do some snorkelling. When swimming in the snorkeling area, be cautious since there are many sea urchins scattered around the floor. This area also rich in colorful corals and fishes.

Coron Private Tour B: Barracuda Lake and Smith Beach

10. Coron Private Tour B: Barracuda Lake and Smith Beach

Spend the day swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun as you visit places like Barracuda Lake, Twin Lagoon, Skeleton Wreck, Reef Garden, and much more. You'll begin your tour with a visit to Barracuda Lake, a gorgeous lake surrounded by sturdy trees and a popular spot for many divers because of its dramatic temperature shifts. Strong shoes are recommended for this tour as the path to the lake itself can be difficult, but you'll be rewarded with a fun dip in the lake's crystal clear waters. This is followed by a stop at Skeleton Wreck, a sunken warship, where you can enjoy swimming with colorful fishes and maybe even touch the edge of the ship if the tide gets low enough! DESTINATIONS: • Barracuda Lake • Smith Beach • Skeleton Wreck • Twin Lagoon • Reef Garden

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What people are saying about Palawan

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 405 reviews

The advertisement said they would pick you up in an air conditioned van and we got picked up by what the locals call a “new van” which is basically another name for a tricycle, but it seats more. So immediately I was skeptical, but they explained that they had a lot of people on the tour that day and I don’t personally mind riding in the native style The tour guides were awesome and understood English pretty well, and had great senses of humor. The locations that we traveled to were all absolutely stunning! Without a doubt, the most beautiful water and beaches I have ever seen! I highly recommend renting the clear kayaks to cruise around in and I also recommend either renting or bringing snorkel and mask. There are vendors that will meet you as you’re getting on the boat to sell you water boots, masks, snorkels, flippers, sunscreen, etc, but they’ll charge excessively compared to other shops in town. You’ve been warned

Had a fantastic time on this tour. The guides were fantastic, the stops were amazing and I really enjoyed the beach lunch. Would definitely recommend this trip.

We had a great time with all the island hopping and snorkelling. Tour guide is friendly and boat personnels are so helpful. I will be coming back again.

Typhoon cancelled our itinerary but the guides did great with an alternative and we had a lovely day

Too much rain shut down underground but we still enjoyed a tour and the guides were great