Palawan Packages: Top 3 Must-See Spots In Palawan For 2015
When it comes to asking about Palawan Packages, the “must-see” places are always different depending on who you ask. It can be confusing and daunting to decide which opinion you would weigh more before planning or booking your trip. The sure shot remedy, of course, is to ask enough people who have been there before.
Why go through all the trouble?
Well, for one, Palawan was recently named the “Top Island in the World” by non-other than the prestigious Conde Nast Travel Magazine. It’s a dream paradise dubbed the Last Frontier of the Philippines.
In LetsPalawan, we decided to take the “ask someone who’s been there” strategy a notch higher, just a little bit. In fact, we painstakingly contacted (read: stalked) more than 500 fortunate souls who have been to Palawan before (yep five hundred fifty-four to be exact, that’s no typo!) via their blog, facebook/twitter accounts, including one where we embarrassingly used the dusty old phonebook – don’t judge!
We asked each one the question:
"What are the Top 3 places to visit in Palawan for 2015?"
This is a bit of a read, but like the journey getting to El Nido, it will be quirky and uniquely delightful.
Read on as I tickle your imagination…
Having been to all the major island attractions in Palawan, we’ve already formed some biases. But we put our biases aside as we recognized that the only way to find out – once and for all – was to ask that question to Palawan locals and Past travelers from around the world - - travelers from New York to Slovakia to Netherlands to Guatemala have graciously participated.
We’ve even gone as far as contacting some local and international superstar travel bloggers like our mate, Michael Hodson who’s blog is one of the top 100 travel blogs in the world (we feel like he’s on top 10, easy) and Kryz Uy (Filipina Fashion blogger slash traveler) to know if the ones that we’ve been reading about online would indeed reveal themselves. So the list isn’t too shabby. And guess what?
85 awesome, enthusiastic and generous locals, bloggers, and travellers got involved! THANK YOU!!!
This may probably be the biggest, most comprehensive Q and A ever conducted for this topic.
TEASER: Check out the videos we've included at the end of this post to understand why Palawan is the ultimate destination you’ll cherish for a lifetime!
By alphabetical order, here are the 83 “lucky souls” who participated:
Palawan Packages 2015: Top 3 Places to Visit In Palawan
(Responses listed in the order they were received in)
I haven't visited the whole of Palawan, but we've been to Coron. I'm sure most would say their favorite destinations there are the white sand beaches. To be different, I'd say my "can't miss" destination in Palawan will have to be Kayangan Lake. Reaching it is a challenge since you need to hike through a mosquito-infested, upward going trail (hehe), but the view is just spectacular when you reach it. Also, I just love the relaxing dip we got to take after the hike. If we weren't on schedule, I would have stayed there all day!
Rita Island, Ulugan Bay, Palawan
...because it is a wondrous proof that sometimes, naked and bare is excitement with so much flair.
The Hidden (secret) Lagoons of El Nido, Palawan
...because when I was there, a foreigner screamed at the top of his lungs, "Sweetheart, look at this, it's so beautiful! Amazing! (with some expletives)" at how awesome the natural beauty of the country is. It was a proud moment to be a Filipino.
Itoy's Coffee Haus, Downtown Puerto Princesa
...because it is reminiscent of Palawan's simple but vibrant locale.
Los Banos, Philippines
El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
See why Barracuda Lake in Coron is one of the most magical dive @koesuma has ever been.
Metro Manila, Philippines
1. Iwahig Firefly River Cruise (Puerto Princesa) - A short river cruise in the dark to see the fireflies of Iwahig. Very informative and peaceful, and the view of the clear night sky and the stars compete with the fireflies for your attention.
2. Seven Commando Beach (El Nido) - This is your possibly the same as your everyday beach front in most of the islands in Palawan, but after swimming and frolicking in the lagoons, this beach is a great place to sit and relax and rest while you sip fresh coconut juice. :)
3. Lusong Shipwreck (Coron) - Possibly my most favorite thing in Coron. This wreck is perfect for non-divers who want to see an actual shipwreck. Best to come when the sun is still high, but plus creepy factor if you come near sunset. The shipwreck will suddenly pop out in front of your eyes after dropping into the water. =)
I've only been to Coron. My favorites were
Kayangan Lake - the hike to Kayangan Lake is really nice, and the view from the top is amazing. The lake itself is breathtaking.
The Twin Lagoon - it felt surreal to be swimming in the lagoon, like it was amazing and scary at the same time.
Malcapuya Island - I'm a sucker for white sand beaches and this is one of prettiest beaches I've ever been to.
Port Barton, El Nido and Honda Bay.
1. Hands down climbing up Mount Taraw in El Nido. This was one of the most amazing, exhausting, and dangerous things I have ever done! Recommended for those who love a challenge (like, a really hard one!), have no fear of heights, and want to try something totally different in Palawan. Seeing the sunrise from the top of Mt. Taraw is breathtaking!
2. Island hopping tours in El Nido. My favourite was Tour A - you see some absolutely stunning islands and crisp blue waters. It almost feels like you're in another world! The best thing is that when you get off at each island, it's not crowded with other tourists.
3. Taking a tour through the Underground River in Puerto Princesa. This river is a UNESCO Heritage Site and was named one of the New 7 Natural Wonders of the World in 2012. The water leading into the cave is this green-blue and the surroundings appear to be from a movie. Definitely a cool and historical spot to check out!
1. Breathtaking Scenery of Kayangan Lake, Coron Palawan and Honda Bay.
2. Sunset in Bacuit Bay, EL Nido Palawan
3. Snorkeling in Pambato Reef, Honda Bay , Puerto Princesa, Palawan
My number one in my list is Pangulasian Island Resort (El Nido). The wide, luxurious rooms, the beautiful beach and the superb service. This is my best Palawan experience so far.
Two is Miniloc Island Resort - genuine and heartfelt service, rustic feel and the swimming with the jackfish. Such an amazing experience.
And last, I need to mention Art Cafe in El Nido Town. Food here is good and it gives everyone a genuine, local feel of El Nido Town.
I love Palawan, and while I've only visited three times (we're planning a fourth visit this April)
The top three unforgettable experiences I've had in Palawan so far are:
- Swimming a deserted Kayangan Lake early in the morning & snorkeling Skeleton Wreck and the very picturesque reef off Coron
- Kayaking in Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon in El Nido, and kayaking to a lesser known coves and hidden lagoons
- Visiting a mangrove filled with fireflies, under a sky full of stars, and the water glistening with phosphorescence
- Island hopping and seafood picnics on empty coves and deserted islands
I'm a big fan of your work in San Vicente and would definitely love to visit someday.