Palawan, the most beautiful province in the Philippines is a must-go if you are looking for places to visit in South East Asia for your next vacation. The beautiful, scenic, sugar-white beaches, nature features like no other place and extremely warm hospitality of the Filipino people makes Palawan an ideal holiday destination!
If you have 6 days to spare, here is the perfect Palawan itinerary for covering the most wonderful spots in the province, namely, Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. These are the places which offer diversity and also the convenience of travel. We hope this itinerary helps your vacation planning.
Day 1: Arrive at Puerto Princesa
You can arrive at the airport in Puerto Princesa on day 1 and make your way to your hotel. After freshening up, leave for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. Right next to it is Plaza Cuartel which is a fort which was significant during the World war 2. You can now go to the crocodile farm or Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. You can eat at Baker’s Hill and go to Honda’s Bay. This can all be done independently or by booking a Puerto Princesa city tour, which only costs around 700 per person.A few great places to eat at Puerto Princesa are Kalaui and Kinabuch Grill
Day 2: Underground river + Travel to El Nido
In Puerto Princesa, one cannot finish their visit without seeing the 7th wonder of the world, the underground river. The structures in the subterranean caves through which the river flows are so surreal, it will feel as if it is straight out of a sci-fi movie. This is a tour with a guide and meals, so the eating issues are solved well.
The entertaining tour will be an awesome experience thanks to the scope of exploring the caves and tunnels underground. The tour starts at 7 am and goes on until lunchtime. Lunch is usually at Sabang Wharf and most tour companies offer a local buffet-style meal. You can later travel to El Nido on a bus which takes 6 hours or take a van which reaches in 5 hours.
Day 3: Island Hopping in El Nido
Begin the day after a good night’s sleep with one of El Nido’s Island Hopping tours which are available in many options and variations! My favorite was Tour and A and C of El Nido. The day tours take you through amazing rock formations, lagoons, and pristine beaches. Secret lagoon, Shimizu island, Small lagoon, Miniloc Island and the like are very popular at El Nido.
The scenic beauty of this place will take your breath away! Lunch is included in this tour, but good places to eat at El Nido are The Nesting Table, Boodle Fight restaurant and a great vegan café called Taste El Nido is a good option for those who don’t eat meat. Lato Seaweed is a weed that’s also called Sea Caviar and is a great option for the vegans to try!
Day 4: Take a ferry to Coron
In the morning, you can pack and prepare to move to Coron, for which one needs to take a Ferry, out of which Montenegro Fast ferry service is the best one. The fleet is full of clean and modern boats. It takes 4 hours from El Nido to Coron.It can be a plan to go to Port Barton instead of Coron. Port Barton is better to be ticked off the list while traveling from Puerto Princesa to El Nido because of the location but if you want to do it instead of Coron after El Nido, it is still possible. Port Barton is touristy with decent infrastructure, but it has not lost its fishing village feel so it is a great place to relax at.
Coron is like another El Nido, but more cozy, leisurely and just as pristine. So, if you have felt rushed at El Nido, Coron can make it up for the hustle. Coron Bay is the most magical bay over there, with a maze of azure waters and tall limestone cliffs. Sign up for some island tours which take you around the area for this day. Retire for the day after eating at the local joints.
Eat at Altrove Coron, Le Voyage and Lolo Nonoy’s food station which serves excellent local cuisine. Coron is known for its very indigenous dish called Dangit Lamayo, which is made of dried rabbit fish. Some of the local restaurants occasionally also serve the traditional crocodile dishes so if you are lucky you can try those as well.
Day 5: Enjoy the Beautiful Environment of Coron
The Underwater mountains and the Barracuda Lake are highlights of this day. This lake is eerie for a little bit as the geography is very alien – apart from generic and natural mountainous rock formations off the coastline as anyone would expect, these formations are in a lake on an island. Whiz around as if you are flying in the lake which interestingly also has separate layers of fresh and salty water, and hit warm spots in the water where it can get a toasty 40 degrees!
Banana Island can be the spot after the lake escapade. Now banana island is like a metaphor for romance – swing your loved ones off swings hanging from trees, take romantic walks on white sand beaches and watch the lovely sunset from this island before calling it a day.
Day 6: Busunga Island and rest of Coron
Busunga Island is slightly off Coron and famous for wreck snorkelling. Divers’ paradise, this place saw many ships wreck down during the world war days and now people dive in just for the fun and novelty of finding something. It can be an interesting travel story, so plunge in.
Banol beach can be a cool destination to get tanned and click some pictures for Insta! Its so picturesque! It is a quiet beach with lots of privacy, and you can have a romantic picnic without any disturbance.
Macquint hot springs is a place to really crank it up quite literally. The 40 degree water is a balmy experience when the divers just slip in and are still for a good moment or two when the body starts to adapt to the suddenly warm waters. It is a surreal experience for sure.
Also you can go hiking to Mt. Tapyas. The view from the top is breathtaking – just don’t forget to bring water along.
You can not do all of these on day 6, because you need to travel back to homeland too this day but fit in most by being judicious about time and at the same time, ready to improvise plans according to moment.
See off Coron by traveling to Manila or back to Puerto Princesa and then thereon to your country, with the beautiful travel memories from Philippines.
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