Palawan: The Most Beautiful Island in the World

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The Philippines is an insanely gorgeous and underrated travel destination. Travelers to Southeast Asia often overlook it for Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia. They’re missing out on something incredible. Did you know it consists of over 7,000 islands? One of them happens to be voted as the most beautiful island in the world, named Palawan.

The island is accessible by either boat or airplane. It’s about an hour and a half by air from Manila, although travelers can also get there from Iloilo and Cebu. Many say the ideal time to head to Palawan is between about October and May.

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In Palawan, you’ll find beautiful crystal blue water that mixes with emerald green. The whole island boasts of rainforests, majestic mountains, karst cliffs, primitive caves and virgin beaches.

Palawan is a diver’s paradise. It’s known for being one of the best spots to scuba dive in the world. Coral reefs, surrounding the island, stretch for miles and miles.

Visitors say high points include island-hopping around the Bacuit archipelago to discover the cliffs, sinkholes and lagoons, and venturing to Puerto Princesa for culinary delights.

Save one day to take a boat tour through down Puerto Princesa’s Underground River, one of the new seven wonders of the natural world. It’s 8.2 kilometers long and runs through caves with impressive limestone rock formations.

Palawan Island

The island is also home to some of the worlds most incredible and rare wildlife, including the Cobra king, Mouse Deer, Palawan Bearcat and many butterflies, some of them as big as your hand.

Oh, and did I mention the resorts…

El Nido Resorts
Miniloc Island Resort, El Nido, Palawan
Apulit Island, El Nido Resorts, Palawan
El Nido Resorts

Because they’re kind of magical.

Kayangan Lake in Coron Island, Palawan
Kayangan Lake

And it suddenly dawned on me that I’m in need of a tropical holiday.

Have you visited or heard of Palawan before?

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  • I would never come home…Wow…how absolutely gorgeous!! I want to retire there…

  • Oh wow this looks absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never been to Asia but it’s all so pretty. Definitely need to book myself a one way ticket x

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  • wow the pictures are just stunning

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  • Eilidh

    oh wow, what a stunning place! So dreamy

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  • I’ve never heard of Palawan before, but now I have there’s no way I’m not going here one day in my life. It certainly looks the most beautiful island in the world!

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  • JennFlo Taylor

    Wow!!! That water looks amazing!! What an amazing place to visit! I’ll be adding this to my list!!! Thanks for sharing!

  • How gorgeous! I’m half filipino and it has definitely been too long since I last visited! x

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  • Am from the Philippines! Our country is indeed beautiful. Have been to Palawan twice and it’s never enough to visit just once; there’s Coron, Puerto Princesa, and El Nido islands just in Palawan. These photos make me want to go back.
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  • Palawan looks gorgeous! Thank you for this post.

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  • OH MY GOD. It’s so gorgeous!

  • I’ve never heard of it before. It looks incredible! Thank you for opening my eyes to the Philippines.

  • Essere Moda

    WOW it looks amazing! It’s looks like heaven. I’m a Philippino and live all my whole life in the Netherlands. I’ve never heard of it, but now I know that I want to go there. Thanks for sharing <3

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    • discuzz

      It’s interesting that you spelled “Filipino” as “Philippino”. I wonder if that’s how it’s spelled in other countries.

  • awesome! Just looking where to go for the next holidays… Philippines are definately an option! :)

  • Eeericah

    Just been here…a warning – paradise comes at a cost. The travel to get there is unreliable and rough. To get from Manila to El Nido, you need 1.5 hrs flight, and a 7 hrs van trip. That’s if all runs smoothly. Most of us spent 10hrs to get there from Manila. But if you have nothing but time – it is paradise indeed :)

    • Thank you for your comment and bit of insight! It does sound like quite the journey. I’ve been on similar ones to Indonesian islands – treacherous and unpredictable – but all well worth it in the end :) so lucky that you’ve been able to experience Palawan!

    • There’s also the option of the ITI flight. It’s more expensive but takes only an hour from Manila.

    • Bryant

      Can’t imagine what would happen to Palawan if getting there was made too easy.

  • Cianelle

    Thank you for showing light to one of the beautiful places in the Philippines! I’m a Filipina and getting known for our islands are a huge deal to us. To everyone travelling there, please stay safe and know how to haggle when shopping ;) enjoy!! :*

  • Just came back from El Nido, Palawan. Such a gorgeous place! The Philippines is so underrated, in my opinion.

    • Eeericah

      Yes and I highly recommend that option. However, the availability is limited as this is small private flight so you do have to plan a few months ahead and have flexibility. We tried to book but the flights were all full but the time we heard about it.

      • Yes, that is true. My friend and I booked months in advance. It’s worth it but definitely involves advanced planning.

      • Miera Malcampo

        That is true. If you are not in a hurry, you guys could also opt to take a boat ride to Palawan instead.

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  • Rhea Taylor

    That is very true with the underrated. But I also lived in Thailand for 6 months and I saw how and why the foreigners flock the country and insanely enjoy what Thailand offers. I was thinking how a certain country that hardly speaks English compared to the Philippines will attract all of these different speaking people from different parts of the globe? I learned that Thailand has never been colonized by other countries and so I am thinking, this is probably one of the reasons why the people even if they hardly understand English or don’t speak English at all are so easygoing and smiling and friendly and that’s what attracts many tourists first and foremost. They never fear anyone or any country taking over their land for whatever reason I supposed. It didn’t happen before, it will not happen now. Whereas in the Philippines, we were colonized by other countries not to mention the one by the spaniards for 333 years. I am not saying that the Filipinos are scared to have plenty of tourists coming to the country, but I am thinking that’s one of the reasons why we are kind of reserved compared to other South East Asian countries. And for that reason that immense beauty that the country can offer to the world is underrated. We have improved so much though. And thank you for this post. Proud filipina here.

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    • Manangjes

      is not about the language that tourist dont like to come in philippines…maraming reason. dahil nga archipelago ang Pinas, mahal ang pamasahe, mas mahaba ang travel time, culture, accomodation is mahal compared sa ibang southeast asia countries. Tinitingnan yan factor ng mga tourist. If you compared Thailand traveling by means of transpo, hindi sila kalat -kalat na island kaya mas madali at mura ang expenses at shorter time ang travel. Culture….Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand China, Korea, Japan sobrang na-preserved nila culture and infastracture that they could offer as tourist destination, especially mga puti mahilig yan mag-discover local culture……sadly to say mahina tayo sa pagpreserved and promote culture natin. Unlike Singapore na mayaman create a tourist destination spot modern but stil interesting for the tourist. Accomodation, if your a traveller hindi lahat nag travel mayaman, they work hard and save, and they they travel with a budget, accomodation is one factor na tinitingnan nila kung kaya ng budget. If you have been in Boracay 10 years ago, accomodation is a bit pricey but at present Boracay is very affordable and cheaper but sad to say the Paradise is distroyed sa sobrang dami turista at mga Hotel or Inns…..yong Parasidise na nakita ko 10yrs ago compared last year na nkabalik……maganda pa rin ang beach at water but nawala na bighani ng Island like what i felt 10 years ago, sabi ko sarili babalik ako but last year i make cross out na Boracay sa mga destination. no wonder other countries could charm tourists compared sa Pinas.

  • Happy to see that you’ve featured our country on your blog! :) Yes, Palawan is indeed a magical paradise. Island hopping is a must and the waters are so blue and clear. :)

  • Pamela RG

    This is a wonderful feature on Palawan. I wish to visit it one day. You have a beautiful blog. I am following now on Bloglovin, Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Emilia

    I have never heard of Palawan before, but now I really wish to go there.

  • loprophile

    We have been to Palawan many times and never get tired seeing those island time and again. There are still a lot of unexplored islets and beautiful beaches.

  • Rachel In Ireland

    Absolutely gorgeous photos. It’s been a year since I have been to Palawan, but I didn’t get to see nearly enough of it. This post inspires me to go back… like now.

  • Diana Maria

    Oh wow this looks absolutely stunning! There are so many places I wish to travel to, but this one definitely makes it in the top 10. Those little resorts are beautiful and the water looks so clear!

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  • Visited Palawan last year – my first trip to the Philippines & I am hooked. Absolutely loved it there – its proper paradise!

  • Zorica

    I’m so jealous :D :D :D
    It looks like heaven on earth
    Definitely now it is on my bucket list
    xx
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  • OMG how amazing!! Your photos look amazing! Now another place added to the bucket list!
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  • Katya

    Absolutely amazing! Goes straight to the list of a MUST places to go :)

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  • this will be my next trip then :)
    i just wonder how could be beautiful compare the Raja Ampat at Papua.
    i thought Raja Ampat the most beautiful island in the world based on my personal experience.

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    • traveler

      because this island just doesn’t have the beach to offer. it has more than a resort, wildlife, discoveries etc. it actually have several resorts.

  • Margie

    Hotels in Palawas are much more expensive compared to Maldives . I would rather go to maldives and bora bora.

    • Bryant

      There are lots of accommodations in Palawan that cater to different travellers, from budget/backpacker to luxury. All you have to do is research and search.

    • traveler

      the food etc is more expensive in maldives and all you see is water day and night. Palawan has more to offer.

    • elephant_walk

      you haven’t gone exploring the options in palawan enough. come back and see package that suits your budget.
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  • Bryant

    Palawan is actually an island province in western Philippines consisting more than 1,200+ islands and islets. The province is named after the biggest and main island. The main spots apart from the Underground River are Coron and El Nido, two towns that are mere jump off points to the surrounding islands. El Nido’s main draw are the 45 or so islands scattered around the Bacuit Archipelago. Coron, on the other hand, belongs to the Calamianes group of islands in Northern Palawan offering dozens of surrounding islands to explore.

  • Selwyn Clyde Alojipan

    Palawan has other places to offer aside from those already mentioned here. Try going to Dos Palmas Island resort, which has mangroves, a rocky reef flat, a sand bar, as well as corals. Boracay in Aklan province was mentioned as the urbanized and commercialized version with its 7-km-long white sand beach but there are more pristine, “primitive,” and isolated places to visit that won’t break your wallet.

    Try other lesser-known islets and resorts in the Philippines with unique sights and views, ranging from rugged mountain scenery to volcanoes, crater lakes, waterfalls, tropical rainforests, grassy hills, caves, languid rivers, white-water rapids, and the local culture and nightlife.

  • Mafer Writes

    It amazing how many islands are there. The photographs look so beautiful, I really want to have the opportunity to travel some day & enjoy this places. Great post.

    MaferWrites

  • Chelsea

    Looks amazing!

  • I recently found another travel blogger who honeymooned in Palawan and I’m convinced this is where I need to go! I definitely don’t want to miss it! Your photos are beautiful.
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  • talha

    amazing places amazing views thanks for such a wonder full post
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