The west of the Philippines

Bizarre rock formations and heavenly beaches

With more than 1,500 small side islands, the island of Palawan is the largest scenic diversity in the Philippines. It is not for nothing that Palawan is called one of the most beautiful islands in the world. When creating this dream island, nature left nothing out: white sandy beaches, crystal clear lagoons, lakes and picturesque bays. Unique coral gardens, surrounded by the dense jungle, rugged and bizarre rock formations and huge cave systems make Palawan an exotic and unique destination.

Holidaymakers can also explore the world's longest underground river here. Some places on Palawan have already become tourist strongholds, others are still real insider tips or are far away from modern civilization. Whether sun worshipers, divers or nature lovers - everyone will find their perfect place on Palawan.

Subterranean-River-Nationalpark ©Philippine Department of Tourism 

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palwan, is considered the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines. The small town is the starting point to explore the island. A few days in the city and the surrounding area should not be missing on the respective travel route. The highlight is the Underground River in the Subterranean River National Park, the longest underground river in the world. In Puerto Princesa City you can also experience first-class island hopping, feasting along Rizal Ave, ending the evening on the Baywalk and enjoying delicious, fresh fish and grilled seafood.

aerial view auf el nido town mit taraw peak

El Nido

The surrounding islands in the Bacuit archipelago and the unique island hopping tours are what make El Nido so special and one of the most popular destinations in the Philippines. A colorful underwater world, dream beaches like from a picture book and huge limestone formations protruding from crystal clear water are waiting for you. Those who prefer lonely beaches should definitely visit the neighboring beaches with a scooter. Once a small fishing village, today there are numerous accommodations in and around El Nido, many bars and restaurants on the beach, where you can celebrate in a lively manner.

Kayak beim Sonnenaufgang in Palawan - Philippine DOT © James Relf Dyer

Port barton

The small village of Port Barton is located between El Nido and Puerto Princesa. It's still very slow there. A mix of Filipino country life and a thriving hippie village on the beach hits the spot. Tourism is slowly starting to grow. Some would call Port Barton the next El Nido. Iceland hopping of superlatives, but no trace of mass tourism. The longing for relaxed and quiet vacation days is certainly satisfied in hammocks with a view of the sea. In the evening there is reggae music in some beach bars. There are no big parties here. Tourists appreciate the simplicity and remoteness of Port Barton. The small town consists of only a few sandy paths, a church, a basketball court, some accommodations and very good restaurants.

Coron Aussichtspunkt auf die Lagune beim Island hopping


In and around Coron, life takes place on or under water and is a must especially for divers and adventurers. Coron is the western part of Busuanga Island and belongs to Palawan with the city of the same name Coron Town. Coron Town is the tourist center from which the inland can be discovered, diving trips and island hopping tours to crystal-clear lakes. In addition to the pristine underwater world, divers appreciate the exciting wreck dives to the 12 sunken Japanese warships from the Second World War.