5 Things to Do in Palawan

Go on great adventures on this island paradise.

By Mathew S. Chan
February 23, 2015

 Palawan is a tropical paradise frequented by local and foreign tourists alike. With their picturesque beaches, hidden tourist spots, and delectable seafood, Palawan can be appreciated by any kind of traveler. There are plenty of places to visit such as Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. With a variety of options to choose from, it can be hard to figure out what to do first. Here is a list of 5 must-dos in Palawan to add to your itinerary.

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1.    Eat tamilok.
Are you a foodie or an adventurous eater? If you’re either, one thing you must do if you find yourself in Palawan is to eat a local dish called tamilok. It is a wood worm found in mangroves, which is pulled out, marinated in vinegar and spices, and eaten raw. For some, the tamilok’s slimy consistency can be unappealing, but it tastes good and is a good addition to any foodie’s list.

2.    Go island hopping in El Nido.
The highlight of any El Nido trip—aside from being able to relax and experiencing the lovely beaches—is island hopping to see its many beautiful islands. El Nido has four specialized tour packages with different highlights such as beaches, lagoons, and shrines. Each is priced differently.

3.    Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. It is indeed a natural marvel with its 8.2 km of river leading to the sea and its cave containing minerals, ancient rock formations, and fossils.

4.    Go on a city tour of Puerto Princesa.

It will only take up half a day, but if you’re interested in learning about the history of Puerto Princesa (and also want to buy the best souvenirs), the city tour is perfect for you. Some of the stops include Baker’s Hill, Crocodile Farm, and the Palawan Special Battalion World War II Museum.

5.    Go to the hot springs in Coron.
If you’ve had a long day or want to cap off your trip with something relaxing, then you definitely need to take a dip in a hot spring. Head to Maquinit Hot Spring in Coron where you can let your body rest as you have a warm soak in the natural spring waters. You can also have a little snack and drink while you relax.