Palawan itself is just so beautiful as it is. With the abundance of amazing views of the lakes, lagoons, and clear blue-green waters, what more can you ask for for a perfect island getaway? But in this day and age, there’s a saying that goes you’ve never really been there if you don’t have a photo of it. So, what better way to level up your feed game than taking photos at the most Instagrammable Palawan attractions?
From hidden lagoons to underground rivers, there are tons of picturesque spots you can visit and turn into your very own Insta-paradise! Check out our list of stunning destinations you can feature on your next social media feed.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
1. Palawan Underground River
A protected area of the Philippines, the Palawan Underground River or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It is also one of the longest underground rivers in the world that outflows directly to the sea. This tourist destination is loved by travelers and locals. You can find yourself becoming amazed by its mysterious and enchanting rock formations inside this beauty. That’s why this is one of the best Palawan attractions!
2. Honda Bay Islands
Island hop to witness stunning islands and white sand beaches in Honda Bay Island. It offers a day tour that allows you to explore dive sites and hidden gems all around Puerto Princesa, leaving you with glimpses and memories of the beauty of Palawan’s landscape. You’ll also enjoy being surrounded by corals and marine wildlife.
3. Cowrie Island
Cowrie Island is one of the best Palawan attractions you can explore during the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour. Some of the activities you can try here are swimming, riding the banana boat, snorkeling, and other water activities. This charming island is perfect for adventure seekers and Instagram lovers looking to enjoy an exciting day at the beach.
4. Luli Island
Luli Island is unique because it sinks and rises depending on the tide. Famous among tourists for its sandbars and mangrove forests, it also has beautiful white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, making it the perfect place to grab a beer with some friends, take pictures and relax under the sun.
5. Sabang Waterfall
Mother Nature has a way of turning everything into something majestic and stunning. Sabang Waterfalls faces directly to the sea and is adorned by travelers and locals. It isn’t your typical waterfall because it’s 50-ft. high and has a rock pool at the bottom and it’s just a short walk from the beach.
6. Isla Pandan
You can enjoy the clear waters of Isla Pandan and experience a variety of activities while spending quality time in this beautiful island. Out of all the spots in Puerto Princesa, Isla Pandan offers the most activities and is sought-after by tons of tourists for its beautiful seascape and scenery.
7. Sabang Mangrove Forest
Witness miles of mangroves in Palawan’s Sabang Mangrove Forest. Peaceful and protected by mother nature, you can take a paddleboat tour to know more about the importance of mangroves to Palawan’s ecosystem. Not only is it educational, but it’s also beneficial to the local community and the environment.
8. Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach is surrounded by white sand, palm trees, and mountainous views. This small village in Puerto Princesa City has yet to be discovered by the mainstream crowd. Whether it be swimming or just soaking up the sun, Sabang Beach is the perfect place for some downtime because it’s not crowded with tourists.
9. Nagtabon Beach
Feel the summer breeze with these palm trees at Nagtabon beach. Keep calm and at ease at this ultimate destination. This quiet place is the complete opposite of the chaos in Honda Bay and Underground River. Here, you can easily spend the day eating delicious food and enjoying the relaxing tropical atmosphere.
10. Nagtabon Viewdeck
Stare in awe at this beautiful view from Nagtabon Viewdeck. This makes up for a great momentary escape from city life. Before heading out to Nagtabon, why not stop at the view deck and enjoy a breathtaking view of the Nagtabon Cove? Don’t forget to snap a shot before you leave!
El Nido, Palawan
1. Shimizu Island
Soak up the sun in Shimizu Island. This spot has fishes of different colors and is the perfect island getaway if you’re looking for rich marine life. You can also enjoy a seafood feast here with your friends.
2. Secret Lagoon
Separated from the ocean through a small keyhole-like opening, Secret Beach is only accessible by swimming through this door size opening through a narrow crevice in a rock wall. Here you’ll see a beach surrounded by limestone cliffs that cannot be seen from the open sea!
3. Taraw Cliff
Tarraw Cliff is a giant limestone terrane overlooking the town of El Nido. It is the highest peak and it’s perfect for adventurous spirits who would do anything for a stunning view. A peak with this view of Palawan is definitely worth the hike. Climb and conquer the forests and terranes leading up to this rewarding landscape and don’t forget to capture your victory. It was worth it for the gram!
4. Las Cabanas Beach
Las Cabanas Beach is the perfect place to relax, sunbathe and swim! You can catch a beautiful sunset in this hidden gem. This Palawan attractions spot is very accessible to tourists and locals since it’s just a few minutes away from El Nido town.
5. Pinagbuyutan Island
Also called Inabuyatan Island, meaning “Enchanted Island,” this island holds one of the most outstanding landscapes in El Nido. The beach has soft powdery white sand, making it a great place to just stay in a hammock, and forget all your troubles and relax. There is also a colorful and thriving underwater ecosystem beneath its glass-like waters.
6. Seven Commando Beach
Seven Commando Beach is a lovely place to relax under the coconuts or just swim! It’s an ideal place for a romance with the sun. It has a sandy shore that’s perfect for sunbathing or playing sports or lazing around. This destination is one of the stops in El Nido’s special day tour.
7. Nacpan Beach
Head out to Nacpan Beach for a less-crowded beach experience! Nacpan Beach is one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in the Philippines. It has surfable waves, a fishing village, coconut palms, and brimming white sand. You can also end your day in this special spot, for Nacpan’s sunsets are known for being absolutely spectacular.
8. Baquit Bay
Baquit Bay has clear blue waters that are teeming with marine life and nature’s most beautiful creatures. This place is filled with islands that are both occupied and uninhabited.
There are over 30 dive sites that can be explored, as well as activities that will allow you to become closer to nature.
9. Big Lagoon
Just like any other lagoons in Palawan, Big Lagoon is dotted with dark limestone cliffs. These limestone pieces are perfectly lined beside blazing blue waters, creating a pathway, and a panoramic view. Visitors are given the freedom to enjoy this paradise on their own. You can take a short swim in the shallow waters at the entrance or try kayaking through the waters. Don’t miss this as this is one of the best Palawan attractions.
10. Small Lagoon
Small Lagoon is usually the first stop to the Island Hopping tour. Some of the favorite activities here are kayaking, swimming, and snorkeling. You can swim to the other end of the lagoon where you can reach a small water-filled cave and enjoy a cool dive in its underwater paradise.
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