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Palawan Holidays

Palawan holidays create a remarkable and unforgettable experience that any traveller will deeply enjoy. Combining beautiful vast national parks, idyllic deserted islands, a fascinating underground river and plenty of opportunities to get in touch with your adventurous side, Palawan really is a piece of heaven.

Get up close and personal with nature by discovering the unique biodiversity that El Nido boasts. El Nido has an abundance of white sandy beaches, stunning coral reefs, crystal-clear waters, beautiful limestone cliffs and breath-taking landscapes and ocean views.

Hop onto a banca and join one of the many island-hopping tours, as your expert guide shows you the fascinating marine creatures that inhabit the waters. Uncover a Japanese shipwreck, which sunk in World War II, and all the fish who now happily swim in and out of it, as you dive into the Taytay Bay waters.

Take a trip to Shimizu Island and discover the fish-filled waters as you swim, snorkel or dive in the clear sea. Or head to Dilumacad Island, which is also known as Helicopter Island. This is the ideal spot for diving enthusiasts or even diving beginners who want to unearth some of the underwater mysteries. You’ll see amazing attractions, such as the Dilumacad Island’s long tunnel and find yourself in the underwater cavern. Head over to Pangulasian Island and stroll along tranquil beaches.

Get your heart pumping and swim with the sharks just off Pangulasian Island. The blacktip sharks reside in the waters, along with a variety of fishes. Swimming with the sharks is an experience that really puts you back in touch with nature as you witness these incredible sea creatures.

These incredible scenes are home to various species of birds, fish and marine wildlife. Take to the cliffs and take in the excellent views over Puerto Princesa when you embark on Ugong Rock Adventures. Ugong Rock Adventures allow visitors to crawl in and out of natural rock caves, climb up to the zipline and whizz down it, taking in beautiful views. You can also trek in the jungle towards breath-taking viewpoints.

Tour around the stunning area of El Nido and hike past gushing rivers towards the Nagkalit-kalit Waterfalls. The waterfalls provide the perfect place to relax and take in the extensive, beautiful scenery. Embark on a trip to Matinloc Island and hike up Mount Horn to enjoy the wonderful reward of panoramic views of nearby islands.

Bring a sense of adventure to your holiday in Apulit Island, which is set in Taytay Bay and boasts a fantastic range of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Climb the 60 metre limestone cliff to receive incredible views over the entire island.

Visit Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the famous underground river, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

Explore the wondrous sights, smells and sounds that make up Palawan holidays

Uncover the home of one of the oldest discoveries of human inhabitants at the Tabon Caves and learn more about the remains found in the cave. Tabon Caves comprises two cathedral-type caves, Diwata Cave and Liyang Cave. It’s ideal for history lovers and those who are interested in archaeology. In El Nido you can also clamber around the many caves of Apulit Island, such as Secret Cave, St. Joseph’s Cave, Bat Cave, Lobster Cave and North Cave, to discover intriguing rock formations and hidden treasures within the underground systems.

Make sure you take the opportunity to take a sunset cruise. Sunset cruises in El Nido allow you to experience the warm sky’s many colours as the sun dips below the horizon.

Palawan is the ideal destination for couples who want a romantic getaway, for families looking for an exclusive retreat, or even for solo travellers with a quench for adventure who want a truly amazing holiday. Spend more time getting familiar and falling in love with the gorgeous Philippines by choosing one of our multi-centre holiday packages. Pair your trip to Palawan with an exhilarating exploration of the capital city Manila, or partner your Palawan holiday with expeditions to other islands such as Bohol or Cebu.

Destination Highlights
  • Enjoy some of the island-hopping tours Palawan has to offer and witness the picturesque lagoons
  • Experience the wonders of Sulu Sea by snorkelling in the luscious waters, home to an array of marine life
  • Find excitement as you discover beautiful marine wildlife with kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding
  • Marvel at the beauty in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park as you pass through a tranquil limestone landscape

Our favourite hotels

Browse our favourite places to stay in Palawan, Choose from a selection of luxury Palawan accommodation or cosy homes away from home, with a range of board options and hotel features to really make your Palawan experience unforgettable.

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El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

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El Nido Resorts Pangulasian Island

El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

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El Nido Resorts Lagen Island

El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

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El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island

Club Paradise

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Club Paradise

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Dublin via Manila and Singapore.

Things to do in Palawan

  • Underground River

    Located in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is the longest underground river in the world accessible to man. Admire the cathedral-like caverns and stalagmites rising from the water as you paddle along the river by canoe

  • Puerto Princesa City

    The capital city of the province, Puerto Princesa is home to the amazing Underground River UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • Tabbataha Reef National Park

    This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to some of the most beautiful coral reefs and marine life including whales, dolphins, sharks, turtles, Napolean wrasse and almost 500 species of fish.

  • Christie, Destination Executive

    Christie

    Destination Executive

    “Stay at Miniloc Island to get excellent access to the large and small lagoons. You can kayak to the lagoons straight from the resort and spend the day soaking up the beauty of these idyllic spots.”

  • Barbara, Destination Specialist

    Barbara

    Destination Specialist

    “If you are staying in Lio, make sure you hop on the free shuttle to El Nido. This town is ideal for those who are looking for a lively night out.”

Events & Festivals

Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Palawan holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.

 

  • Kulambo Festival

    Don’t miss the annual Kulambo Festival, which takes place in El Nido every year on 18th March. Experience an atmosphere like nothing you’ve ever seen before, as locals take to the streets singing and dancing. Look out for eye-catching, colourful costumes as people dress in the rustle-sounding kulambos, which are also known as mosquito nets. Sample delicious delicacies and get to know some of the locals as they come together to celebrate.

     

Local Cuisine

Get a flavour of the local culture through your palate during your Palawan holiday. Here are a few of our favourite dishes.

 

  • Seafood

    Try some of the fresh seafood that Palawan has to offer. Thanks to its excellent location, Palawan boasts a vast array of delicious seafood dishes and recipes to try. Whether you’re looking for crabs, shrimps, grilled fish, squid or seaweed, there’s plenty of different dishes, textures and tastes to sample.

     

  • Halo halo

    Sweet-tooth enthusiasts must sample halohalo. This scrumptious cold dessert is very popular in Palawan. Combining crushed ice, evaporated milk, ube (purple sweet potato), sweetened beans, coconut strips and much more, and topped with a scoop of ice cream, this refreshing dessert is ideal if you want something to cool you down. 

     

Our Palawan destinations

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Palawan

Coron

Coron

Types of Palawan holidays

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Palawan Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

There are various traditional fishing boats, or bangkas, you can book to the Puerto Princesa River National Park, which take you around a mile into the underground river itself. They start around a mile upstream from the cave and it’s a good idea to book in advance. Some trips include a jungle trail to and from the cave

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