Palawan Islands, Philippines: where they are, when to go and what to see

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Lluis Enric Mayans

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Le Palawan islands they were discovered in 1521 by Magellan, and boast wonderful beaches among the most beautiful in the world. Natural paradise, home to many species of animals in danger of extinction, the islands are home to two UNESCO sites, and many other wonders. Let's find out together.


  1. Travel informed: useful information
  2. Where are
  3. When to go? Info on climate and best time
  4. Which island to go to?
  5. What to do and what to see: beaches and places of interest
  6. How much does a Palawan vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice
  7. User questions and comments

Travel informed: useful information

  • Inhabitants: 682 152
  • Capital: Puerto Princesa
  • Languages: Tagolog
  • Local currency: Philippine Peso (PHP) (€ 1,00 = x local currency)
  • Weather: Tropical-equatorial climate with temperatures ranging between 25 and 40 ° C throughout the year with a high level of humidity.
  • vaccinations: The yellow fever vaccine for all travelers over the age of one year from countries where yellow fever is at risk of transmission, as well as for all travelers who have even just passed through the airport of a country where yellow fever is at risk of transmission.
  • Entry requirements: passport with residual validity of at least six months and flight ticket for return or exit from the country. The visa is not necessary for Italian citizens who want to stay in the country for less than 30 days.Please note that in all Philippine international and domestic airports it is mandatory for all to pay an airport tax of different amounts.
  • Travel / health insurance: recommended.

    Where are

    The province of Palawan is an archipelago and a province of the Philippines and extends between Mindoro and Borneo. Most of the provincial territory falls on the homonymous island.

    How to reach us

    • From Rome or Milan: there are no direct flights to the islands of Palawan. The companies that cover this route are Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. Generally, stopovers take place at Manila airports, from which it is possible to reach Puerto Princesa airport in about an hour and fifteen minutes. The flight lasts from 21 to 32 hours.
      Flights Rome - Puerto Princesa from € 723,00 - Flights Milan - Puerto Princesa from € 667,00
    • From the main European capitals: Gulf Air, China Eastern, Singapore Airlines, Philippine Airlines and Qatar cover this route from London. The flights have 1 or 2 stopovers, with stops in Shanghai and Manila and have a duration ranging from 23 to 30 hours. Starting from Paris they are Etihad Airways and Philippine Airlines, and both have two stopovers (Hong Kong and Manila).

    When to go? Info on climate and best time

    • Weather: tropical-equatorial, with a dry season from December to February, rainy from May to November. Between March and May, before the summer monsoon arrives, the temperature rises and reaches the highest levels of the year. In the Philippines, it rains everywhere in summer.
    • Best time: from February to April, the driest months of the year. For swimming, the sea temperature is suitable all year round.
    • Period to avoid: from May to October, a period of typhoons and downpours, which make the roads unusable, and often cause the cancellation of flights.
    • Advice: bring light and natural fiber clothing, a scarf for the breeze, a light sweatshirt for the air conditioning, a light raincoat or umbrella. Snorkeling equipment, aquatic shoes or with rubber soles for the coral reef.

    Which island to go to?

    The archipelago is occupied by about 1.800 small islands and islets, all of which are part of the province of Palawan.

    1. Palawan: it is the largest of the islands that make up the province of the same name, and the most organized from a tourist point of view. The naturalistic and landscape wealth of the island is so great that Palawan can live by exploiting only the tourist resources. This makes it a sort of guarantee in terms of organization.
    2. Whose is the largest of the islands of the same name, located between the island of Palawan and Panay. Equipped with its own airport, which connects it to Puerto Princesa with a series of weekly flights, the area boasts numerous natural and historical beauties, such as the th century fort, built as a protection against the raids of the Moro pirates.
    3. Busuanga is part of the Calamian Islands, located between the Mindoro and Palawan Islands. It's the main island is Busuanga, which is home to the largest settlement: Coron Town. The main occupations are agriculture and fishing, to which the tourism industry has only recently been added. This allows you to enjoy the beauties of the area with all the comforts, without too many tourists present in other areas.

    What to do and what to see: beaches and places of interest

    1. Puerto Princesa: the capital of Palawan contains a series of attractions that are worth seeing, such as the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, the Plaza Cuartel, and unforgettable glimpses of real life.
    2. Underground river of Puerto Princesa: 8,2 km long underground river, which flows through a cave full of stalactites and stalagmites, of different shapes and sizes. No more than 1000 people can access the place per day, so it is advisable to book well in advance
    3. El Nido is the most famous area of ​​Palawan. A circular inlet protected by very high cliffs, this natural paradise is the starting point for excursions to the nearby islands.
    4. Nacpan is a beach located about 45 minutes away from El Nido, moving north. In addition to the natural beauty that the area has to offer, a visit to Nacpan is recommended for the chance to see the inhabitants of the island immersed in their activities.
    5. Hot springs of Maquinit: where it is possible to bathe in hot sulphate water, which reaches up to 38 ° in temperature. From the natural pools located at the corners of the beach, you can also admire the gaisers in activity, scattered around the area.
    6. The island of Paly, in addition to breathtaking views and beaches, it gives the tourist the opportunity to admire the turtles while they lay their eggs.
    7. Tabon Caves: complex of about 200 caves, where human remains have also been found, including the man of Tabon
    8. Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon, two lagoons in the middle of the sea, accessible from El Nido
    9. Tubbataha Coral Reefs Natural Park: a protected natural area, created to protect a group of coral atolls, a UNESCO heritage site since 1993
    10. Coron: island of the Calamian archipelago, is a paradise for lovers of diving, snorkeling and relaxation, given the wonderful and isolated white beaches that shore up the island. Moreover, given its position, from here it is possible to admire real movie sunsets

    How much does a Palawan vacation cost? Prices, offers and advice

    The average prices of Lodging in all the Philippines they are very accessible: € 33,00 per night in a one-star hotel, € 37,00 for a two-star hotel and € 44,00 for a three-star hotel. Even cheaper are the restaurant prices where, with an expense ranging from € 2,50 to € 4,20, you pay for the meal for one person. For a three-course meal for 2 people, in a mid-range restaurant, the expense to be faced rises to € 12,00.

    On the front means of transport instead, there is the real embarrassment of choice. On average, the cost of calling a taxi is € 0,67 - normal rate - while, per kilometer, the meter goes up by about € 0,67. Tickets for public transport, on the other hand, cost € 0,17 per trip. Please note that to drive in Palawan you need an international driving license and a specific insurance: it is therefore advisable to move using public transport.

    • Hotel and b & b starting from € 30,00 per room -
    • starting from € 726,00 -

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