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Visiting the Philippines’ Last Frontier: Palawan

Palawan is a fantastic destination, versatile enough to offer lots of exciting activities and great places to visit anytime of the year.

Of course, summer would be the best time to visit the place yet this season also brings the most tourists; thus, you might be competing with many others for a spot on the beach, the best hotels in the area, or for your turn in the exciting activities the place has to offer. So, if you want to enjoy Palawan sans the crowd, pick a non-summer month.

The Underground River

By Mike Gonzalez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Mike Gonzalez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
A trip to Palawan is never complete without a tour of the underground river. Make sure to book this in your itinerary and don’t forget to bring a camera with you! This amazing underground river in Puerto Princesa is among the New7Wonders of Nature.

Tubbataha Reef

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Nikswieweg at the German language Wikipedia [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY-SA 2.0 de], via Wikimedia Commons
Did you know that the Tubbataha Reef is actually a part of the Philippines? It is found in Palawan! It is a world heritage site and protected marine sanctuary belonging to the world’s Coral Triangle where 40% of reef fish and 75% of described coral species can be found.

Tabon Cave

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By Alexcooper1 (talk · contribs) (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Go spelunking in Tabon Cave, a network of caves where the historic Tabon man was found. This place takes you back in time and you could have a feel of how our early ancestors lived.

Kayangan Lake

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By H.abanil (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Considered as one of the best spots in Palawan, the lake is picturesque and looks fantastic in photos. It is also one of the most recognizable natural landmarks of Palawan, so you’d best add this tourist destination to your itinerary as well.

El Nido

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By nennnn (Flickr: El Nido Palawan Big Lagoon) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The massive limestone islands in El Nido are similar to those found in Kayangan Lake – and these are a sight to behold. It would surely be fantastic to swim in the cool waters in El Nido’s white shoreline.

Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary

calauit sanctuary
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While in Palawan, you might also want to drop by this sanctuary which features African animal species as well as local animals.

Long Beach, San Vicente

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By Jimaggro (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Stretching to some 14 kilometers, Long Beach is favored by many tourists who love to enjoy the coast without having to compete with others for space. Truly, this spot is a great place to hang out and relax with family and friends. This stunning white sand beach is great for picnics and a dip in the cool, tranquil waters.

Also check out our list of Top 10 Travel Destinations for Summer in the Philippines

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