The Top 5 Things to Do in Palawan – Philippines Travel

A hidden gem in the Philippines

When a place can boast about having secret beaches and an untamed jungle while still being able to offer visitors a glimpse of paradise, you know you need to add it to your travel bucket list. Case in point, the Palawan island of the Philippines. This hidden gem has travellers braving its wild natural scenery to experience what the biggest island of the Philippines has to offer. Sample the rustic local cuisine and marvel at the majestic limestone geography, a visit here is not soon forgotten. Before you go you might have to apply for and fill out a Philippines visa application form though. To make sure which rules and regulations are relevant for you, visit official sites online before booking your ticket. To get you started on your exploration of Palawan, this article mentions 5 suggestions of things you simply can’t miss when visiting.

The Top 5 Things to Do in Palawan - Philippines Travel

Do you need a Visa?

The Philippines offers visa-free travel to visitors from several countries including for instance all EU member countries for a short terms-stay of up to 30 days. A full exhaustive list of visa-free countries may be found on official sites online. Should you find yourself in need of a visa though it is possible to apply for one via an embassy or a consulate. Once having completed the application process, a granted visa will be sent to the traveller within approximately 5 working days. The option of applying for an online visa to the Philippines are as of yet limited to only include one country, Taiwan. The online visa application form is simple to fill out, providing your personal detail and some passport information before paying for the visa with a debit or a credit card. The approved visa will then be sent to you via email to be printed and brought with you as a travel document. Citizens of additional countries are to be offered the possibility of applying for an online visa to the Philippines in the future.

5 things to do Palawan

1. The Secret Beaches of El Nido

Start your visit off by going island-hopping with the aid of a kayak or one of the boat tours and visit the archipelagos many marvellous beaches, a truly stunning sight.

2. Discover Calauit Island

Thanks to the previous dictator Ferdinand Marcos, whom stocked the island with African wildlife, it is possible to go on an actual safari here where it is possible to get a glimpse of antelope, giraffes and zebras.

3. Need a little light in your life?

Then visiting the Fireflies on the Iwahig River is a must. Glide through the pitch dark night alongside the mangroves and wait for the most spectacular light-show to begin.

4. If you are feeling adventurous then you should definitely go Wreck Diving in Coron.

The six former Japanese supply ships were bombed in 1944 and is now one of Palawan’s most visited sites. Home to numerous marine wildlife, it is a truly unique experience.

5. No list is complete without something for the foodie in the group. Puerto Princesa. 

This is the capital of Palawan and a vibrant city with much to offer its visitors when it comes to serving up delicious local dishes alongside a vast selection of craft beers.

About Marina Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of TravelExperta.com, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 20+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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