Palawan Tours and Activities

Palawan Tours and Activities

Find out why Palawan is one of the top tourist destinations in the Philippines through these tours. Explore the shipwreck diving sites in Coron, the pristine islands and turquoise waters of El Nido, and the famous Underground River of Puerto Princesa.
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Hanneke Jacobs

Hanneke Jacobs

19/02/2024, 00:34
Review of 5-Day Nature & Islands Adventure Package to Puerto Princesa and El Nido Palawan

Guide to the Philippines has really helped me to get around Palawan, and always making sure if I was comfortable. That was really nice! Hotels -Hue hotel was perfect! Very nice and comfortable, and great styling. The food was super, and the staff nice. The breakfast options were amazing!!! -For the budget option i was supposed to have another hotel, but because it was so busy, I had to switch to Marianne hotel. A hotel that is not finished yet, and still under construction, so no pool and quite some noise and building site smells. Room was all right, but the cleaning could have been better (water stains on mirror and such). Breakfast was not so good, the second day I even chose to have it somewhere else. Transport The transport was arranged perfectly! Nice drivers and on time. Tours - underground river was amazing! Otherworldly! We were lucky because of the weather, other ones were canceled. Lunch was ok. Apparently people could choose an add on to this tour, and go ziplining. Some chose to do this, resulting in having to wait for quite a while. Could have done without that, -honda bay tour was super! The lunch they prepared was absolutely lovely, and the guide took well care of us. We saw some lovely islands and beautiful beaches! Good atmosphere! - Tour C El Nido : i was supposed to be on another tour but in all confusion, i ender up on this one. It was too crowded, and the boat with 30 capacity had 43 tourists on it. After asking, they had to get extra life jackets from another boat. It was not comfortable with so many people on the boat and on the islands. It really was mass tourism, but at least I saw the beautiful nature! All in all, I am very happy I had the help of Guide to the Philippines and would definitely book again! But no more El Nido! Thank you!

Frequently asked questions

What is Palawan known for?

Palawan is an island province located in the western part of the Philippines. It is known for its pristine Palawan beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life.

Which destination in Palawan is the best?

Each destination in Palawan has its own specialty. El Nido is the ideal spot for chill travelers due to the serene and crystal-clear lakes and lagoons, Coron is perfect for diving and snorkeling due to coral gardens and shipwrecks, Puerto Princesa is known for its underground river tours, while San Vicente has different beaches like Port Barton for beach bums. It’s difficult to choose one due to the varying specialties and it all depends on your travel purpose and preference, as some might prefer to go try a Palawan itinerary that combines all top Palawan destinations.

What are the most popular tourist spots in Palawan?

When you think of Palawan, these majestic natural wonders come to mind: Puerto Princesa’s Underground River and island hopping in Honda Bay, El Nido beaches like Nacpan Beach, Big Lagoon, and Small Lagoon, Coron’s Kayangan Lake, other Coron diving sites, and reef and wreck spots, Port Barton and Long Beach in San Vicente, and Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.

Firefly watching in Palawan is also a popular activity. The best Palawan firefly watching tours include Iwahig firefly watching in Puerto Princesa and Coron firefly watching activity.

What are Palawan tours?

Palawan tours are guided travel experiences that allow you to explore the various attractions and destinations in Palawan, Philippines. These tours typically include activities, transportation, and knowledgeable guides to enhance your Palawan experience. You can go on El Nido tours, Coron tours, Puerto Princesa tours, and tours to other destinations in Palawan.

What types of Palawan tours are available?

There is a wide range of Palawan tours available to suit different interests and preferences. You can find island-hopping tours (including Coron island-hopping tours and El Nido island-hopping tours), snorkeling and diving tours, cultural and heritage tours, adventure tours, wildlife tours, and more. Each tour focuses on different aspects of Palawan's natural and cultural treasures.

Are Palawan tours inclusive of meals?

The inclusion of meals in Palawan tours can vary. Some tours may include meals, while others may not. It's important to carefully review the tour details and inclusions to understand whether meals are provided or if you need to budget separately for dining expenses.

Can I customize my tour in Palawan?

Yes, an online travel agency like Guide to the Philippines offers customized tours to suit your preferences and budget. You can also opt to book a private tour for a more personalized experience.

Can I book private or group tours in Palawan?

Yes, both private and group tours are available in Palawan. Private tours provide a more personalized experience, allowing you to customize the itinerary and have a dedicated guide. Group tours or shared tours, on the other hand, are often more cost-effective and allow you to meet and interact with other travelers.

Are Palawan tours suitable for families with children?

Yes, some Palawan tours can be suitable for families with children. There are family-friendly tours available that cater to the needs and interests of both children and adults. These tours often include activities suitable for all ages and provide a safe and enjoyable experience for the whole family.

Are Palawan tours suitable for elderly or less physically fit individuals?

Many Palawan tours are designed to accommodate individuals of varying fitness levels and ages. However, it's important to review the tour descriptions and difficulty ratings to ensure they are suitable for your specific needs. Some tours may involve physical activities such as hiking or swimming, so it's best to choose accordingly.

Are Palawan tours suitable for non-swimmers?

Yes, there are Palawan tours available that cater to non-swimmers. While some tours may involve swimming or snorkeling activities, there are alternative options that focus on land-based attractions or provide non-swimming activities such as island-hopping with stops at beaches or boat tours to admire the scenery.

Are Palawan tours suitable for solo travelers?

Yes, Palawan tours are suitable for solo travelers. Shared tours allow you to join other travelers, giving you a chance to meet new people and share the experience. Alternatively, you can also book private tours if you prefer a more personalized and tailored experience.

Are English-speaking guides available on Palawan tours?

Yes, English-speaking guides are commonly available on Palawan tours. Tour operators typically provide knowledgeable guides who can communicate effectively in English and provide information about the attractions, culture, and history of Palawan.

Are Palawan tours eco-friendly and sustainable?

Many Palawan tours strive to be eco-friendly and sustainable. Local tour operators and agencies often collaborate with communities and follow sustainable tourism practices to minimize the impact on the environment and preserve the natural beauty of Palawan.

Are there age restrictions for Palawan tours?

Some tours may have age restrictions due to safety concerns or the nature of the activities involved. It's important to check with the tour operator regarding any age limitations for specific tours, especially if you are traveling with children or elderly individuals.

Can I book Palawan tours in advance?

Yes, it is advisable to book Palawan tours in advance, especially during peak seasons. This ensures availability and allows you to secure your preferred dates and itineraries. Booking in advance also gives you time to prepare and make necessary arrangements for your trip.

Can I book multiple tours in Palawan?

Yes, you can book multiple tours in Palawan to explore different regions and attractions. Many travelers choose to combine tours in El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa to experience the diverse beauty of Palawan.

When is the best time to visit Palawan?

The best time to visit Palawan is from November to May when the weather is dry and sunny and good for booking Palawan tour packages.

How do I get to Palawan?

You can fly to Palawan by taking a flight to Puerto Princesa via the Puerto Princesa International Airport or by taking a flight to Coron via the Busuanga Airport. There are also ferry services available from Manila and other nearby islands. If you’re coming from Angeles, Panglao, or Caticlan, you can take a direct flight to El Nido.

How much time should I spend in Palawan?

Palawan is a major getaway in the Philippines. You have to experience the three main destinations (Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron) to really experience the charms of Palawan, which is possible by trying a complete Palawan itinerary, or at the very least, a Coron-El Nido itinerary. If you want to enjoy only one island at a time, you can stay for 3 days in Coron and book a Coron tour package, stay for 3 days in El Nido and book an El Nido tour package, stay in Puerto Princesa for 2 days and book a Puerto Princesa tour package, and stay for at least a day in San Vicente and book a tour package.

What should I pack for a tour in Palawan?

It is recommended to pack light and comfortable clothing, swimwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. It is also important to bring enough cash, as not all establishments in Palawan accept credit cards.

Is there mobile data signal or Wi-Fi in Palawan?

Due to its booming popularity, internet connectivity has improved in Palawan. There are Palawan resorts and hotels, such as San Vicente hotels and Puerto Princesa Hotels, and food establishments, such as restaurants in Coron and restaurants in El Nido that offer Wi-Fi and mobile data reception is good, except in some islands where there is little to no connection.

Is Palawan safe for kids?

Palawan is a family-friendly destination in the Philippines. Kids can enjoy snorkeling and swimming due to added safety measures especially in Coron’s Kayangan Lake.

Is it safe in Palawan?

Palawan is fairly safe despite being a popular tourist destination. However, exercising caution and securing your belongings at all times is still advised. For COVID-19 updates, read our Philippine travel requirements.

Do I need a visa to visit Palawan?

Foreign travelers from most countries can enter the Philippines visa-free for up to 30 days. However, it is best to check with the Philippine embassy or consulate in your home country for visa requirements.

What are the best-selling Palawan tours and activities?

Some of the must-try and best-selling tours and activities in Palawan that you should add to your itinerary include the Puerto Princesa Underground River tour, Coron Palawan Super Ultimate island hopping tour, and El Nido Island Hopping tour A with Big Lagoon.
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