The growing trend of eco-tourism has holiday makers to search for places that are off the beaten path. One of the most beautiful spots in the world for those who want to experience the real Philippine islands is Palawan Island.  This relatively untouched paradise attracts tourists who want to experience something unexpected.

The island is found on the Western border of the country, and is made up of more than 1780 islands.  The islands stretch from the borders of the Philippine mainland to almost touch the country of Malaysia.  The South China Sea is along the west coast, and the Sulu Sea on the eastern coast.  Combined, the islands cover more than 1.4 million hectares making Palawan the largest Philippine province.

A visit to Palawan provides visitors with the chance to explore a variety of climates, ranging from tranquil seashores to rolling hills covered with dense tropical forests.  While the area is worth visiting any time of year, the warm, dry months from January to April are the best for tourists who plan to explore the islands. 

El Nido Palawan

Those who love to sail should aim for March to June, when the calm seas and favorable winds make sailing ideal.  Even the name “Palawan” comes from a Chinese word that means “safe, beautiful harbor.”  The presence of pre-colonial jars and relics on the island demonstrate that the area has been a haven for visitors for centuries.

Today, the main reason for travelling to Palawan is the endless supply of pristine natural land.  There are powdery white sand beaches, natural hot springs, a plethora of dive sites, nature parks, and world heritage sites to choose from.  Some of the favorite destinations are the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River national park and the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park.

Those who want to enjoy the hot springs will find the Coron Makinit Hot Springs to be an unforgettable experience.  If you are interested in diving, snorkeling, and scuba diving will find that there are areas to thrill divers of all ability levels and a large number of tour guides.  The area known as Arena is an eco-island that is home to white sand beaches where the Pawikan, sea turtles native to the Philippines, nest.  When visiting the islands, tourists will see egrets and a number of local waterfowl along with a wealth of marine animals.

Palawan Wildlife

When you visit Palawan, you will find that there are a number of different places to stay that range from small inns and inexpensive hotels to luxury hotels and penthouses.  For those who truly want to relax and enjoy the islands, there are a number of top notch Palawan resorts to choose from.

Dining in Palawan is a truly international experience.  All of the local hotels and resorts offer their own restaurants and bars, but to really enjoy the island experience, visitors will want to head to one of the many restaurants serving local cuisine made from locally caught fish.  Of course, the city area of Palawan is highly westernized, and you can find anything from pizza to burgers when you’re looking for a bite to eat.

If you are looking for the experience of a lifetime, the islands of Palawan are an adventure you will never forget.  You can spend one day trekking through the jungles of Palawan, and the next relaxing on the beaches of Palawan.  Families, couples, and even singles hoping for a true eco tourism experience will find that Palawan resorts are the ideal adventure.