Picture this: You have been planning to spend a vacation in Palawan for the longest time. So you spent some of your hard-earned savings to make it happen, researched in depth the island tours and beaches you will visit, and take some days off work. Then you finally get to the island, and it’s all you thought it would be—except that it’s raining. What should you do now? There are many great answers to this question, but one thing to not do is pack up and leave!
Aside from its popular island hopping tours, the province offers a variety of things that can keep you entertained even on the gloomiest of weathers. So, while waiting for the gray skies to clear, here’s what to do on a rainy day in Palawan. Try these activities to make the most of your stay!
1. Go on a food trip!
Feast on a plate of seafood when in Palawan.
Image: Kawayanan Grill Facebook Page
Palawan is more than beaches and mountains. It is also teeming with restaurants that promise a satisfying gastronomic experience whatever the weather. One nice dish to try on a rainy day is Vietnamese pho (locally known as “chao long”), which you can find in some popular Palawan spots. Fond of eating something exotic? Try out sizzling crocodile sisig (pork hash) or tamilok (woodworm). Popular picks like grilled fish and other scrumptious seafood are also worth a try. If you want some international dishes, Palawan has good Italian restaurants where you can gorge on superb brick-oven pizza, pasta, and artisanal gelato. These and more prove that Palawan has an interesting culinary scene ready to impress all the foodies out there!
2. Have a spa or massage.
Recharge yourself by having a spa facing the beach.
Image: Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa Facebook Page
One of the relaxing activities to do on a rainy day is to pamper yourself at a spa center, which is not hard to find in Palawan. If you’re booked at a resort, getting a massage is easy as most offer this service. Meanwhile, most spa spots have various massage options; you can choose from the traditional Filipino massage to Thai or Swedish massage to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. So whether you’re stressed out about the weather or simply want to have a relaxing time as you wait out the rain, signing up for a spa treatment is the way to go.
3. Discover Palawan’s nightlife.
Booze party on a rainy day, anyone?
Image: SAVA Beach Bar
Palawan might be lagging when it comes to nightlife, but saying it has none at all is a misconception. In fact, you can find pubs and bars in Puerto Princesa City up and running until the wee hours. As an island province, the lively nightlife scene, especially in Coron and El Nido, is close to the sea that you might want to hang out there and grab a drink even on a rainy day. One last tip to double the enjoyment: when at a bar, don’t just sit in the corner; talk to people and make new friends as you groove to the music!
4. Explore the underwater scene.
How about diving in El Nido?
Image: Palawan Divers - El Nido Facebook Page
If it’s just a drizzle or a rain shower and the sea is calm, no one would stop you from diving. This is probably on top of your escapade checklist already, as the waters of Palawan are perfect for diving. To get an idea of what to expect underwater, simply imagine you’re inside a giant aquarium brimming with marine life of different sizes and colors and you already have a general picture of the thriving marine life. If you’re reluctant to dive with the weather issue in mind, don’t worry. If it’s stormy and the conditions are too risky, your diving instructor will surely advise you to forget the “you only live once” mantra for the time being and to postpone the dive. Taking a risk in bad weather is a terrible idea!
5. Go to the beach and enjoy the view.
San Vicente’s Port Barton Beach is still lovely even with a backdrop of gray skies.
Swimming at the beach on a rainy day can still be an appealing option. All over Palawan are plenty of beautiful beaches that you can still visit during this season. Among the places in the province with exceptional beaches are El Nido, Coron, Linapacan, San Vicente, Puerto Princesa City and Balabac. They’ll still leave you in awe even on a rainy day! But always take extra precaution and know when to avoid the waters, especially when it’s raining hard and there are lightning and thunderstorm.
This list of things to do clearly shows that you can still enjoy Palawan even on rainy days! Have you already tried at least one of these activities before? We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments section!