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5 Awesome Things To Do in Palawan for the Holidays

Let the stunning landscape backdrop your holiday in Palawan!

By: Denisse Shawntel Tan | October 01, 2022
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Planning a holiday trip to Palawan? These activities will help you make the most out of your stay.

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The possibilities seem endless when you’re in a beautiful place like Palawan. Besides reveling in the stunning landscapes, there are various activities you can do to make the most of your stay. During the holiday in Palawan, you have more time to explore and more days to try out everything to do in Palawan. The best part is that an island is a place all ages can enjoy, so your loved ones will have fun, too! Here are five things to do in Palawan for your best holiday vacation yet!


1. Caves and Island Hopping

Location: Various spots in El Nido, Coron, and Puerto Princesa
Rates: Depends on the tour package
Schedule: Tours start as early as 6:00AM and last the whole day


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Packages for caves and island tours offer a thrill for adventure and nature lovers.

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Since you’re in one of the world’s most gorgeous islands, why not explore its wonders? If you plan to spend your holiday in Palawan, your visit wouldn’t be complete without caves and island hopping tours. From the historical Puerto Princesa Underground River to the breathtaking islands in Coron, the caves and island tours in Palawan will take you to the best island destinations.


2. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling

Location: El Nido, Coron
Rates: Depends on the area and tour package
Schedule: Starts early in the morning


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You can explore the various coral reefs in Palawan.

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Palawan is considered one of the best island destinations for diving spots because of its rich marine life and coral reefs. You can choose to explore Puerto Princesa, El Nido, Coron, or Tubbataha Reef. If you’re not an experienced diver, Palawan has professional diving instructors willing to teach the basics. Aside from getting up close with various aquatic wildlife, you can also visit shipwrecks.



3. Visiting a Wildlife Safari

Entrance Fee: Start at PhP200
Schedule:
Morning trips start at 7:00AM
Afternoon trips start at 1:00PM
The whole trip takes 5-6 hours


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The Calauit Safari also allows visitors to feed giraffes.

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There are more things to do in Palawan besides marveling at sea creatures. Why not explore a wildlife sanctuary featuring majestic land animals, too? Calauit Safari Park in Coron features giraffes, elans, Calamian deers, monkeys, waterbucks, bearcats, freshwater crocodiles, and various birds. Along with the wild animals, you can also find different exotic and endemic flora and fauna in the sanctuary.


4. Hiking

Location: Cleopatra’s Needle, Mt. Bahils, Mt. Beaufort, Mt. Bloomfield, Mt. Magarwak, Mt. Darala, Mt. Matalingahan, Mt. Victoria, Mt. Thumbpeak, Mt. Salakot, and more mountains and peaks in Palawan
Rates: Depends on the location
Schedule: Hikes start early in the morning


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The incredible view at Mt. Magarwak is a rewarding sight to behold.

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Besides its beautiful beach resorts, beaches, and islands, Palawan is also known for its captivating mountains. Trekking and hiking enthusiasts can visit various provinces peaks, such as Cleopatra’s Needle, Mt. Bahils, Mt. Beaufort, Mt. Bloomfield, Mt. Magarwak, Mt. Darala, Mt. Matalingahan, Mt. Victoria, Mt. Thumbpeak, and Mt. Salakot. Each mountain has unique charms and difficulty levels, but all feature spectacular views at the summit.

You may visit https://www.travel-palawan.com/about-palawan/trekking-in-palawan/ for bookings.



5. Firefly Watching

Location: Iwahig River Firefly
Rates: PhP600 for boat rental
Schedule: Tours start in the evening until the late evening


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Fireflies are abundant in the Iwahig River.

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Christmas lights are abundant during the holiday in Palawan. With the pretty Christmas lights, you can view spectacular fireflies at the Iwahig Firefly Watching Tour. The clear skies in the area provide an excellent atmosphere for watching fireflies on the mangroves and trees. With the pretty Christmas lights, you can also view spectacular fireflies and the Iwahig Firefly Watching Tour. The well-trained boatmen and tour guides will not only take you to the fireflies but also to the bioluminescent phytoplankton in the river. Indeed, Palawan can be your next best holiday destination in the country!


From scuba diving to firefly watching, there are many things to do in Palawan that will make your holidays memorable!


Visit Yoorekka Magazine for more exciting travel spots and stories in Palawan!


Stay safe as you travel! Make sure to follow social distancing protocols and observe health precautions. Have a great trip!


This article was initially published in Yoorekka on September 08, 2020.


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About Denisse Shawntel Tan
Denisse Tan is currently a work in progress: she’s an aspiring writer, artist, and fashion designer! She’s trying to figure out how to manage her time in achieving all of her goals while also taking in life as humanly possible. Aside from art, she’s a big fan of the color pink, disco music, Bratz dolls, and Genshin Impact. By age 35, she plans to travel to New York City 🗽.
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