Palawan: the region and its sights

Palawan is the largest island in the Philippines. It belongs to an archipelago with more than a thousand islands and has a rich fauna and flora. You can enjoy immense forests, mountains and deserted white beaches. The limestone cliffs with their underwater caves are home to numerous species of tropical fish and corals. You will find water turtles there and more than hundreds of birds live in the forests. Palawan is truly a tropical destination where you can experience an unforgettable holiday.

Brief history

Palawan was part of the Sultanate of Brunei for more than two centuries, but before that the island also had its own civilization with its own language and government. From 1749 the island came under Spanish authority.
In 1902 the Americans took over and made Puerto Princesa the capital. During the Second World War there were Japanese invasions, but the island was finally liberated again by the Americans in 1945.


Along the coast you will find quiet villages, small towns and numerous uninhabited islands. Be sure to visit the capital Puerto Princesa and the beautiful El Nido region in the northern part of the island. In the south you will find dense forests and mountains.

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is a paradise city close to beautiful white beaches and tropical forests. The inhabitants mainly live from agriculture and fishing. Puerto Princesa has a very humid climate and an average temperature of about 27 degrees.

Reserve in Puerto Princesa

Here you will find hundreds of crocodiles ranging from newborn cuties to terrifying adult monsters. You can take a guided tour every thirty minutes.

Butterfly garden in Puerto Princesa

The Butterfly Garden is located near the capital. You will find numerous species of colorful butterflies. You will see a short video that illustrates the life cycle of the delicate creatures.

Museum in Puerto Princesa

This museum is located in the town hall. It has two floors with important ethnological and archaeological artifacts.

El Nido

El Nido is a busy municipality best known for its limestone cliffs and its enchanting underwater world. You will find sea turtles there and hundreds of bird species live in the forest. You can visit several islands from the southwestern coast.

Nagkalit-Kalit waterfalls in El Nido

These beautiful waterfalls are located a few kilometers north of El Nido. Walk to the source and enjoy a refreshing dip.

Museum in El Nido

This is a well preserved traditional village house. Take a tour and get to know traditional life. You can spend the night there and experience the community up close.

Nacpan Beach in El Nido

Escape civilization and head further north to Nacpan Beach. This paradise place with its golden beach is 3 km long.


The average temperature on the island is approximately 31 degrees all year round. On the western coast it rains six months a year. The east coast does not have a particularly rainy climate. The southern part of the island is not subject to tropical depressions, but Northern Palawan experiences heavy downpours during the months of July and August. To avoid rain showers and enjoy a calm sea, it is recommended to visit the island from March to beginning of June.


Palawan is a true world of wonders with beautiful fauna and flora. Enjoy Filipino cuisine in the charming capital, relax on the nearby beaches and enjoy the ubiquitous beautiful sea views. Take a dip in the crystal clear water or take a tropical walk in the dense forests. If you want to escape to another world, Palawan is the recommended destination.