Palawan, known as the Philippines' final ecological frontier, is one of the country's most biodiverse regions. Sugary beaches, cays, and towering limestone cliffs set it apart from the rest.
Palawan’s Underground River
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is the world's second-longest subterranean river. It's the one that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year. The journey to Sabang Wharf's jump-off location will provide you with a beautiful view of the countryside.
Following that, you'll board an outrigger canoe that will transport you to the underground river. Following disembarkation, a short walk via a forested nature trail and wooden paths lead to the cave opening, where paddle boats to the cave are docked.
Paddling through the cave system is a great experience for nature enthusiasts. When you take an underground river trip, be prepared to witness stalactites and stalagmites of varied forms and sizes.
The journey will take you through a section of the 8.2-kilometer subterranean river that runs underneath the protected cave, giving you lots of opportunities to admire the rock formations. Within the cave, you'll see stalactites that resemble vegetables, dinosaurs, and religious images.
Barracuda Water is another notable lake attraction in Coron. The original occupants of the Calamianes Islands, which included Coron, were the Tagbanuas, Cuyonon, and Calmiananen.
The lake's turquoise waters and granite formations will make you pause for a moment before diving in to cool off from the afternoon heat.
Its name comes from the discovery of a barracuda skeleton in its depths by divers. Barracuda Lake is also one of the country's cleanest lakes and a popular stop on an island-hopping trip in Coron.
The boat ride to the lake is beautiful, with sedimentary rocks rising over the ocean until you reach the docking zone. It's one of the more otherworldly experiences you can have on your Coron trip.
Barracuda Lake is included in many island-hopping cruises in Coron. There is an admission fee as well as a guide fee, which are frequently included in the package. Before diving into the turquoise seas, make sure to capture plenty of photos and films!
The Big Lagoon is known for its vibrantly colored waters and magnificent limestone cliffs that rise from the horizon. It's located near El Nido, Palawan, off the eastern shore of Miniloc Island. The easiest way to get there is on a guided boat tour, such as the El Nido island-hopping Tour A.
The boat will approach Big Lagoon by circumnavigating a rock that separates it from a smaller lagoon. From here, travelers are greeted by the unforgettable bright blue of the lake. The entrance pool is a stunning Gatorade blue, and tourists frequently stay on the boats for a while to marvel at it.
While boats can take you farther into the lagoon, most operators only dock at the entrance so that swimmers, snorkelers, and kayakers have enough area. The light from the water.
The Big Lagoon is famed for its vibrantly colored waters and majestic limestone cliffs rising from the horizon. It's off the eastern shore of Miniloc Island, near El Nido, Palawan. A guided boat excursion, such as the El Nido island-hopping Tour A, is the most convenient method to get there.
By circumnavigating a rock that separates Big Lagoon from a smaller lagoon, the boat will be able to approach Big Lagoon. The unmistakable vivid blue of the lake greets visitors from here. Tourists frequently sit on the boats for a while to wonder at the entrance pool, which is a brilliant Gatorade blue.
While boats can go deeper into the lagoon, most just stop at the entrance so that swimmers can get in.
The Secret Lagoon, a little natural pool encircled by extraordinarily high limestone cliffs, will greet you once you enter. You can take a dip in the natural cool pool or simply lie and relax on the gorgeous white beach. While in the lagoon, take in and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
The water is colder here than in the Big and Small Lagoons because of the cliffs that shield it from the sun's beams. The mystique of the Secret Lagoon is what makes it a worthwhile excursion. It's an important part of El Nido's island-hopping Tour A, and the locals adore it.
This island, also known as Vigan Island, is named after its S-shaped sandbar, which is around 3 meters long.
Snake Island trips are popular, much like any other island in El Nido, because of its crystal clear blue seas. It is one of the islands that will provide you with the sensation of walking in the middle of the sea.
Snorkeling near the shoreline allows you to see marine life such as little fish, sea turtles, corals, and starfish. Snake Island is also a tropical paradise with lush vegetation and a plethora of mangroves, where monkeys are frequently spotted.
Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park
The spectacular Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park is located off the coast of Palawan in the center of the Sulu Sea. With its light blue and white appearance, this park may appear to be a sandy island from the air, but it is a cornucopia of reefs found by a group of divers in the 1970s.
Divers who want to get a close look will have to sign up for a liveaboard boat and spend a few days on the water due to its remote position.
To witness unspoiled animals in their original habitat, the trip is well worth it. Green sea turtles, manta rays, 11 different shark species, dozens of colorful fish, and more may all be found in and around the reef.