The pristine white sand beaches and glittering waters of the sea around the Philippines’ most sparsely populated region are what draws visitors in search of their tropical island idyll. The marine life here is plentiful and viewing is often exceptional thanks to the crystal clear and calm waters of the Sulu Sea. Flora and fauna on land are also impressive, with some amazon-like jungle to be found on the main island. The now well-known towns of El Nido and Coron are becoming increasingly popular as gateways to the nearby islands and dive sites. As a result they are unfortunately becoming rather tacky and we would recommend visitors to this stunning area head directly to one of the amazing smaller islands instead such as Amanpulo, which is an absolute classic.
Best Time to Visit
The ideal months to visit Palawan are in February and March, when rainfall is close to zero and the temperature is a very pleasant 27 degrees on average. Officially, the dry season runs from October to May however, so visitors should expect good weather on the whole during these months. It is not recommended to visit the area during the wet season as the rain can be torrential and therefore not a good combination for an island getaway.