Best island in the world: Palawan

Best island in the world: Palawan 1080 810 Marco Santoni

If you try to google “Best islands in the world” to spend your vacation, you’re going to unavoidably stumble upon Palawan.

Palawan is the best island in the world?

Of course, there is no way to determine which is really “the best”, there are too many subjective variables to consider.

But, that’s clear, Palawan is often considered the most beautiful island in the world.

Let’s give an example: The Leisure + Travel readers (one of America’s most influential travel magazines) voted Palawan as the most beautiful island, for two years in a row.

Palawan is also the backdrop of many popular movies and TV series, such as The World Is Not Enough, The Bourne Legacy, and La Casa De Papel.

That’s contributed to spread worldwide the island’s popularity.

The real spontaneous question is: why?

Which are the elements that distinguish Palawan from other tropical paradises?

The answer is not simple. Let’s try to identify three crucial aspects which, in our opinion, truly make the difference.

1. Palawan is for everybody

There are flights from everywhere around the world that take you to this beautiful patch of Eden.

From luxurious hotels and resorts, to the lowliest hut for low budget travelers, Palawan is definitely for everybody to take a trip to.

Are you an adventurous soul, always craving for new emotions? Palawan is the right place for you.

Are you, on the contrary, the laziest person you’ve never known, and all you expect from your holiday is extreme relax? Palawan is the right place for you.

Are you interested in local culture or nature biodiversity? Palawan is the right place for you.

Are you looking for the most stunning views in the entire world? Well, guess what? Right, Palawan is the place you’re looking for!

2. Welcoming locals

Filipinos are well known for being welcoming and friendly with tourists and that’s why, Palawan can be the best destination for many tourists.

Is it true? Yes, definitely!

Locals in Palawan will do everything to make you feel like you’re at home. Always expect a smile from them, or a kind gesture: the good reputation is absolutely justified.

Also, Palawan is for sure one of the safest places in the world: you will always feel safe and protected during your stay.

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3. Unspoiled beaches and landscapes

Palawan is composed of 1700 islands and islets, many of them are still perfectly untouched.

So, there is no need to buy a bunch of airline tickets to travel to different islands when you can have them in just one trip.

Locals make every effort to keep Palawan as clean as possible who follow the policy of green clean concept in which the areas are kept clean through plantation, not only providing a pollution-free environment but also a healthier and natural look: despite the considerable amount of tourists who often come in package i.e., groups, Palawan is still incredibly clean and pure.

Unlike many other tropical paradises (often more inflated and popular), future generations will still have the chance to see the pristine beaches, landscapes and crystal clear water of Palawan both due to its natural beauty and budget travel.

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4. The Biggest Game Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary

Palawan has been declared as the best island to be visited for many consecutive years and, no doubt, it rightfully is.

Calauit Island, located in Palawan, hosts the biggest game preserve and wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines.

The Calauit Safari Park offers the best experience of living the jungle life as inhibiting almost all the wild animals. Giraffes and Zebras are abundant.

Also, with recent increase in the park’s budget to be spent to promote tourism, it is becoming a heaven for the tourists.

Palawan both due to its natural beauty and budget travel.

5. World’s Longest Underground River System

The world’s longest underground river system available to common visitors is located in the Palawan district.

The national park having this river system is called the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is situated 50km north of the beautiful city of Puerto Princesa at the St. Paul Mountain Range.

Not only it is the longest navigable river system but also has cave ways that add to its beauty.

To add to its glory, it was names as a UNESCO world heritage site and is included in the 7 wonders of the modern world.

Nonetheless, the rainforest adds another five stars to its beauty. 

These are the reasons why Palawan is considered the best island in the world, so, who waits for the right time to go to such a place hosting so many sites that are naturally overwhelmed with beauty?

Every time is the right time.

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Places in your Palawan’s Bucket List

Places in your Palawan’s Bucket List 915 515 Enrico Rivasi

You definitely should add theese 7 places in your Palawan’s Bucket List

Lagoons and beaches in El Nido

Places in your palawan’s bucket list!

Situated in the north, El Nido region is the emblem of Palawan.

Spectacular limestone cliffs, crystal clear water, dream beaches, unbelivably spectacular lagoons: definitely one of the most beautiful places in the entire world.

Unfortunately, expect quite a lot of tourists there.

Port Barton

Are you disappointed by the tourist invasion while on holiday in Palawan? Don’t worry: you can consider Port Barton as a quieter (and cheaper!) alternative to El Nido.

If white desert beaches are what you’re looking for, Port Barton is the right option for you.

Underground river

This is definitely something you can’t miss: it’s one of the 7 New Wonders Of Nature. Do we need to say anything else?

(If yes, here you can find a full article dedicated to the Underground River).

Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is the capital of Palawan.

From the capital you can easily access to the Underground River and the islands of the Honda Bay: Corwie, Starfish, Luli e Pandan.

Why calling “Starfish” an island? Beacause it’s full of starfish, of course!


One of the most spactacular spots in Palawan. What makes this place famous (more than breathtaking views, of course) is the fact that it’s full of wreck form the WWII.

Balabac islands

Balabac is a group of more than 30 islands situated in the south-west of Palawan.

Unspoiled fine sandy beaches, endemic flora and fauna and rich marine life: another unforgettable gem of the most beautiful island in the world.

The Tubbataha Reef National Park

The Tubbataha Reef National Park is the main marine park in the Philippines, and a UNESCO world heritage site.

With his astonishing coral reefs, the site is considered the Mecca of diving (click here if you want more informations about diving in Palawan).

Here you can find some activities to do in Palawan, if you book with us you will get a discount