The main island is 425 km long and 40 km at its widest point. It is home to the province capital of Puerto Princesa, widely recognised as the Philippines cleanest city.
At the north end of Palawan province is the Calamianes Islands that offers a abundance of adventure holiday activities both on land, above and below the sea.
Find out more by watching this excellent video by our friends Chris Geary and his partner, Erick De Chavez.
There are five major airports in Palawan, at Peurto Princesa, El Nido, Sandoval, Busuanga and Cuyo. These airports are served by regular flights from Manila.
The best time to visit Palawan is from October to May when average temperatures are around 30°C and little rainfall.
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El Nido’s biggest booze cruise! Launched in February 2016, this lesbian-owned Party Boat offers ocean cruising, island chillin’, snorkeling, BBQ, music and free flow of alcoholic drinks. They also offer overnight trips to secluded islands for groups.
The boat picks you up in the morning (11am) and drops you off after sunset. It cruises to the best spots, beaches and lagoons in the area. Check the website for rates, routes and more information. LGBT community receives a 10% discount.
Located on Palawan island, El Nido is rated by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful places on earth.
The popular Tiki Resto Bar offers good food, reasonably priced drinks and regular live music in Palawan.
Tiki is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday night, attracting a large number of local gay guys who are easy to spot.
+63 91 5787 9364 |
Fancy a trip on yacht? Gay Sail Philippines, run by a gay couple, offers yacht trip services to explore around the Palawan islands, including more remote places, beaches and scuba diving sites.
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+63 48 433 2580; +63 928 753 9621 (mobile) |
weekday 11am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm
weekend 11am-2pm, 6pm-10:30pm
One of the best & most famous seafood restaurants in Puerto Princesa. The gay-owned KaLui offers an authentic experience from the moment you arrive. Remove your shoes and walk barefooted to your table.
Everything on the menu is either from the sea or grown in the field. Fresh fish, sashimi, tempura, shellfish soup, sinigang, baked mussel and more.
Thanks to Adam Preston @ Rainbow Scuba for the photo.
weekday 8am-12pm; 5pm-8pm
weekend 8am-12pm; 5pm-8pm
New gay-owned shop near Port Barton Beach in Palawan. Barton Bike sells gifts, souvenirs and serve coffee and tapas. Scooter rental available.
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Why this hotel? Beachfront views. Quiet & beautiful surroundings. Free WiFi.
As featured in Chris Geary’s video, this beautiful resort town on Busuanga Island in Palawan, is set in bay with a 500-metre stretch of white sandy beach, with views of the mangroves and neighbouring islands.
All rooms are on the beachfront, overlooking the bay and the ocean. Enjoy watching the sunset from your own veranda! You can snorkel on the stunning Port Caltom’s Reef Bar, explore neighbouring islands or just sunbathe by the resort’s infinity pool.
For the more adventurous, the resort offers a range of water sports, scuba diving and hiking trails. This resort town is a one-hour flight from Manila. El Rio Y Mar offers transfer service from the airport – 30 minutes by land and then another scenic 30-minute boat trip.
based on 1441 Agoda reviews
Why this hotel? Central location. Fabulous pool. Great value. Free WiFi.
This great-value resort enjoys a convenient location in Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan, only a 5-minute drive from the airport (free shuttle to/from is provided).
Blue Lagoon Inn features a nice outdoor swimming pool with jacuzzi surrounded by a lush tropical garden. Each villa has free WiFi, air conditioning, flat screen TV, en suite bathroom with hot/cold shower, minibar and balcony overlooking the pool and garden.
There is a restaurant and bar onsite, although several other dining and bar options are just a few minutes’ walk away from the resort.
The resort is great for exploring the natural wonders of Palawan. You can go snorkelling, island-hopping, trekking, scuba diving, river cruising, rock climbing and other activities.