Long and wide, to the west of the Philippine archipelago, Palawan is the wildest, most unspoilt and least populated island in the archipelago. With its beauty and natural assets, rocky mountains, lush forest and deep sea, it has become one of the most popular islands in the Philippines for tourists. Fine sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons, sumptuous underwater fauna. In other words, the destination is worth a visit. Palawan is divided into four regions that can be reached by boat, from north to south: Coron (the most fantastic natural area), El Nido (the most touristic), Port Barton (the quietest village) and Puerto Princesa (the largest city on the island). Rent a scooter and scroll along the main road, along the rice fields and beaches, to take the time to enjoy your discovery. No Internet connection in Palawan, you have to know that! This can be an opportunity to really disconnect from digital life and browse the pages of your favorite tourist guide. You can sleep in guest houses or guest houses and small hotel structures. To dive and discover the marine and underwater treasures, you must be accompanied by an accredited local guide. Diving in Palawan is an unforgettable experience. You discover an underwater landscape populated by exotic fish as in an image of Épinal!

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When to go to Palawan?

When to go to Palawan? The high tourist season, and the best time to travel to the Philippines and Palawan in particular, is from early November to late February-early March and during Holy Week (March-April). The low tourist season extends from June to October (lower rates most often). During this monsoon period, about twenty typhoons cross the country. However, many travellers walked around in August-September and had very good weather (especially in Palawan). If we were to rename the Philippines, we would certainly call this archipelago the one of festivals. They are very numerous and all very rich in colours. The inhabitants invite visitors to their homes to share not only food, but also some good times. So, whatever the time of year you visit the Philippines, you can attend one of the many festivals.

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Most tours in the Philippines last 15 days, but count a good 20 days for a grand tour of the archipelago. Different thematic stays are offered by the travel agencies over two weeks: an adventure and trekking tour around the rice terraces and volcanoes, or a tour around the dream beaches and diving in a Palawan/Bohol combination, for example

The Philippines poses little risk to independent travellers. There are few thefts, but it is better to leave your valuables in a hotel safe, especially in Manila. When travelling to Mindanao, you should know that you are taking some risks, as some areas such as Zamboanga are considered the stronghold of armed groups that organize kidnappings for ransom. Apart from this area, the rest of the Philippines is not a problem

It is easy to travel by plane in the Philippine archipelago, but it is mainly the boat and the many ferries that serve the islands. The most picturesque means of public transportation is jeepneys, jeeps abandoned by the American army and converted into minibuses. There are also, by extension, jeepneys of the sea, also called bangkas, small wooden boats that operate between the islands, but that can also be rented by the day.

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When to travel?

When to go to Palawan? The high tourist season, and the best time to travel to the Philippines and Palawan in particu...
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Weather forecast

The Philippines and particularly the island of Palawan have a tropical, hot and humid climate all year round. The ave...
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Budget

The cost of living is much lower in the Philippines than in Europe, but tourists often use expensive services such as...
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Formalities

For a stay of less than 30 days in the Philippines and therefore on the island of Palawan, no visa is required for th...
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Health

No vaccinations are required for travel to the Philippines and particularly to Palawan. However, it is advisable to b...
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How to travel by yourself?

The Philippines poses little risk to independent travellers. There are few thefts, but it is better to leave your val...
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How to get organized?

Most tours in the Philippines last 15 days, but count a good 20 days for a grand tour of the archipelago. Different t...
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Getting around

It is easy to travel by plane in the Philippine archipelago, but it is mainly the boat and the many ferries that serv...
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