Palawan (Northern Region)

Palawan (Northern Region), photo by Jerick Parrone
Palawan (Northern Region) (photo by Jerick Parrone)
 

Palawan is a large, long island in the Philippines, lying between the South China Sea (northwest) and the Sulu Sea (southeast).

It has long been considered the Filipino last frontier, but there are scattered travel facilities throughout much of the island.

The northern region of Palawan, including the coastal town of El Nido and Bacuit Bay, has perhaps the most sights to offer travelers, especially those interested in diving.

In addition to abundant coral, the area also features limestone cliffs, lagoons, and beautiful, uncrowded beaches.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
Recommending Sources:
   Lonely Planet
   Rough Guide
   1000 Places to See Before You Die

 

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El Nido Cove Resort

Situated along the coastline, El Nido Cove Resort offers peaceful and comfortable accommodation overlooking the stunning Bacuit Bay. It features a restaurant and provides free parking space on site. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$119

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Makulay Lodge and Villas

Located in Bacuit Bay, Makulay Lodge and Villas provides comfortable accommodation with views of the sea. This beachfront property has a restaurant. Simply furnished, rooms and villas come with either a fan or air conditioning. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

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Silverise Pension

Silverise Pension has guestrooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi in its common areas. Located in El Nido, the property has a 24-hour front desk and offers free parking. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

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Lally and Abet Beach Cottages

Lally and Abet Beach Cottages is a beachfront resort featuring air-conditioned rooms with a patio or balcony offering sea or garden views.The resort is a 10-minute drive from El Nido Airport and has its own restaurant. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75 - $58

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Inngo Tourist Inn

Inngo Tourist Inn offers rooms with a balcony and with free Wi-Fi. Located in El Nido, the inn is a 2-minute walk from the beach. It features a tour desk and has an outdoor seating area. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

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See all hotels in Palawan (Northern Region).
Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Vera Rosa

Vera Rosa

Featuring free WiFi, Vera Rosa offers accommodation in El Nido, 10 km from Big Lagoon. All rooms come with a desk, trash cans and private bathroom. Some rooms have air conditioning, a fan and flat-screen cable TV. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido

Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido

Featuring modern and stylish decor, Spin Designer Hostel - El Nido offers comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in its public areas. It has a games room, common terrace and complimentary parking on site. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$20

$20-
Garden Bay Beach Resort El Nido

Garden Bay Beach Resort El Nido

Located out of town within its own private area, Garden Bay Beach Resort offers peaceful accommodation in El Nido. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant and free WiFi access is available. Some rooms have a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$30

$30-
Inngo Tourist Inn

Inngo Tourist Inn

Inngo Tourist Inn offers rooms with a balcony and with free Wi-Fi. Located in El Nido, the inn is a 2-minute walk from the beach. It features a tour desk and has an outdoor seating area. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

$36-
Big Creek Mansion

Big Creek Mansion

Set in El Nido, 9 km from Big Lagoon, Big Creek Mansion boasts a barbecue and views of the garden. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. The rooms are fitted with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$36

$36-
La Salangane Caalan Beach Villa

La Salangane Caalan Beach Villa

Offering a garden, La Salangane Caalan Beach Villa is set in El Nido. Big Lagoon is 9 km away. Free WiFi is featured . All units are air conditioned and include a flat-screen TV. Some units feature a dining area and/or balcony. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$45

$45-
Makulay Lodge and Villas

Makulay Lodge and Villas

Located in Bacuit Bay, Makulay Lodge and Villas provides comfortable accommodation with views of the sea. This beachfront property has a restaurant. Simply furnished, rooms and villas come with either a fan or air conditioning. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$48

$48-
Silverise Pension

Silverise Pension

Silverise Pension has guestrooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi in its common areas. Located in El Nido, the property has a 24-hour front desk and offers free parking. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$50

$50-
Lally and Abet Beach Cottages

Lally and Abet Beach Cottages

Lally and Abet Beach Cottages is a beachfront resort featuring air-conditioned rooms with a patio or balcony offering sea or garden views.The resort is a 10-minute drive from El Nido Airport and has its own restaurant. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$75 - $58

$75-
The Nest El Nido Beach Resort

The Nest El Nido Beach Resort

The Nest El Nido Beach Resort is located in El Nido, 9 km from Big Lagoon and 9 km from Small Lagoon. Each room at this resort is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$115

$115-
Lio Villas Resort

Lio Villas Resort

Situated in El Nido, Lio Villas features peaceful and comfortable accommodation with free WiFi access in the public areas. It houses an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and free parking space on site. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$119

$119-
El Nido Cove Resort

El Nido Cove Resort

Situated along the coastline, El Nido Cove Resort offers peaceful and comfortable accommodation overlooking the stunning Bacuit Bay. It features a restaurant and provides free parking space on site. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$119

$119-
Casa Kalaw

Casa Kalaw

Featuring a garden and an outdoor swimming pool, Casa Kalaw offers modern and stylish accommodation in El Nido, 13 km from the famous Big Lagoon. Free WiFi access is available throughout the property. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$119

$119-

Highlighted Interests:

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

Island hopping & camping

Among the most popular activities in the area is island hopping. Boats typically carry 6-12 people and will visit 4 or 5 islands in a day, with a BBQ lunch and snorkel gear included.

For visitors with the time, overnight island hopping is an option. This involves camping on a deserted island (a la Survivor) style), with complete privacy. Maybe catch your own fish for dinner.
Beaches
Both El Nido and Bacuit Bay are known for their many beaches marked by clear waters, jungle, steep limestone cliffs and stunning inlets.
Diving
There is some amazing coral areas off of the north side of Palawan, with El Nido the best place to get equipment and make arrangements. SSI and PADI open water and advanced dive courses are offered.

Snorkling equipment also available, and there are some shallow water spots.
Other Interests:
Natural
Kayaking and Canoeing
Hiking and Trekking
Climbing

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