The Perfect 1 Week in Palawan Itinerary Story

By Amanda Strube


The Perfect 1 Week in Palawan Itinerary Story

Tucked away in South East Asia is a magical, emerald archipelago known as the Philippines. This heavenly paradise is a... Read more

Day 1

El Nido

El Nido is a naturally striking place to begin your 7 day Palawan itinerary. Named after the nesting swiftlets, this... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 1

"Secret Beach" on Matinloc Island

Matinloc Island is usually included in 'Tour C' packages from El Nido, which is a full-day tour. As you'll already... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 2

Matinloc Shrine

The Matinloc Shrine was built in the 1980s. Its proper name is the Shrine of Our Lady of Matinloc. It... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 3

El Nido Boutique Artcafe

After a long morning of snorkeling and being out on the water, grab a bite to eat at the Boutique... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 4

Dilumacad Island

From afar, this island looks like a helicopter, thus adopting the nickname, Helicopter Island. Helicopter Island is the perfect spot... Read more

Day 1 - Stop 5

SAVA Beach Bar

One of the more popular beachfront bars, amongst tourists, is the SAVA Beach Bar. It offers drinks and cocktails, dancing,... Read more

Day 2

Lagoon Hopping with El Nido Tour A

The lagoons dotted around El Nido are best experienced by booking a tour. Everything, including lunch, is taken care of... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 1

The Small Lagoon

The Small Lagoon is typically the first stop when doing 'Tour A' from El Nido. The entrance to this lagoon... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 2

The Big Lagoon

After exploring the Small Lagoon, you will hop over to The Big Lagoon where more magical wonders await. The Big... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 3

The Not-so-secret, Secret Lagoon

By now, you might think that you'll be tired of going from one lagoon to another, but the not-so-secret lagoon... Read more

Day 2 - Stop 4

Shimizu Island

Shimizu Island is just one more magical stop on this lagoon tour. The island, originally named after a Japanese diver,... Read more

Day 3

More of El Nido

You need more than one day in El Nido to experience all it has to offer. Waterfalls and caves are... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 1

The Local Market

Start the day bright and early with the locals. The public market opens up every day at 4 am, not... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 2

Nagkalit-kalit Falls

What a better way to start your day than by swimming at a waterfall? Nagkalit-kalit Falls is a reasonably popular... Read more

Day 3 - Stop 3

Las Cabanas Beach

After the waterfalls, head back towards where you were earlier, but a bit further south, to reach Las Cabanas Beach.... Read more

Day 4

Port Barton

If you are ready for some less touristy areas, Port Barton is the spot for you. After exploring some of... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 1

Palawan Easy Dive in Port Barton

Port Barton is not typically at the top of a tourist's list for what to do in Palawan, which makes... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 2

Pamuayan Falls

Not far from the city center are a lush and vibrant jungle and bamboo path about 3 miles long. The... Read more

Day 4 - Stop 3

Milano Cafe

Good coffee and food never get old, and Milano Cafe is the best place around in Port Barton. This cafe... Read more

Day 5

Puerto Princesa Getaway

After a few days of enjoying the El Nido area and Port Barton, you will then head to Puerto Princesa... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 1

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

As mentioned before, Puerto Princesa is world-famous for its underground river system. The Subterranean River National Park is one the... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 2

Ugong Rock Adventures

Many people make a pitstop at the Ugong Rock Adventure Park for some more exciting adventures. You can pick from... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 3

Kalui Restaurant

After a day spent underground, retreat back to the city to experience the vibrant nightlife. Start your night with tasty... Read more

Day 5 - Stop 4

Firefly Watching on the Iwahig River

On this tour, you will ride a 3-person boat with an assigned guide that will take you through the mangrove-lined... Read more

Day 6

Lipuun Point Reservation

After another long car ride, you will be rewarded with the beautiful Lipuun Point Reservation. The reservation is made up... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 1

Philippines' Cradle of Civilization

The Tabon Caves can only be reached by boat, booked through the Tabon Caves Museum. The caves are protected due... Read more

Day 6 - Stop 2

Sidanao Island and Nasirik Island

These uninhabited islands are charming and alluring with their white sand beaches and soothing waters. When you hire a boat... Read more

Day 7

Balabac Island Tour

At the bottom of Palawan is a heavenly group of islands in an area referred to as Balabac. These remote... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 1

Onuk Island

Onuk Island is privately owned, and a permit is needed before heading there. You can easily get a permit from... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 2

Candaraman Island

Candaraman is a secret gem amongst hundreds of emerald islands along the Balabac chain. The shallows are typically lined with... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 3

Punta Sebaring

Punta Sebaring is the 3rd longest sandbar in the Philippines and is a beautiful, sunbleached white sand beach. There is... Read more

Day 7 - Stop 4

Patawan Island

Patawan Island is a super small island that you can walk around in about 15 mins, but don't let its... Read more


Final Thoughts

Palawan is one of the most naturally beautiful and serene places on earth. The calm waters, soft sand beaches, and... Read more