Have your Palawan Honeymoon, on the most beautiful, tropical islands in the world! This breathtaking honeymoon destination, also known as “the last ecological frontier of the Philippines” is home to some of the best beaches In Palawan. This is one of those places where photos don’t do it justice... It's no wonder couples have their honeymoon on Palawan, voted the number one island in the world, now three years in a row!
Have your honeymoon at one of the many luxurious Palawan resorts without it costing an arm and a leg. The best part about a Palawan Island honeymoon is the huge variety of things to do in Palawan. Discover the newest 7th Natural Wonder of the World, the Puerto Princesa Underground River while on your Palawan islands honeymoon. From hiking through luscious jungles to snorkelling coral reefs full of tropical marine life. There is something for every couple to enjoy on their Palawan Philippines honeymoon.
About - Palawan Honeymoon
The local people we met on our honeymoon in Palawan were just incredible; they’re some of the warmest and welcoming humans in the world. The Philippines differs quite a bit from the other destinations in South East Asia, as it has a big western influence. Most people speak really good English, which is why so many people come to honeymoon in Palawan Philippines. Being able to communicate with the locals definitely helps to circumnavigate the vast array of islands, scattered around this breathtaking archipelago!
The Philippines has a unique cultural mix of western and Spanish influence, due to Spain and America’s colonization of the Philippines. The local language Tagalog has many words very similar to Spanish. Although you don’t need to learn Tagalog, it’s definitely good to know a few basics words, as it's a respectful thing to do on your Palawan honeymoon.
The crowds at some many of the best beaches In Palawan aren't nearly as hectic as other honeymoon destinations like Bali and Boracay. However, some Palawan resorts do book out during peak holiday season. Your Palawan honeymoon is going to require an internal flight from Manila to Palawan. Make sure you follow our article with first hand Manila travel tips, to help you avoid scams.
All of the Filipino islands are utterly gorgeous with so many adventurous things to do, like surfing in the Philippines. If you're after some of the best Philippines honeymoon packages, you will find them on Palawan Island. There are so many all-inclusive Palawan resorts for couples wanting to relax and have a hassle-free Philippines honeymoon. So spend your Palawan honeymoon at the number one island in the world! Follow our Palawan honeymoon Philippines guide for everything you need to know to make this an unforgettable trip!
Philippines Visa Requirements
Majority of nationalities are able to obtain a free 30day visa upon arrival. Check to see your countries visa requirements. Thirty days is great for those wanting a short holiday, however, it wasn't nearly enough time for our Philippines honeymoon. If you plan to stay longer than a month, definitely look into getting a 59-day tourist visa. You can obtain this directly from the embassy or online. If you don’t have time to organise this in advance, you can also extend your visa waiver from the immigration office in the Philippines.
Palawan Honeymoon: Puerto Princesa
If you're having a Palawan honeymoon, chances are you're flying into Puerto Princesa. Make the most of your time in Puerto Princessa by exploring the city and surrounding attractions like Honda Bay. It is no surprise that the main attraction here is the Puerto Princesa Underground River, so make sure you check that out too!
Puerto Princessa Transport
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Top Things To Do In Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
The boat trip from Sabang to the national park is simply incredible, and a very romantic experience for you and your lover on your Palawan honeymoon. You're surrounded by crystal clear ocean and pass by many stunning rock formations on your way to the national park. The entrance to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is framed by limestone-jagged cliffs and you can hear the sounds of native wildlife.
Access to the river is at the mouth of the cave and is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water's edge. The Underground River travels 8.2km deep underground, through the surrounding mountains that you see on your drive into Sabang. The river opens up into several massive underground caves, with the most intricate limestone stalactites & stalagmites we’ve ever encountered. One large chamber known as the ‘Cathedral’ is over 60m high and has many cool formations inside like the incredible angel formation mounted on the wall. Try to get the front seat of the tour boat, if you'd like the best view. You are given a headset with an auditory explanation throughout the tour, which is super useful and informative.
Inside the Puerto Princesa Underground River...
At 1.5km inside you hit the twilight zone, where there are tons of bats and other creatures who have never ever been exposed to sunlight. The biodiversity inside the Underground River dates back 1000’s of years and has many species that have evolved over the years. We shone our torch on a crab, which had the thinnest transparent shell, you could literally see the inside of its body. The photo’s don’t do it justice at all, you need to see it in its full natural state to grasp how incredible the Puerto Princesa Underground River truly is!
Try to get an early tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River on your Palawan honeymoon in the Philippines. Wait times can exceed up to two hours in peak times! We were lucky and only had to wait 15minutes, however, some of our friends weren’t as lucky and waited well over an hour!
Puerto Princesa Night Market
If you’re heading near the public bus terminal and have half an hour free, then you definitely need to check out the night market on your Palawan Honeymoon! They have literally anything and everything imaginable from clothes to shoes, fresh seafood and meats, even some delicious street food. It's a really authentic experience that most honeymooners overlook when they come for their Palawan honeymoon in the Philippines. We found the meat section pretty overwhelming… but we’ll give the Filipino’s one thing, they’re really economical and don’t waste any part of the animal.
The whole vibe of the market was cool, everyone is so intrigued as to why you’re here and is excited when you’re keen to try their street food. Just make sure you know what you’re ordering because there’s a lot of weird meat… After seeing the meat section I was pretty keen to have something vegetarian. It looked like they had some wicked grilled capsicum on the BBQ, so I asked if it was and the lady said yes. Unfortunately, I didn’t see her son laughing hysterically behind her and opted to get my delicious grilled vegetable. Turns out it wasn’t capsicum at all… it was, in fact, pig skin! Just stick to the standard fried lumpia’s (spring rolls) and you will be fine. Visiting the Puerto Princesa Night Markets on your Palawan honeymoon is such an off the beaten path honeymoon experience.
You don't have to venture far to enjoy pristine beaches & exotic marine life. Spend the day island hopping with your lover on your Palawan honeymoon. Visit places like Luli Island, Starfish Island and Cowrie Island in Honda Bay Palawan. This awesome tour picks you up from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and takes you to the best places in Honda Bay, where you can go snorkelling. Couples looking for a fun day island hopping on their Palawan Honeymoon will love this tour, which includes a delicious buffet lunch.
Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm
Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is a wicked off the beaten path experience, located about 45 minutes from the city. It's a really interesting off the beaten path honeymoon experience that you won't get anywhere else in the world. You can literally go to the prison and chat with the inmates who are in jail on your Palawan honeymoon in the Philippines. Kind of crazy, but also kind of cool!
The trike ride was 800p for a round trip, or you can just rent a motorbike and cruise there on your own. Make sure you’re fully covered up, this means your legs and shoulders need to be covered. It’s free to get into the Prison, but you should bring along a gift e.g. cigarettes or money. We'd recommend gifting something that can easily be shared among the inmates.
Where To Stay In Puerto Princesa
The best part about your honeymoon in Palawan is the affordable cost of accommodation! Stay at Villa Calachuchi for your Palawan honeymoon, the bungalows are set in pristine gardens with a small pool. It's luxury honeymoon accommodation at a budget price point and it's located close to the airport.
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Honeymoon In Palawan: Port Barton
If you’re looking to relax by the beach away from the crowds on your Palawan honeymoon, Port Barton is the place to go. It's a great Palawan honeymoon destination that's off the beaten path... literally. It's off an unfinished dirt road that has construction going on around you. Perhaps the road has since been finished, nevertheless, it's a great Palawan honeymoon hotspot that isn't packed with tourists. The drive to Port Barton is incredible as it goes through some of the most untouched and underdeveloped parts of Palawan. We saw people bathing and washing their clothes in the river, farmers riding water buffalo and animals roaming around.
About Port Barton
Port Barton is a little-untouched slice of paradise which is ideal for newlyweds who're having a romantic Palawan honeymoon in the Philippines. Relax by the beach, indulge in a couples massage just relax and unwind after all the stress of the wedding. Palawan honeymoon destination, Port Barton is a very simple town, with dirt roads and no taxi's, so you have to walk to get around. The beach in Port Barton is far nicer than El Nido and is really secluded for couples wanting their own privacy.
Things To Know Before You Go
- There is a very limited supply of electricity to Port Barton and is prone to black outs.
- There is no ATM in Port Barton, so be sure to get cash out before you arrive. If you're strapped for cash, you do have the option to wire transfer some money.
- Try not to hurt yourself, as they have no hospital or doctors in Port Barton either.
- WiFi comes and goes in Port Barton, so try live in the moment and not on your phone
Top Things To Do In Port Barton
Island Hopping in Port Barton
Island Hopping is the main attraction here in Port Barton, which is great for couples on their Palawan honeymoon. If you're on budget honeymoon in Palawan, Port Barton is perfect as they offer island hopping for only 700 Php, opposed to 1,000 and upwards in El Nido Palawan. The price includes lunch and snorkelling, but be wary of people attempting to make you pay an 'environmental fee' on some of the islands as it’s already included in your ticket.
Rent a motorbike for the day (400 Php) to find Pamuayan Waterfall and explore the surrounding area. Otherwise, you can walk through the jungle to Pamuayan Waterfall in Port Barton on your Philippines honeymoon. We opted to walk to the waterfall by taking the trail next to Green View Hotel. It takes about 1.5 hours to walk, but it's amazing as you’re surrounded by nothing but nature, animals and little huts on the side of the road. The waterfall is spectacular, especially on a stinking hot day in the Philippines. You can climb up the side of the waterfall and jump off into the depths below, just be careful because the rocks are super slippery! We got a lift back to town on the back of a motorbike with a local for only 100 Php once it started to rain on us!w To Get To Port Barton, Palawan
You can get to honeymoon destination Port Barton by either land or sea on your Palawan honeymoon. We'd recommend land for couples who're on a budget honeymoon in the Philippines as it's slightly cheaper.
Sabang to Port Barton by boat
- 1,200 Php per person, book at the Green Verde restaurant on Sabang beach
El Nido to Port Barton by mini van
- 800 Php per person, book at the bus terminal in El Nido
Puerto Princesa to Port Barton by mini van
- 500 Php per person, book at the bus terminal in Puerto Princesa
Where to stay in Port Barton, Palawan
There's an abundance of accommodation options for your Port Barton honeymoon. Perhaps you're after a romantic honeymoon experience? You could look at staying at the famous Thelma & Toby's Island Beach Camp. It's located 20 minutes by boat from the beach and offers five-star island camping. It's a great Port Barton honeymoon package that's affordable, setting you back 1,600 Php per night and includes all meals. If you'd like your own private abode, check out AirBnB in Port Barton for your Palawan honeymoon. Use this code for $35 off your stay!
Honeymoon In El Nido: Palawan
El Nido is a popular Palawan honeymoon hotspot that's surrounded by cliffs and gorges. The sunsets behind the cliffs of El Nido, turning the whole sky pink as it soon fades to darkness. The main beach of El Nido is nice-ish... It has potential if it wasn’t for the million boats docked on the shore. Regardless, the view from the beach is incredible, it has a beautiful outlook over the ocean and limestone rocks elevating from the water. If you're looking for an El Nido honeymoon package, perhaps try staying at an all-inclusive resort like Miniloc Island Resort.
About El Nido Palawan
Before you head to El Nido remember to visit an ATM as there’s only one in town and it runs out of cash on a regular basis. Trust us, we found out the hard way... We got stitched up paying a 6% fee on-top of our regular bank card fees, getting cash out from the local gas station. It's always worthwhile keeping spare cash when you're on your El Nido honeymoon.
You will need to purchase an environmental permit for your El Nido honeymoon. Most tours do not include the 200 Php environmental fee in the price, however, the permit does last for ten days. The environmental fee funds environment and tourism-related projects.
How To Get To El Nido Palawan
El Nido Palawan is one of the best Palawan honeymoon hotspots, so it's quite easy to get here. There's an abundance of buses, boats and mini vans heading to and from El Nido Palawan.
El Nido to Puerto Princesa
Take a Roro or Cherry bus from the bus terminal in either town - Cost: 350 Php per person. If you're flying into Palawan and plan to come directly to El Nido, you can get a mini van from the airport for 900 Php per person.
El Nido to Port Barton
Mini van to/from El Nido and Port Barton - Cost: 800 Php
El Nido to Coron
Ferry leaves at 6am in El Nido along the Montenegro line - Cost: 1,800 Php
Top Things To Do In El Nido Palawan
Island Hopping in El Nido
The most romantic El Nido honeymoon package includes an island hopping tour! There are four different El Nido island hopping tours you can choose from, however, tour A and C are by far the best. Island hopping tours in El Nido range from 1,000-1,500 Php per person and includes lunch.
Honeymoon on the beach at the secret lagoon in El Nido, however, it isn't much of a secret anymore...The romantic honeymoon island hopping tour also stops at the big and small lagoon where you can swim, snorkel and kayak around. We saw turtles, clown fish, parrot fish and tons of other tropical sea life while snorkelling in El Nido. Lunch is caught, cooked and served from the boat and consists of an array of seafood, vegetables, rice and fresh fruit.
Our last stops were Shimizu Island and 7 Commando Beach where we swam in the sea, sunbathed and sipped on fresh coconuts. Everyone on the tour was slightly intoxicated and all friends by the end of it. We had a great day getting day drunk, frolicking in the sea and island hopping around El Nido on our Palawan honeymoon!
Island Camping in El Nido Palawan
If camping on a secluded island is on your honeymoon bucket list, then this is the tour for you! We had an incredible time camping on a private island with no power, WiFi and an unlimited supply of rum. The tour includes a little bit of island hopping, all your meals and drinks/alcohol for only 1,500 Php per person. It's a great deal for newlyweds who're on a budget honeymoon in the Philippines, as it includes everything you need and saves you money on a nights accommodation.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
El Nido Palawan is famous for its incredible scuba diving and snorkelling. There are so many incredible diving spots to choose like Nat-Nat, Twin Rocks, Tagbao Island and the diving wall. If you're not much of a diver and don't plan on getting scuba certified on your El Nido honeymoon, give snorkelling a go. The best part about snorkelling in El Nido is that majority of reefs in El Nido are fairly shallow, so you don't need an oxygen tank to see beautiful marine life like turtles, stingrays and tropical fish.
Beaches and Look Outs in El Nido Palawan
There are a few cool lookouts and beaches surrounding El Nido that you should explore on your Palawan honeymoon! You can rent a motorbike for 500 Php for the day or hire a trike driver instead. Watch the sunset from Merimegmeg beach, also known as sunset beach, there are great happy hours here. Spend the day at Las Cababanas beach, swimming in the sea and baking in the sun. Go for a hike to Taraw Peak and take in the incredible bird's eye view of Bacuit Bay. No matter what beach or lookout you find, it'll be a great adventure on your El Nido honeymoon, just make sure you have Maps.Me downloaded to navigate your way around.
Nagkalit-Kalit Waterfalls in El Nido
Hike through the lush jungle with your lover on your romantic El Nido honeymoon in the Philippines. It's about a 1-2 hour hike to the Nagkalit-Kalit waterfalls. There is one 10m waterfall and two others with pools beneath them to swim in.
El Nido Honeymoon Accommodation
The best El Nido Palawan Honeymoon Package includes everything from food to accommodation and transport costs. Go glamping for your El Nido Honeymoon on Ginto Island with Isa Expedition! Perhaps you're after a more luxurious romantic honeymoon hotel, check out the Coco Resort in El Nido.
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Honeymoon In Palawan: Coron
Honeymoon in Coron Palawan, your dreamy Philippines honeymoon destination. Your Palawan honeymoon package isn't complete without diving, hiking and exploring the island of Coron. Coron looks like one of those honeymoon destinations you'd see in a magazine, but it's actually a very affordable honeymoon destination in the Philippines.
Your Coron honeymoon package is far more budget friendly than neighbouring destination El Nido, with much more budget accommodation options available. Island hopping is also much cheaper on your Coron honeymoon, with tours starting from just 600 Php. Coron is famous for it's incredible coral reefs and wreck diving with limestone formations framing the island.
How To Get To Coron
Fly to Coron Philppines
Fly to Coron from major Philippines airports like Puerto Princesa and Manila. Fares start from $70 USD per person. To get from Busuanga airport to Coron Town catch a shuttle bus. It will set you back 150 Php per person and the journey takes about half an hour, depending on how many people they have to drop off before you.
Ferry to Coron Philippines
From El Nido you have the option of either a fast ferry (3-4 hours) or a slow ferry (6 hours), prices range between 1,300-1,800 Php.
Book your ferry to Coron from Manila with 12Go, prices start at 800 Php per person
Top Things To Do In Coron
Island Hopping in Coron
Spend your Palawan honeymoon on Coron, island hopping and taking in the beautiful surroundings. There's a ton of island hopping tours that take you to islands like Calamian, Diwaran and Sangatisla. The island of Coron is such a beautiful beach honeymoon destination that's filled with exotic sites like Barracuda lake, where you can go cliff jumping, free solo climbing and kayaking. Discover secret lagoons like Coron's hidden and twin lagoons with crystal clear water and incredible limestone formations.
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
Coron is famous for it's incredible dive spots with many wrecks and immaculate coral reefs around the island. Why not have an adventurous honeymoon and scuba dive WW2 wrecks like the Okikawa Mary japan oil ship that sits 26m below the surface. Perhaps scuba diving isn't your thing, so maybe snorkelling is? There are some killer snorkelling spots and reefs around the honeymoon destination Coron. Visit the Iusong coral garden, Siete Picados and Kayangan for the best snorkelling spots in Coron.
Hike to Breathtaking Viewpoints
Get outdoors and discover some of the most breathtaking viewpoints on your Coron honeymoon in the Philippines. The hike up the stairs to Mt Tapyas will help with those booty gains, we'd recommend doing this in the morning before it gets too hot. The Mt Tapyas viewpoint is incredible, boasting panoramic views of the island! It's a great spot for couples honeymoon pictures (if you're not too hot and sweaty).
Outdoorsy kind of people love taking on Mount Tundalara Peak while honeymooning in Coron. The summit is also known as Dalara (meaning maiden), is the second highest peak in Palawan, sitting 640m above sea level. It's an incredible vantage point with epic views of the island, especially at sunset.
Chase Waterfalls in Coron Palwan
Who wouldn't want to chase waterfalls on their Coron honeymoon in the Philippines? Go on an adventure with your partner and find the incredible Conception Falls in Coron. You may have to do some semi-rock manoeuvring to get to the falls, but it's all part of the adventure! The water is so refreshing on a hot day and hardly any tourists know about this secret hidden gem of Coron. It's a really romantic, off the beaten path spot to visit on your Palawan Honeymoon.
Relax on the Beach in Coron
Is a honeymoon in the Philippines really complete without relaxing on the beach in Coron? Soak up some sun, swim in the sea and relax following your stressful post wedding bliss. Atwayan Beach is breathtaking, with white sand and crystal clear water. It's better known as sunset beach as it boats a spectacular view at sunset. There are so many beaches to discover in Coron like Calachuchi, Dicanituan and Hidden Beach. The most romantic beach in Coron in Banul Beach, pack a picnic and spend the day here with your husband or wife on your Coron Honeymoon in the Philippines!
The Best Honeymoon Hotels in Coron
There are so many romantic hotels in the Philippines for you and your lover on your Palawan honeymoon. If you're on a budget honeymoon and want to stay in the jungle, check out La Natura Resort! This resort is great value for money, super romantic and is in immaculate condition. Perhaps you're after complete luxury at a five-star resort like the Two Seasons Coron Bayside Hotel. No matter what honeymoon hotel you and your lover choose, it'll make for an amazing Palawan honeymoon!
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