Where to stay in Palawan


Palawan is abundant with diverse ecosystems; from beaches, caves, rock formations and lush rainforests. The white-sand beaches boast of reefs, corals and different species of marine animals where you can enjoy swimming, kayaking, diving and snorkelling. The lush rainforests boast of plant and animal wildlife.

After a long flight, boat rides and road travels to reach your destination anywhere in Palawan; a cosy and clean place to stay will surely be a heavenly treat. Finding the best accommodations in Palawan will not be difficult whether you are on your honeymoon, travelling with friends or families or just a backpacker who wants to explore and enjoy the place may it be for pleasure or business or both.

A luxury stay

Choosing the best place to stay in Palawan depends on what experience you want to have. If you want to be pampered and to enjoy luxurious amenities then you can choose to stay in 5-star hotels and resorts but if you want to experience life in Palawan just like the locals, you can choose to stay in simple native-themed cabins, but be sure to check on the services and facilities first before making a reservation because lacking facilities may leave you uncomfortable.

Another factor to consider is the location of the hotels and resorts from the airport, the best beaches, restaurants, bars and other famous landmarks you want to visit. You can choose to stay near the beach, near the mountainous areas or in a place where you can enjoy everything Palawan has to offer. From high-end hotels to budget accommodations, you are sure to find one anywhere in Palawan. There are many places to go when in Palawan, but the most popular are Puerto Princesa City, Coron and El Nido. In each place, you will be able to find accommodations that will suit your need and budget.

If you want world-class service and modern accommodations, El Nido Resorts come in highly recommended. Four resorts are situated on individual islands namely Pangulasian Island, Miniloc Island, Lagen Island and Apulit Island. Each island resort offers a unique experience. Pangulasian and Miniloc Island offers seclusion perfect for romance where you can enjoy the beach and lush rainforests. Lagen Island offers great opportunities to experience wildlife sightings particularly endemic and endangered bird species while Apulit Island offers cave exploration and rock climbing.

All of El Nido Island Resorts offer amenities such as swimming pools, in-house mini bar and restaurant, Wi-Fi connection, no smoking/smoking areas, concierge, spa, fitness centre and conference rooms for business of family gatherings. Some villas or cottages can give you a perfect view of the sunset. Their services include airport shuttle, and the staff could also arrange activities and tours around the pace for you.

Spending your vacation in Coron? Two Seasons Coron Island Resort and Spa will take your mind off the hustle of city life. It is a luxurious yet eco-friendly resort with bungalows surrounded by white-sand beaches and lush coconut trees. Amenities include safety deposit box, adult and children’s pool, spa, gym, in-house mini bar and restaurant, library, conference room and even karaoke and game rooms. While at the resort, you can take long walks along the sandbar to the islets or discover shipwrecks.

When in Puerto Princesa City, you can stay at Dos Palmas Island Resort, and Spa located in Honda Bay. The resort has 19 villas with its refrigerator and four air-conditioned rooms. Other amenities include swimming pool, banquet, mini bar and restaurant, spa and gym, childcare and laundry services, safety boxes and conference rooms. It is conveniently located near the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park and other famous spots. The resort also provides diving services including equipment and training.

A bed & breakfast and pension

But, if you want seclusion during your stay in Palawan; a bed and breakfast accommodation will be the perfect alternative to traditional hotels and resorts. Bed and breakfast offers more privacy and personalized services since guests are fewer. Owners are hands on and can offer you tips and info on how to make the most out of the activities and places in Palawan.

Treetops located in El Nido is overlooking Corong Bay, and although the beach right outside is not excellent for swimming and diving you can easily ride a boat and go to wonderful beaches nearby. The guest house has two native cottages, and each can accommodate two people. It has its bathroom where you can take a hot shower. The owners prepare excellent breakfast and can also prepare dinner for an additional charge.

You can also find a great bed and breakfast accommodation in Coron. Patrick and Tezz Guesthouse is popular among local and foreign tourists. It is strategically located near the best beaches and the town proper. The rooms are simple and clean at a very reasonable price. Uyang Bed and Breakfast is also popular even to those who travelled with a group; located in Puerto Princesa City and only 5 kilometres away from the airport, you can easily get to the must-see places in the city.

A budget stay

For those who are travelling alone or with friends and prefer budget accommodations; inns can be found all throughout Palawan. However, you should not expect much from what you pay for but do expect clean, comfortable rooms and friendly staffs. Do remember to bring cash since most inns may not accept credit cards.

Islandfront II in El Nido is a simple inn overlooking the beach. It is a 3-minute drive from the bus terminal and 20-minute drive from the airport. An additional fee will be charged if you want to avail of the airport shuttle services. The rooms can either be air-conditioned or fan-cooled; the in-house restaurant offers local dishes at an affordable price.

Casa Mila Inn and Charing Pension House in Puerto Princesa provide great accommodations for a low price. The rooms are air-conditioned and have its bathroom. They offer airport shuttle services and can book tours and activities for you. Malls and the Puerto Princesa airport is just a few minutes’ drive from both inns.

You can also check Coron Sunrise Inn; a semi-concrete native-inspired inn with air-conditioned rooms and private bathrooms with hot and cold shower. Guests can have karaoke nights and use the kitchen facilities at a minimal charge. It is a 30-minute drive from Busuanga airport.

A family stay

Truly, you will never ran out of choices on where to stay in Palawan; but if you are bringing small kids, teens and older people along then you should make careful choices considering that everyone gets to enjoy while staying safe. Kids and teens can be picky and grumpy thus you need to choose a place where they can have fun as well.

Hibiscus Garden Hotel in Puerto Princesa City has native-inspired cosy rooms and a tropical garden. Other amenities include satellite TV, Wi-Fi connection, in-house mini bar and restaurant. It is located relatively far away from the city proper thus it is quite secluded and peaceful. You and your kids can spend time in the garden and relax at the hammocks as you wait for your excursions. The in-house restaurant serves a variety of foods your kids may like, but you can also try the restaurants nearby.

Sophia Garden Resort in Coron provides excellent service and facilities that you and your kids will surely enjoy. It has eight deluxe rooms, Wi-Fi connection, adult pool and kiddie pool plus a Jacuzzi. The in-house restaurants offer an extensive menu from simple meals to fine dining. They can also book tours and excursions around Coron for you.

A beach stay

Palawan is known for its pristine white-sand beaches and great diving sites, it would be a shame if you get there yet haven’t explored what the beaches has to offer.

Sangat Island Dive Resort can certainly offer you the best diving experiences. The cabins are simply-furnished bamboo and nipa huts. The water is translucent and perfect for swimming but what is amazing about the island are the abundant marine wildlife and the nearby World War II shipwrecks, which has caught the interests of divers, local and foreign.

If you want to spend a nice, peaceful vacation near the beach, Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary of Port Barton will be the perfect choice. The resort can be hard to get but will be worth your while. The cabins are simple, and it is advisable to bring foods, snacks, insect repellents and other things you need; convenience stores are not available within the area.  There will be a few guests on this 70-hectare resort, so you are sure to find your private place. You can safely swim, kayak or snorkel; turtles and other marine are often sighted within the beaches. You can also explore the forests and a huge waterfall.

In every place you go; the place where you stayed could make a lasting impression. It could add wonderful memories or ruin it. Before booking for hotel reservations, does a thorough research first and carefully examine details or you could end up disappointed from your high expectations.