Palawan Hotels – Puerto Princesa, what to do and where to stay

Palawan is often referred to as ‘the last frontier’; an exotic tourist destination with untouched islands, limestone cliffs, forest jungles, coral reefs and majestic mountains, teeming with wild life.  Palawan is a real treasure chest for visitors, offering lots to see and do.

Big Lagoon El Nido, Elephant Mountain Puerto Princesa & Sabang

Big Lagoon El Nido, Elephant Mountain Puerto Princesa & Sabang






Puerto Princesa is the capitol, a ‘city in the forest’ and has been acclaimed as the Cleanest & Greenest City in the Philippines; just 10 minutes away from the airport and you can be in a quiet area, surrounded by trees, and peace and quiet.

Whilst in Puerto Princesa there are lots to do, aside from visiting its most famous land-mark the Underground River  Whilst visitors, still need to pre-book (sometimes months in advance) for a tour, it remains a whole day excursion, with a 2 hour drive to Sabang, a wait for the permits to be issued and boat number to be assigned, then waiting at the entrance for your paddle boat.

Other Tours and Activities include a tour of Honda Bay, and its surrounding islands and the City Tour, which includes a visit to Baker’s Hill, with its bakery shop and colourful gardens, and the Binuatan Weaving Creations workshop, where you can purchase many of the items directly.  For those looking for a bit of action Irawan Eco Adventure Park is great fun, and boasts the longest zipline in Asia.  Although, in truth, it is not one continuous zipline but several sections, through the tree canopies and across rivers, and great fun none the less!  There is also a Skywalk, Butterfly Farm and Carabao Ride and a stop off for lunch.

Skywalk, Zipline & Carabao Ride on the Irawan Eco Adventure Tour

Skywalk, Zipline & Carabao Ride on the Irawan Eco Adventure Tour

Currently, there are a number of hotels and Pension Houses in Puerto Princesa that are running special offers.  These include:-

  • A&A Plaza, is located on the National Highway and is close to the Mall and other shops and restaurants.  Offering as much as 40-50% off on certain room types
  • Casa Mila Inn, one of the newest establishments, family owned, just 15 rooms and already making a name for itself. Offering a 5-10% discount
  • Cecilia’s Inn, is a modern property with a Victorian-style design. Located in the quiet area of Bancao-Bancao, Cecilia’s Inn is just 3 minutes by trike from the airport and from some of Puerto Princesa’s top Restaurants.
  • Hotel Fleuris, is another modern hotel with a swimming pool, 40 Rooms and 7 Suites, and disabled accessible rooms.  Currently offering a 15% discount for bookings between March & December 2014

High-End Palawan Hotels – Apulit Island Resort

apulit island resort palawan hotelsIf you are a very choosy traveler that expects only the best service, complete hotel amenities and a great location in Palawan, you might want to consider the Apulit Island resort.

This is one of the few luxury Palawan hotels located in Taytay Palawan. It has 50 over-water resort suites. The resort sits on a sprawling beachfront property with its own private cove.

Wildlife and sea-life are unspoilt ad guests will enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in the area. These amenities are offered by the hotel as well as sailboarding, fishing and crabbing. Those who want to explore wildlife on land can job or walk around the complex and nearby hiking trails.

apulit island resort palawan hotels el nidoRooms are well appointed with luxurious amenities that give off both a modern feel and traditional comfort. The resort also offers al fresco dining with a view of the ocean and island forests.

If you are looking for luxury hotels in El Nido Palawan, you will surely want to consider alternative Palawan Hotels in nearby islands that also offer the same. if not better accommodations.

Hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan – Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa

Sheridan Beach Resort Restaurant

Sheridan Beach Resort Restaurant

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa is one of the more luxurious hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan. It is a beachfront hotel with all of the amenities that discriminating travelers look for in accommodations.

The resort has a swimming pool, beach side massage area, an indoor spa, and a romantic restaurant on the beach. It also offers magnificent views of the ocean and mountains.

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

It is a large 4-star hotel that is only a few hundred meters away from the Subterranean Underground River. It is also located on the west coast of Palawan where most of the island’s wildlife and lush foliage are abundant.

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa is one of the largest hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan with 96 well-appointed and luxurious rooms designed in contemporary style. It is one of the better Palawan hotels that also offers direct access to the beach.

Luxury Hotels in El Nido Palawan on the Beachfront

EL Nido Waterfalls

EL Nido Waterfalls

If you expect to stay at only the best Palawan hotels, you might want to consider staying at the El Nido Beach Hotel in Cadlao Island.

This is one of the most luxurious hotels in El Nido Palawan that offers beachfront accommodations with fantastic views of lush forests, limestone cliffs and the sunset.

This hotel is also known to serve excellent Japanese and Western Cuisine with a restaurant next to the ocean. It offers standard, deluxe and family rooms at reasonable prices considering the luxurious accommodations and location. Many of the hotel’s rooms offer a view of the ocean and islets surrounding Cadlao Island.

El Nido Beach Hotel Dining Area

El Nido Beach Hotel Dining Area

The El Nido Beach Hotel offers activities such as island hopping, scuba diving, cliff climbing and a land tour to explore the hot springs, waterfalls and caves of El Nido. Of all the hotels in EL Nido Palawan, this beach-side resort is known for its excellent service and amenities. It is also one of the favorite Palawan hotels of business travelers, families and couples.

Palawan Hotels Off The Beaten Track

Flower Island Resort, Taytay, Palawan

Flower Island Resort, Taytay, Palawan

If you are searching for something different for your next vacation in Palawan, you don’t have to look for hotels in the usual places. Instead of staying at hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan or at beach resorts in Coron or El Nido, consider heading for another part of Palawan that you have not explored yet. Places like Taytay make good choices for vacation off the beaten track.

Flower Island Resort is located in Tatay, Palawan. It is an exclusive hotel that is a little remote and hidden in Taytay Bay. Since it is not as commercialized as other areas in Palawan, it still offers rich resources and natural surrounding. Foliage are thick and marine life abundant.

It is a great place to snorkel or dive. You can also take a tour of the nearby pearl farm or take advantage of the resorts spa services. Other activities you can look forward to include kayaking, table tennis, French bowling, volleyball, darts, pedal boating, and paddle boarding.

This remote and very private resort has its own restaurant and spa on-site. It is just as good and well-equipped as other hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan or other popular Palawan hotels in Coron or El Nido.

Cheap Palawan Hotels for Backpackers – KokosNuss Resort in Coron

KokosNuss Resort Palawan

KokosNuss Resort Palawan

Back packing through Palawan can be fun if you don’t mind staying at budget Palawan hotels that do not offer first class amenities such as hot showers and room service. You can also save a lot of money booking a room at cheap Palawan hotels.

An affordable hotel in Coron Palawan, the KokosNuss Resort offers 24 cottages amidst a lush tropical garden where you can find a nice quiet corner to read a book or sit on garden chairs to chat with your travel buddies or new found friends at the resort.

The resort’s garden restaurant offers fresh seafood cooked the Asian or European way. After having a hearty meal, you can relax in one of the garden’s hammocks. Furnishings and the cottages are made of natural materials found in Palawan. These blend well with the tropical garden and natural surroundings.

Rooms are designed to appear rustic without the extra luxury features such as air conditioning. The materials and layout of the accommodations still provide cool interiors despite the lack of air conditioners that most higher end Palawan hotels have.

Beds are clean and comfortable despite the budget accommodations. Bathroom are likewise sanitary and well equipped. KokosNuss Resort is one of the many affordable hotels in Coron Palawan but has a certain quaint and natural character about it that attracts many backpackers from around the world.

Hotels in Coron Palawan – Dive Link Resort

Dive Link Resort PalawanIf you are looking for beachfront dive hotels in Coron, Palawan, then you should consider booking a room at the Dive Link Resort which is located right on the beach of Unson Island. The resort is set amidst natural surroundings without the overly luxurious amenities of more expensive hotels. It is an ideal hotel for divers who wish to stay right next to the water and nearby dive sites.

The location brings you back to nature as it is set between the ocean and virgin forests of a secluded island. The resort has a swimming pool despite being right on the beach since beginner divers are taught basic skills in the pool. Guests can spend many hours in the lounging area literally surrounded by water and nearby foliage.

Dive Link Resort Palawan - CopyIt brings total peace and tranquility that are not found in more commercial locations. After a day of exploring the forest and diving, guests can relax by the beach, have a massage and watch the sunset.

If you want your vacation experience to be fulfilling, nothing beats staying at beachfront hotels in Coron Palawan. Most affordable Palawan hotels are located in the city or far from the beach. Dive Link Resort provides the perfect combination of the perfect location and affordability.