1Palawan is the largest island in the Palawan Province, in the western Philippines. The capital, Puerto Princesa, is known for the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, where boats run along an underground river through vast caves. Off the east coast, Honda Bay’s islands are dotted with resorts. Farther out in the Sulu Sea, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has reefs teeming with marine life.On Palawan Island’s northern tip, Taraw Peak overlooks the laid-back town of El Nido, with its horseshoe-shaped cove. The town is the gateway to the Bacuit archipelago’s karst islands, including Cadlao Island, which can be reached by kayak. The area has many dive sites, such as Dilumacad Island’s long tunnel leading to an underwater cavern. Northeast of Palawan Island are the beaches of the Calamian Islands, including Busuanga Island. Here, mangrove forests encircle the saltwater pools of Maquinit Hot Spring. Nearby, the summit of Mount Tapyas offers sweeping views over Coron Bay.Palawan is warm and humid year-round. Weather conditions vary by area, but in general, the drier months (Dec–May) are the most popular time to visit. The scuba-diving season at Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park runs Mar–Jun. Puerto Princesa’s Karagatan Festival (May) celebrates the ocean with coastal activities like sand sculpting, volleyball and a beach party. The Kasadyaan Festival (Aug) honors Coron’s patron saint with street parades and dancing.

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