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Top Choice Island in Coron Town

Coron Island

This island, only a 20-minute bangka ride from Coron, has an imposing, mysterious skyline that wouldn’t be out of place in a King Kong film. Flying over Coron, you see that the fortresslike, jungle-clad interior is …
Top Choice Beach in El Nido

Nacpan Beach

For an easy day trip out of El Nido, head north by tricycle or motorbike to this incredible, golden-hued, 3km beach. Development is limited to a few snack shacks and some basic lodging, but change is imminent so enj…
Top Choice Beach in El Nido

Duli Beach

This incredibly beautiful, jungle-backed, stretch of golden sand toward the north tip of mainland Palawan is the centre of El Nido's surfing community. The season is November to March and board rental is available (…
Top Choice Waterfall in Taytay

Kuyawyaw Falls

This is a series of three falls cascading into fresh pools 27km north of Taytay. There's a fun little 4m cliff jump at the second falls, which are less than a 15-minute walk from the entrance. These are also the hig…
Top Choice Beach in San Vicente

Long Beach

San Vicente's signature attraction is a real beauty. It actually consists of three beaches – Long Beach 1, 2 and 3 – which combined yield about 14km of almost empty golden-hued, sunset-facing beach. Long Beach 2 is …
Top Choice International in Puerto Princesa

Artisans

The Scottish owner calls the style here 'obscurity'; it basically consists of anything he fancies. The menu is a best-of-the-world affair, where tikka masala mingles with Mexican, Indonesian rendang, sloppy joes, gi…
Top Choice Italian in El Nido

Trattoria Altrove

This upstairs Slovenian–owned place does the best pizza in El Nido, made with imported mozzarella in the street-level brick oven. There are a dozen types of pasta from Italy, plus T-bone steak and other meat dishes …
Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa

Kalui

An institution, this shoes-off eatery has a lovely Balinese ambience – colourful paintings, sculptures and masks adorn the walls, and there’s a general air of conviviality. Choose from a few varieties of seafood, al…
Top Choice International in El Nido

El Nido Boutique & Art Café

Everyone ends up here at some point. Rightfully so. The large 2nd-storey dining room is a warm and relaxed place to eat, drink and get your bearings. Especially good are the salads (using lettuce and arugula from it…
Top Choice French in Puerto Princesa

La Terrasse

This is a sophisticated open-air dining room with a small menu of pasta, seafood and grilled or stewed meats (including duck rendang). Attention is paid to organic and locally sourced ingredients. Palawan oysters ar…