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Discover the beauty of Palawan by boat

During your semester abroad in Palawan, island hopping offers an unrivalled opportunity to explore the diversity and beauty of the surrounding islands. From the starting points of El Nido or Coron, you can take part in exciting boat excursions that will take you to an unrivalled network of islands, bays and lagoons.

These excursions offer a unique perspective of the majestic coastal landscape of Palawan. You will be taken to pristine beaches where the crystal clear waters lapping against white sands. The opportunity to snorkel in colourful coral reefs offers a glimpse into the rich underwater world with a variety of marine life.

Exploring hidden bays and diving into secluded lagoons create moments of discovery and beauty. Here you can enjoy secluded spots, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and experience the tranquillity and natural splendour of these islands.

Island hopping in Palawan is not just a tourist activity, but a way to appreciate the unspoilt nature, diversity of landscapes and breathtaking views. It offers you the chance to explore the different islands, each with its own unique charms and hidden treasures.

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Be sure to visit Port Barton. This charming fishing village is off the beaten track and offers a quieter and more relaxed alternative to the busier tourist destinations such as El Nido or Coron. Port Barton is known for its laid-back atmosphere, gorgeous beaches and natural beauty.

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Experience Puerto Princesa's breathtaking nature

In Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan, there is a wealth of fascinating experiences to discover. The Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a boat ride through a breathtaking underground cave with unique formations. Aside from beaches such as Sabang Beach and tranquil Nagtabon Beach, natural sanctuaries such as the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Centre and Honda Bay offer glimpses of the region's abundant wildlife.

Culturally significant sites such as Plaza Cuartel and Puerto Princesa Cathedral offer insights into the city's history. Enjoy local delicacies in restaurants and explore the lively nightlife in the city's bars and entertainment centres. Puerto Princesa is a fascinating mix of natural beauty, cultural heritage and exciting activities that invites students to experience unforgettable moments in this enchanting city.

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Discover the most beautiful beaches in the world

Palawan is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here are some of the best:

El Nido:

  • Nacpan Beach: A picturesque beach with golden sand and crystal clear waters, ideal for walks and relaxation.

  • Las Cabanas Beach: Known for its breathtaking sunsets, this beach offers calm waters and a relaxed atmosphere.

  • Secret Beach: Accessible only via a hidden cave, this secluded beach offers unique and intimate experiences.



  • Banana Island: A tropical paradise with clear waters perfect for snorkeling and relaxing.

  • Malcapuya Island: With fine white sand and crystal clear water, this beach is a dream for sun worshipers and water sports enthusiasts.

  • Twin Lagoon: A hidden gem where warm and cold water meet, a fascinating natural phenomenon.


Puerto Princesa:

  • Sabang Beach: Located close to the underground river, this beach offers a picturesque setting and relaxed atmosphere.

  • Nagtabon Beach: A lesser known beach, perfect for peace and quiet, ideal for surfers and beach lovers.

Palawan - a paradise for divers and snorkellers

Palawan is a true paradise for divers and snorkelers with a variety of breathtaking locations:

El Nido:

  • Bacuit Bay: Here you will find many diving and snorkeling spots with an incredible variety of marine life and colorful coral reefs.

  • Secret Lagoon: A fantastic snorkeling spot surrounded by limestone cliffs and a hidden beach.



  • Japanese Shipwrecks: The sunken Japanese warships from World War II are popular diving destinations and offer a fascinating underwater world.

  • Kayangan Lake: A beautiful lake with crystal clear waters that also offers great snorkeling opportunities.


Puerto Princesa:

  • Honda Bay: An archipelago of islands with numerous snorkeling and diving spots where you can discover coral reefs and a variety of fish.


Tubbataha Reefs:

  • Tubbataha Atoll: A UNESCO World Heritage Site and a dream destination for divers. These remote reefs are home to an abundance of sharks, turtles, rays and other marine life.


Palawan offers a variety of diving and snorkeling sites with an amazing variety of marine life and coral formations. From sunken shipwrecks to stunning coral reefs to clear lagoons and lakes, Palawan's underwater world is a treasure trove for divers and snorkelers.

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