Palawan vs Boracay

Which is Philippines’ Better Beach Destination?

The big dilemma is whether to go to Palawan or Boracay. In both islands, you’ll find a warm Filipino welcome, stunning beaches and an array of fun activities.

You can use our guide to get to know them better and inspire you, but obviously, since we are Palaweño we think that Boracay is great, but Palawan is better 🙂

Climate

Both islands enjoy a pleasant climate year-round. The period between November and May has the least amount of rain overall. February, March, and April are often the driest months, while July, August, and September both islands experience frequent rains.

 

Solo Travel

Although both the destinations are good options for solo travelers.
Boracay attracts more tourists than Palawan, so there are loads of opportunities to make new friends.
On the other hand, in Palawan, it’s easy to find less crowded beaches where you can spend some time alone in the serenity this place has to offer.

 

Family Trip

Boracay s the clear winner when it comes to family-friendliness as the resorts here offer more kids friendly options babysitting service, kids clubs and an array of activities to keep children busy.

 

Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway

Palawan and Boracay are unequivocally the most beautiful setting for a dream honeymoon in the Philippines. However, Palawan definitely has the edge over Boracay here. You are more likely to find captivating private-island resorts with over-water-villas.
If you’re seeking total seclusion, the one-island, one-resort hideaways of the Palawan is unbeatable.

 

Best for watersports, Adventure, and Activities

Without any doubt, Palawan has the best snorkeling and diving opportunities, guaranteed to impress.
As of now all watersports, including kiteboarding and jet skiing, have been banned in Boracay to assess the island’s marine biodiversity.

Don’t like the water, but still want some action? In Palawan, there’s the chance to enjoy trekking and hiking tours. If you’re an adventurer who loves being out in nature, then Palawan should be next on your list.
Palawan is filled with inspiring natural places to visit: waterfalls, mountains, and forests There is a range of treks from relatively short walks to challenging mountain routes.

 

Things to see and to do

Many would suggest Palawan for a 10-day vacation instead of Boracay since Palawan offers a more extensive range of attractions and things to do.
With an endless list of idyllic islands and natural wonders to explore, Palawan is the perfect place for travelers looking for an authentic experience.

Palawan is also highly recommended for anyone wanting to discover the local culture and get that “Filipino” feeling.

Boracay is a Sun, Sand and Sea holiday destination perfect for spending your days leisurely.

 

Best for Nightlife

Year after year, tourists flocked to Boracay Island to drink and dance the night away. The White Beach used to be the heart of Boracay’s vibrant nightlife.
Boracay Island has been closed for 6-month rehabilitation and is still recovering from the impact of mass tourism. The new rules restrict drinking and smoking on the beach and the beach parties have been banned.
Boracay’s nightlife is still vibrant and fun after the re-opening, but it’ s not the same as it used to be.
Palawan nightlife is almost non-existent, but provides an idyllic setting for enjoying a relaxing night out at a rustic restaurant or bar and enjoy a starry night sky.

 

Accessibility and Getting Around

When it comes to accessibility, many flights operate to and from both destinations. The small size of the Boracay Island makes getting around easier and hassle-free.
You can rent a car or get on the local jeepney/tricycle to explore Palawan. The shuttle bus/van will take you anywhere on the island from El Nido until Rio Tuba. Taxis are limited to Puerto Princesa city only, but tricycles can be hired in both islands.

5 Stunning Highlights of Palawan

El Nido

The most icon place in Palawan, perhaps, is El Nido. The clear aquamarine water, limestone cliffs, and lagoons of Bacuit Bay are just some of the highlights of El Nido.

Underground River

Puerto Princesa’s Underground River National Park has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999.
The park features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with a subterranean river that emerges directly into the sea.

Coron Island

Home to the crystal-clear-water lake, secluded coves, and shipwrecks teeming with marine life, Coron Island is great for diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Balabac Islands

The municipality of Balabac in the south of Palawan isn’t lacking for scenic unspoiled islands. With pristine coral white and pink beaches and Philippine’s most inviting crystal clear waters, the islands of Balabac are the true hidden treasure of Palawan.

Tubbataha Reef

Philippines’ best sites are found in Tubbataha Reef. The place is very remote and only accessible via liveaboard, perfect for uncrowded dives and plenty of marine life.


5 Stunning Highlights of Boracay

Boracay’s White Beach

The dreamy White Beach is the Boracay’s top tourist draw. The 4km-long postcard-perfect stretch of white powdery sand lined with resorts, restaurants, and bars, is the center of the attractions of Boracay Island. Despite the rehabilitation, Boracay’s White Beach still lands 9th spot in the Top 25 Asia’s best beaches list of the TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Ariel’s Point

Ariel’s Point in Panay Island (about 35-minutes boat ride away from Boracay) is a unique location with turquoise swimming holes, colorful marine life, lush tropical forests, and volcanic rock formations.
Ariel’s Point is the perfect place to check cliff diving off your bucket list.

Crocodile Island

Don’t worry, Crocodile Island looks like a crocodile head, but there aren’t any crocodiles there. This uninhabited island is regarded as one of the best dive and snorkeling sites of Boracay. The island has a teeming reef in shallow crystal clear water.

Puka Beach

Puka Beach is a tranquil alternative to White Beach. Puka is a picture-perfect beach located on the northern shore of Boracay.
It got its name from the Puka Shells which are harvest by the locals and used for making necklaces and bracelets.

Diniwid Beach

The small Diniwid Beach located on the north-western part of Boracay Island is another place worth visiting.
It is very secluded hence ideal for those who want a bit of peace and quiet away from the crowds of White Beach.

Why don’t you visit both?

Are you ready to experience one of Philippine’s most beautiful islands for yourself? Check out our El Nido & Boracay Tour Package.