Palawan vs Boracay

Comparing Two Beach Destinations: Which One is the Best?

Looking for the ultimate beach destination in the Philippines? Palawan or Boracay? Our travel guide provides a detailed comparison of both islands, showcasing their warm hospitality, stunning beaches and fun activities. As a Palaweño, we may be biased, but we'll help you make an informed decision.

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Both Palawan and Boracay have a pleasant climate throughout the year, with the least rainfall between November and May. However, the driest months are February, March, and April, while it rains frequently from July to September.

Solo Travel

Both destinations are suitable for solo travelers. However, Boracay attracts more tourists, making it easier to make new friends, while Palawan offers less crowded beaches for those who prefer solitude.

Family Trip

Boracay is the better option for families, as it offers more kid-friendly resorts with babysitting services, kids’ clubs, and a range of activities.

Honeymoon or Romantic Getaway

Palawan is the winner for a dream honeymoon with its charming private island resorts and overwater villas, providing complete seclusion for couples.

Best for watersports, Adventure, and Activities

Palawan offers a wealth of activities for nature lovers, including exceptional opportunities for snorkeling, diving, mountain biking, and trekking. The island boasts a plethora of stunning natural attractions, such as breathtaking waterfalls, towering mountains, and lush forests. For thrill-seekers looking for a unique experience, El Nido is also an excellent destination for kitesurfing.

Boracay Island is a renowned destination for kiteboarding and windsurfing enthusiasts. Its strong and consistent winds, along with the clear and shallow waters of Bulabog Beach, make it an ideal location for these thrilling water sports.

Things to see and to do

Palawan offers a more extensive range of attractions and things to do, making it perfect for travelers seeking an authentic experience and to learn about the local culture. Boracay is a vacation destination with sun, sand, and sea, perfect for relaxing days.

Best for Nightlife

While Boracay was once famous for its vibrant nightlife, the new rules restrict drinking and smoking on the beach, and beach parties are banned. Palawan provides a more relaxed evening with rustic restaurants and bars under the starry night sky.

Accessibility and Getting Around

Flights to both destinations are readily available. Boracay Island’s small size makes getting around hassle-free, while Palawan can be explored by renting a car, taking a local jeepney/tricycle, or a shuttle bus/van that can take you anywhere on the island.

Overall, both destinations have unique offerings, and the best choice for you depends on your preferences. Whether you prefer a lively nightlife or a peaceful vacation, Palawan and Boracay have something for everyone.


5 Stunning Highlights of Palawan

Undoubtedly one of Palawan’s most iconic destinations, El Nido is renowned for its clear aquamarine waters, towering limestone cliffs, and serene lagoons in Bacuit Bay.

Kayak in El Nido Big Lagoon, Bacuit Bay, Palawan

Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999, the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park boasts a magnificent limestone karst landscape with a subterranean river that flows directly into the sea.

Group of tourists visiting the Underground River

Boasting crystal-clear lakes, secluded coves, and shipwrecks teeming with marine life, Coron Island offers a plethora of diving and snorkeling opportunities.

Tourists visiting a sandbar in Coron

Located in the southern part of Palawan, the municipality of Balabac boasts numerous unspoiled and scenic islands with pristine coral white and pink beaches and crystal-clear waters that are among the Philippines’ best-kept secrets.

Day trip to Balabac's Patonggong Island

Located in a remote area only accessible by liveaboard, Tubbataha Reef is home to some of the Philippines’ most sought-after diving sites, offering uncrowded dives and an abundance of marine life.

Diving in Tubbataha Reef

5 Stunning Highlights of Boracay

The stunning White Beach is the island’s premier tourist destination, with a 4km stretch of postcard-perfect white sand, resorts, restaurants, and bars. Despite undergoing rehabilitation, it still ranks 9th on TripAdvisor’s 2019 Travelers’ Choice Awards for the Top 25 Asia’s Best Beaches.

Beach chairs and umbrellas in Boracay's white beach

Located on Panay Island, Ariel’s Point is a unique destination featuring turquoise swimming holes, colorful marine life, lush tropical forests, and volcanic rock formations. It’s a 35-minute boat ride from Boracay and the perfect place to experience cliff diving.

Crystal Cove Island and Boracay Island hopping

Named for its crocodile-like shape, this uninhabited island is regarded as one of Boracay’s best dive and snorkeling sites. With a teeming reef in shallow crystal-clear water, you’re sure to be impressed.

Aerial view Crocodile Island and Boracay Island hopping

A tranquil alternative to White Beach, Puka Beach is a picture-perfect destination on the island’s northern shore. The beach is named after the Puka Shells, which locals harvest and use for making necklaces and bracelets.

Sparkling white sand and turquoise sea in Boracay's Puka Beach

Located on the northwestern part of the island, the secluded Diniwid Beach is an ideal getaway for those seeking peace and quiet away from the crowds of White Beach. It’s a small, idyllic beach that’s well worth a visit.

Pristine waters in Boracay's Diniwid beach