Gay Palawan · Island Guide
Planning a trip to Palawan islands? Then our gay Palawan guide is for you.
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The province of Palawan in the Philippines comprises 1,780 islands with over 2,000 km of coastline, many beautiful white sandy beaches and the UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park.
The main island is 425 km long and 40 km at its widest point. It is home to the province capital of Puerto Princesa, widely recognised as the Philippines’ cleanest city.
At the north end of Palawan province is the Calamianes Islands that offer an abundance of adventure holiday activities both on land, above and below the sea.
Although Palawan does not have a specific gay scene, its beautiful scenery and beaches attract many gay travellers each year. There are several gay-owned bars, restaurants and LGBT-owned businesses on the island, particularly in Puerto Princesa and El Nido.
Find out more about Palawan by watching this excellent video by Chris Geary and his partner, Erick De Chavez.
Getting to Palawan
There are 5 major airports in Palawan, at Peurto Princesa, El Nido, Sandoval, Busuanga and Cuyo. These airports are served by regular connecting flights from Manila.
Where to Stay?
For our list of recommended hotels in Palawan and nearby islands, please go to Palawan Hotels page.
When to Visit
The best time to visit Palawan is from October to May when average temperatures are around 30°C and little rainfall.
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