Lonely Planet Palawan
Lonely Planet commends the efforts of Palawan to preserve its natural beauty. Credits to Kevin Boutwell/500px

Popular travel guide Lonely Planet has recommended Palawan in the Philippines as one of the 10 Best Unforgettable Travel Destinations in the Asia Pacific.

Palawan was named the Top 8 choice of Lonely Planet travel experts for Asia Pacific places that “reflect a part of the world increasingly determined to protect its most prized possessions at the same time as it charges whole-heartedly into the future.”

A World’s Best Island choice by many travel sites, Palawan was cited as the Philippines’ last frontier in the July 2 list of Lonely Planet.

The travel site noted the new air routes and upgraded roads that “make it easier than ever to explore the dramatic seascapes and wildlife-laden jungles of the slender 400km-long main island (also called Palawan) before it inevitably becomes more developed.”

The travel experts highlighted one of the best and most popular offerings of Palawan, naming the island’s El Nido as the “crown jewel where skyscraping karst formations rise out of blue water in Bacuit Bay.” El Nido was recently praised by the world’s best cliff divers who came to the island to compete at the Red Bull Cliff Diving Championships.

Lonely Planet also notes the efforts of Palawan to preserve its natural beauty with new rules to restrict visitor numbers at signature sights like Big Lagoon on Miniloc Island. A ban on single-use plastic bottles on tour boats is helping to tackle marine pollution.

Lonely Planet also recommends backpacking to Port Barton or up-and-coming San Vicente, which has a brand-new airport.

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