Maybe you are in some weird situation where you simply can’t go to both. Most likely due to lack of time I guess. Therefore you want to know if you should visit Palawan or Boracay.
Let’s talk about what Palawan has to offer:
The Underground River
The absolute #1 thing to do in Palawan is see the underground river. On January 28th 2012 it was declared one of the 7 natural wonders of the world. It is just what it sounds like. It’s a large river inside a cave with many beautiful geological formations and various exotic life forms. You need to visit this if you come to the Philippines! Otherwise it’d be like going to France and not visiting Versailles or the Eiffel Tower. With day tours around $60 or less there’s simply no excuse not to go there.
If you’re like me and you love history and museums Palawan has some great museums to offer. There are about eleven museums worth mentioning:
- Palawan Special Battalion WW2 Memorial Museum
- Palawan Heritage Center
- Palawan Museum
- Culion Museum and Archives
- Ethnographic Museum
- Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum
- South Sea Pearl Museum
- Palawan Environmental Enforcement Museum
- Palawan State University Museum
- South Sea Pearl Farm Puerto Princesa
- Leprosy Museum
Diving at Coron Bay
Coron Bay is situated in North Palawan, the most westerly part of the Philippines. It lies in between Busuanga and Culion Islands. There is fabulous diving all around the area, but the bay is particularly well known as having some of the best wreck diving in the world. The wrecks and pleasant rock formations provide for excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities, with underwater visibility extending up to 20 meters. Forbes magazine named Coron as one of the ten best dive sites in the world. For tours click here
Situated in Bacuit Bay, El Nido, covering a land area of 465.1 square kilometres (179.6 sq mi) in the northernmost tip of mainland Palawan, is bordered by the Linapacan Strait in the north, the Sulu Sea in the east, and the South China Sea in the west. It is composed of 45 islands and islets,each has its own unique geological formations. The highest peak is at Cadlao Island, towering up to 640 metres (2,100 ft) above sea level. El Nido is currently ranked #4 in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of “20 Most Beautiful Beaches in the World.” CNNGo has called it the Best Beach and Island destination in the Philippines for its “extraordinary natural splendor and ecosystem. For tours click here
Just like other parts of the Philippines Palawan has firefly watching. You’ll be impressed by beauty of these graceful creatures as they fly around the night sky searching for food and mates. Firefly Tours For a complete list of Palawan Tours click here
El Nido’s biggest booze cruise! Launched in February 2016, this lesbian-owned Party Boat offers ocean cruising, island chillin’, snorkeling, BBQ, music and free flow of alcoholic drinks. They also offer overnight trips to secluded islands for groups.
The boat picks you up in the morning (11am) and drops you off after sunset. It cruises to the best spots, beaches and lagoons in the area. Check the website for rates, routes and more information. LGBT community receives a 10% discount.
The popular TIKI Resto Bar offers good food, reasonably priced drinks, regular live music and fun party nights in Palawan. TIKI is particularly busy on Friday and Saturday night, attracting a large number of local gay guys who are easy to spot.
Fancy a trip on yacht? Gay Sail Philippines, run by a gay couple, offers yacht trip services to explore around the Palawan islands, including more remote places, beaches and scuba diving sites.
One of the best & most famous seafood restaurants in Puerto Princesa. The gay-owned KaLui offers an authentic experience from the moment you arrive. Remove your shoes and walk barefooted to your table.
Everything on the menu is either from the sea or grown in the field. Fresh fish, sashimi, tempura, shellfish soup, sinigang, baked mussel and more.Explore Palawan Tours
Boracay was awarded as the 2012 best island in the world from the international travel magazine Travel + Leisure. In 2014, the resort island was at the top of the Best Islands in the World list published by the international magazine Condé Nast Traveler. In 2016, Boracay headed the magazine’s list of Top 10 destinations to watch. It too has much to offer
Boracay is home to some world class beaches. In the words of one blogger
Boracay is the kind of island you will never want to leave. I’ve traveled to more than 50 countries and there are not many places where I’ve returned 5 times. Boracay is one of them. – Justonewayticket.com
In the words of one reviewer: “Clear turquoise waters, soft sand, lots of activities and restaurants to choose from. What more could you ask for?”
Ariel’s Point is a breathtaking eco-adventure destination located a short and scenic boat ride away from Boracay Island. With five cliff-diving platforms (ranging in height from 3 meters to 13 meters) and ample opportunities for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and canoeing in a friendly setting, Ariel’s Point is the perfect daytime venue for Boracay travelers who want to experience the natural beauty of the Philippines while also meeting fellow travelers.
Willy’s Rock is Boracay’s most recognizable attraction. It is an oddly shaped volcanic formation topped by a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Bei Kurt und Magz, Station 3 beachfront. Happy Hour from 2PM – 8PM.
Yes, the photo above belongs to Kurt & Magz, a Snack Bar & Restaurant owned by a German. Caipirinhas for 25 PHP? How could I resist? Great place to watch the sunset as well.
Shantal’s Resto Bar, Station 3 beachfront, right next to Kurt & Magz. Happy Hour from 2PM – 8PM. Shantal’s Resto is another great Beach Bar (left photo below) offering beers and cocktails for a really small price. The place is always crowded. Good spot to meet other backpackers.
Exit Bar, Station 1 beachfront between the Red Coconut and Bom Bom Bar. No Happy Hour.
One of my favorite places, such a cozy little bar. You’ll meet kite surfers, expats and friendly locals here, always up for some conversation. Great vibe and cheap drinks (beer or rum coke for 50 PHP).
Shenna’s Restaurant, Station 2. Happy Hour from 5PM – 9PM.
I mentioned Shenna’s before as they have cheap and tasty food. But also their cocktails are great and strong! Here a photo from their
Popular nightclub, restaurant, bar and party venue. Under the same management of Manila’s hottest super-clubs (Encore, Manor and Republiq), EPIC is the place to see and be seen in Boracay
EPIC’s beachfront setting offers a relaxed atmosphere and fabulous views of White Beach. The restaurant serves an extensive menu of Asian and Western food. At night, the venue turns into a dance club with open-air dance floor and some the best local and international DJ’s. EPIC also hosts the biggest summer parties on the island.
The crowd is mixed, with some gay guys. Cover charge includes two drinks. EPIC is located on the beachfront of D’Mall, Station
Henann Regency Resort
This hotel is sorta gay. They have a Jungle circuit gay dance party once a year.
What gay Boracay?
As you can see gay life in Boracay is pretty passéExplore Boracay Tours
Costs of course vary greatly depending upon the time of year, your accommodations, and vacation style. That being said Boracay is the much more expensive option especially during peak season which is generally from November to May. You can expect to spend anywhere from 1000-2000 US dollars for a week in Boracay. Contrast that with about $400-$1700 for Palawan.
Both places are wonderful choices. My personal opinion is Palawan is the better destination if you can’t go to both. Palawan has more things to do, more history, more culture, and not to mention more gay life. Boracay is basically a beautiful expensive beach. There are some other things to do but Boracay is very similar to Phucket in Thailand. Most people go to fuck and sit on the beach. That wouldn’t be a problem except there’s not much of a gay population there. You’ll find more gay life in Palawan as there are more gay people. Chances are good if you go to Boracay you’ll have to take a gay guy with you from Manila or elsewhere and that can be quite expensive if he can’t afford to pay his own way. Hint: chances are good he can’t.Explore Boracay Tours Explore Palawan Tours