Boracay often steals the limelight when it comes to Philippine beaches, but the Palawan archipelago, comprising 1,780 islands in the western Philippines, is equally spectacular for its exotic wildlife, quaint fishing villages, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites (and its swathes of unspoilt sand, of course!). Coron is a fantastic base for an adventure, especially for underwater explorers seeking to dive amid the Japanese shipwrecks of the 1940s, ranked among the best dive sites in the world. Couples looking for a romantic island honeymoon or holiday just for two, you don't want to miss this.
One of the Palawan's must-dos is a guided boat tour of the five-mile-long Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, the world's longest navigable underground river which flows to the South China Sea through a nearly 15-mile-long cave. Forget beachfront hotels: camp, island-hop on a live-aboard snorkelling or diving ship, or stay right over coral reefs in a cottage on stilts. It's a unique, romantic location just begging to be explored by any couple – whether you're adventurous or love a bit of R&R, Palawan is the place for you.
PERFECT FOR COUPLES WHO:
Are seeking to discover a well-known destination's last frontier. If you've wanted to see the Philippines in a new way, this is the way to do it (and there's no better time to check it out than on a honeymoon or romantic island holiday).
MOST BEAUTIFUL BEACH:
I'll say El Nido, but realistically there are too many too choose from. Take your pick from the many beaches Palawan offers, and spend your days resting on the white sand with your lover.
Snorkelling or diving the Tubbataha Atoll coral reef. Who can resist those turquoise waters and exotic underwater sights?