While the world health crisis is hampering our travel plans, that doesn’t mean we cannot wish and plan to pack our bags and relax in a faraway place once the pandemic is over. One of the topmost places people want to visit is the world-famous Palawan. (Read: Travel Around Philippines With These Fruits in Season!)
Ranking fifth among the top 50 most popular destinations for post-lockdown travel, the island province is among the top choice of tourists to travel to once the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
“Palawan is a popular post-lockdown location for a reason. It feels untouched, with white sandy beaches and tropical jungle. El Nido is a cluster of 45 islands just off the tip of Palawan that you can explore, too. It’s famous for the Secret Lagoon. Swim through a hole in the limestone rocks to enter a hidden bay with crystal clear water and soft sand,” writes Big 7 Travel.
The chosen travel destinations were ranked according to their popularity based on a survey of Big 7 Travel’s social media followers. They also took into account the trending holiday locations on Google Search in the past 30 days. (Read: Freediving in the Philippines to Be Featured in Netflix Series)
“We can see that there’s a clear trend for post-lockdown getaways: remote islands, peaceful countryside breaks, and tropical paradise beaches,” Big 7 Travel wrote.
El Nido Reopening
Meanwhile, local officials in Palawan are considering to reopen tourism in El Nido. The provincial government is just waiting for the Department of Tourism’s approval for the dry run. (Read: Rundown: The New Dine-In Rules for Restaurants, Customers, Staff)
According to Governor Jose Chaves Alvarez, the dry run will include a ban on mass gatherings and will only cater to domestic tourists who will be tested for the coronavirus.
Palawan’s tourism generates about P150 billion in income annually. The island has been closed to curb the spread of COVID-19.