15 Beautiful Photos of Palawan's Bacuit Archipelago

Child running to sea in El Nido, Palawan
Child running to sea in El Nido, Palawan | © Allan Ascaño / Flickr
Katrina Escalona

Northern Palawan is recognized by many as the province’s crowning glory. There lie stunning Coron and the equally breathtaking El Nido and Bacuit Archipelago. Composed of 45 islands, the Bacuit archipelago is characterized by towering limestone formations, azure waters, and immaculate beaches — a true feast for the eyes and arguably the epitome of paradise on earth.

The town of El Nido serves as the gateway from mainland Palawan to the Bacuit archipelago.

El Nido town from above

From here, boats can be chartered to explore the gorgeous islands that lay beyond.

Man on boat looking out to sea
Boat in El Nido before limestone formations
View of Bacuit Archipelago from cliff

The crystalline waters are warm and tempting…

Turquoise waters in El Nido

It’s almost impossible not to stop and revel a little

Man and woman kayaking in El Nido’s Small Lagoon

Among traveller favorites are the archipelago’s enchanting big and small lagoons, which are best explored aboard a kayak.

Big Lagoon entrance, El Nido

But you only realize the immensity of the archipelago’s raw beauty once you begin docking on its dazzling white-sand beaches.

Boat docking on an island in Bacuit
Coconut trees on an island in Bacuit

Many will look like they’ve come straight out of a castaway movie!

Untouched island in Bacuit, Palawan
Tapiutan Island, Bacuit

And they’ll make it very difficult to leave…

Cadlao Island, Bacuit
Entalula Island, Bacuit

But there are a few fantastic resorts on some of the islands…

Lagen Island, El Nido

So you can stay for as long as your heart desires (and your wallet permits).

Woman swimming in Lagen, El Nido
landscape with balloons floating in the air


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