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Child running to sea in El Nido, Palawan | © Allan Ascaño / Flickr
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15 Beautiful Photos of Palawan's Bacuit Archipelago

Picture of Katrina Escalona
Updated: 29 November 2017
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.

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El Nido town from above | © Philippine Fly Boy / Flickr

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

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Man on boat looking out to sea | © MrGaryLarson / Flickr

Boat rides from one island to the next are picture-perfect with the karst landscapes surrounding you.

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Boat in El Nido before limestone formations | © interestedbystandr / Flickr
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View of Bacuit Archipelago from cliff | © MrGaryLarson / Flickr

The crystalline waters are warm and tempting…

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Turquoise waters in El Nido | © Aleksandr Zykov / Flickr

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

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Man and woman kayaking in El Nido’s Small Lagoon | © Fabio Achilli / Flickr

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

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Big Lagoon entrance, El Nido | © Aleksandr Zykov / Flickr

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

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Boat docking on an island in Bacuit | © MrGaryLarson / Flickr
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Coconut trees on an island in Bacuit | © Tyler Nienhouse / Flickr

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

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Untouched island in Bacuit, Palawan | © Aleksandr Zykov / Flickr

And they’ll make it very difficult to leave…

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Cadlao Island, Bacuit | © Cédric Buffler / Flickr
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Entalula Island, Bacuit | © Fabio Achilli / Flickr

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

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Lagen Island, El Nido | © Jack Versloot / Flickr

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

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Woman swimming in Lagen, El Nido | © Eric Molina / Flickr