More than just a group of practically untouched islands surrounded by waters teeming with the world’s most diverse marine ecosystem, Palawan is Paradise beyond imagination. It is for the soul searchers, the wander-lusters, the adventure seekers and the world-weary.

Although centrally located, Palawan’s capital of Puerto Princesa is a good jump-off point for the rest of the island. The relaxed atmosphere of the town gives it a commune feel, which is why it’s become a haven for artists, galleries and the most creative modern Philippine cuisine.

Visit the Subterranean River National Park and enjoy the sometimes comic, but always informed commentary of the boat men, take a boat ride to rustic, idyllic Honda Bay, or swim in waters around Sabang Beach. Make your way back to town and experience a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, party with the locals, the vacationers, and the tourists who never left at the many laid-back bars playing Marley or live reggae.

From Puerto Princesa, whether traveling on a live-aboard boat along the coast, visiting quaint fishing villages, or traversing the rugged, untouched jungles, the possibilities of traveling around Palawan are endless. But perhaps the defining moment of any trip to Palawan is when you leave, and you make a promise to yourself that without a shadow of a doubt, you will be back someday.