Ecotourism capital of the Philippines: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Palawan has always been my dream destination. 

Driven by a spontaneous PAL seat sale, we made this trip a reality by booking a flight to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

My constant travel buddies, decided to end the summer of 2010 with a bang. So here, I’ll try to remember the details of the trip and put it to good use so it may be of help to other wanderlusts like me. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Our jam pack itinerary for 5 days/4 nights looks like this:

Day 1 

4:05pm  – Departure from Manila 

5:25pm – Arrival at Puerto Princesa 

6:00pm – Check-in Balay Inato Inn (294 Manalo Extension)

7:00pm – Dinner at Kinabuch Grill and Bar (Home of the famous Tamilok – Palawan’s exotic dish – a worm actually) 🙂

Day 2

8:00am – 5pm – Honda Bay Island Hopping (Pandan, Snake and Pambato Reef for ultimate beach bumming and a good site for snorkeling) 

8:00pm – Dinner at Bilao Palayok for some seafood feast

Day 3

8:00am – Hotel pick-up (Expect 3-4 hours road trip from Puerto Princesa to Sabang)

12nn – Lunch at Taraw Beach (Swim time)

3pm – Underground River (Click here for more info)

8:00pm – Dinner at KaLui (Guests are asked to take off their shoes at the entrance – a unique experience. A must-try is their seafood platter.)

Day 4

8am-4pm – Dos Palmas Day Tour

Day 5

8am-1pm – City Tour which includes: Crocodile Farm, Mitra’s Ranch and Baker’s Fair – where you can buy Palawan pastries and other goodies.

7pm – Arrival in Manila

Our tours were pre-booked and arranged by Topstar Travel if you want your tour to be hassle free. Although of course, comfort has a price which I’ll pin down later. Another alternative would be to rent a tricycle, which we did for the city tour, to take you to Honda Bay Wharf which is your access via pump boats to Honda Bay and Dos Palmas.

As for the expenses, here’s a summary excluding airfare and shopping money:

Hotel Accommodation (Balay Inato) – Php2000/4pax/night

Honda Bay Island Hopping w/ land/sea transfer, lunch – Php1,100

Underground River w/ land/sea transfer, lunch – Php1,500

Dos Palmas Day w/ land/sea transfer, lunch, snorkeling – Php 1,800

City Tour via Tricycle for 4 pax – Php600

Puerto Princesa is a beautiful place with very nice people.

Dos Palmas is by far the best beach resort I have been and I wouldn’t think twice of going back there. Maybe if I’m richer, I’d probably stay for the night 🙂

The Underground River is another priceless sight. I was in awe seeing the river’s opening surrounded by clear blue water. I am slightly claustrophobic but I just couldn’t miss the chance of seeing this.

It’s currently vying for the New 7 Wonders of Nature so please, vote for Palawan’s Underground River by going to this site.

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