Palawan EscapadesSaturday, June 06, 2009
May 9 to 16, 2009
It's really been a dream for me and Mel to go to Palawan. It has many first for peachy and a very unforgettable experience for our family. Our arrival on puerto princesa's airport was greeted by an unexpected heavy rain which was really very unusual considering that there are no announcement of any typhoon or rains. Luckily the sky was clear on the following day .
On Mother's Day we celebrate the day with a City Tour, visiting the crocodile farm, butterfly garden where the entrance fee was for 20 pesos, We saw different butterflies but peachy was not quite happy about it. We also went to Baker's hill where delicious hopia was very affordable. They had a variety of delicious breads and cakes to choose from at very affordable price. It was already getting dark, that's why we were not able to go to Mitra Ranch. We end the night by eating at "mang inasal" where people eat their chicken inasal using their hands and had a chance to eat rice as many as you like.
The next day was all excitement, we went island hopping, this is the best experience we had. Our first hop is Pandan Island because that is the nearest, " I think" , it was called pandan island because there are many pandan trees. Next hop is our Snake island where we really planned to stay for lunch time, we first take a swim and this is the first time i have experience snorkeling. I saw various corals and many different fishes. It was really an amazing experience for me. Thank you for the internet for the information, we really brought many breads for the fishes. Next hop is Senorita island, it was a very small island and was owned by the Dos Palmas, we are lucky that we were allowed to dock to their beautiful island and to take some pictures, for us to remember them. There is also starfish island, it was called by it's name because many starfish can be found there. On our way home, we passed by on the different island. Some of them were still uninhabited and some were privately owned. We also passed by on a mysterious island "Luli" (lulubog-lilitaw), the island is a privately owned and was currently under renovation.
May 14-16, 2009
We planned to go to Port Barton where great beaches can be found but it's another long ride and we were worried about Peachy's health so we decided instead to visit and check-in to this resort we saw in the internet and it turned out that the place was really beautiful. Dangkalan Resort and Inn has the best service with their friendly staff and good amenities.
Puerto Princesa is a city with many things to offer. There are many places to visit and the time was not enough for us to visit all of them. We decided not to go to the Underground River for two reasons. Although we already had our permit to go, we learned that there is an ongoing hike for life and the place was so crowded with many hikers coming from different places, another thing is that we were a bit worried about the safety of Peachy, because we could not bring her inside the cave, we will just leave her on the sea shore and i have big doubts over the idea of leaving her.
The place offers fresh and great tasting foods, inexpensive sea foods. Dining is really great in this place of town. We are so thankful that God gave us sunny days to enjoy this vacation. We are looking forward of going back there again.
Discover the beautiful island of Palawan and see for yourself the amazing wonders. I hope this can help you:
How to get there:
Air Travel from Manila to Puerto Princesa takes just less than an hour and available daily via Cebu Pacific, Air Philippines and Philippine Airlines. There is also Zest Air but i am not sure if they have daily flights.
Shipping Lines: It takes 18 to 22 hours from Manila on board the Superferry and Negros Navigation. Superferry only travels once a week.
Travel Tips: Light casual wear is best in touring the city but when your going island hopping and underground river tour a short and a sandal is a must. You must come in handy, don't forget your insect repellent, cause there is really many mosquitoes especially on remote areas, there is also many "nik-nik" as they called it in the bay area. Make sure to bring your camera's to capture your best moments and the beauty of the sights.
Puerto Princesa is most cleanest city that i have been gone to and they are very strict about cleanliest. Do not litter just anywhere or else you will be caught by Bantay Puerto employees. Smoking in trimobiles is also prohibited. You can see many of this:
If you want to live the luxury life there are three high-end hotels who can pamper your stay;
The Legend Hotel -- Malvar St. / (048) 434-9076 - www.legendpalawan.com. Price range: Ph PhP2400 - 5800
Hotel Fleuris -- Lacao St. /(048) 434-4338 / http://www.fleuris.com/ Price Range: PhP3000 - 5000.
Asturias Hotel --National Highway / (048) 434-3851 -www.asturiashotel.ph Price Range: PhP3200 - 5000.
And if you are on a budget, there are many inns and pension houses that provides comfty rooms but very affordable.
Admiral Hotel -- Junction 1, San Miguel / (048) 343-4561
Ardent Suites Hotel -- Junction 1, San Miguel / (048) 434-9980
Dolce Vita -- V. Romasanta Road, San Pedro / (048) 434-5357
Palawan Village Hotel -- 482 Rizal Avenue / (048) 434-4436
Moana Hotel -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 4753
Rengel Hotel -- Valencia St. / (048) 433-2584
Royal Oberoi Resort Hotel -- Esteban Rd., Sta. Monica / (048) 434-4920
Abelardo's Pension --63 S. Manga St. / (048) 433-2049
Albon Pension -- 60 Lacao cor. Carandang St. / (048) 434-8582
Aldos Residence -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-2195
Amelia Pension -- 420 Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-7029
Aniceto's Pension -- 71 Reynoso St. / (048) 434-6667
Audisse Pension -- Malvar St. / (048) 433-4153
Balay Inato -- Manalo Ext., Brgy. Bancao-Bancao / (048) 433-2261
Banwa Pension -- Liwanag St. cor. B. Mendoza / (048) 434-7197
Celica Lodge -- Abueg St., Brgy. Bancao-Bancao / (048) 7672
Duchess Pension -- 107 Valencia St. / (048) 433-2873
JC Yayen Pension -- Manalo Ext. / (048) 433-2661
Jeshiela Guesthouse -- 319 Malvar St. / (048) 433-4157
King's Court -- 359 Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-4853
La Paragua International Guesthouse -- 263 Manalo St. / (048) 434-4464
Liberty Park Pension -- Liberty Road, Brgy. Maunlad / (048) 433-9783
Lola Itang Pension -- Roxas St. / (048) 433-2990 / http://www.lolaitang.cjb.net/
Mabini Pension -- Mabini St. / (048) 433-3311
Manggahan Pension -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-5286
Matutina Pension -- Taft St., Brgy. Kalipay / (048) 434-2496
Marina de Bay -- Sandiwa, Tiniguiban / (048) 433-5163
Payuyo Pension -- 200 Manalo St. / 433-2672
Puerto Pension -- Malvar St. /(048) 433-2969
RAQ Pension -- Malvar St. / (048) 433-2533
Rendezvous Lodge -- Macasaet St. / (048) 434-3136
Sheena's Cottages -- Libis Rd., San Pedro / (048) 433-3693
Skylight Apartelle -- 217-A Rizal Avenue / (048) 434-4872 / http://www.skylightapartelle.com/
Sonne Gasthaus -- 366 Manalo Ext. / (048) 433-4638
Venture Ville Pension House -- 155-A Dacuan Rd., Manalo St. / (048) 434-6236
VIM Pension -- 32 Fernandez St. /
Badjao Inn -- 350 Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-2179 / http://www.badjaoinn.com/
Baragatan Inn -- Junction 1, San Miguel / (048) 434-5289
Bulwagang Princesa Inn -- National Highway, Sta. Monica / (048) 433-2678
Bundal Inn -- San Miguel / (048) 433-5289
Casa Linda inn -- Rizal Avenue Interior / (048) 433-2606
Circon Lodge -- Valencia St. / (048) 433-2738
D Lucky Garden Inn -- PEO Road, Brgy. Bancao-Bancao / (048) 433-7869
Dangkalan Inn -- BM Road, San Manuel / (048) 434-9207 ( we stayed here for three days and they are really very accomodating)
De Loro Inn -- PEO Road, Bancao-Bancao / (048) 434-8408 / http://www.deloropalawan.com/ Dorchezter Inn -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 434-6563
El Rey Residence Inn -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-2314
Garcellano Tourist Inn -- 257 Rizal Avenue / (048) 433-2314
Hillside Resort -- Sandiwa, Tiniguiban / (048) 433-7318
Pagdayon Travellers Inn -- Rizal Avenue / (048) 434-9102
Princesa Inn -- 169 Malvar St. / (048) 433-4218
Seaport Inn -- Malvar St. (near PPC Seaport)
Trattoria Inn -- PEO Road / (048) 433-2719
Tropical Sun Inn -- 152 Manalo St. / (048) 433-6493 / http://www.tropicalsuninn.com/
Tours Packages: (it varies)
City tour - Php. 600.00
Island Hopping (honda bay) Php. 1,100.00
Underground River (Sabang) Php. 1,500.00
Dolphin Watching Php. 900.00 per person
For more information regarding Puerto Princesa, visit their site at http://www.visitpuertoprincesa.com/