Palawan : Budget + Itinerary Guide for First-Timers

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DID YOU KNOW?

Palawan has been featured in many different posts circulating around its magnificent beaches. It is home to one of the 7 wonders in the world.

A lot of islands that composes Philippines belongs to Palawan.

PRE-TRAVEL GUIDE

Where to best exchange currency?

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HOW TO GET TO PALAWAN

    1. ENTRY POINT MANILA (NAIA)

    1. By Airplane (Cebu pacific, Airasia or Philippine Airlines)
      • Direct flights area available.
      • Travel time is around 1 hr and 15 mins.
    2. By Ferry (2-GO)
      • It has 2 trips in a week. (Tuesday and Friday at 1:30pm)
      • Travel Time is about 30 hours.
      • Minimum Price is around PHP 1200 (SGD 30, $ 24, € 20) – PHP 1800 (SGD 45, $ 36, € 30).
    1. ENTRY POINT CEBU (Mactan Cebu International Airport)

    1. By Airplane (Cebu pacific, Airasia or Philippine Airlines)
      • Direct flights area available.
    1. ENTRY POINT CAGAYAN DE ORO (Laguindingan Airport)

    1. By Airplane (Cebu pacific, Airasia or Philippine Airlines)
      • Flights are available with a stop-over in Cebu area .
      • Flight Duration is 2 Hour 30 Minutes.

GETTING AROUND PALAWAN

    1. By Tricycle

      1. Offers the cheapest way to travel around Palawan.
      2. Maximum of 4 passengers
      3. On average, you can expect to pay PHP 10.00 (SGD 0.25 ,$ 0.2, € 0.17) per person.
    1. By Motor Bike Rental

      1. Recommending you to use a mode of transport with a driver.
      2. Small car rental price starts at PHP 700 (SGD 17.5 ,$ 14, € 12) per day.
    1. By Car Rental

      1. Recommending you to use a mode of transport with a driver.
      2. Small car rental price starts at PHP 2500 (SGD 62.5 ,$ 50, € 42) per day.
    1. By Bus and Mini-Van

      1. Most fares costs around PHP 400 (SGD 62.5 ,$ 50, € 42). Standard trip from Puerto Princesa to El Nido.
      2. Travel time takes around 6 to 9 hours.
    1. By Private Van

      1. Puerto Princesa to El-Nido costs around PHP 600 (SGD 15 ,$ 12, € 10)
      2. It can accommodate up to 8-10 passengers.
    1. By Ferries and Boats

      1. El Nido to Coron. Most fares costs around PHP 2000 (SGD 50 ,$ 40, € 34)

WHERE TO STAY?

Type in the box below your designated location of the hotel or the hotel name and your preferred dates.

EL NIDO

ROVICS TOURIST HOTEL EL NIDO PALAWAN

During in El Nido, we stayed at Rovic’s Tourist Hotel. The hotel can accommodate not just a maximum of 4 person in a room but 6-8 persons in a room. Its affordable and they have a cool stairs.

PUERTO PRINCESA

My co-workers and I stayed at Michelle Pension House

PLACES TO VISIT

  1. New 7 Wonders of the World known as the Underground River
  2. Island Hopping at Honda Bay
  3. Plaza Cuartel and Church
  4. Snorkeling at Pambato Island
  5. 13ft-18ft Crocs at Crocodile Farm
  6. Mitra’s Ranch
  7. Bakers Hill
  8. Island Hopping at El nido
  9. Island Hopping at Coron  

5D / 4N PALAWAN ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival. Travel to El Nido

09:45 am – Check-in at Mactan-Cebu Int. Airport
10:40 am – ETD Mactan Cebu Int. Airport to Puerto Princesa – (Cebu Pacific)
12:00 nn  – ETA at Puerto Princesa then Procees to Lunch
12:30 nn  – Buffet Lunch at Sunlight Guest Hotel
01:15 pm – En route to Rovic’s Tourist Hotel
06:00 pm – Check in at Rovic’s Tourist Hotel
07:00 pm – Dinner at the Hotel

Day 2: EL Nido Island Hopping (Package A&B)

06:30 am  – Breakfast and Preparation for Island Hopping
08:30 am  – Island Hopping. Visting the following: (Small lagoon,Big Lagoon, Simezu Island, Secret Lagoon, Entalula Island, Seven Commando Beach, Pangulasian island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island)

12:00 nn   – Lunch
01:00 pm  – Resume Island Hopping. Visiting the following: (Small lagoon,Big Lagoon, Simezu Island, Secret Lagoon, Entalula Island, Seven Commando Beach, Pangulasian island, Snake Island, Cudugnon Cave, Cathedral Cave, Pinagbuyutan Island)
06:00 pm  – Back to Hotel
07:30 pm  – Dinner and visit nearby booth selling souvenirs

Day 3: Check out. Proceed to Underground River Tour

05:00 am  – Breakfast at Rovic’s Hotel 
09:00 am  – En Route to Underground River

12:00 nn   – Lunch at Sabang Beach
01:00 pm  – Registration at Sabang Boat Terminal to go to Underground River
01:30 pm  – ETA at Underground River (Registration + Tour)
04:20 pm  – En Route to Sabang Beach
05:00 pm  – En route and Checked in at Hotel. Wash up and be ready for dinner
07:00 pm  – Dinner
08:00 pm  – Card games with friends

Day 4: Honda Bay Island Hopping

06:00 am  – Breakfast
08:00 am  – Meet Tour Guide and driver at Hotel. En route to Sta. Lourdes Wharf for Island Hopping Tour. Activities includes Pandan, Luli,Bat, Meara Marina, Pambato and Snake Island.

12:00 nn  – Lunch at any of the Islands
01:00 pm – Scheduled boat ride back to Sta. Lourdes Wharf.
01:45 pm – Going to Bakers Hill
02:25 pm – Going to Mitra’s Ranch
03:20 pm – En route to Crocodile Farm
03:50 pm – En route to Plaza Cuartel, Bay walk, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
05:50 pm – En route to Souvenir shop/market
06:00 pm – En route to hotel to wash up and be ready for dinner
07:00 pm – Dinner
08:00 pm – Card games with friends

Day 5: Going Home

06:30 am  – Wake up Call
07:00 am  – Breakfast 

09:45 am  – En Route to Mambajao Market to Buy Pasalubong (ex. Pastel)
10:30 am  – Check out. Drop off at the Airport.
12:30 nn  – ETD Puerto Princesa to Mactan Cebu Int. Airport (Cebu Pacific)
01:45 pm – ETA at Mactan Cebu International Airport

TOTAL EXPENSES

Since this is a travel and tour itinerary provided by Aboex Travel & Tours, I can only provide you some details of expenses.

We were about 60 persons.

Inclusions of the said expenses are the following:

  1. Round trip airfare from Cebu-Puerto Princesa
  2. 2 Nights at Michelle pension
  3. 2 Nights at Rovic’s Tourist Hotel
  4. 4 breakfasts,4 lunch and 4 Dinner
  5. Underground River Tour
  6. Honda Bay Island Hopping + City Tour
  7. El Nido Island Hopping A & B
  8. All applicable entrance fees
  9. Tour guide during tour
  10. Travel Insurance
  11. Van transfers all throughout the tour


HONDA BAY

  1. Environmental fee – 150 PHP  ( SGD 3.75 ,$3, € 2.5)
  2. Snorkel Fees – 150 PHP  ( SGD 3.75 ,$3, € 2.5)

 

UNDERGROUND RIVER FEES

1. Visitor’s Entry Permit (VEP)

  • Puerto Princesa Underground River entrance fee – 500 PHP (about €8.00)
  • Environmental fee – 150 PHP  ( SGD 3.75 ,$3, € 2.5)
  • Audio guide fee – 85 PHP  ( SGD 2.2 ,$1.7, € 1.42)

3. Boat to Underground River – 1300 PHP  ( SGD 32.5 ,$26, € 22)(good for 6 persons)

4. Transportation to/from Sabang Wharf (estimate only)

  • Local – 145 PHP  ( SGD 3.75 ,$3, € 2.5 ) 
  • Foreigner – 215 PHP  ( SGD 5.4 ,$4.3, € 3.6 

FESTIVALS

Puerto Princesa ,Palawan festivals are events that visitors look forward to seeing because of the fun activities that await and the liveliness of the celebrations.

Pangalipay sa Baybay

  1. Pangalipay sa Baybay is a Puerto Princesa festival that is celebrated at the beginning of the second quarter of the year.
  2.   The Bay Walk of Puerto Princesa is the place where the Pangalipay sa Baybay is celebrated, right on the beautiful beaches of the capital and it starts off with live bands performing.

Seafood Festival

  1. Puerto Princesa is known for having among the best and freshest seafood in the entire country and what better way to showcase this than to have a Seafood Festival.
  2. 3rd week of April is when the Seafood Festival is held and the best part of this Puerto Princesa festival.

WHAT TO BRING?

  1. Summer Wear/ Rash Guards/ Sandals/ Slippers for the whole duration of the Island Tours.
  2. Skin Essentials – Sunblock, Mosquito repellent, mask and snorkel (if any), waterproof bags and waterproof body bags.
  3. Always bring a valid ID.
  4. Medicines for simple ailments.

TIPS, NOTES AND REMINDERS

  1. Always be alert and careful in everything you do.
  2. Bring extra clothes. It’s very hot.
  3. Bring some packed food with you to save more. If you do not want, food and souvenir stalls are available.
  4. Bring water so that you are always hydrated.
  5. Personal accessories and gadgets are not advisable to bring during island hopping tours.
  6. Pack light.

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