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Palawan Escapade – 4 Days 3 nights

By |August 2nd, 2015|Travel Blog|7 Comments

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights

Starting from Cagayan de Oro we took a ferry ride at night to Cebu. Arrived early morning and then proceeded to Mactan Airport for our flight to Coron. We arrived at Busuanga Airport late afternoon and yes, we had no plans at all. No itinerary in hand, this was my first yolo backpacker travel and it’s just freaking exciting. Arriving at the airport, a lot of travel agencies are waiting to offer you their tour packages on the island. The competition was strife and a lot of salestalks but in the end we chose the one with the beautiful agent LOLOLOL We immediately proceeded to change clothes and check-in at Rudy’s Place( cheap and neat place! plust they have wifi! ). Then was the city tour. First stop was the hike at Mount Tapyas, it’s a whopping 300 steps and it’s pretty tiring. Reaching the top though, you’ll have a birds eye view of the whole island, the port, the nearby islands, there you can see how small the developed part of Coron is and the beaches are only few and it’s on the other side of the island. We then set off to Maquinit Hot Spring – it’s literally boiling hot. Hottest hotspring I’ve been. You’ve been to Camiguin hotspring? It made Camiguins hotspring feel cold. After the bath we were sent back to our lodge to prepare for dinner which we had at Miguelito’s. The owner here was so friendly and we returned the favor, hearing stories of other people is just enlighting to the spirit. We had such good conversation he treated us dessert and the other customers were like, “woah, you can talk to us too” LOL

Second day at Coron was a whole-day island hopping escapade. We were joined with another group which made it more fun (specially when they have a pretty girl with them LOLOLOL) First stop was Kayangan Lake, going to Kayangan Lake is just jaw-dropping, mountains of limestone rocks surround it, clear blue waters making the fishes visible even without dipping into the water. Once we got the chance to dip in, we just didn’t want to go out. Good thing we were hungry so we just followed where the food was. All tourists take lunch at this one island(forgot the name, you can see in the picture). Sand here was almost Boracay-like, just a little more pounding :)) It was a time for the group to know each other more, share experiences, break the ice. We ate a lot, we thought we needed to burn calories so we had a slight snorkling activity at Siete Pecados. We then headed to Kaps Point Coral garden where I had my most unforgettable snorkling experience. Very rich coral reefs, swim with gazillion fishes and for the first time I saw a sea turtle swimming with me in the sea! It also has a small island where you can be able to swim around it, it’s that small! Last stop was the Twin Lagoon where you need to swim under a small entrance to go in or you can climb a small ladder(yes it’s small too) leading to the other side. We had no waterproof camera and we haven’t purchased any waterproof case yet for their phones so no pictures for us :(( Once you go in you’ll be surrounded by high limestone mountains. The waters were so dark blue you can’t see what’s underneath which made it scary. And then there was my evil twin inside me, dove under water and using my hands, acted like a fish biting my friends feet and that was the loudest scream we heard of him, it even echoed throughout the lagoon LOLOLOL fun times :)) It was a funny ending for the day.

Third day was just time crusher. Travelling from Coron to El Nido takes a whopping 9 hour boat ride. We arrived at El Nido late afternoon. You’ll have no choice, there’s only a morning schedule for Coron to El Nido or vice versa and it sucks. On the bright side, we had all the time to roam around the island and choose the cheapest and best beach front hotel to stay in :)) Night life in El Nido is better than Coron, most restaurants are in the shoreline which Coron didn’t have luxury of. Food is cheaper too and lots of establishments compared to Coron. They stayed late and enjoyed the night life, I went off early because I had urgent work to do AND I’m a good boy :))

The next day the tour started at 6:00AM, we had a contact, one of my friend’s uncle, so we kind of had a small discount. First stop – Hidden Beach. We were the first ones to arrive! The feels just sitting on the soft sand with crystal clear seawater surrounded by mountains of badass looking limestone rocks, yeah, one of the best feels. We had the island by ourselves so photo op was great LOL But in just 15 minutes a flock of other tourists came – photobombers everywhere. Next stop was Matinloc Shrine. There’s a mouth opening spot here where you need to climb up a few meters and have one of the most awesome birds eye view in El Nido. We also found their wharf which was fit for a dope jumpshot(view the pictures) and I must say, some people just have different body clock. So hard to take the synched jumpshot LOL It was then time for lunch at Talisayen beach. While lunch is being cooked, we snorkled and explored the beach. After eating we then head on to Secret beach, this was the coolest island for me. It’s like the Twin Lagoon from Coron where you need to swim under the entrance to get in(high tide or low tide) but compared to the Twin Lagoon the waters are so clear, you can see fishes all around you. And once inside you’ll see a small beach enclosed by walls of limestone rocks and man, the feels was just awesome. Last stop was Helicopter island, this was the largest island we’ve gone to. And as always, any island in Palawan is a great snorkling spot. But in this island, while snorkling, we found sheds of jellyfish skin and our alertness level were like 999% LOL Sadly we didn’t find any live jellyfish swimming with us :)) But we were more sad being striked by reality that some good things never last. We set off to Puerto Princesa that night for our flight the next morning. And just like that, our time in Palawan was over. I am forever scarred. Palawan for me just became the best place to go to in the Philippines. Whether you’re with your family, your friends, or just going alone, I assure you, you’ll love Palawan.

Denouement

What’s better in El Nido compared to Coron is that the islands are very near to each other. Just 10-15 minutes apart, so more snorkling, swimming, experiencing Palawan time. That’s why El Nido has 4 tour packages in their island hopping( we chose Tour C by the way), and these islands just sit minutes apart each other. Coron on the other hand have nearby islands itself but only for one tour( the ones we took ). The other attractions are far, like Malcapuya island, the Calauit Safari park, i remember our guide said it would take 2 hours to go to those places, so 4 hours back and forth. Food in El Nido is also cheaper. But there are NO ATM in El Nido. Coron and Puerto Princesa on the other hand has. So withdraw money first before going to El Nido. Nonetheless Coron and El Nido for us are the two best places in the Philippines. Proven and tested. Beaches, marine life, clean environment, kind locals, you just can’t ask for more. That’s why I’m not gonna hesitate to go back. Wanna go? Invite me please! :))

credits to our friend Jolo Ortiz for his badass camera

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights

Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights
Palawan Tour 4 days 3 nights
Time Act Expenses(Per Person in Pesos)
9:00PM – 6:00AM CDO to Cebu – Ferry 900
Day 1
6:00AM – 7:00AM Cebu port to Mactan airport 75
7:00AM – 8:00AM Breakfast at airport 100
8:00AM – 1:00PM Check-in and wait at airport
– Lunch – 120
1:00PM – 1:50PM Cebu to Busuanga – Plane 800
* Included with Coron package 3000
1:50PM – 3:00PM Checkin at Rudy’s Place *
3:00PM – 6:00PM City Tour *
6:00PM – 7:00PM Relax at Rudy’s Place
7:00PM – 9:00PM Dinner 180
– Tricycle fare to/from town – 20
D1 Total – 4295
Day 2
6:00AM – 7:00AM Breakfast at Rudy’s Place *
7:00AM – 5:00PM Island Hopping *
5:00PM – 7:00PM Relax at Rudy’s Place
7:00PM – 9:00PM Dinner 170
– Tricycle fare to/from town – 20
D2 Total – 190
Day 3
6:00AM – 6:40AM Breakfast at Rudy’s Place *
6:40AM – 7:00AM Rudy’s Place to Port 20
7:00AM – 4:00PM Coron to El Nido(lunch included) 1500
4:00PM – 4:30PM Search for hotel
4:30PM – 7:00PM Checkin and chill
7:00PM – 9:00PM Dinner 90
D3 Total – 1610
Day 4
6:00AM – 3:00PM Island Hopping 1200
3:00PM – 9:00PM Chill at Port cafe
Dinner/Snacks 150
– Buy shirts – 300
9:00PM – 3:00AM El Nido to Puerto Princesa 480
D4 Total – 2130
3:00AM – 3:30AM Tricycle to city downtown for cheapest inn 20
3:30AM – 8:00AM Checkin/sleep 300
8:00AM – 9:00AM Lunch at Jollibee 90
9:00AM – 9:10AM Downtown to airport 10
9:10AM – 11:15AM Chill at airport
11:15AM – 12:00PM Puerto Princesa to Cebu – Plane 800
12:00PM – 1:00PM Airport to SM Travellers lounge 70
1:00PM – 7:30PM Chill at SM Cebu
– Lunch – A close friend treated us :))
7:30PM – 8:00PM SM Cebu to Port 20
8:00PM – 5:00AM Cebu to CDO – Ferry 1000
Aftermath Total – 1310
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Overall – 9535

 

7 Comments

  1. Subha natarajan March 9, 2016 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Very useful..thankz

  2. bluedreamer27 March 9, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Oh this must be a very rewarding trip! I have always wanted to visit Palawan but I never got an opportunity! I must say that this is really such an expensive trip but knowin that you have been to El Nido , Coron and Puerto Princesa, this must be really worthy!

    • penyaaah March 10, 2016 at 2:51 am - Reply

      It’s worth every penny! :)) 9.5k for everything incl. flights was also cheaper than our budget but yeah, when you travel to Palawan money was never wasted :))

  3. Sam March 10, 2016 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    This post really made me feel excited about Palawan! I’m going there in December. Thank you for this guide

    • penyaaah March 11, 2016 at 2:55 am - Reply

      awesome, i’m sure you’ll enjoy it there :))

  4. keto May 5, 2016 at 7:06 am - Reply

    I’ve been reading many of your articles and i must
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    • penyaaah May 6, 2016 at 8:22 am - Reply

      wow. thank you! :))

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