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Puerto Princessa, Palawan


INTRO:



if you want to see breathtaking views, warm and friendly people, and local arts, crafts, and knicknacks to take home as souvenirs, PALAWAN is it!
palawan has 1,700 plus Islands and Islets and an infinite stretch of white sand beaches......it's simply nature at its unspoiled best!


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MUST SEE/ACTIVITIES:


Sites:

signage for crocodile farm
crocodile farm signage
Crocs, anyone?

Description:
we hired a van (250/hr) to take us for a city tour....... the crocodile farm is one of the places to see during the city tour.......

entrance fee is Php40.00/person

butterfly garden signage
butterfly garden signage
butterflies! wee!

Description:
butterfly garden is where they breed butterflies....it's best to see the butterfly garden in the morning.....

got this from their entrance signage:

"morning with good sunshine is the best time to observe the butterflies in flight, highlights of activities like hatching, courtship, mating, etc...

during the heat of the day, many species take a shelter under the leaves etc...a good chance to observe them closely and take photographs

with clouds or late in the afternoon they hide. observe carefully because many species camouflage well with their surroundings"

iwahig hall
iwahig hall
iwahig

Description:
iwahig is a penal farm............. nothing much to see but you can find cheap souvenirs here.....i got keychains for Php10.00 each....or you can have it for Php100 for 13 pcs....

a tree and a fence at mitra's
a tree and a fence at mitra's
mitra's place

Description:
going to mitra's place is part of the city tour..... there's nothing special about this place, well, for me atleast but since it's part of what we paid for i might as well go around and take a look........

a shrine inside the vietnamese village
a shrine inside the vietnamese village
vietnamese vill

Description:
we went there after our underground river tour........try the food at the viet ville restaurant..... try their famous french bread....

mouth of the underground river
mouth of the underground river
underground river

Description:
they say you really never have gone to palawan unless you went and saw puerto princessa's underground river.......

inside the underground river you will see a variety of rock formations- a man hanging, the holy family, dinosaurs, etc...... just see for yourself!

we just asked lolaitang.com (our inn) to arrange this for us..... our underground river costs 1,200/pax, all in (transpo, boat, entrance fee, buffet food)....prepare for 1 two-hour rough road trip (free massage, as the locals there would say)....

PAlawan eXperience
PAlawan eXperience
honda bay island hopping

Description:
what we did is we hired a trike to take us to the honda bay wharf (20/pax).............. when we reached the wharf we hired a boat for the whole day island hopping (1,200)........... we just divided the boat rent among ourselves..............

the islands we went to were:
- dos palmas (we didnt dock, because docking would cost us 500/pax for entrance fee)
- pandan island (diff from mindoro's)
- senyorita island
- luli island (lulubog-lilitaw)
- snake island
- starfish island
i would be posting separate travel tips for each of the islands i mentioned :)

those are a few of the many huts of dos palmas
those are a few of the many huts of dos palmas
dos palmas

Description:
we just took a peek at this resort............. but i met 2 ladies who availed of the whole day package at dos palmas and they said it's very much worth your every penny, it costs 1,500/pax.......... you can use all dos palmas facilities except for the swimming pool, the food is buffet, you can kayak-all-you-want, they have their own snorkelling site.........

if my stay at puerto princessa had been longer i would have tried the dos palmas package..........

howel, there will still be a next time...........

pandan island
pandan island
pandan island

Description:
pandan island is where they get their leaves for making huts.............

senyorita island
senyorita island
senyorita island

Description:
we just passed by senyorita island because there is nothing to do there............... senyorita island is where they breed different kinds of fishes like lapulapu......

snake island
snake island
snake island

Description:
for me this (and the starfish) is the highlight of our honda bay island hopping tour............

this is where you'll go when you want to do some snorkelling................

starfish island
starfish island
starfish island

Description:
this and the snake island for me is the highlight of my honda bay island hopping................

you will find a lot of different starfish in this island.........



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FOOD and RESTOS:
lolaitang's entrance
lolaitang's entrance
24 hour restaurant -Lolaitang

Description:
food here is cheap!
you can have a rice meal for Php60-70 per order Address: Roxas Street, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, Phili

Directions:
from the airport take a tricycle or a jeep and tell the driver to drop you off at roxas st.... at roxas st. there is a signage that will point you to where lolaitang is...don't worry, it's just a 3-minute walk.....

Phone:
(048) 433-2990 / 433-6991

Website:
http://www.lolaitang.com/

Other Contact:
Mobile #: 0918-650-6671

ka lui's signage
ka lui's signage
different kind of eating experience

Description:
this restaurant will ask you to remove your slippers/shoes before you can enter............. that means you'll have to eat barefooted................

their food is ok ............. a little expensive but the experience and the ambience is ok...............

by the way, they only serve seafood.......... i like their fish cordon bleu and their seafood sisig....

balinsasayaw
balinsasayaw
another cheap resto

Description:
food is cheap and also ok............ the ambience is good also............

don't forget to see the live turtles ....................

HOTEL and ACCOMODATIONS
rooms at lolaitang
rooms at lolaitang
Cheap accomodation

Description:
the owner, atty. gay is very accomodating and friendly........ they offer free airport-hotel-airport transfer.............
we got our room for 560/night for a twin bed...regular price is at 650...for more info of the room rates visit their website at www.lolaitang.com

Unique Qualities:
cheap, near internet shops, market, church and looking for transpo is easy....lolaitang also has a restaurant so you could also order your meals here...

Directions:
from the airport take a tricycle or a jeep and tell the driver to drop you off to roxas st....there is a signage at roxas st. that will point you where lolaitang is...

Contact Nos:
(048) 433-2990 / 433-6991
Mobile #: 0918-650-6671
Website: www.lolaitang.com

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NIGHTLIFE


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OFF THE BEATEN PATH


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TOURIST TRAPS

Description:
package tours can make your trip hassle-free, i won't argue with that but if you're like me who is into backpacking and adventure you might as well do it yourself......
haggle!
Alternative:
do it yourself..........


price difference:
honda bay:
850-900/pax - package tour fee for honda bay island hopping (all in)
430/pax - do it yourself honda bay island hopping (all in)


city tour:
450/pax - city tour package
245/pax - do it yourself (hire a van and divide among yourselves the van's rate or hire a trike for 500 for the whole day city tour trip, again just divide 500 among yourselves)

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WARNINGS OR DANGERS


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GETTING THERE and AROUND
PAL
PAL
PAL


Getting TO: our flight was delayed twice, going to puerto princessa and once, to manila.............

so it's a good practice to check with PAL of any delay in your flights the day before your departure........... or an hour before you leave your house to the airport..............


Phone:
(632) 855-8888
www.philippineairlines.com

trike
trike
trike


AROUND:
the cheapest way to go around the city or to have your city tour..............

topstar travel and tours' van
topstar travel and tours' van
van


AROUND:
you can hire a van for your city tour.......... it's 250/hour......... you can ask your hotel to arrange it for you........... in our case, lolaitang contacted topstar for our underground river trip......
Phone:(048)4338247

boat
boat
boat


AROUND:
ofcourse boats!
you need a boat for island hopping and underground river tour

Travel Time:
    from manila to puerto princessa,palawan - 45min to 1hr by plane


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Culture


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PACKING LIST
your swimsuit
goggles
life vest
sunblock
your favorite shades
flip flops
sarong or malong
hair conditioner
body moisturizer
after sun lotion/moisturizer/etc
camera
memory/CF card/rolls of film

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SHOPPING:
fish ref magnets
fish ref magnets
ref magnets


What to Buy:
ref magnets
What to Pay:
Php25-30 each

palawan shirts
palawan shirts
souvenir shirts/sandos


What to Buy:
souvenir shirts and sandos..you can buy this at sabang wharf or at the airport terminal............
What to Pay:
100-150 for the ordinary shirts/sandos
250-350 for the branded ones (from island souvenirs)

how a whole casoy looks
how a whole casoy looks
kasoy


What to Buy:
puerto princessa is famous for their casoy...
What to Pay:
roasted kasoy is more expensive than the fried kasoy....

Php 20 - small packs of fried casoy
Php 70 - 1/4 kilo of roasted casoy
Php140 - 1/2 kilo of roasted casoy



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GENERAL TIPS:


you can download the actual expenses plus more tips here
visit these links if you plan to visit puerto princessa:
    mypalawan.info
    palawan.com
    palawan.ws
     marlin's puerto princessa,palawan gallery


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