Palawan, Philippines: 10 days DIY Backpacking Itinerary and Costs

21 Nov

Hong Kong exchange students are known for travelling a lot in SEA. As soon as the semester started, my friends started travelling all over Asia. Usually every week end of other week end they leave for 3 to 5 days and visit Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan etc…  Unfortunately i am on a very tight budget and i can not justify paying 200$ or 300$ flight for just 3 days stay so i prefer going on fewer trips but for longer period of time in order to decrease my daily costs (it was 50$ a day for the Philippines including the flight)


When i first started looking into travelling to the Philippines, i was in awe of the large range of possible destinations. Boracay is one of the most popular destination since it was ranked as one of the top beaches in the world but i didn’t want to go there because it is very touristy and i was looking for a relaxed place. Another destination is Luzon with its amazing rice terraces and tribal villages. Cebu was the most popular destination among the exchange students i know and i was considering going there too so i can also stop by Bohol and see the magnificent Chocolate hills. Unfortunately on October 15th it was hit by a very strong earthquake and i was not too comfortable going there. In the end i settled on going to Palawan Province.

I planned my 10 days between the capital Puerto Princesa (main and maybe only airport on the island), Elnido (best known for its serene white sand beaches and crystal clear water) and Coron (famous for island hopping but mainly WW2 ship wreck diving). You can see below my original plan, but i had to alter it a bit because of weather and sometimes unforeseen circumstances. 

Day1: HK-Manilla-Puerto Princesa

Day2: Visit PP (Cancelled because of Thunderstorm) >> Instead Awesome Couch surfing shopping and cooking experience

Day3: visit Sabang-underground river and back to PP

Day4: Bus to EL Nido and Sunset @ Maremegmeg beach

Day5: Island Hopping- Tour C

Day6: Island Hopping- Tour A

Day7: Hiking and visiting the town

Day8: Take the boat to Coron : Cancelled>> Instead Motorbike Tour in Elnido

Day9: Island Hopping in Coron: cancelled because of Boat delay>> instead Take boat to Coron and Hot Springs

Day 10: Ship Wreck Diving in Coron

Day11: Flight Coron- HK

I will post detailed description on each day soon, and also upload a detailed budget table to give you a better idea of what to expect on your journey.

I would like also to highlight that this trip allowed me to check off few of my 30 before 30 goals including: Diving and CouchSurfing 


2 Responses to “Palawan, Philippines: 10 days DIY Backpacking Itinerary and Costs”

  1. directionswego December 10, 2013 at 4:27 am #

    Sounds like you had a well thought out trip! We will be visiting Palawan in January and are super excited to explore the area. We are planning on spending most of our time in El Nido. Thanks for posting your itinerary! – T

    • Global Citizen December 21, 2013 at 3:08 am #

      You will love it in Elndio, even if you spend there few more days and finish all the island tours, you still can just chill on the beach and enjoy your time relaxing! have fun

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