Tag Archives: Palawan

Bus from Puerto Princesa to Elnido

2 Dec

Elnido beaches were ranked the 14th best in the world according to CNN ‘s Top Beaches in the World. I think this place is still an unspoiled paradise mainly because it is so remote and not too easy to get too. The most common way to to get to Elnido is to fly first to Puerto Princesa (via Manila, no international flights go to Puerto Princesa ) and then take an 8 hours bus to Elnido. This is obviously not a route for those who are looking for comfortable travel. As a result, not many tourists go to Elnido, especially if you compare it to Boracay and more popular Thai beaches.

Puerto Princesa to Elnido

Puerto Princesa to Elnido

If you are planning to visit el Nido, you can choose one of the following ways:

1- By plane: I never met one who flew to Elnido simply because this is a private airport and all flights going there are run by resorts for their super rich guests (i.e.. Leonardo Dicaprio when filming “the Beach” and other stars). You can of course buy a ticket from them but it will cost at least 120,000pesos (300USD) one way

2- By Van: Vans or Mini buses (usually 8 seats) run from Puerto Princessa to ElNido few times a day. They cost between 600 and 900 pesos ( 16 to 21CAD). You can book your seat at the airport or via your hotel or hostel reception. Usually they come pick you up before departure. The ride to Elnido in the an take 5h. They are reputed for being careless drivers.

3-By Bus: This is the option i chose. There are two Companies you can go with Cherry Bus (white bus) or RORO bus (Green Bus). Continue reading

Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

28 Nov

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When i first started planning my trip to Palawan, i noticed that most traveling blogs recommend visiting the underground river so i included it in my itinerary. In case you didn’t know, the Puerto Princesa Underground River has been listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature;  It is the second longest underground river in the world (the first one being  in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula). It covers a distance of more than 24 km and flows directly into the South China Sea. It is also known as St. Pauls Underground River and its cave is famous for spectacular limestone karst landscapes.

The Underground River is listed as a Unesco heritage site, therefore the government tries to protect it by limiting the number of tourists who visit everyday. They do so by imposing a visit permit on all Tourists, it can be obtained through Local Tourism Office in Puerto Princesa.

This world known site is located 50km away from Puerto Princesa near a village called Sabang. To visit it , you have two options:

1- a DIY trip: you need to get your visit permit ahead of time by yourself and arrange your own transportation

2- Sign up with a Tour Agency: it costs 1500PHP (36CAD) and includes visit permit, transportation, entrance fee and all you can eat lunch. You can also choose a Tour package that includes zip lining (also in Sabang)

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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)

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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.  Continue reading