I will take you on a tour that we’ve done on the Island Palawan in the Philippines. Our trip was about 21 days and absolutely amazing!
We flew from South Africa (where I live) to Manila – the capital of The Philippines. We didn’t fly directly to the island, as the flight tickets would have been much more expensive if we did.
Personally I did not enjoy Manila the first time going there, as I’ve read so much about the dangers for tourists that lurked around each corner. But more detail about Manila later on with our return flight.
Kabayan Hotel Pasay – Manila
2878 Zamora Street corner EDSA Rotonda, Pasay, 1300 Manila.
I’ve done ALL my bookings through booking.com and never had any troubles doing so. In Manila we’ve stayed at Kabayan Hotel PasayVery cheap and also friendly staff. But I found the rooms a bit claustrophobic. But for R688 for 2 people (breakfast included). I surely couldn’t expect more.
The next day we took a TAXI from the hotel to the airport. Without any problems. I’ve prebooked a flight from Manila to Puerto Princesca through Air Asia and we had a very pleasant flight!
We started our trip in Puerto Princesca and worked our way up to El Nido. At the airport we were picked up by the hotel’s airport shuttle which I’ve arranged beforehand.
Marina de Bay Hotel Restaurant and Spa – Puerto Princesca
Purok Sandiwa, Barangay Tiniguiban, Palawan, 5300 Puerto Princesa City
What a stunning place! And the ladies at the SPA were excellent. Exceptionally friendly staff and helpfull. Our room was stunning with the most beautiful view over the lake! We’ve paid R2 780 for 2 people for 3 nights (Breakfast included).
Activities during our stay here:
The Underground River – World Heritage Site
At the Underground River we had to wait a while to go in – but eventually . . . WHAT AN Experience!!! WOW! WOW! While inside we had our earphones on, while we had a whole explanation of all the rock formations inside, and the tour-guide pointing it out as we went along. I would advice everybody to visit the Underground River – it’s a once in a lifetime experience!
Do NOT book excursions or activities through hotels or accommodation where you stay. It is usually much more expensive doing that! We had first hand experience. Rather book in town or ask around and speak to the locals.
The one booking site that we’ve used quite often was KLOOK. Their prices were very reasonable and pick-ups were always on time. We had great service from this company!
Viet Ville, in its early days, was a 13-hectare village with nearly 200 cottages for the families, a chapel, a Buddhist pagoda, a vast children’s playground, and a restaurant. Today, the only sign of life in Viet Ville flickers from the small restaurant that bears the village’s name. Tourists, as well as locals from Palawan, still come here for its spring rolls and rice noodles. The restaurant, originally established as a joint cooperative between Filipinos and Vietnamese refugee families, is now run by Filipinos with strong connections to the church and local government.
We just had a quick stop here, as we were on our way to a next attraction. Since we have visited Vietnam before, we could appreciate this little village.
Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village
The Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village was interesting if you are into insects, nature and culture. We’ve spend about 2 hours here and just loved to learn more about the Philippine culture.
At the end of a very busy day . . .
Back at our accommodation Marina de Bay Hotel Restaurant and Spa – Puerto Princesca, with a beautiful view over the lake and a bottle of wine with compliments from our host!