The Palawan Diary

We went to Palawan primarily to enjoy my El Nido Resorts prize. The prize has a 6-month validity and I chose October because I already have plans for November while December and January are monsoon months in Northern Mindanao.  The prize did not included airfare so I was on the lookout for promo fare.  The ITI flight from Manila to Taytay was out of the question. The alternative was fly to Puerto Princesa.

I took the Butuan-Cebu-Puerto Princesa route:

We arrived at Puerto Princesa around 12 noon and we were able to settle to our home for the night at around 1pm. One can go around Puerto Princesa by hailing a tricycle. We hopped to the nearest Jollibee but changed our minds and went to Chowking across the street. We missed Chowking because the branch in Butuan closed down.

We had orange chicken lauriat and chinese sausage chow pao.

We had an afternoon to spare because we were scheduled to go to Taytay town the following day. I have done a little research so I already know that tourists can hire a tricycle for a day tour around Puerto Princesa  for  P600 per tricycle.  We did not arrange this tour beforehand so we just went by gut feel. A tricycle passed by and the driver sounded nice so we decided to hire him. We learned that tricycle drivers in Palawan are also trained as tour guides. They know where to bring tourists for day tours. Our tricycle driver was Reygen. (You may call him at 0999-5667658) He brought us to the Crocodile Farm, Mitra’s Ranch, Baker’s Hill, Butterfly Garden, Binuhatan crafts and Immaculate Conception Church.  In transit, he would share anecdotes and information about our destination.

These are the photos from our half-day city tour.

We asked that we be dropped at Robinson’s for our dinner. Reygen offered to wait for us so he could bring us to back to the pension house. We declined even if it was part of the tour fee so he could go home. It was a long afternoon for us. We like Reygen. He is a nice young man so we decided to hire him to fetch us from our pension house and bring us to San Jose Terminal for our van to Taytay early in the morning the next day.

I have already reserved van seats with Lexus transport. We took the 7am van ride from Puerto Princesa to Taytay.

At the agreed time, Reygen was already waiting for us outside our pension house. Four hours later, we reached Taytay.

Taytay has this hollywood-ish sign.

Taytay is a port town where Apulit guests are fetched. Several other boats were docked at the port.

Its main attraction is Fuerza de Sta. Isabel, a fort, which we were able to visit after spending 4 nights and 3 day in Apulit Island.

After roaming around this area, we were ready to go back to Puerto Princesa. We made reservations through Lexus. We also called Reygen to fetch us up in the terminal when we arrive. He was already waiting for when we arrived at the terminal.

I love Palawan. I will be back for Honda bay, the fireflies, Iwahig, the underground river, Coron, Calauit and El Nido.  I don’t know when. I hope soon. 😀

10/23/2012: My friend reminded me about San Vicente, Palawan.  How can I forget?

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  1. Oh, I really want to go to Palawan. One of these days will go there, I promise! Haha.

  2. look like you had a great trip
    lovely pics, para ko na ring nakita ang palawan haha

  3. Don’t forget SanVic 😀

  4. Daming photos, very entertaining.

  5. wow! I miss Palawan! I love travelling.. lucky you! Looks like you had a lot of fun! 🙂

  6. Oh, wow, you must have an awesome trip! 🙂 Palawan is on my travel list definitely. Haven’t been there!

  7. i love the notes on the last pic!!! totally true!!! the world’s too big, there’s definitely something new to discover in every corner you find yourself! 😀

  8. wow sis, it was nice reading your posts. Also, thanks for recommending your trike driver. Sayang, i already book in Boracay.

  9. Palawan is my dream vacay destination. Sana malapit na. I have to save save and save!

  10. Amazing view grabe! Ganda! More fun in the Philippines talaga. Visiting from CommEx 10/23.

  11. Very lovely holiday photos that you took. Haven’t been to Palawan but it looks like a place which I can consider for our next holiday.

  12. i hope our plans will push thru next year.. i am dying to go to palawan 🙂

  13. love the pictures

  14. wow.. dami nyo palang napuntahan.. Palawan is beautiful and I’d like to visit the place one day.. visiting from ComEx Oct 23

  15. its a fun and learning trip 😛
    and that chowking orange chicken lauriat and chowpao are delicious!

  16. I want to travel here sumday. 🙂

  17. You gave me more reason to plan a trip for the whole family to Palawan soon! Thanks. 🙂

  18. You are very lucky to have won the prize! I have only been to Coron and it was a wonderful experience in itself! You are lucky to have found a good driver… we can still find them in the province. I love your last phrase… I believe there is always something wonderfully new to be found wherever I travel!

  19. inggit ako!! must visit palawan soon!

  20. what a great adventure with super foody… Love to travel to Palawan too… Thanks for sharing!

  21. Ang sarap mamasyal…I wish I could…maybe someday…ipon muna hehehe

  22. I wanna go here together with my hubby. 😀 We’re planning to make a trip before my class will start.

  23. Great pictures! I bet you really had a great time there… Can you take me with you on your next travel? Hehe 🙂

  24. that place was really nice for a vacation. The “Taytay” is very Hollywood. i think Batangas has also proposal like that in Taal Volcano.

  25. How I wish I could visit Palawan soon! I hope I can tick it on my bucket list on 2013 or 2014!


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