GREEN or RED COKE in the MIDDLE of NOWHERE
Once you are far away from the highway and there will not be any petrol stations but as you are traveling along you will see stands with coke bottles containing green and red liquid. No, it is not a new type of coca-cola but leaded and unleaded petrol. The locals will but large containers of petrol and transport them to their village or shack by the side of the road, then fill up liter bottles of coke. It is a general rule that you will not get a full liter but more like 950 ml as the bottles are not filled to the correct level, but this is normal everywhere. It has been known for water to be added but they would soon lose the business of the locals who live nearby. Generally they liters of fuel are sold for around 10% more than the nearest petrol station, so if someone sells 20 liters a day the profit will be around 120 pesos.
ONLY FOR THE ADVENTUROUS--SOUTH PALAWAN
If you really want to get off the beaten track rent an off road bike and circumnavigate the south. I would advise anyone who would like to do this to rent a Honda XR200 from one of the many rental agencies in Rizal Avenue, but check the bike out properly as you will be traveling 250 kms out of the 630 kms off road, and believe me, it is rough going. From Puerto Princesa you will reach Aborlan after 68 kms, not too much to do here, perhaps a quick snack. Better you continue another 30 kms or so to Narra where there is a large market and a better choice of restaurant. From Narra you can continue to Brookes Point and spend the night in this laid back town. Brookes point as the name suggests sits on a point and is surrounded by water on 3 sides, in fact the road ends when it reaches the sea. You will experience some rough patches in the road and you must be careful, and you will also start seeing a few mosques by the highway. The mining and port town of Rio Tuba is a further 60+kms south, and i am sure that after a quick look you will want to leave this town. The road through the newer part of town is divided by a metal fence on each side of the road with various shops along the side. You can continue another 4kms to the old Rio Tuba, just named the pier area. Market day is on Saturday and hectic trading takes place, many goods coming across from Malaysian part of Borneo.
The next part of the trip is really interesting as you will go to places that very few tourists have seen but be warned --- it is all off road and can be very tough in places but you will be well rewarded as friendly faces greet you along the way and wherever you stop. Around 10 kms north of Rio Tuba you turn off the main road, there is no sign, but there is a waiting shed and a small store. You will just have to ask someone for the turning to Rizal. The track takes you over hills, through rice fields where you can see the locals at work. There are several small villages where you can stop and possibly have a cold drink and a rest. Eventually after 63 kms you will reach Rizal, and by that time you will be ready for a rest. In the new part of Rizal along the highway there are several establishments and a couple of places to stay, but you will eventually reach a roundabout where you can turn left and after a couple of kms you will reach the old Rizal where there is a market, bakery and a few places to eat local food. If you want to stay here there is a wonderful pension house in the middle of a pond called "Mountaineers Pension", so called as a few climbers stay here to hike up the highest mountain in Palawan, Mount Manalingajan, 2085m. You can continue another 57 kms to Quezon, spend the night at Villa Esparanza, that has lovely bungalows by the sea. Explore the fishing village and take a boat to the Tabon Cave Complex where Tabon Man was discovered last century. The skull dates back 17,000 years and more bones have been found that have been carbon dated 47,000 years old.
From Quezon you can go north occasionally the track meanders along the coast line where there are magnificent untouched beaches. You will pass the villages of Aramaywan, Berong where there is a splendid concrete road for a few kilometers. The next part of the road between there and Apuauwan is extremely difficult especially for a few kilometers up and down two hills where the road has just been widened. There are boulders the size of footballs and you will be reduced to a couple of kms an hour and use your two feet to balance yourself and the bike. If carrying a passenger he will have to get off and walk at a couple of places. Around 75 kilometers after leaving Quezon you will arrive at Santa Nino, which is almost joined to Aparuwan. Here there is a small resort with bungalows on a hill overlooking the ocean as well as another resort by the beach. I suggest you stay here and continue another 20 kms to Napsan the next morning. Napsan back to the main road is 35 kms and the road is being concreted, then once you reach the national highway it is 23 kms back to Puerto Princesa.
NOTE---I suggest that you should not take this trip alone in case of emergency.
For more detailed information of attractions, roads, accommodation please look at my reviews on the individual places of Aborlan, Narra, Brookes Point, Rio Tuba, Rizal, Quezon and Napsan, but it may be a few weeks before i have finished editing.
Ride a Bus, be ready, Take a ferry a bit squeezy..
As Palawan become the #1 island destinations in the world, El Nido and Coron will be more crowded soon, as a Tourist you always wanted to be alone and or just the few people can be friends or travel mates companion... Season in this place start around October until late June... and even few months left still tourist is on...
As every service provider in this places always do the usual thing, and never make some alternative options... So If you like to experience El Nido and Coron like Robinson Crusoe try to do Island Camping, in this places...And it Includes Linapacan Island which very remote and seldom visits by travellers... This islands in between of Coron and El Nido, but the place is authentically tropical and very untouch..
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