GET ORGANISED--SIM CARDS, CELLPHONES and LAPTOPS
In Palawan we have Globe and Smart who provide the communication networks. If you buy a sim card it will only cost around 1$, and there is not much difference between the two providers. Cards can be loaded at many small shops.
Unfortunately Smart does not seem to be so good with their internet signal so it would be better to use Globe. Many hotels and some cafes provide free wifi, but you can also buy a stick which you can load when required.
Cellphones are available near the market in Puerto Princesa for as cheap as 500 psos.
SOME OTHER FESTIVALS
ARAWEDAN---a small festival that takes place in Port Barton on 23-24 January to highlight the tourist attractions of the place, marine reserves and parks
KULAMBO FESTIVAL----Held in El Nido 25th-28th March where the town people dress in Kulambo (MOSQUITO NETS) . Some dancing , singing and local delicacies to taste.
PASINGGATAN FESTIVAL----held in Taytay 1st-4th May where there is a lot of the usual singing and dancing which showcase Filipino songs and dances as well as showing the best in local handicraft
PISTA Y ANG KAGUEBAN---takes place in Bacungan, 20kms north of Puerto Princesa in the 3rd week of June which highlights the governments environmental programs
Anihan Festival----takes place in Narra, 85 kms south of Puerto Princesa. Anihan means harvest and basically it is a thanksgiving festival for the crops. There is the usual dancing .
PAGDIWATA TRIBAL RITUAL----this is a tribal ritual practiced by local residents in Aborlan during the full moon in December. It is a spirtiual ritual where the people thank god for their bounties and good health.
TAREK FESTIVAL---this takes place in the 3rd week of January and takes place in Aborlan and is celebrated by the Tagbanua and Batak indigenous people. They perform traditional dances, including a war dance to cast away evil spirits. The celebration has been held since the tribes have lived on the island.
LAMBAY FESTIVAL----is celebrated in Aborlan at the beginning of spring by the local Batak people to celebrate the beginning of the hunting season.
FESTIVALS----FEAST of the FOREST
Celebrated in the 3rd week of June, hundreds of cars, jeepneys and buses packed with people head out of Puerto Princesa to an area so the locals can plant a tree. The holes are already prepared so all the locals (nearly all students) just stick a seedling in the ground and fill up the hole. This festival has been going since i first lived here in '95 and is very popular with the local foreigners. There is also eco-camping, some contests and some environmental artists perform.
This is particular good as most of the students are encouraged to attend by their schools, thus teaching them a little about the environment
The Karagatan Festival is celebrated in the first week of May and takes place on the West Coast of the island. The festival celebrates the synergy of man with the seas and oceans and lasts for 4 days. The events include sailing, bangka race, boat sailing, kite flying, tug-o-war, volleyball, football, sand sculptures, trekking, mountain bike race and a huge beach party with a concert.
FESTIVALS----PANGALIPAY NG BAYBAY
This festival began in 2005 and is celebrated each year in Baywalk, Puerto Princesa. The festival lasts for 5 days and such events as cock-fighting, boxing, singing, dancing, body building, fashion show, sport dance and Battle of the Bands are held. Of course there is the usual parade around town and the festival culminates in a firework display.
This is celebrated in Puerto Princesa every 4th March, which commemorates the founding anniversary of the city. The festival is highlighted by planting some Balayong trees (cherry blossom), and there is a parade with floats, plenty of cherry blossom, beauty queens, street dancing and various competitions (such as talent). At the Capitol Building there are stalls in which the various farmers, fishermen, vendors and traders display the city's best products. The festival lasts a week and culminates in an award ceremony for outstanding accomplishments by some of the citizens, then the crowning of Miss Puerto Princesa!!!
Under ground river adventure and underwater
Palawan is the living paradise of the Philippines. It is known as one of the best destinations in Asia because of many tourist destination there. The most well-known tourist spot there is the underground river.
- Sailing and Boating
- Adventure Travel
St. Paul Subterranean River
We booked a travel package for our Underground River trip. As first timers it will be hard for us to go to underground river by ourselves so what we did is to get a tour in our lodging place. Its a very educational trip knowing that there are stalagmites and stalactites inside the cave. We stop by to other tourist destination like the View-deck, Sabang Beach- this is where we had our lunch and takes us a long time waiting for a ferry boat so we can get to the Under ground River, maybe due to numerous visitors and permit.
Palawan Vacay 2010
The best vacation ever in my life. Puerto Princesa, Palawan indeed is the cleanest or one of the cleanest city in the Philippines. I love the white beaches in Alimanguan, San Vicente Palawan. Second, Underground River is worth visiting, we've been here before it was included in the Seven Wonders.
swimming in puerto princesa
Pristine Beach is the best one for swimming in Puerto Princesa.Its one of the few beaches around the city that"s why during holidays & weekends its full of Pinoys(slang for Filipinos).Its just walking distance from the airport,but if you dont like walking just grab a motorcycle(pedicad) and tell the driver to Pristine Beach.
- Budget Travel
- Hiking and Walking
The most beautiful Sunset
I recommend anyone and everyone to go to Puerto Aventura Beach Resort and experience the Sunset from the sandbar. We had to trek to get there, approx.30minutes, but, boy was it worth it. I couldn't believe just how amazing mother nature is. We sat on the sand bar until the sun had completely gone down and then the owner called for a boat to pick us up and take us back to shore.
I will never forget this vacation.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
Swimming at Estrella Falls
Estrella Falls is such a beautiful peaceful place to go to just submerse yourself in the water and hear the falls. The water is cold but invigorating.
I wasn't able to completely explore the entire area as I was with older people, but I can't wait to go back and really see its entirety.
- Hiking and Walking
- Adventure Travel
A trip to the Palawan museum reveals Palawan's lively trade with its Asian neighbors (Ming vases), diverse fauna (mouse deer, cockatoos), cultural festivals, archaeological artifacts and prehistoric diggings which includes fossils and crude tools of ancient man (Tabon man).
- Museum Visits
Crocodile Farm was a breeding and research institute for crocs. I was only able to view the longest crocodile captured in Philippine swamps, now only skin and bones , because it was feeding time and I did not want to wait any longer in the noonday heat of April.
Admission is free
1 :30 to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday,
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn, and 1 :00 - 5:00 p.m. Saturdays.
Sail and Swim in Sabang Beach
Enroute to St. Paul Subterranean River, we travelled via an outrigger boat in Sabang. Don the orange life vests and take in some fresh air.
Take a dip in the deserted Sabang Beach on your way back from St. Paul Subterranean River!
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