Palawan Travel Guide

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Palawan Highlights

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     An Enviromentalist's Dream - Clean and Green City 

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     No malls. Maybe thats a good thing! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Beautiful all around. 

Palawan Things to Do

  • GET ORGANISED--SIM CARDS, CELLPHONES and...

    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...

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  • 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 parksKULAMBO 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...

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  • FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of...

    Celebrated in Puerto Princesa on December 8th , which is actually the city fiesta. Not too much going on but a few parades at night with the Virgin Mary.

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  • 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...

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  • FESTIVALS----KARAGATAN

    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...

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  • FESTIVALS---SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

    This normally takes place in the 3rd week of April where many restaurants prepare special seafood straight from the sea. There are a few cultural shows too.

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  • 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.

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  • FESTIVALS---BALAYONG FESTIVAL

    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...

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  • Under ground river adventure and...

    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.

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  • 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,...

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  • Long Beach in Alimanguan

    I was fascinated by the place, we strolled around the "Long Beach" the the longest white sand beach in the Philippines that can be found in San Vicente Palawan.

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  • Palawan Musuem

    The artifacts of this museum gave me just a bit information of the Tagbanuas. As a Social studies Teacher it gave me a refreshing knowledge of the old people. their tools and way of life in the past.

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Palawan Restaurants

  • Sabang's pride :-) (Fresh seafood, etc.)

    On a clear day, this place is very, very glorious. The wondrous view of the ocean adds to mystique of this restaurant.The food may look ordinary, but tastes very, very good. Soooo mouthwatering, making you want for more and forget that you need to watch your waist line.It's true, it doesn't look like a five star restaurant, but the "native...

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  • Bare foot

    Ka Lui's- one of the best restaurant in Palawan, with nice ambience. You need to go bare feet when entering the place, another great experience not all restaurants offer.The place is somewhat native and cozy, with an ambience of simplicity and back to basic. That could be the reason why people keep on coming back to this place.The food are not...

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  • so native indeed

    ambience was good...the service crew were really accomodating...It may not be a fist class resto but it was a fine one...the good thing about this resto is that it's located from the heart of the city...everything goes from there... try their specialty "balinsasayaw rice"partner it with grilled meats , seafood's and other filipino dish...and also...

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  • So many good dishes to choose from!

    WE WENT TO PALAWAN IN APRIL 2011 AND STAYED AT THE AUDISSIE PENSION HOUSE, WE VISITED FATSO'S CAFE BUT THEY WERE NOT YET OPEN, A FEW MORE WEEKS SAID ELVI THE HEAD CHEF. WE READ THERE MENU AND EVERYTHING LOOKED REALLY GOOD, THE PLACE IS RUN BY TWO AMERICANS, A KANO MAN AND HIS FILIPINO WIFE BOTH RETIRED FROM THE STATES AND REAL NICE FRIENDLY FOLKS....

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  • Great view. Good Food

    I love the view this restaurant have. Located in a mangrove with the clear blue sea as far as your eyes can see.The food is good too. Price is not that bad. The staff are ok, but very busy. There were a lot of people when we were there on Dec. 30, 2009. It seem a bit far from the center of the city which is why you need to hire a local cab called...

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  • Desert Special

    This place was great, from the moment we walked in the ambience was very upbeat, not a stuffy restaurant. Many tourists, in fact, majority were foreigners. Just remember to take off your shoes before entering the dining area. I really enjoyed all of the food. Their Green Mango Juice was excellant...But what made the dinner unforgettable was the...

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Palawan Nightlife

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    by daratwelve Written Feb 5, 2010

    best place to dine,drink,play billards... food is great.. mostly filipino and those common foods on drinking sessions such us sisig and inihaw na liempo.. they serve tower of pale pilsen which is great to share with your barkada and cocktails if your alone..

    Dress Code: Anything goes..

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Palawan Transportation

  • PALAWAN to SABAH by AIR

    It appears that on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday MAS Wings are starting to fly between Sabah and Palawan. MAS is part of the National Malaysain Carrier, MAS. The flights are being advertised for $59 all in. This will enable tourists and locals to reach Sabah in Borneo without having the unnecessary trip to Manila to connect to the international...

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  • BOAT TO MALAYSIA

    At last a passenger/cargo service will begin in the New Year which will sail from Brookes Point, in the south of the island to Kudat in Sabah , Malaysia.The boat will operate twice a week. See photo for details.For years many travelers have wanted to continue their journey to Sabah in Borneo to see Kota Kinabalu and other attractions, only to be...

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  • Flying to and from Palawan.

    Palawan is connected by air with the outside world by several airlines that flies in to Puerto Princesa.I personally flew from Puerto Ptincesa to Manila with Seair that has a daily service on that route and they were very fine.Cebu Pacific Air, Air Philippines and Zeest Air also flies to Palawan and from what i understand there are also charter...

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Palawan Shopping

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    by davidjo Written Jul 7, 2013

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    Palawan has over 140 species that are native to the island and quite often you can see Palawenos (natives who live in the hills) wandering the streets of Puerto Princesa selling orchids at a very cheap price indeed, so if you have friends in Manila, they will make a wonderful gift. There are several garden centers (or similar) that will also sell orchids.
    Even new species of orchids have been found growing on the slopes of Mount Mantalingahan, the highest mountain in Palawan. There were also new species of butterfly discovered there in recent years.

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Palawan Warnings and Dangers

  • BE AWARE OF THE UNDERTOW

    Be very careful if you are swimming on the west coast of the island as there are some dangerous undertows that will drag you out to sea very quickly. If you feel that the current is strong head for shallower water straight away before it is too late. If the current does drag you out to sea don't try to swim against it as this will tire you out and...

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  • DON'T TAKE MANGOES ON THE PLANE

    Some mangoes on Palawan are infested with the mango pulp weevil and the mangoes are not allowed off of the island Also palm seedlings can be infested with a bug and those too are not allowed off of the island. If you are caught doing so you may expect a heavy fine as the rules are strictly enforced.Mango trees are not all infested with the weevil...

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  • ROAD CONDITIONS

    If hiring a motorbike or using public transport be aware of the road conditions. Basically there is one road from Rio Tuba in the south of the island and another road from El Nido in the north of the island, both starting from Puerto Princesa and around 530 kms in total length. The road mainly runs up the east coast until you reach Taytay in the...

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Palawan Off The Beaten Path

  • GREEN or RED COKE in the MIDDLE of...

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • Ride a Bus, be ready, Take a ferry a bit...

    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...

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Palawan Favorites

  • FRESH FISH AT THE BEACH

    Many small villages, especially on the west coast of Palawan do not have electricity yet, or only has electricity in the evening. Villages like these are ideal place to look for fresh fish as there will not be an adequate way to store them (only on ice brought from some of the bigger towns). If you ask around in the village the villagers will know...

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  • Cycling Palawan.

    I spend a few days cycling up and down Palawan and it's one of the better places i have cycled in the Philippines.The roads are in a pretty good state and traffic is quite soft compared to most other places i have cycled in the Philippines.You should still watch out for trucks and busses on the road as they can drive quite agressive at times, but...

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  • Palawan is an adventure

    I went to palawan. It was amazing. From flying on to a small airstrip to my last moments enjoying the views I felt very lucky to been there once. I stayed at El Nido which was something special. So many great places in the Philippines to have minute by minute adventures. Nov - Jan are the months that are the most comfortable as it does get hot. Its...

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