Palawan Travel Guide

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Palawan Things to Do

  • Underground River

    Underground River of Palawan, also known as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and the longest navigable underground river in the world. I happen to see the beauty of it on October 2013. While on the boat, all I can say is "wow" with the stalagmites and stalactites around the cave in different forms makes you appreciate more the works of nature....

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  • The Underground River of Palawan,...

    Underground River of Palawan, also known as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River and the longest navigable underground river in the world. I happen to see the beauty of it on October 2013. While on the boat, all I can say is "wow" with the stalagmites and stalactites around the cave in different forms makes you appreciate more the works of nature....

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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.UPDATE APRIL 2015I am not sure if this festival is still held each year as i saw no evidence of the event being held this month. However i did come across this but i found no other reference to...

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  • SEE THE PALAWAN CHERRY TREES

    Throughout the island you can see the Palawan Cherry in blossom in March and April. Cassia nodosa is claimed by some to have been introduced to Palawan from Java in prehistoric times. arriving at Puerto Princesa airport you will see many of these trees lining Rizal Avenue as you enter the town.

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  • Wander in one of the 7 Wonders

    Me and my boyfriend availed the Underground River Tour from our hotel. It was 4,800/pax. It's pricey cuz it was like renting the whole van for the two of us. The tour has several stops from other destinations but the highlight was the river tour.It was an hour ride from Astoria Palawan. Upon arriving at the port, you will be welcomed by the vendors...

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  • OYSTER BAY----NEW NAVAL BASE

    While on the flight to Puerto Princesa try get a window seat on the right hand side of the plane, and you will catch a wonderful view of Ulugan Bay about 10 minutes before you land at the airport. On the south side of the bay you will see another bay called Oyster Bay (the big bay on the far side of Ulugan Bay). This is where a proposed U S Naval...

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  • Sta. Monica Ranch (well known as Mitra’s...

    This is a long travel from Iwahig, but included in our tour so just enjoy listening to the tour guide talking about how Palawan is the greenest and cleanest city in the county. We were also told about the executive villages that only rich people live. Upon arriving at the ranch, we were greeted by fresh air and an extremely beautiful view of the...

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  • Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

    Is located just few minutes from Crocodile Farm. You have to hire a jeepney or multi-cab to come here. When I was in High School I had the impression that Iwahig is the worst prison in the country. However, upon visiting, I can say this is the best place for prisoners. No walls, just a big rice farm tends by the prisoners. They can walk freely...

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  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue Conservation...

    A sanctuary for crocodiles that were currently included in the list of endangered species. The center is trying making ways to increase the number of the Philippines crocodiles. The Center also takes care of other wild animals and endemic species in the province. Upon entering the main hall, you will see the skeleton of a big salt water crocodile...

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Palawan Hotels

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  • Amanpulo

    Pamalican Island, PO Box 456, Palawan, 0000, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • El Nido Resort Miniloc Island Palawan

    Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • El Nido Resort Lagen Island Palawan

    El Nido, Northern Palawan, El Nido, Palawan, 1229, Philippines

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

Palawan Restaurants

  • One of the best restaurants in Puerto...

    It is located in the main street Rizal. I went twice for dinner. The waiters are very friendly and helpful All kinds of fish. They are alive, you just chose one and they cook for you. I loved the stone fish. Lapu Lapu was also excellent. Everything was great in this reataurant.

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  • 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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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 Local Customs

  • DRYING FISH THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND

    There are various fishing communities that are off the beaten track where the locals will dry their fish. Normally the people stick wooden poles in the ground and make a framework where netting is attached and the fish are sliced in half and laid on the netting during the hot days. The fish are then put in packets for selling or taken to the market...

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  • COLLECTING SIKAD-SIKAD, JUMPING SHELLS.

    Whenever you are on one of the islands or by the sea you will probably see locals in the shallow water collecting Sikad, which are actually small conches that inhabit the shallow water close to land. They are served in many local restaurants but i am sorry to say that i have never tasted them. My wife says that they are the tastiest and are similar...

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  • BEAUTIFUL ORCHIDS IN THE GARDENS

    In Palawan and all over the Philippines you will see many gardens with some beautiful orchids. Many residents in Palawan will get their orchids from the native Palawenos who live in the forests and mountains where orchids grow in the wild. Those people will come to the towns every now and again with baskets of orchids and will wander from house to...

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Palawan Warnings and Dangers

  • AVOID WRONG EXPECTATIONS BY RESEARCHING...

    Before arriving in Puerto Princesa, Palawan please study the guidebooks or websites so you will not assume wrong expectations. 1 Puerto Princesa has very little accommodation by the beach, and if you do find a hotel on the beach it will be quite far from the nightlife, restaurants, shopping and attractions in the city. Nearly all the accommodation...

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  • SCORPIONS & THE MAGIC PLANT

    WATCH OUT FOR SCORPIONS---YOU MAY NOT BE SO LUCKYA young friend of ours suffered a scorpion sting at our friend's beach resort while walking over for dinner just at nightfall. The scorpion stung her on the foot and she was in agony as the tears flowed down her cheek. The pain quickly spread to her upper ankle and was becoming inflamed within a few...

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  • WEAR A LIFE JACKET

    All boats are required to have enough life jackets for their passengers and you are supposed to wear one but often this is not enforced. One never knows when the boat may hit a reef or rock under the sea so even if you think it is not necessary it is best to comply with the regulations.

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Palawan Off The Beaten Path

  • CAMPING WITH A DIFFERENCE

    This amazing place that is located halfway between San Vicente and Port Barton and can only be reached by a 30 minute boat journey, and is absolutely impossible to hike there. You can either hire a boat from the pier at either place or arrange with the management for their boat to pick you up. They only operate between mid November until the end of...

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  • ACROSS THE BAY AT MANGINGISDA

    From Baywalk you can take one of the regular boats that crosses Puerto Princesa Bay to the pier at Mangingisda. The ride takes around 30 minutes and boats leave every hour or so, and it will only cost you around 40 pesos. Although there is not much to once you get there, you can enjoy a cold beer/soft drink at one of the several stalls at the pier....

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  • IT IS WORTH STOPPING AT LANGOGAN

    Langogan is a small village by a river with the same name around 75 kms north of Puerto Princesa on the northern highway. You cannot miss it as there is a long bridge, perhaps the longest on the island. Houses are to be found on each side of the bridge, as well as a few small stores selling drinks and basic meals. Just 100 meters before the bridge...

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Palawan Favorites

  • PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT-----MANGROVES

    Palawan has many areas by the sea and on the islands where mangroves grow and as everyone knows this is good for the environment as it provides a breeding area for fish, shells, and even the famous seaweed "LATO" grows wherever there are mangroves. When i first went to Honda Bay there were several areas around the sandy islands that the authorities...

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  • THE QUARRIES ARE CLOSING

    Several environmental groups have been protesting about the quarries on the island of Palawan so in the last few years the local government have closed many down and the make it extremely difficult for anyone who wants to open a new quarry. The photographs are of two quarries that have closed down recently at km 17 and km 14 on the northern...

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  • 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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COOL DOWN IN ESTRELLA FALLS
Off The Beaten Path
FRIGHTEN AWAY THE STINGRAYS
Warnings and Dangers
Watch your head and put your helmet!
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Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
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Plaza Cuartel
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BE AWARE OF CROCODILES
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LOOK OUT------DANGEROUS CENTIPEDES
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SAWALI MAKERS
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IT'S A HARD LIFE-------FOR SOME
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A FIFTEEN CENTIMETER SCORPION
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THIS MONSTER CAN BITE...AND IT HURTS
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BE AWARE OF THE UNDERTOW
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DON'T TAKE MANGOES ON THE PLANE
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GREEN or RED COKE in the MIDDLE of NOWHERE
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ROAD CONDITIONS
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ONLY FOR THE ADVENTUROUS--SOUTH PALAWAN
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GET ORGANISED--SIM CARDS, CELLPHONES and LAPTOPS
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SOME OTHER FESTIVALS
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FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of MARY
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FESTIVALS----KARAGATAN
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FESTIVALS----PANGALIPAY NG BAYBAY
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FESTIVALS---BALAYONG FESTIVAL
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Ride a Bus, be ready, Take a ferry a bit squeezy..
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THEY ITCH LIKE HELL!!!!!!
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STONEFISH--IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE BUT EASY TO STEP ON
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JELLYFISH CAN RUIN YOUR DAY
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Cycling Palawan.
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Under ground river adventure and underwater
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Trcycle to Mitras ranch, bakers Hill and Crocodile
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St. Paul Subterranean River
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Long Beach in Alimanguan
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Palawan Musuem
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Palawan Vacay 2010
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Airports
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR COBRAS AND VIPERS
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all sorts of transportation
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Sabang X Zipline
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