Sabang Travel Guide

  • Sabang
    by AusPinay
  • Sabang
    by AusPinay
  • Sabang
    by AusPinay

Sabang Things to Do

  • ACTIVITIES ARRANGED AT THE SHERIDAN

    If you are in need of some adventure you can hire an ATV or amphibious ATV from the Sheridan. Also they have tours of their Organic Farm which is perhaps 25 kms before you reach the beach. It does not appear that exciting with rice planting on offer.

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  • JUNGLE TREKKING

    Around 12 kms before you reach Sabang you will see a track go off to the right by the checkpoint. This is where one can go trekking to see a Batak village. The sign says Kayasan CADC, Kayasan is the forest and CADC is Certificate of Ancestral Domains Claim. There are organised treks from many guest houses and agencies in Sabang, and i am not sure...

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  • MANGROVE TOURS UP THE RIVER

    If you walk to the northern end of the beach you will come to a shack offering a mangrove boat tour. Price is 200 pesos per person and the tour takes around an hour as you are escorted upriver in a small bangka. There is a good chance that you will see some of the birds that inhabit the area.

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  • NO SHORTAGE OF MASSAGE TENTS

    Recently i walked along the beach in Sabang and there were 5 massage centers offering all types of massage. Many of them have tents on the beach with 3 or 4 beds where you can have your massage. It seems that all the prices are similar, starting around 400 pesos for an hour. The prices are displayed on boards, and while walking by the masseurs will...

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  • Hiking to and around Subterranean...

    After the boat ride, there is still a bit of a hike going to the entrance of the river system so it was also a great way to enjoy the surrounding flora which was magnificent!So take your time to take in the natural beauty around you as you still need to wait before you can board another boat to get inside the river/cave system. It is worth the wait...

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  • Visit the Underground River System

    This world heritage site is the main attraction in Sabang. There is a P250 entry fee which buys you a trip down the river. Plus, a extra P40 fee. Alternatively, you can buy a P1200-1500 tour from any travel agency in the area.If you decide to go solo, you can only buy tickets for the Underground River tour in their office in Puerto Princesa as that...

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  • Exploring the entrance to the river...

    Before entering the river system, we had to wait for our turn to get into another boat to get us inside with a tour guide explaining and giving information about the river system.So we had enough time to soak in the beauty around us and so enjoy the photos! Even without getting inside, you can still enjoy the verdant hills, flora and fauna around,...

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  • Riding a boat from Sabang to the River...

    All boats out of Sabang are subject to weather conditions. When we got there, it just rained so it was a bit muddy and wet of course, but not too hot.According to the Sabang Wikipedia page:There are about 45 Park Ferry Service boats registered for transporting tourist on a 5 km (20 minute) voyage from the Sabang Pier to the Underground River and...

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  • UNDERGROUND RIVER OFFICE ON THE PIER

    You must report there with your booking reservations that you would have arranged in their office at Puerto Princesa, they will check I.D.s of the persons on the list, pay 700 for the boat and you will be directed to a table on the pier that will assign you a boat(this may involve a short wait depending how busy they are). Then you will be taken to...

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Sabang Restaurants

  • CHEAP BURGERS

    Just as the road reaches the seafront you will see a burger stand on the right that serves simple burgers, hot dogs etc. It would be difficult to find a cheaper deal in the whole of Sabang.

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  • NOT A BAD HALO-HALO !

    When the road reaches the beach you can either continue towards the left where the car park is located, as well as the pier and Underground River Office, or you can turn right along the beach (but only on foot or motorbike). Just as you turn right there is a stall selling fruit, shakes and the local favorite, halo-halo. I found the halo-halo quite...

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  • MUCH MORE VALUE FOR MONEY ELSEWHERE

    Yesterday we took a motorbike ride to Sabang and decided to have lunch at Sheridan Hotel, by the beach. There was a buffet on offer at 550 pesos, but after taking a look at the food on offer we decided that we did not want to spend so much money on the buffet. There were around 5 different foods on offer-----fish, pork with lots of fat, some type...

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Sabang Transportation

  • SHUTTLE VAN TO EL NIDO

    Just by the entrance to Robert's bungalows there is a ticket counter where you can purchase a ticket for the shuttle van to El Nido. They depart Sabang 7.30 am, 8.30 am, 1 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm, travel time, a speedy 5 -6 hours.Alexus is the name of the transport company and they also have shuttle vans leaving for Puerto Princesa every hour or so.

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  • puerto princesa to sabang

    It's a two-hour ride worth PHP 110. Along the way you'll take in great views of Karst Mountains and herons flying over rice paddies. There's only one bus offering the said route, RBL... It's near the terminal for buses going to El Nido. There are only two schedules, we took the first trip at 8am. The other one is at 12nn. For the first trip,...

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  • BOAT TO PORT BARTON

    There is a booking office just by Green Verde restaurant and Lodge which offers boat trips to Port Barton, Coconut Garden Resort (Cacnipa Island) for 1,200 pesos. The boat will reach Cacnipa island before Port Barton so you may decide to get off there to stay at Coconut Garden Resort where there are well built bungalows, sandy beach, snorkelling...

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Sabang Shopping

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  • SOUVENIRS AND BEACH WEAR FOR ALL

    There is no shortage of souvenir shops selling the usual stuff, and beach wear, t-shirts, shorts, hats etc. By the car park and the beach front there must be at least 40 stalls and shops, all selling much the same. Sabang receives around 500-1,000 tourists a day with most visitors buying something or other.

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  • Shopping for Flip Flops in Sabang

    It was hot, humid, wet and so we had to get more supplies- like more comfy footwear like flip flops at this store..It has a substantial supply of all sizes and styles of flip flops for all ages. So we got one pair each for me and my two sons. They were reasonably priced too but if you could help it, try to buy in the town centre where I think it...

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  • PEARL JEWELERY

    We had fun buying some pearls from the ladies who pound up and down the beach selling their pearl jewelry. After an hour of friendly negotiations we settled on a price which satisfied us and the seller. The range in price of jewelry is from a few pesos to tens of thousands of pesos and if you know anything regarding pearls you can get a real...

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Sabang Local Customs

  • SUCH A PITY THEY ARE NOT MAINTAINED

    As you enter Sabang you will see the street lamps on one side of the road. The electricity is produced by a small windmill and solar panel which is enough to operate the street lamps at night. Unfortunately more than half of them are in need of repair and do not work when it is dark!

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  • DRYING THE RICE

    When the rice is harvested the husks are laid on plastic sheets on the road to dry, and if it rains the rice can be collected quickly. You will come across many farmers drying the rice on the road on the way to Sabang. Once it is dry the rice grain will be separated from the brown husk, which will then be used for fertiliser.

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  • Locals Love "Tamilok", An Aphrodisiac

    Hubby and I are usually adventurous when trying local cuisine, especially their version of seafood “kinilaw” wherever we go. However, I let pass the opportunity of tasting Palawan’s “kinilaw na tamilok”. Much touted as an aphrodisiac and energizer, “tamilok” doesn’t cease to excite tourists. But why didn’t I try it? Mind you, I wasn’t squeamish at...

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Sabang Warnings and Dangers

  • CAREFUL OF THE UNDERTOW !!!

    Several people have drowned with the strong undertow so please check with the lifeguards or check which flags are flying to indicate the conditions for swimming. There are more than one lifeguard towers along the beach and flags will be flying to indicate if the sea is safe or not. When the red flag is flying you should not swim under any...

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  • WATCH THE SEA

    More than one bangka (outrigger boat) has capsized on the way from Sabang to the Underground River and the passengers had to be rescued, so if you suspect the sea is too rough or a storm appears to be approaching it is best to avoid getting in the boat. I have met some of the survivors who have lost their camera, passport and other valuable items,...

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  • Swim With Caution!

    The long stretch of Sabang Beach, especially the part at the northern side of the port is so enticing for people who love to swim and feel the waves on their bodies. Be forewarned that there is strong undertow when the seas are rough. Heed the warning signs along the beach to know the areas prone to undertow. Some of our companions went for a dip...

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Sabang Tourist Traps

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    by davidjo Updated Nov 19, 2014

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    One of the highlights on a visit to Sabang was the great experience of walking through the park to reach the underground river. There were wooden steps and walkways erected as the trail meandered up and down over hills,and along the beach. You would often see monkeys but unfortunately the trails are closed now and are overgrown. It seems that the reason for this is to force you to take a boat so the boatmen can earn more money. Such a pity i think.

    UPDATE----As of July 2014 the Jungle Trail is now open so tourists may enjoy the walk through the jungle, but they must have the permit to enter the park.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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Sabang What to Pack

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    by cyndymc Updated Mar 31, 2011

    Luggage and bags: Dry gear bag to stash everything while on a boat ride

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dri-fit (dry fast) t-shirts & hiking pants/shorts, sandals or aqua shoes, hat, mini umbrella, shades

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: anti-motion sickness medicine if you're prone to nausea, wet wipes, tissue paper, hand sanitizer, first-aid/maintenance medicine

    Photo Equipment: digicam or videocam, waterproof case for camera (if you don't have, you can just rent at the port)

    Miscellaneous: sunblock, mineral water

    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Sailing and Boating
    • Family Travel

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Sabang Off The Beaten Path

  • BARANGAY TAGABINET-----PICTURESQUE AREA

    Around 25 kms before you arrive in Sabang you will come to a small village called Barangay Tagabinet It is really picturesque with many limestone karsts dotting the landscape, rice fields in between. There is even a cave to explore which is 20 meters from the highway. The cave has a large entrance and many bats and swifts have made it their home....

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  • AN OFF ROAD DIVERSION

    If riding a motorbike to Sabang you can take a small diversion when you reach the second turn-off for Ugong Rock. Just continue along the track, pass through a small river and eventually you will come to a wide river. Unfortunately there had been too much rain and we were unable to cross but in the dry season you will be able to ride your motorbike...

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  • GREAT VIEWS OF ULAGAN BAY

    On the way to Sabang from Puerto Princesa the shuttle vans usually stop at a viewpoint after Buenavista. The road will be next to the bay as it passes through the village and then climb up a hill, and after 3 kms you will come to the viewpoint on the left. There is a souvenir shop that sells the usual junk, a small restaurant offering simple meals...

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Sabang Favorites

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    by DSwede Updated May 29, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Sabang is a village that time almost forgot. There is only electricity between the hours of 6pm ~ 10pm. After that, you will most likely be the only person awake, so best if you bring a flash light.

    There is no blacktop, pavement or electricity in the town. Therefore, do not expect there to be any banks or shops that take credit card. Sabang is a cash-only town, so come prepared.

    Another point of fact is that unless you stay at the new ritzy-hotel style place on the north side of town, A/C and hot water are luxuries that were left in the cities.

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