The beach life is probably a mandatory craving for many Filipinos who wish to travel in the Philippines. People have known the Philippines as a slice of paradise on earth. With the sand, sun, and clear blue water all over the country, it’s definitely easy access for anyone in need of a beach trip. It’s also hard to deny that many foreign tourists and travelers come to the Philippines for its endless selection of best Philippine beaches to explore. A crowd favorite will have to be Palawan, hailed as the 7th wonder of the world, it’s no surprise people from all over the world flock to the province.
Palawan is made up of several islands in itself and the most common islands visited by tourists, travelers and even locals are El Nido “the last frontier of the Philippines”, ranked 14 in CNN’s best 100 beaches in the world, followed by the “City of the living God” Puerto Princesa, and Coron. There are obviously several things to do in island paradises as such and it’s sometimes overwhelming for people to decide which one to start on. The growing activities that people can do in these islands are endless and continue to expand due to the growing developments in the areas. It’s in my high hopes that this article will help you decide how to go about your paradise experience.
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How to get there
- Traveling via van or bus are two good options.
- Van – there are shuttle vans available for PHP 500 with Roxas and Taytay for meal and restroom stops.
- Bus – there are non-airconditioned buses worth PHP 300-400 and airconditioned buses for PHP 400 – 480. There is also the more premium option of riding the Roro and Cherry for a much more expensive price.
- Direct flights from Manila (NAIA) can be booked to Puerto Princesa and can range from PHP 5,000-8,000 on peak season.
- Within the city itself, there are more options from tricycles, jeepneys to taxi cabs within the vicinity, especially during peak season where several visitors and tourists flock Palawan’s capital.
- Direct flights from Manila (NAIA) can be booked to Coron with the travel time lasting for one hour.
- There is also an option to take a van from the Busuanga Airport to Coron which will cost about PHP 150.
- Pick up time: 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Drop off time: 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Where to stay
El Nido Coco-Resort
- Located at Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan
- Ranges from PHP 8,000 to 20,000
- Standard room holds several villas with 1 king size bed, 1 single bed with air-conditioning and fan, as well as a safety deposit box, minibar and cable TV. There is also a big bathroom fully equipped with a heater, hair dryer and other toiletries necessary.
- The hotel also has a small private garden with a swimming pool, cocktail bar and restaurant among its accessible amenities.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
- Located at Sabang Beach, Barangay Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
- 76 kilometers from the main city center and only 20 minutes away via boat ride from the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River.
- 27 lodgings
- Standard room features a breathtaking view of the Sabang beachfront views with rustic wooden floors and airy windows and doors with a fully stocked mini bar. Along with necessary toiletries, hair dryer and slippers, there is an eco-friendly water heater in the bathrooms. Rooms also have air conditioning and ceiling fan, as well as LED cable TV with DVD player and complimentary DVDs.
- The hotel is also considered as a partner establishment for ecotourism and a pioneer member of the Zero Carbon Resorts group.
Sea Horse Guest House
- Located at Barangay Poblacion 3, Coron
- Near all the local restaurants, shops, markets, and attractions like the Tapyas Hill View deck, and Coron Baywalk.
- Standard and deluxe rooms have a view and are considered spacious and can accommodate 28 people in total. Facilities include air-conditioning with a heater in the bathroom. Prices may vary depending on peak season and can generally range from PHP 750 to 2,000.
- The rooftop deck is also a place to tourists and travelers can relax in with stable Wi-Fi connection to top it off.
What to do
- Visit the Secret Lagoon of Miniloc Island, El Nido – Philippines classic tourist attractions
- Admire the sights of the clear turquoise waters of the large lagoon
- Check out Snake Island best for diving and snorkeling.
- Take a hike up to Taraw Peak overlooking the Bacuit Bay for only PHP 350.
- A must is to see the Puerto Princesa underground river dubbed as one of the sever wonders of the world, complete with a tour guide narrating the origin stories of stalagmite and stalactite formations within the caves.
- Visit the Iwahig firefly watching site right before dusk.
- Visit the Palawan Heritage Center with its intrinsically well designed and high-tech touch screens with holograms and videos outlining the rich history, as well as the contemporary, economic and environmental challenges Palawan has faced throughout the years.
- Attempt to climb the second tallest mountain in Coron known as Mount Tapyas. The mountain is at 210 meters and towers over Poblacion with a trail that is easily accessible by foot.
- Visit the Maquinit Hot springs and enjoy some R&R with its 3 gigantic pools which can accommodate 100 people. It is considered to be a natural salt water hot spring.
- Go wreck diving and see the sunken Japanese ships like the Irako Maru, the Kogyo Maru, the Okikawa Maru, and the Morazan/Olympia Maru from World War II. Located in Sangat Island in Coron, this underwater diving experience will surely leave you more enthused by historical amusements.
Where to eat
- Serves the best and freshest sea food right from the ocean and a dining experience right by the beach with sand on your feet.
- Best to have dinner at and spend a few happy hours after for there are regular performers playing live music.
- Located at Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City just a 5-minute drive from the airport
- Serves top notch chicken and pork barbecue served best with steamed white rice, as well as their best seller, balinsasayaw soup which is basically bird’s nest soup as a main staple for PHP 350 a bowl.
- Located at Coron-Basunga Road, Tagumpay, Coron, the restaurant is open from Mondays to Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM.
- Serves a class A baby back ribs for every meat lover visiting the island. Specializing in all meat and fresh seafood dishes like the full slab baby back ribs at PHP 550 and the seafood platter for PHP 850.