Trip Start Dec 07, 2010
10Trip End Dec 07, 2010
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Duchess Pension Puerto Princesa
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Read my review - 5/5 stars
Upon arrival in Puerto Princesa, take a tricycle and check in at Duchess Inn. Every tricycle driver know this place; it is also one of the cheapest and nicest lodging houses in the city. For a regular hotel, you could try Badjao Inn or Casa Linda, near the airport. There is always the Asiaworld Hotel, which has first -class quality.
Begin your day Palawan with a visit to to the Saint Paul National Park Office, on Manalo Street inform the tricycle driver that it's near the Channel 2 Station. Ask for a permit for entry to the cave and an overnight stay in the park. Incidentallt, the same permits are issued in Sabang. Do obtain a permit from either Puerto Princesa or Sabang. Since the park officials control the number of visitors who stay there overnight.
After obtaining your permit, hire a tricycle to take you to the Crocodile Farm Institute. A guided tour of the farm is available every hour daily(beginning 1:15PM) on weekdays and every hour the whole day on Saturdays. The farm showcase the preserved skin and skeleton of an 18-foot man-eater. Iron boardwalks provide a close view of more than 500 crocs sunbathing in their holding pens. The farm also has in captivity in Surigao. The types of crocodiles in the complex are the common saltwater crocodile(Crocodylus porosus) which grows up to 20 feet, and the endemic Phillipine crocodile (Crocodylus Mindorensis; the scientific name that indicates that it was first found in Mindoro) which grows up to only about six feet. The people of this insttitute want to save the remaining crocodiles in the Philippines by perfecting and disseminating the technology of crocodile farming. Their task has become more inportant because these huge lizards are frequently hunted down for their skins.There are now only about 200 Philippine crocodiles in the wild. It is listed as the second most endangered species of crocodile in the world.
This farm is also home to bearcats, another highly endangered species of animal found only in Palawan. The bearcat is a lovable creature with the face, fur and paws of a bear, but with the body and whiskers of a cat. A lot of confiscated rare Palawan animals are also housed inside this complex.
If you want to go island-hopping, your next destination should be Honda Bay. You will need a lot of cash on hand: you will also need to bring a packed lunch. Hire a tricycle driver to take you to Honda Bay (about Php75- Php100 one way). Upon arrival there, hire a boat (about Php1,000.00 the last time I inquired). The islands you could visit include Snake Island, which is actually a long sandbar; Starfish Island, which is home to these five-pointed creatures; and Bat Island, home of thousand of bats called flying foxes. You will probaby stay on Luli Island for swimming(there is a small resort there) the whole afternoon. If you want to witness the flight of bats at dusk, stay on the nearest island and wait for the circadian show.
If you want to do the underground river tour from Puerto Princesa City in one day, then the only reliable way to do it is to take the tour package from Puerto Princesa. It’s Php1,500 fixed price and includes all costs including hotel pickup, park entrance fees and lunch on the beach. Any guest house or hotel will gladly book this for you. If the park is not too busy, you can expect the whole round trip to take about 7 hours. Filipinos should be able to argue for a Pph50 reduction because the park entrance is Pph50 cheaper for them - try it.
The journey to Sabang is 80km. You will head north for the first half of the drive along the east coast until you reach Salvacion. This stretch of road is cemented and in very good condition. There will be some beautiful views of Honda Bay along this leg. From Salvacion you will head east and cross Palawan to the South China Sea, passing through native forests and many small villages. The road from Salvacion to Sabang is almost completely cemented now, so the drive is no longer arduous. Traveling time by van is about one and a half hours, excluding any stops.
To get back to Manila from Palawan, you may avail Cebu Pacific flights to Manila from Puerto princesa (Check flight shedule)..
I want to visit again Palawan someday!
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