Back when we toured Osaka, we were having buffet lunch with some foreigners and upon knowing that we are Filipinos, they excitedly mentioned how beautiful the paradise of El Nido was. It was a shame but I admitted that I haven’t been there! 😦
Palawan has been dominating travel sites and magazines and is regarded as one of the “Best Islands in the World“. The Google Images were really inviting so when I got the chance for Cebu Pacific Air’s pisofare, I immediately booked a trip to Palawan.
Below is a summary of my expenses when I traveled to El Nido, Palawan.
|All-In 4D3N Package||4000|
|Matinloc Shrine Fee||100|
As usual, I was able to score Cebu Pacific’s PisoFare round-trip to Puerto Princesa for only P2595.75 and that’s for 3 persons. The round-trip airfare only costs 865.24 pesos per head:
I drafted a DIY itinerary and I found it more expensive and hassle as I need to coordinate with different persons. I instead opted to go for an all-in package of 4D3N for only 4000 pesos. Below are the inclusions and itinerary:
- Round-trip van transfer Puerto Princesa Airport – El Nido – Puerto Princesa Airport
- 2 nights room accommodation in El Nido
- 1 night room accommodation in Puerto Princesa
- Daily Breakfast
- Tour A with lunch
- Tour C with lunch
There’s already daily breakfast and lunch so all we need to spend is the dinner. 🙂
Day 1: Arrival in PPS Airport / Transfer to El Nido
Day 2: Tour A with lunch
Seven Commando Beach
Day 3: Tour C with lunch / Transfer to PPS
Day 4: PPS Airport / Flight to Manila
It was a rainy day and I had a fight with my girlfriend lol. Really bad that when I tried reaching out to her, she was not responding – at all. Just 6 hours before the flight, I still got no word. I then decided to bring along my nephew since the tour package was already paid. The flight for my nephew was a bit expensive though.
Our flight was around 9:45AM and it would take an hour to reach Puerto Princesa City. We arrived with a very beautiful weather.
Outside the airport you will be greeted with agents with placards of their guests. You just have to find your name if you availed of a tour package. If you’re on DIY route, just ask them for vans going to El Nido, fare is P500 to 600.
The van is shared with other tourists so we had to wait for the others to arrive. We left the airport around 12noon and traveled to El Nido which takes about 5 hours. There are few stop-overs but be warned that the store pricing would make you raise an eyebrow. Good thing we had brunch at NAIA. Wew.
We arrived at rainy El Nido Terminal around 5PM and looked for our accommodation Chariz Inn. After unpacking we went out and looked for a place to eat dinner. There are lots of dining place around the area but I highly recommend the Bulalo Plaza. Below is the menu, the serving is good enough for 2 to 3 persons.
It was raining hard the next day – to the point that our tour guide was waiting further instructions from the Coast Guard if we can proceed with the tour. I was getting anxious that the tour might get cancelled…. REALLY? SERIOUSLY? Along with this broken heart lol.
We had our free breakfast (choice of either tocino, corned beef, hotdogs, etc with rice and sunny side egg – and coffee of course). We got lucky that the rain has stopped and we were given a go signal to proceed. Our tour guide picked us up at our accommodation and we walked to the Tourist Information Center where we registered and paid for the P200 Environmental Fee. Also, there are lots of vendors selling waterproof bag. It’s a must for your gadgets – I highly recommend getting one.
We were all set for the tour and we departed the port at around 9AM. It was storming and it was scary to be in the middle of the sea with our little boat. The foreigners touring with us were very scared and demanded we go back to the port. Our Tour Guides assured them that it is okay – that the storm will pass – like my broken heart lol.
It was crazy out there, the weather changes drastically – either raining or shining. Somehow I felt like a Straw Hat Crew out in an adventure. It was fun!
Kudos to our tour guides for keeping us safe, taking amazing pictures and preparing our foods like these:
There’s also some guys selling coconut and drinks so if you want some beer, they got it 😀
We got back to El Nido town around 5PM. We went to the nearby bakery and grabbed some hot bread and coffee. Got back to our inn and refreshed. For dinner we went to Bulalo Plaza.
The second and last day for the El Nido Tour. This time, the weather was a bit nicer but it was still raining.
Matinloc Shrine was my favorite part of this tour though I got some really serious goosebumps here – felt like there’s some other world creatures lurking. It was very secluded and our group was the only people here so it was very quiet.
We then went to 2 other islands and the waves and wind were stronger. It felt like our boat was not gonna make it. It was really nice to have Captain Sparrow on board. Wew.
We went back to El Nido port around 5PM and made a quick preparation. We departed El Nido past 6PM and our van driver dropped us at Corazon Tourist Inn in Puerto Princesa City.
We got the sun on our 4th and last day in Palawan. We had brunch at Nokinocs which is just a few steps away from our accommodation. Nokinocs serves really delicious and affordable combo meals.
After our brunch, we then informed the receptionist at Corazon Tourist Inn that we are going to the airport. They offer free transfer to the airport so it was really a great experience with them. If you’re going to Puerto Princesa, stay at Corazon Tourist Inn – which you book thru Agoda.
That’s it. It was an amazing tour despite the storms and heartache. Touring one of the best islands in the world is not expensive right? Definitely going back to El Nido!
If you wish to avail of tour packages, kindly let me know. 🙂
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