The only reason why we went to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was because it was the cheapest destination during Philippine Airlines’ anniversary seat sale. The cost of the airfare was only around 635 PHP one way, flying from Clark International Airport. I’ve always wanted to go to Palawan but I never had any idea on where to go. I’ve heard of El Nido and Coron and Puerto Princesa, but if given an option, the third surely is my last pick. However, during my 4D3N stay in Puerto Princesa, it proved me wrong. Puerto Princesa is a place of beauty, a place where you can find mother nature’s best art pieces.
• I booked Rema Tourist Inn via Traveloka because they had a promo (PHP 800 off). The photo posted on the booking page to me was over promising, as I find it too good for its price but when we arrived at the hotel, surely, we were given what we saw when we booked online! The room was spacious for a family, and we were only 4 during our trip, of course, Patrick and I and another couple friends from Canada. Patrick and I even had separate beds to sleep on! The 2 single and 2 queen beds came with fresh bed linens and pillow sheets and the housekeepers change them daily. The swimming pool had warm water, which was perfect for any time swim. The booking came with a breakfast set meal. The breakfast was just okay, but not disappointing. Apart from the awesomeness of the amenities and facilities, what convinced me that Rema Tourist Inn is a great choice of accommodation, is the warmth and hospitality of the people, from the front desk to the restaurant to the housekeepers and even the van driver. We were given more than what we paid for. I will recommend this inn for those looking for a place to stay in Puerto Princesa. Five stars for Rema Tourist Inn. Book your stay via Traveloka or direct to the hotel.
WILD Expeditions Palawan via Klook
• If you do not have a Klook account yet, I would feel really, really bad for you. You must register now to enjoy up to 70% off retail prices of tour bookings, park tickets and activities. Believe it or not, my PPUR and Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour only costs PHP 1 each during a promo period with Klook. After booking, I was contacted by Regine of WILD Expeditions Palawan and all of my requests were accommodated. She was even nice enough to have our Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour date moved to a later day, because it’ll make a conflict with our PPUR tour. Also, she gave me a discount for my friends! Their services are awesome, and Regine really made the tour hassle-free. Even it was raining on the morning of our PPUR tour, Regine texted us early that our van might be late. I can only say so much about this agency, you must try ’em!
Puerto Princesa Underground River
• This tourist destination only deserves the acknowledgment as one of UNESCO’s 7 Wonders of the World. I don’t know what to say, it’s that place you don’t need to take a lot of pictures of, a place you need not ahare on your Instagram, a place you just need to appreciate as it leaves you breathless. The buffet lunch at Penao is also okay.
• Being able to see a couple of beaches in the country (Sumilon in Cebu, Boracay in Aklan, Samal in Davao, Batangas and Pangasinan) I expected more from Honda Bay, though I wasn’t at all disappointed. Cowrie Island was my favorite among the three, and the least I liked was Starfish Island. Why? It’s like Cowrie is a combination of both Starfish and Luli Island. What’s best about this beach is that you get to swim with fishes and starfishes in their natural habitat, of which I did not experience in neither Samal Island or Sumilon Island. The buffet lunch in Cowrie Island was better than the buffet lunch in PPUR. However, the similarity with the food served is that their fish dishes? They are so fresh and not malansa.
Baker’s Hill Hopia
• We weren’t able to go to Baker’s Hill, so instead bought hopia at the pasalubong center, which by the way, is PHP 20 more expensive than the ones sold at Baker’s Hill (PHP 40). The hopia tastes really good and I don’t usually eat hopia but this one is different. It’s not nakakaumay, and isn’t too bland neither too sweet. Now I know why flight passengers pay extra baggage fees to bring home boxes and boxes of Baker’s Hill Hopia.
Every trip is unique from the one another, and Puerto Princesa made me realize that. It made me crave for more places to visit, to explore different cultures, to taste different cuisines, to laugh with different faces and to experience joys that only traveling can bring.