Palawan is Located in Philipipines and is an island province of the Philippines. The provincial capital is Puerto Princesa and it is the largest province in terms of land area. It is considered as the last frontier of the Philippines. Palawan is paradise, sanctuary to an amazing variety of fauna and flora found nowhere else in the world. It is blessed with incredibly awesome landscapes that astound even the most indifferent of visitors. Palawan is composed of 1,768 islands and islets surrounded by a coral shelf with an exceptionally rich marine life. Its steeply sloped mountains are canopied by broad virgin forests. An anchor tourist destination, Palawan is one of the 7,000 times more islands that make up the Philippine archipelago. It is the perfect playground for the adventurous.
Palawan Island stretches from Mindoro to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea in the northwest and Sulu Sea in the southeast. Palawan is considered to be the Philippines’ last ecological frontier. The province boasts many splendid beaches and resorts and it is where the Tubbataha Reef National Marine Park, one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Cities In Palawan : Puerto Princesa is the island’s administrative capital. Quezon is where the Tabon man lived a long time ago. Some referred to Tabon Cave as the cradle of Philippine civilization. Busuanga Island. Coron Island is wreck diving, El Nido is limestone cliffs, lagoons, beautiful beaches. Port Barton is a truly laid-back coastal getaway with a great beach, Sabang is town with a long underground river in the National Park, San Jose. Brooke’s Point is Mostly fishing and farming, but some, Beautiful scenery. Roxas
How To Get There ?
The fastest way to reach Palawan is by plane.
Puerto Princesa International Airport is the main gateway to Palawan, major airlines serve international and domestic flights; Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Airways have flights to and from Manila and Cebu, PAL Express have flights to and from Busuanga, while SEAIR connects the whole of Palawan internationally with Kota Kinabalu. There are two daily flights each fielded by Philippine Airlines and Air Philippines from the Manila Domestic Airport to the Puerto Princesa Domestic Airport in Central Palawan.
Those bound for the Calamian Group of Islands in North Palawan may board the small planes fielded at least once daily by Asian Spirit, Air Ads and Pacific Air from Manila to the YKR Airport in Busuanga. There are jeepney shuttles bound for Decalatiao Wharf where speedboats ferry visitors to their island destinations.
El Nido Airport, charter flights are provided Island Transvoyager Inc. (ITI) while Seasonal flights are offered by SEAIR.
A new airport is near completion in San Vicente.
Get around In Palawan
Cheapest option while getting around is the local jeepney, tricycles are also available. Getting from one island to another is possible; daily boat trips are available. Car and van rentals are also available.
What Will You See There ?
Tabon Caves in Quezon. This Caves complex consists of 29 explored caves, but there are 200 caves known on Lipuun Point. They are maintained and managed by the National Museum. Diwata Cave and Liyang Cave are open to the public. The Caves were the discovery site of the Tabon Man, one of the oldest discoveries of human inhabitants found in the Philippines.
What Will You Do in Quezon ?
Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Island Hopping, Bird Watching, Fishing, Hiking, Hunting.
The City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Philippines is located 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila, 205 nautical miles from Panay and around 250 nautical miles from Zamboanga. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of San Vicente and Roxas and on the the South by the Municipality of Aborlan. Its western side faces the South China Sea while in its eastern coast lays the Sulu Sea. Puerto Princesa City has a total land area of 253,982 hectares making it the largest City in the country.
What Will You See There ?
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park ( the Underground River ). This River have over 8.2 kilometers in length, is reputably the longest underground river in the world. With its crystalline waters and spectacular cave formations before emptying into the South China Sea, the Underground River is possibly Puerto Princesa’s most popular attraction. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, mountain trekking, and exploring the deeper part of the forest . The site was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The winding path of the river is navigable via small pumpboats that depart from Sabang Beach. Travel time from the city proper to Sabang is about 1.5 hours (This can take closer to 3.5 if you choose to ride in a Jeepney, since you have to wait while they deliver goods along the journey).
Honda Bay, This Place is consisting of several islets with beautiful beaches, Honda Bay is the place to go to for swimming, snorkeling as well as beach and island hopping. Accessible via the Sta. Lourdes wharf which is 25 minutes away from the city. Pumpboats at the wharf can be hired to take visitors to the various islets on the bay. Arrive before 11am to go island hopping if you require a small boat (1-5 people) and before 2.30pm if you require a larger boat. Dive sites, as the entire area is studded with patches of coral and sand. Submerged reefs may be found close to the surface down to 24 meters. Small reef and aquarium fish can also be found here. Among the well-known dive sites here are Pandan Island which has good reefs near small drop-offs, Arreceffi Island and Panglima Reef where coral boulders and gray reef sharks are found.
Each island at Honda Bay offers different thrills. Snake Island has a sandbar that slithers on the surface of the sea, much like the critter that bears its name. It is best for snorkeling, swimming or simply basking in the sand. It can be reached in an hour by pumpboat. Bat Island, only 20 minutes away from Sta. Lourdes wharf, is literally teeming with bats which make their way out at sundown to look for food in the mainland.
Iwahig Penal Colony, This place a good example of a true correctional institute, the Iwahig Penal Colony is more of a farming community rather than a prison. Inmates often live with their families and are allowed to toil their farms to earn a living. Carving out handicrafts is also a common preoccupation and mahogany handcarvings are a good buy for tourists. The colony is about 35 minutes from the city center.
Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center formerly the Crocodile Farming Institute (Crocodile Farm) is both a tourist attraction and a national research institute devoted to crocodiles. About 30 – 40 minutes from the city center, the Croc Farm also has a mini-zoo, which features some of Palawan’s endemic species of wildlife. The place is open from about 8:30 AM to about 4:30 PM. From Rizal Avenue you can take an 8-person covered pickup truck (Irawan) for 20 pesos and the Croc Farm is the last stop; a tricycle carrying only one or two people will cost 100 to 150 pesos. Croc Farm Tickets cost 40 p for adults and 20 for kids. You start with an guided tour of the crocs which last about 15 minutes. After that you wonder around by yourself in the endemic species area, where you have to be careful not to fall through a few rotton and crumbling wooden bridges. Although this is not the best managed wildlife area, the endemic species are nonetheless worth seeing and deserve your support.
PSU Museum, Palawan State University. Housed in only one room. Clean. Well-organized. Staff helpful.
Butterfly Garden, This Garden Have Collection native Palawan butterflies is located about half way to the Croc Farm and along the same road. Open 7 days a week from 8 to 5. Entry is 50 pesos.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. A very beautiful church that is decorated in White & Blue.
Palawan Museum, Mendosa Park (Mendosa Park (south side)). 9AM-noon, 1:30PM-5PM. This is an old museum that is not very well maintained or labeled but which has a number of interesting pieces. It is well worth a visit on a rainy day. 20 P.
What Will You Do There ?
Native Product, If You Like with native product, You can Buy native products at the Tourism Association of Souvenir Shops, they offer handicrafts made by the native tribes like manunggul or wooden jar, bulol or tisot, good harvest and carved animals. Others are tingkop (rice baskets), bags made from bark of a tree, fish baskets, native accessories, weave curtains and table mat, rattan floor mat and other assorted cashew nut delicacies.
Dive, Puerto Princesa offers good diving & is a fairly good place to take a PADI course if you plan to dive at some of the larger sites in El Nido or Coron Island. Moana dive centre, offers PADI Open Water for 17500 p. Good equipment, and pleasant instruction, with confined water dives taking place in the shallow parts of Puerto Princesa bay. Dive sites are located from 5 – 40 minutes away from the beach by speedboat inside Puerto Princesa Bay. The closest dive sites are White Beach and Red Cliff, both located inside Puerto Princesa Bay. These are preferred sites for open water training dives as they offer slopes and walls that begin 20 (7m) feet from the surface. Colorful reef fish are common and various coral colonies can be observed in one dive. Turtles and rays are usually sighted amongst soft corals and sandy portions of the site. Manta rays, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, and other megafauna have been sighted in these waters. But because these animals are wild and free-swimming, we can not promise you an encounter or set a schedule of their appearance. Note : you may be diving with one of nature’s most fantastic marine creations in Puerto Princesa!
Plaza Cuartel, Taft St. near Cathedral. Historical Place, a must see site.
Baker Hill, mitra rd, bgy sta monica. check out the plants and animal in its natural habitat.
Dolphin, Dolphin watching at Puerto Princesa Bay is the newest water adventure being offered to tourists by the City Tourism Office. See the dolphins at play and enjoy the fun. Chances of seeing a dolphin are best when the seas are flat. Agitated seas, high winds and execessive glare make it more difficult to see them.
Golf, Find out a golf aficionados and try this 9 hole golf facility of Western Front Golf Course and Tara Country Club.
The Best Accommodation In Puerto Princesa, just Click Hotel Name’s For More ditel :
1. Subli Guest Cabins. $25. 55 Socrates Road, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
2. Villa Manuel Tourist Inn, $35. 77 Dr. Eliazar Rivera Road II, Barangay San Manuel, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan
3. Tres Pension House. $23. Purok Molave, Peneyra Road, San Pedro, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
4. Dolce Vita Hotel. $66. Victoria-Romasanta St-4, Wescom Road, Bgy. San Pedro, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
5. Legend Hotel. $36. Malvar Street, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines.
6. Princess Armicha Pension House. $31. Fernandez St. corner Dacuan Rd., Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
7. Palm Bay Resort. $36. Lot 240A, Barangay Simpocan, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
8. JAMP Pension House. $17. 2969 Ilang Ilang St. , Barangay Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
9. EJ Pension House. $18. P.E.O Road, Barangay Bancao-Bancao, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
10. Palawan Village Hotel. $22. 482 Rizal Avenue Extension, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines.
11. People’s Guesthouse. $19. San Manuel Road, (beside San Manuel Elementary School) , Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan
12. Sunlight Guest Hotel. $57. Malvar Street, Barangay Tagumpay, Puerto Princesa Town Proper, Palawan, Philippines
The Best Accommodation In Honda Bay :
1. Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa. $150. Arreceffi Island Resort Honda Bay, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
2. Cooper’s Beach and Diving Center Resort. $47. Sitio Katumbal Lucbuan,Puerto Princesa, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
3. Puerto Beach Resort. $39. Km. 66, Concepcion, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
4. Nitivos Beach Resort. $27. Kilometer 59, Barangay San Rafael, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
5. 67th Heaven Holiday Resort. $48. 67 Km Northern Highway, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
6. Villa Leonora Beach Resort. $33. Kilometer 60, Sitio Dacutan, Barangay San Rafael, National Highway, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa.
Resource : Puerto Princese
Busuanga is a municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. Busuanga Island is the largest island in the Calamian Group in the province of Palawan in the Philippines. The territory of Busuanga covers the western one-third of Busuanga Island, which is part of the Calamian Group of Islands lying between Mindoro and mainland Palawan. Palawan Philippines situated in what is considered as Philippine’s last ecological frontier, in the Province of Palawan. Discover the pristine and natural attractions, marine reserves. tropical jungles, sanctuary for the most exotic animal, plant, and aquatic life in the country. Busuanga offers a wide array of activities to the tourist, from visiting our scenic island beaches, catching the life of our exquisite corals, wreck diving, river cruising on mangrove-lader forest, kayaking, hiking our lush rainforest, hills, mountain scenic view, water falls, and natural springs.
What Will You See
The largest town on the Island is Coron. Calauit Game Preserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is located on Calauit Island on the North side of Busuanga. This reserve created by Presidential decree in 1976 houses various African species wandering in the wild.
What Will You Do ?
Dive, Wreck diving is extremely popular around Busuanga. Tehre are Several Japanese WWII ships lay in good conditions in shallow water (the Skeleton Wreck is even visible for snorkellers), making for excellent dives even for amateur divers.
Island Hopping. Busuanga is more less a miniature version of Palawan with smaller islands in close range. Resorts can arrange boat rental, or you can head down to the Market Pier in Coron and get a boat captain ( with price P1000-1500) Boats generally handle around 6 passengers. Grab a lunch before you head out. You can also buy meat, fish, veggies from the wet market and request the boat captain to barbecue or cook them for you or your group. You can go camping on a (somewhat) deserted island. There are a couple of islands to check out. You can find everything you need in town/at resorts. Ask around. Gunter at Discovery seems to know of a couple good spots.
Mt. Tapyas hiking, If you are staying in Coron Town, you can walk to the foot of Mt. Tapyas, where there is a basketball court, from the main market square in 10 minutes; alternately, you can go by tricycle for P10. The hike to the top will probably take the average healthy 30 year old 30 – 40 minutes to complete. The view is worth it at any time of day, but especially at sunset. Most people will definitely prefer to go up mornings or evenings, when it is cooler.
Siete Pecados is popularized by the shoot of a local television show of a mermaid love story. Experience swimming in an aquarium, beautiful corals and a great variety of fishes. There is a caretaker who will collect P100 from tourists.
Snorkeling, Recommended time to snorkle is around 1pm until 2pm. Current can be strong in the morning. This is one of the best sites to snorkel in Coron. Myth suggests that seven kids swam from the main island to escape it and follow their parents. They all drowned and the place where they drowned is where the islands are now present.
Mountain bike tours, Hiking around the Dimakya Island won’t only make you sweat but also gives you a panoramic view of the island and it’s neighboring islets especially when you reach the Eagel’s Point, the highest point of the island.And if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Calamian deer or a monitor lizard which can only be found in this part of the country.
Maquinit hot spring. This Place is Beautiful place to hang out in the evening. Go There It will take you 20 until 25 minutes from the Coron town market, will cost you 200 until 300 Ps depending on the number of passengers. On 1st August, 2011, the entrance fee will be raised from 100 – 150 for foreigners,and from 50 -75 Ps for Filipinos. Filipinos must show an ID. An armed guard checks everyone’s bags and backpacks. The hot springs are comprised of three areas; the two smaller circular areas are warmest, and the third larger area is less warm. By Japanese onsen standards, however, the water is not at all hot. In the back of the pool, there is a beautiful view of the adjoining bay.
The Best Accommodation In Busuangan, Just Click Hotel Name’s for More Ditel :
1. Coron Residencia de Rosario. $40. 45 Don Pedro Street (beside Allied Bank, Globe Telecom and Airphil office), Coron Town, Palawan
2. Centro Coron Bed and Breakfast. $31. National Highway Barangay 4, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
3. Villa Magallanes. $38. Barangay 4,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
4. Pamana Resort by the Bay. $51. Uson Island,, Uson Island – Coron, Palawan, Philippines
5. Sunrise Pension House. $32. Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
6. Coron Reef Pension. $13. Barangay 5, Bancuang, National Highway, Coron, Busuanga, Coron Town, Palawan
7. Apartelle De Gabrielle. $26. National Highway, Poblacion 5,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
8. Escarez Pension House. $40. Barangay 5,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
9. Daven’s Palace. $40. Tapias Road, Barangay 4, Coron, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
10. St. Louie Terraces. $30. National Highway,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
11. Oriental Lodging House. $18. Mao Building, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
12. Princess of Coron. $38. Nueva Street, 6, Barangay 1, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
13. Coron Hilltop View Resort. $85. Brgy Poblacion 6, Sitio Dipulao, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
14. Ralph’s Pension House. $23. 172 Barangay 3, National Highway, Coron,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
15. Dive Link Resort. $64. Barangay Lajala, Uson Island – Coron, Palawan, Philippines.
16. Asia Grand View Hotel. $95. Jolo, Barangay 5, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
17. Discovery Island Resort. $33. Dicanitauan, Barangay 5, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
18. Balaibinda Lodge. $39. 22 Don Pedro St. Barangay 3, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
19. Kokosnuss Garden Resort. $32. Brgy. 6, RP-5316, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
20. Busuanga Island Paradise Hotel. $60. Kilometer 12 Coron-Busuanga Highway, Barangay Guadalupe, Coron Town, Palawan
21. Concepcion Divers Lodge. $21. Barangay Concepcion Town, Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines
22. Puerto Del Sol Resort and Discovery Dive Center Palawan. $59. Coron, Busuanga Island , Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines
23. Dayon Kamo Lodge. $25. Salvacion Street, Poblacion Salvacion, Busuanga, Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines
24. Kaniki Point Resort. $23. Kaniki Island, Barangay Bugtong Busuanga, Busuanga Island, Palawan, Philippines
25. Club Paradise Resort. $154. Dimakya Island, Dimakya Island, Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines
26. Cashew Grove Beach Resort. $58. Barangay Cheey, Cheey – Busuanga, Palawan, Philippines
Coron is in the province of Palawan, Philippines on Busuanga Island. It is the largest town on the island. The Municipality Coron is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines. Coron Island, located at the northern tip Palawan in the Philippines, is known for several Japanese shipwrecks World War II vintage. The area around the wrecks have pleasant rock formations which provide for excellent snorkeling opportunities, with underwater visibility extending up to 80 feet. The water is usually calm, with almost no current. Coron is one of the most visited destinations for wreck diving in the Philippines. Wreck dive sites are found in a depth as shallow as 10-30 feet and as deep as 120-140 feet. Most are in the range of about 60-80 feet, perfect for sports divers. Wreck Diving Sites in Coron Bay include the Irako Wreck, Akitsushima Wreck, Kogyo Maru Wreck, Olympia Maru Wreck, Okikawa Maru Wreck, Kyokuzan Maru Wreck, East Tangat Gunboat Wreck, Nanshin Maru Wreck, Lusong Gunboat Wreck and Skeleton Wreck.
What Will You See ?
View, There is a cross on the mountain above town, Mt.Tapyas. You can look at it from below or climb up the path. The climb up is worth to see the view of the small islands surrounded by glass-like water.
Mangroves, with magnificent kayak paddling trails. Local mangrove kayaking tours available through Kingfisher Park, Kayangan Lake P200 entrance fee. Before approaching the lake, go over the cave and glimpse at the great view on top of the mountain. This view is the most photographed area in Palawan. It is also judged as the cleanest lake in the country.
Twin Lagoon. The water and towering rocks are great photos. when low tide, experience kayaking under the hole of the rock. At high tide, one can swim through the hole of the rock or a walkway can be used to get to the other side of the lagoon. P100 entrance fee.
Barracuda Lake, This Place is amazing. Entrance is P100. Bring goggles or snorkles to observe underwater rock formations.
CYC Island, This Place is nice but gets very busy. It’s the only free beach in the area. Entrance fees for the other beaches aren’t too steep. Price P100.
Banol, This Place is very picturesque with its flower trees set against the rocky island. It has sugary fine white sand in its beachline.
Beach 69, This Beach is not as good as Banol. Free if you come from Kayangan lake, however seems unmaintained. Beware of jellyfishes.
What Will You Do ?
Coron Island, This Place is a black limestone island with breathtaking cliffs cascading down to thirteen magnificent lakes and powder white sand coral beaches. It is the home to local attractions Kayangan Lake, Barracuda Lake, Banol Beach, Twin Lagoon, and numerous snorkeling areas. Bring mask, fins, and snorkel to observe underwater rock formations. There is a pronounced thermocline, as the island’s geothermal energy heats up the water as you decend into the lakes and water around the island. Ancestral home of the local Tagbanua people group.
Siete Pecadoes, This Place among the best sites to snorkel in Coron. Experience swimming in an aquarium, beautiful corals and a great variety of fishes. There is a caretaker who will collect P100 from tourists. Anytime from 9 am until 4 pm is good for snorkelling. Current can sometimes be strong in the morning and i can get chilly – take an extra t-shirt to wear when snorkeling. Myth suggests that seven kids swam from the main island to escape it and follow their parents. They all drowned and the place where they drowned is where the islands are now present.
Island hopping, Head down to the Market Pier and rent an authentic Filipino bangka and captain Boats generally handle around 6 passengers. It costs 1500 pesos to rent a bangka – irrespective of whether you rent it for half a day or full day. Grab a lunch before you head out, as food is rarely available on any of the outlying islands. You can also buy meat, fish, veggies from the wet market and request the boat captain to barbecue or cook them for you or your group.
Smiths island, This Island is a small island with white sand beach, a care taker family who stays there during the day and Nice views of white sands and blue seas. The fee to spend some time here is 100 pesos per head. One can reach it while island hopping on a bangka. It takes 20 minutes sailing from Kayangan lake to reach here.
Culion Island, This Place is the former leper colony. Offers a medical museum and presentation of the old leper colony highlighting the cure of leprosy. The public boat leaves Coron town at 12 noon daily and returns at 7:30 am the next day. Ticket Price P175.
CYC Island, This Place is nice but gets very busy. It’s the only free beach in the area. Entrance fees P100.
Sangat Island, this island is black limestone island with white sand beaches near most of the major WW2 wrecks in the area.
Malcapuya Island, Beautiful Island with very fine white sand beach just like Boracay but without construction. Entrance is P150-200 and is included in tour prices.
Banana Island, A longer boat trip from town is beautiful Banana Island, with it’s white sand beaches and numerous Pacific Giant Clams, local accommodations recommended as it is far from Coron, but it is available as a tour along with Malcapuya.
Bulog Beach, Bulog Beach is visited as part of a tour along with Banana Island and Malcapuya Beach. It’s a very small but stunning beach and you’ll likely have it all to yourself.
Black Island, This Island is another limestone island with white sand beaches located far from town. Nearby are tourist attractions North Kay and Calauit Wildlife Sanctuary.
Diving, Lots of wreck diving and some decent coral as well. Discovery Divers (on the beautiful ‘Discovery Island’) and Sea Dive are the big ones, and Coron Divers the cheapest one in the island. There are 6 big wrecks and 2 smaller gunboats, all bombed on 24 September 1944 by the Allied Forces, and they are well worth diving on!
Wreck and Scuba Dive Sites of Coron Bay :
Irako, A Japanese refrigeration ship located at the mouth of Coron Bay, Probably the best wreck dive in the Philippines. The Irako is quite intact and because of the good visibility you know you are on a big shipwreck. Big groupers, schools of tuna and yellow fin, lion fish and scorpion fish live around this wreck. Two sea turtles live in the crumpled and folded metal of the superstructure. As at August 2005 there is a huge column of Jacks inhabiting the bow area and an extremely beautiful ray of some 2 metres in width could be seen around the mast. There is a beautiful deep penetration through the engine room for trained, experienced and properly equipped divers. Irako in it’s former glory Irako usually has the best visibility of all the wrecks in Coron Bay.
Max depth: 43 meters on the bottom, deck level at 28 to 35 meters. Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Deep Diver Specialty, Wreck Diver Specialty.
Okikawa Maru. A Japanese tanker, 168 m long. Location: Busuanga Island, 2 miles south of Conception. If the Irako isn’t the best wreck dive in the Philippines then the Okikawa Maru certainly is! This wreck is totally covered with beautiful corals and offers a large variety of marine-life. The deck is between 10m and 16m and is good for wreck dive beginners. There are many penetration possibilities for advanced wreck divers including penetrating up the propeller shaft from the outside of the ship all the way into the engine room. Strong tidal currents often affect this wreck. Diving in strong currents lets you see the most fish. At the bow you can see a school of snappers and huge bat fish holding position into a slight current. Large fish shelter out of the current behind crumpled metal and inside of the deckhouses .There is also a large resident grouper near the bottom.
Max depth: 26 meters on the bottom, 10 to 16 meters on the deck. Recommended certification level:
1. Diving outside the deck without a current. Open Water Diver
2. Diving with a current. Advanced Open Water Diver
3. Diving with a strong current. Experienced Advanced Open Water Diver
4. Penetration dive. Wreck Diver Specialty.
Akitsushima, A Japanese Seaplane Tender 118 m long located between Culion & Busuanga Islands, near Manglet Island. Akitsushima was armed with 10 25 mm anti-aircraft guns, four five inch (50 cal) guns and carried one large Kanwanishi flying boat.The Akitsushima is a very big warship laying on her port side. She was hit near the stern where the flying boat rested on the metal tracks and sank immediately. The ship was almost torn into two pieces. The flying boat disappeared. Only half of the metal on the starboard side and half of the metal on the bottom of the ship kept the stern from separating from the rest of the ship. The internal damage is impressive. The crane used for lifting the seaplane out of the water is intact. The crane is lying on the sandy bottom and attracts schools of giant batfish and barracudas. One mounting of a 3-barreled AA (anti-aircraft) gun is still present at the front of the flying boat tracks. This is a fascinating dive where you can see giant groupers, schools of barracuda hiding under the bow, and yellow fin tuna. Due to depth and metal hazards within, no swim throughs are allowed without wreck diver certification. Wreck divers can make an impressive penetration into the engine room to see the four engines. The gears and machinery for operating the crane are the main objects of interest for a penetration into the stern. Max depth: 35 or 36 meters, average depth about 26 to 28 meters. Recommended certification level: Advanced Open water Diver. For penetration: PADI Wreck Diver specialty.
Kogyo Maru, The Kogyo Maru was a Japanese freighter carrying construction materials for building a runway for the Japanese war effort in the Pacific. The Kogyo Maru was built in 1938 by Uraga Dock Co Ltd, Uraga, Japan for Okada Gumi KK. The ship was 6353 tons, 129 mts long, and 18 mts wide. She was powered by two oil fuelled steam turbines (517Nhp) geared to a single shaft. The engines were built by Ishikawajima Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd, Tokyo. Her home port was Osaka. Lying on her starboard side in 34 meters of water the Kogyo Maru offers swim throughs into all six holds and through the engine room and bridge area. Kogyo Maru’s second hold contains an incline of cement bags which tumbled as the ship sank. A small bulldozer draws your attention as you swim into the hold. Complete but encrusted, you can imagine the operator sitting in the seat and working the control levers to carve a runway out of a tropical island. Engrossed in the bulldozer you might fail to look up the incline of cement sacks and so miss the tractor and air compressor perched above it. Take the time to swim up and look at both pieces and see how many of the engine parts you can identify. It’s complete. Check out the metal wheels on the tractor. Coming out of the hold swim up the front mast, now horizontal, and on your left side. At the top of the mast look at the crow’s nest and imagine what a lookout would experience when perched 30 meters above the water in a Japanese winter storm. Swim back over the deck to the bridge and engine room below it. Enter both from the stern side for easier access. Swim through the cavernous engine room and look at the hardware then out through the bridge. If air is low go up to the port side of the bridge and look at the soft corals growing there and the fish life living on this artificial coral reef at 22 meters. If you have enough air continue below deck level to the stern looking at all of the deck hardware for moving cargo and working the ship. Pass around the stern and then go forward over the port side to return to the mooring line. You pass over hard and soft corals covering the side of the ship. On this dive keep your head and eyes moving like a fighter pilot’s to see the school of barracuda which will swim by. If you only look at the Kogyo Maru you will miss the barracuda. Max depth: 34 m, average 24-26m Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Wreck Diver Specialty.
Olympia Maru, A Japanese Freighter sitting upright in approximately 30 mts of water and located very close to Tangat Island in Coron Bay. The Olympia Maru was 122 metres long and almost 17 metres wide, displacing 5612 tons. The ship was originally powered by a steam engine but during 2 June to 2 August 1930, an oil two stroke six cylinder engine producing 582hp was installed. The ship was built for Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd and was owned by them right up till it sank. It was requisitioned by the Japanese Defence Forces during the War but was still owned by Mitsubishi Shoji Kaisha Ltd. A very good dive spot with a variety of marine life. Large shoals of banana fish, giant bat fish and giant puffer fish, especially around the mast, bow and stern. There are also specimen crocodile fish and scorpion fish so be careful where you put your hands. Easy penetration at the cargo rooms. It offers a good opportunity to discover wreck diving. Max depth: 28-30 meters, deck level 18-24 meters. Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Wreck Diver Specialty.
Japanese Freighter, The definitive name of this wreck remains a mystery to this day but it’s a Japanese freighter 137 meters long, lying on its starboard side. Location: Coron Bay. This is a beautiful wreck dive site where you can observe groupers, sweetlips, occasionally turtles and sea snakes. Hard corals cover the port side, which is only 12 to 16 meters below the surface. See if you can find the two resident trumpet fish that hang out half a meter over the port side corals. Many scorpion fish hang out around the wreck area. Keep your eyes open and stay neutrally buoyant. The big cargo rooms and the engine room allow easy penetration of this wreck for Wreck Diver Certified divers. If you dive from 10am to 2pm on a sunny day you get a cathedral like effect from the beams of sunlight entering the cargo holds through the holes in the port side. The two massive boilers in the centre of the ship are a big attraction on this dive. You can pass behind the boilers and see the damage resulting from one of the bomb strikes that disabled the ship. It is possible to do a swim-through and pass from bow to stern without exiting the ship. Max. depth: 25 meters, average about 15 meters. Recommended certification level: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Wreck Diver Specialty.
East Tangat Gunboat, This ship was a small gunboat or submarine hunter 40 meters long. Location: Inclined on the coral reef on the east side of Tangat Island. This dive site is good for wreck diving beginners and underwater photographers. It is also a lovely dive between deeper wreck sites. The wreck starts at only 3 meters down so even snorkelers can see the shape and explore the bow of the ship.
Max depth: 22 meters. Recommended certification level: Skin Diver, Open Water Diver.
Lusong Gunboat, This wreck was also a gunboat or submarine hunter. The stern breaks the surface at low tide. Location: In front of the east side of Lusong Island. This wreck is great for snorkeling. It is nicely covered with hard corals and offers a nice variety of fish life. There are good opportunities for wreck dive photographers. The dive is good as a “dive between dives.”
Max depth: 11 meters. Recommended certification level: Skin Diver, Open Water Diver.
Skeleton Wreck, This wreck is the keel, ribs and stringers of a steel-hulled boat about 25 meters long. Location: Northwest corner of Coron Island. This wreck was beached with the bow a dozen meters from Coron Island. The stern points directly away from the island. The wreck slopes along the reef from 5 meters deep at the bow to 22 meters at the stern. A pass through on the starboard side of the hull at 14 meters allows you to swim from the inside of the boat out over the coral reef.
Max depth: 22 meters on the bottom. Slopes from 7 to 22 meters. Recommended certification level: Skin Diver, Open Water Diver.
The Fishing Boat, Location: Coron Island. A recently sunken fishing boat approximately 35 meters long at Coron Island, near the entrance to Cayangan Lake. This is an easy wreck dive site for all beginners or in combination with the Coron drop off. It is also a very interesting night dive site.
Max depth: 16 meters. Recommended certification level: Open Water Diver.
Barracuda Lake, The craziest dive site in the Philippines, Location: North end of Coron Island. This spectacular dive starts with some challenging mountain climbing in full diving equipment over sharp limestone cliffs. We do wear tennis shoes or sandals and carry our fins strapped to our tank. The climb only takes 10-15 minutes and the exertion is worth it. The scenery around the lake is spectacular and the under water terrain has been likened to flying over the surface of the moon. The top 4 meters is warm fresh water. Below 4 meters the water is salt. There are dynamic changes of water temperature in the lake with temperatures ranging from 28 to 38 Celsius. You can even see the thermoclines at 4 and 14 meters. At 34 to 35 meters the water changes from crystal clear to tea brown due to the tannic acid in the leaves that fell into the lake. After cooking and boiling, you will meet the “king of the lake.” It is a barracuda approximately 1.5m long that likes to guide divers around his domain. It is a good chance for underwater photographers to get a close-up of the big barracuda. A dive that you should not miss.
Max depth: 35 meters. Recommended certification level: Open Water Diver, Mountain Climbing Diver Specialty.
The Cave in Barracuda Lake, A very deep and serious cave in Barracuda lake entered from Barracuda Lake at 33 meters depth which allows a penetration of 30 meters. Location: North Wall of Barracuda Lake starting at 33 meters deep. The cave has been marked with a fixed line on the right side as you enter. The cave is just large enough to allow one diver to swim in and turn around. The silt and sediment on the bottom is packed and should remain down with reasonable care by the diver. This cave is dark and the sediment is dark and gives an eerie sensation. Proper equipment would be a light with backup and at least an octopus with a 7-foot hose or redundant alternate air source. The current in the cave tells you that it is connecting Barracuda Lake to the ocean. This is a dive that you should not miss if you are prepared. The combination of mild nitrogen narcosis at depth and the dark confined surroundings on this dive will tell you if you are claustrophobic for continued cave diving.
Max depth: Please do not descend below 40 meters!
Cathedral Cave, A cave under Coron Island, Palawan directly connected to the sea. Location: South end of Coron Island on the East side. Cathedral Cave is a beautiful dive spot. It starts 6 meters deep at a hole in the bottom of the sea next to the sheer rock wall of Coron Island. You enter a tunnel and descend to 12 meters. If you take the time to look, you see the antenna of juvenile lobsters waving from holes in the tunnel above and out from under the rocks below and cowry shells clinging to the ceiling of the tunnel. Then you pass out of the tunnel and see a shaft of daylight penetrates the interior of a cave. The roof of the cave has collapsed sending down a full sized tree. The skeletal trunk and main branches of the tree rest on top of the sand mound in the middle of the cave. You follow the light and surface inside a big underground cathedral. You pass over the sand dune and continue ahead and left to another passage that leads to a chamber with an air pocket above ocean level. Back through the tunnel into the open sea and you dive among beautiful corals with 20 to 30 meter visibility. A dive you should not miss!
Maximum depth: 10 meters inside the cave. Recommended certification leStalactites in Cathedralvel: Advanced Open Water Diver, Cavern Diver Specialty.
Nanshin-Maru tanker, (Civilian tanker / 834 gt.) The so-called “Black Island Wreck” can be easily identified as a small tanker converted to carry specific fuel (gasoline, Diesel, lube oil etc.) in small isolated tanks for replenishment of land-based depots. The ship is approximately 50 meters long sitting upright on a sandy bottom. Location: Close to Black Island Beach in front of the stranded vessel. This wreck is located 3.5 hours away from Coron. It is dived as a day trip with a 7 am departure. You would normally make one dive here and dive the Okikawa Maru as a second dive on the return trip. This dive site is perfect for beginner wreck divers and underwater photographers. It is a beautiful dive in clear water. You can see plenty of scorpion fish, lion fish, trumpet fish, groupers, and bat fish.
Max depth: 32 meters. The wreck starts in 21-meter deep water. Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Wreck Diver Specialty.
Kyokuzan Maru, Japanese freighter approximately 160-180 meters long. Location: Northeast of Busuanga Island. Due to it’s distance from Coron this wreck is dived by a one hour jeepney ride to the north end of Busuanga and transferring to a rented dive boat. This is done as an all-day trip for two dives on the Kyokuzan Maru. This is a beautiful wreck dive experience. More or less intact, this huge sunken ship usually offers good visibility of about 20 meters and ideal diving conditions. Japanese staff cars and trucks can be found in the cargo rooms.
Max depth: 40 meters on the bottom. The deck level lies between 22 and 28 meters. Recommended certification level: Advanced Open Water Diver, Wreck Diver Specialty.
Seven Picados Reef, Located to the east beyond the lighthouse in Coron town This reef is the subject of a conservation programme and the coral and fish life appear to improve almost monthly. The outstanding features of this reef are large formations of pristine staghorn coral and table corals and, to the eastern side, gorgonia fans. ome of the small islands connect underwater via small saddles. There are schools of reef fish and juvenile barracuda and small Napoleon Wrasse together with three Green Sea turtles.
Max depth: 22 meters. Recommended certification level: Open Water Diver
Calambuyan Island, Situated to the north of the Akitsushima, this small island is the home of the best coral I have seen anywhere in the World. The island was the site of a former resort. The resort is now gone, but the caretaker still remains and his continued presence has deterred fisherman, and hence reef damage for some considerable time. The result is a virtually undamaged coral reef and it is a WOW! The variety of corals to be found here is unparalleled. There is often a current running on this site, and it can run both ways, so take the skippers advice, he will know the predominant current so, even if you appear to be fighting the current in the first instance, you will soon find the current is helping you along this splendid reef. Both sides of the island are worthy dive sites.
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Kingfisher Park, offering guided mangrove kayak tours (P500), trekking Mt Lunes Santo + bamboo cooked lunch (P500), and Starry Starry Night mangrove firefly/plankton cruises. entrence fee P200.
Maquinit Hot Spring. Offering large pools warmed by the geothermal water spring in the area. The hottest pools cascade into a large pool that empties into the ocean. Beautiful place to hang out in the evening after a long day of activities. entrance fee P150. Accessible by boat or by tricycle from town. Tricycle is normaly 300-400p,(4pax) including bringing you back to town after 1-3 hours.
Banol Beach, This Beach is Gorgeous white sand beach. Accessible by boat from Coron, about 20mns away, features limestone cliffs going down to this beautiful white sand beach adorned with numerous large Kalachuchi flower trees and tamarind trees. Nipa huts for lunch are located in the shade of the Kalachuchi trees.entrance fee P100.
Skeleton Wreck, This Place is a snorkeling destination near Banol Beach off the coast of Coron Island where there is an old fishing boat wreck. Around it are beautiful corals. Beware of sea urchins. entrance fee P100.
Atwayan Beach, This Beach located on the backside of the Skeleton Wreck island near Banol Beach, Atwayan Beach features Nipa huts to have lunch, and a beach volleyball court. entrance fee P100.
Mt. Tapyas hike, When you are staying in the Coron main town, you can walk to the foot of Mt. Tapyas or grab a tricycle for P8. The hike reportedly is a 700+-step stairs to the top, the entrance is found at the side of community basketball court. Experience a breathtaking view of the sunset, recommended to start setting out at 4pm.
Mountain bike tours, Hiking around the Dimakya Island won’t only make you sweat but also gives you a panoramic view of the island and it’s neighboring islets especially when you reach the Eagel’s Point, the highest point of the island.And if you’re lucky, you might encounter a Calamian deer or a monitor lizard which can only be found in this part of the country.
Calauit Wildlife, This is An island inhabited by imported African wildlife living in harmony with Palawan wildlife. Safari tours available. local accommodation is required as it is about a 4 hour boat trip from Coron.
The Best Accommoadtion In Coron, Just Click Hotel Nmae’s For Ditel :
1. Asia Grand View Hotel. $95. .Jolo, Barangay 5, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
2. Discovery Island Resort. $33. Dicanitauan, Barangay 5, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
3. Coron Gateway Hotel and Suites. $93. Barangay Poblacion 1, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
4. Balaibinda Lodge. $39. 22 Don Pedro St. Barangay 3, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
5. Kokosnuss Garden Resort. $32. Brgy. 6, RP-5316, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
6. Busuanga Island Paradise Hotel. $60. Kilometer 12 Coron-Busuanga Highway, Barangay Guadalupe, Coron Town, Palawan
7. Coron Residencia de Rosario. $40. 45 Don Pedro Street (beside Allied Bank, Globe Telecom and Airphil office), Coron Town, Palawan
8. Centro Coron Bed and Breakfast. $31. National Highway Barangay 4, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
9. Villa Magallanes. $38. Barangay 4,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
10. Sunrise Pension House. $32. Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
11. Birang Guest House. $37. Baryo Tagumpay, Coron, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
12. Coron Reef Pension. $13. Barangay 5, Bancuang, National Highway, Coron, Busuanga, Coron Town, Palawan
13. Apartelle De Gabrielle. $26. National Highway, Poblacion 5,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
14. Escarez Pension House. $40. Barangay 5,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
15. GMG Hotel. $59. National Highway corner Don Pedro Street, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
16. Jendi Seafront Resort. $33. Barangay 5, Julo, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines.
17. Daven’s Palace. $40. Tapias Road, Barangay 4, Coron, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
18. St. Louie Terraces. $30. National Highway,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
19. Oriental Lodging House. $18. Mao Building, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
20. Nuovo Hotel Michaelangelo. $30. Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
21. Princess of Coron. $38. Nueva Street, 6, Barangay 1, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
22. Amphibi-ko Resort. $25. National Highway, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
23. Coron Hilltop View Resort. $85. Brgy Poblacion 6, Sitio Dipulao, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
24. Ralph’s Pension House. $23. 172 Barangay 3, National Highway, Coron,, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines
25. Flower Island Resort. $80. Barangay Casian, Taytay, Palawan, Philippines.
26. Casa Rosa Taytay. $23. Poblacion (Town Properr), Taytay, Palawan, Philippines
The Best Accommodation in Uson Island, Coron :
1. Dive Link Resort. $64. Barangay Lajala, Uson Island – Coron, Palawan, Philippines
2. Balinsasayaw Resort. $81. Uson Island, Brgy. Lajala, Uson Island – Coron, Palawan, Philippines
3. Pamana Resort by the Bay. $51. Uson Island,, Uson Island – Coron, Palawan, Philippines
El Nido is a magical place. From ageless towering marble cliffs to its white sandy beaches with crystal clear water, many refer to it as paradise. There are over 50 beaches to discover, so many in fact that sometimes you feel as if you are on your own secluded private beach. You will also find enchanting lagoons with tranquil turquoise-green water, caves that can take you to hidden beaches, and a very diverse variety of wildlife.
What Wiil You See There ?
Views of nature are the main reason to visit El Nido. The pristine waters of El Nido offer beautiful coral reefs, while its beaches are uncrowded unlike the popular Boracay, exploring the lagoons by kayaking is a great way of visiting the islets, coves and caves are also abundant. Inland El Nido, springs and waterfalls are also found. Bacuit Bay composes of limestone islands, where its possible to either dive, snorkel or hike.
Better way to see the Bacuit Bay is on an island hopping boat. These boats carry 6 until 12 people and will visit 4 or 5 islands in a day. The boats usually take set routes named A until D, but can vary depending on tides and weather. Boats normally cost around P650 Until P900 per person depending in the route and travel agency. The trip takes one day from 9:00 until 15:30, normally includes a good lunch and can be arranged from most guesthouses and travel agencies in El Nido. El Nido municipality also charges P200 as an Environmental fee which is valid 10 days. It’s a good idea to book a boat with only 6 seats and experienced crew.
When you have time, go for overnight island hopping, from 3 days 2 nights is a good option, where you get to camp on deserted island ala Survivor style. It gives you the best option to visit lots more islands that are included in those bundle package tours but at your own leisure time. Find a few more people to get a much better rate.
What Will You Do There
Rock climbing & Treking. The western side of El Nido township lies in the shadow of an impressive sheer cliff face which is just the visible portion of an even more impressive headland. There are organized walking treks to the top of the headland and it’s breathtaking views all the way.
Snorkeling, Catch a tricycle taxi to Las Cabanas and plonk yourself down out front of Orange Pearl Bar for a day away from the crowds on a white sandy beach and crystal waters. It’s a short walk down a dirt road from where you will be dropped off. There is also an island with some OK snorkeling which can be reached easily wading through waist deep water.
Kayaking, Snorkeling, Island Hopping, Trekking, Cliff climbing; Bacuit Bay consists of islands with limestone cliffs which are ideal for climbing, Diving & Snorkeling; The most popular activity is island hopping costing from P600 a day including BBQ lunch and snorkel gear. There are 4 basic day trips to choose from named Tour A until D and can be booked from all over town. The quality of the boat, guides & tour depends on who you book it through.
Dive, As El Nido’s Bacuit Bay is rich in marine life, you have a good chance to see an array of wildlife including turtles, eagle rays as well as many corals and tunnels. There are more than 20 dive sites ranging in depth from 6 meters to 40 meters. From the beginner to the experienced diver, there is something for everyone here. El Nido is the perfect place; water dives are actually done on a beach in open water albeit shallow. The gin crystal clear water is perfect for teaching, and many who qualify here talk about ‘the best time of their lives’. The thrill of diving matched with enchanting El Nido’s natural beauty.
The Best Accommodation In El Nido, Just Click Hotel Name’s For More Ditel :
1. Kalinga Beach Resort. $32. Sitio Caalan, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
2. The Alternative Inn. $127. Serena St., Bgy. Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
3. Big Creek Mansion. $40. Zone 3, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
4. Novie’s Tourist Inn. $38. Sitio Lugadia, Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
5. Island Front Cottages and Restaurant. $49. Corong-corong, El Nido, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
6. La Casa Teresa Beach Resort. $24. Corong-Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
7. El Nido Cove Resort & Spa. $59. Barangay Lamoro, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
8. Jurias Pension. $35. National Highway, Barangay Maligaya, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
9. El Nido Waterfront Hotel. $47. Hama Street, Bgy. Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
10. El Nido Resorts Miniloc Island. $445. Miniloc Island, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
11. Garnet Hotel. $40. Calle Hama, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
12. Cadlao Resort and Restaurant. $85. Caalan, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
13. Pura Vida Inn & Tours. $80. Serena Street, Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
14. Residencia Katrina Bed and Breakfast. $37. Barangay Maligaya, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.
15. El Nido Four Seasons Resort. $45. Barangay Corong Corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
16. El Nido Beach Hotel. $75. Calle Hama Street, Brgy. Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
17. Ipil Travelodge El Nido. $58. Real Street,Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
18. El Nido Garden Beach Resort. $123. Brgy. Masagana, El Nido, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
19. El Nido Viewdeck Cottages. $19. Zone 1, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
20. Dolarog Beach Resort. $99. El Nido, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
21. Las Cabanas Beach Resort. $77. Corong corong, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
22. Lolo Oyong El Nido Pension House. $34. Rizal Street, Barangay Maligaya Zone 1, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
23. Lally and Abet Beach Cottages. $42. Hama Street, Bgy. Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
24. Blessed Inn. $16. Barangay Maligaya, Rizal Street, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
25. A Place To Remember El Nido. $42. Serena Street.Barangay Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
26. La Salangane Hotel. $80. Serena St., Buena Suerte, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
27. Hadefe Beach Cottages. $32. Zone 3 Caalan, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
28. La Salangane Caalan Beach Villa. $48. Barangay Caalan, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
29. Golden Monkey Cottages. $36. Caalan Beach, Barangay Masagana, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines
Port Barton is a small coastal village in Palawan west coast. Port Barton is also a Barangay within the municipality of San Vicente. The popular activities for tourists are island hopping, snorkeling, beach lazing and swimming, either in the ocean or in one of the two nearby waterfalls. The mangrove river tour can be a fascinating outing for those with an interest in nature.
What Will You See There ?
The main attraction is the beautiful beach.
What Will You Do There ?
Island Hopping & Snorkeling, Nearby are numerous islands with spectacular beaches, rainforest and good snorkeling. Port Barton is a great place for snorkeling and island hopping. Make an early start to get in as much snorkeling as possible. Ocean conditions are more favorable for it in the morning. Check though that the tides are not too low for snorkeling over shallow reefs. 8am would normally be a good time to set off. A full day of snorkeling will usually last about 7 hours and will include probably 4 different locations.
Exotic Island, This Place good place for a swim and for having lunch on the beach. There are two islands here and the water between the them is quite shallow.
Paradise Island, It is a privately owned island which once housed a very small resort. Now there is only a caretaker and his wife on the island. There is a P50 per head fee to go on the island. The P50 is a very small price to pay to this young family who do a great service for the environment by keeping poachers away from the reef. They also rake the beach daily to keep it free of sandflies. The reefs suffered heavy damage due to destructive fishing practices, but ten years of protecting the corals have seen many grow back. There are some beautiful large fan corals amongst many other types.
Papuwyan Waterfall, This Place i s popular destination and about one and a half hours walk from the town. It’s beautiful to swim in. The walk is fairly easy, with only a gentle slope in places.
Bigaho Waterfall, A picturesque cascading waterfall with a reasonably large pool for swimming in. To get there, it’s a 20 minute boat journey from Port Barton. From the sitio (village) of Bigaho, it’s a one km stroll to the waterfall. Except for the last 100 meters the path is wide and involves no trekking or climbing. The last 100 meters are stone steps leading up to the largest swimming pool.
Aquarium Four, There are A reef in the bay about 2 meters deep in its shallowest. The corals were beautiful. It’s best to go early in morning when the sea is calmest, so go there first. There is no land around the reef so the boat will be anchored nearby.
Dive, There are 2 dive schools. One is called ‘easy dive’ at the southern end of the beach run by Doris Hufnagel and assisted by the recently employed local diver named Benny. and the other called ‘Sea Dog Diving’ run by Keith Dudley, it is located at the right side of the beach they both runs fun dives & PADI courses . For fun diving and PADI courses Port Barton is superb, with great coral and marine life, within easy striking distance.
Accommodation in Port Barton :
1. Secret Paradise Resort and Nature Reserve. $53. Turtle Bay, San Vicente, Port Barton, Palawan, Philippines
Resource : Port Barton
Sabang is located in Palawan and this a small village in Palawan, Philippines. It is used as an entry point to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River. There’s not much in the village except services for those going to visit the river, but there is a beach and a chilled out atmosphere.
What Will You See/Do There ?
Underground river, this is the main attraction in Sabang and world heritage site. There is a P250 entry fee which buys you a trip down the river. 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 Princessa as that is the only place to get a permit. There is a limited amount of people allowed each day and booking office is more interested in selling tickets to tour agencies, so make your reservation at least 2 until 3 days in advance but it can be booked out a month in advanced during holiday seasons. Permits are no longer available in Sabang. An online booking system is in the works but currently unavailable at time of writing ( 2012). There are two ways to get to the entrance of the river from Sabang. The first is a boat and this costs P500 until P600 per boat from Sabang pier and is subject to weather conditions, and the second is a 1-2 hour walk through the jungle. When you get to the cave entrance, you have to wait for another boat to take you down the underground river, this included in the ticket price. Be sure to register and obtain your boat number, the moment you arrive there. The whole process is much tailored to groups arriving on package tours, i.e. nobody will call you when your boat number is about to depart, so be active and ask local staff about the current number every 10 minutes or more.
Mangrove river cruise, a cruise along a nearby river surrounded by mangroves Jungle.
Jungle trail or monkey trail, This is alternative way to get to the start of the underground river. More less 5km walk through the jungle which takes 1 until 2 hours. You can walk up to Central station without a permit, but no further.
The Best Accommodation In Sabang, Just Click hotel Name’s for More Ditel :
1. Sheridan Beach Resort And Spa. $127. Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
2. Dab Dab Cottages & Restaurant. $57. Sabang, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
3. Paraiso Sa Bambua. $42. Sabang, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
4. Green Verde Resort Cottages. $52. Sabang, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
5. Balay Balay Travel Lodge. $42. Sabang, Sabang, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Brooke’s Point is located in the southeastern section of mainland Palawan and is a 1st class municipality in the province of Palawan, Philippines.
What Wioll You See There ?
Sabsaban Falls, This Falls Found in Cabar, Aribungas, Sabsaban Falls’ cool and pristine waters is sheltered by a watershed that forms a natural canopy from the sun. About 30 minutes from the town center, Sabsaban Falls may be reached by tricycle or on foot.
Port Miller & Lighthouse Tower, This Place is A historical landmark in Brooke’s Point, Port Miller is a cemented water tank constructed as a source of potable water for the natives and settlers of the municipality. People Said built by Sir James Brooke himself, the remnants of the original lighthouse tower are still visible, although the area is now occupied by a new lighthouse. James Brooke, the first white man that have arrived and lived with the early settlers in the area.
Ocean Spring Fresh Water Spring or Ocean Spring, it is a fresh water spring in the middle of the sea, located in Barangay Oring-Oring.
Bakbakan Falls & Mainit Hot Springs, This place is Located in Barangay Mainit, the river drops over a steep rock face and falls 50 meters into a natural pool. There is also hot, whose waters are reputed to have medicinal properties.
Brooke’s Point Ecological Park and Mt. Maruyog Farms, Located at spectacular scenery, the Brooke’s Point Ecological Park and Mt Maruyog offer high-country buffs with some of nature’s most awesome vistas. The 145-hectare Ecological Park is the showcase of the municipality’s love and concern for nature.
Roxas, Roxas adalah bagian lain dari pulau Palawan. Roxas adalah kota negara kecil untuk berukuran sedang dengan pertanian lokal, memancing, dan wisata terbatas. Ada teluk, pantai, hutan, dan akses port bersama dengan beberapa toko dan pasar bagi pengunjung dalam perjalanan mereka ke El Nido dengan bus.
What Will You See There ?
Fly Fox, The most spectacular thing to see are the thousands of giant fruit bats that fly over the city nearly every night just before sunset. If you have never seen them, or find yourself in Roxas for a night or two night, it is the best going down to the pier or near the waterfront to see if they are flying in your direction, it is quite an amazing sight.
What Will You Do There ?
Roxas in general is a stopping off place on your way go to El Nido if you absolutely can’t manage the long bus ride in one day, but nothing majestic or life changing to see, so if you’re on a tight schedule you would probably skipping it. Roxas also acts as something of a jumping off point for the lovely Port Barton.
Island Hopping, Within the municipality of Roxas there is a nice island resort. You can either take a day trip or rent the cabins for overnight visits. It is about a 45 minute boat ride from Roxas town proper. The island is peaceful and quiet with a very good swimming, nice corals and unique shelf that drops off into the unknown. The resort name’s Coco Loco. Just ask around and you will eventually find the right information.
Matalangaw Falls, Located 1/2 way between Roxas and Port Barton in the sitio of Matalangaw. This is a relaxing and great area, not only for the sheer peacefulness of the atmosphere, but also for a refreshing hiking and swimming from the rough and bumpy road you have been travelling. The swimming area is located around 3 km from the main road. Follow the signs and when you see the little statue, you know you have made it to the main swimming hole. Beyond the main swimming and resting area, there are two more falls for the more serious adventurers.
Umalad Falls, If ystay in town and are looking for “something” to do outdoors on the cheap for a couple hours, there are very modest waterfalls and swimming pools on the edge of town “Ulmalad” that are a source of water for the locals. If the water has already dried up because of the heat, just go for short walk in the woods is a nice tropical jungle experience that can break up and refresh your day. Ask a tricycle driver to take you there.
The Best Accommodation In Roxas, Just Click Hotel Name’s For Booking & more Ditel :
1. La Hacienda Grande Hotel. $30. Arnaldo Blvd, Lawa-an, Roxas City, Philippines
2. Baia Norte Beach Club. $22. Baybay Beach, Baybay, Roxas City, Philippines
3. Villa Consorcia Resort. $5. Brgy. Malagit, Pontevedra, Roxas City, Philippines
4. Cler Grande Hotel. $31. Roxas Avenue, Roxas City, Philippines
5. MVW Hotel & Restaurant. $23. Roxas Avenue, Roxas City, Philippines
6. Roxas Midtown Hotel. $25. 186 Burgos Cor. San Jose Sts., Lawa-an, Roxas City, Philippines
7. Hotel Veronica. $31. Pueblo De Panay, Lawaan, Lawa-an, Roxas City, Philippines
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