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4 Day Itinerary for Philippines

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I'm going to Philippines for 4 days from Dec 24 to Dec 28, with my husband. I'm going from Singapore. I'm looking forward to spending quality time with my husband on the best beaches. Would also like to mix in some adventure activities like diving and trekking. I would like to avoid too much time spent traveling between places. Just a couple of good spots would do for the short trip. Please help me decide the itinerary.

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Dec 24th -:

Take an early morning flight to Manila.  From Manila - catch a fligh to Puerta Princessa.


From here we have two options -


One stay in a hotel in the city centre, do the city tour


Or


Head to the beach - in Sabang. - this is one and a half hours away - some part untarred road - but the hotel does have shuttles from the airport. 

In case, you the beach hotel - you can make arrangements to be picked up by the hotel and be driven to Sabang.


Sabang is also the gateway to the Underground river tour. Hotels can generally make the arrangements for these tours.


Let me know if you would like to do this yourself, though this involves heading to the booking office at Puerto Princessa and spending a day in the city centre. I can give you more details on this if you want a do it yourself sort of tour.


Dec 24th will basically be all about getting to Sabang and the hotel and relaxing on the beach and in the hotel.


Sabang

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Dec 25th - Dec 27th:

Assuming that you are already in Sabang - 
You have a lot of activities that you can do here -


Underground River Tour


Underground River Tour


The Sabang x zip line that is 800 metres long and 150 ft above sea level. Something you can do alone or tandem.


Jungle trails - You can either trek or choose to ATV through the rainforest.


Head to the Sabang water falls by  the sea - 

You can take a paddleboat tour of the mangroves.

Dedicate a day to island hopping from Honda Bay - This is also when you can do your dives.
This is a link with some information on the diving spots in Palawan.
http://www.e-philippines.com.ph/philippine-adventures/scuba-diving-information-and-packages/palawan-scuba-diving-information-and-packages/#honda-bay

You will pass the turn-off to Honda Bay as you drive to Sabang from the airport.

So, there are two ways to do this -
One is that after the first two days in Sabang, you check out and head to a resort in Honda Bay -
I recommend Dos Palmas. You can do this the other way round too - by starting off in Honda Bay and ending with Sabang, depending on room availabilities.

I would recommend locking the rooms down at the earliest as christmas is a busy time, across the Philippines. 

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Dec 28th :

Return to Puerta Princessa - be it from Honda Bay or Sabang - flight to Manila - 1 hour and 15 minutes and then flight back to Singapore. 

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Getting started By Janet Cho
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Janet Cho wrote:  

Hi Shweta,

I was informed that you'd be able to start on planning my trip after the 20th Oct. Let me know how we can get started?

Janet

Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Hi Janet, 
Sorry about the delay. I was travelling and just got back.
Let me put together a sample itinerary for you, based on your request and then we can refine it.
I'll post the itinerary here, within 12 hours.

Cheers,
Shweta  


Details By Shweta Kumar
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Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Hi Janet, 
Before I started putting the trip together - I needed the following details-
Are you certified divers? Would you need to rest a day after the dives before flying out?
Or are you looking at snorkelling or Snuba?
Are you interested in other beach activities - like parasailing, canoeing?
Would you be interested in diving in lagoons or kayaking through rivers?

Please let me know at the earliest.
I have a couple of plans that you might enjoy.

Cheers,
Shweta 

Janet Cho wrote:  

> Are you certified divers? Would you need to rest a day after the dives before flying out?

We are not certified divers, but we have done dives with instructors before.

I'm not sure about the rest day - I don't really have a preference and would avoid it if possible.


> Or are you looking at snorkelling or Snuba?

Both preferably. Snorkeling in places where its easily accessible from a beach - not if it involves taking a boat out.


> Are you interested in other beach activities - like parasailing, canoeing?

Not so much. Would rather relax the rest of the time.


> Would you be interested in diving in lagoons or kayaking through rivers?

If we can do both that would be great. If I have to pick one, then diving.

Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Great! 

Let me put together a sample itinerary and you can check it out in the itinerary section here on the site.
 


Bohol or Palawan or Boracay? By Shweta Kumar
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Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Hi Janet, 

Keeping in mind that you have only four days and you do not want to travel much - I have zeroed in three destinnations for you. 
The best beaches - sand wise - are in Boracay. But half the world and more, know this so it will be crowded during the Christmas break. It's still a fun place to be in, but depends on the kind of holiday you are looking for.

Next is - Palawan - which offers a range of activities from great beaches, to a subterranean river and the option to island hop. There are some beautiful resorts here - pricier than Boracay though.

And finally Bohol and Panglao. - These set of islands have everything from the white sand beaches to the chocolate hills (ideal for trekking). But this was also where the earthquake struck this month - While things are being repaierd and the islands are getting back to normal, I'd need to know if you are comfortable going there.

Now travel time - none of these destinations have direct flights from Singapore. In the case of Boracay and Palawan - it is best to fly to manila and then fly from there to the respective airports and then take boats to the islands.

For Bohol you need to fly to Cebu - then take a ferry.

Let me know which option you'd like me to help you out with.

Cheers, 
Shweta
 

Janet Cho wrote:  

Hi Shweta,

Thanks for the information. Palawan sounds like the best option for us. How pricy are we talking about? I don't mind mid-range resorts (upto USD 150 per night) - if we can keep it under that range then lets go with Palawan.

Janet

Shweta Kumar wrote:  

That can be managed. Let me build a sample itinerary for you - with Puerto Princessa, Palawan as the location and we can take it from there.
Just check back in 12 hours in the itinerary section of the site.

Cheers,
Shweta  


Restaurant Recommendations By Shweta Kumar
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Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Hi Janet, 

Just wanted to tip you off to the three best restaurants in the area -

For a romantic date night head to La Terrasse -
http://www.laterrassepalawan.com
Great ambience and great food. It's on the pricey side but the duck dishes and the homemade icecream are highly recommended.

If you are looking for something quirky - The Gypsy's lair art cafe is a good place - they have filipino twists on pan-asian cusine. 
They also have palm readings on weekend and a general mystical air.
They're also great for authentic Filipino breakfasts.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/TheGypsys-Lair-ArtCafe/278163178894895

And also -

The best seafood at affordable rates is supposed to be at the Balinsasayaw Restaurant. A must-try over here is the Nido Soup.
Rizal AvenuePuerto Princesa, PalawanPhilippines

Hope this helps!
Cheers, 
Shweta 


 

Janet Cho wrote:  

Thanks so much for this information. Will surely try all of these out.


Getting around Palawan By Janet Cho
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Janet Cho wrote:  

Hi Shweta,

I have a question about transportation within Palawan - since we'll be doing most of the tours and activities through the hotel, does it make sense to rent a car at all? Or are taxis etc for getting around easily available at reasonable rates? If so, should we book these through the hotel or are there local agencies that are better to work with?

Janet

Shweta Kumar wrote:  

Hi Janet, 

Multi-cabs and tricycles are the best way to get around town.

The standard rate for a tricycle from the airport to any destination in central Puerto is P40.
Within Puerto the official tricycle fare rate is P5 for every 2km.

Jeepneys are also plentiful in case you'd like to experience this uniquely Filipino experience.

This is the government approved guide to transportation rates - including boats. 
http://www.palawan.gov.ph/docs/PDF/palawan/PDF_v3/TRANSPORTATION_RATES.pdf


In case, you'd like to explore on your own - renting a car is a good option, but you get a van and driver for the same rates, so I'd say get the van and the driver, in which case you are absolved of the hassle of navigation and parking.

El Mundo Sports (433 4878; elmundo@pal-onl.com; National Hwy) is a reliable car-rental agency with good drivers and spacious vans.

Cheers,
Shweta

 

Janet Cho wrote:  

Thanks. I think that's all the information I'll need. Thanks so much for all your help. Really looking forward to the trip now. :D

Shweta Kumar wrote:  

I hope you and your husband have a great time. :D 
And in case you think of anything else you need, don't hesitate to drop me a note here. 

I'll be happy to help!
Cheers,
Shweta  


Getting around:

Multi-cabs and tricycles are the best way to get around town.


The standard rate for a tricycle from the airport to any destination in central Puerto is P40.
Within Puerto the official tricycle fare rate is P5 for every 2km.


Jeepneys are also plentiful in case you'd like to experience this uniquely Filipino experience.


This is the government approved guide to transportation rates - including boats. 
http://www.palawan.gov.ph/docs/PDF/palawan/PDF_v3/TRANSPORTATION_RATES.pdf


In case, you'd like to explore on your own - renting a car is a good option, but you get a van and driver for the same rates, so I'd say get the van and the driver, in which case you are absolved of the hassle of navigation and parking.

El Mundo Sports (433 4878; elmundo@pal-onl.com; National Hwy) is a reliable car-rental agency with good drivers and spacious vans.

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Recommended hotels:

I would recommend staying at the Sheridan Beach Resort at Sabang. The rooms fall within your budget and they can also make arrangements for the tour via their travel dept.


The Marina De Bay Resort is also a good option. They offer diving and island hopping tours too.http://www.marinadebay-palawan.com/tour-arrangements/


In Honda Bay, I recommend Dos Palmas.

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Saved me hours of research

I'm really thrilled with this service and would surely recommend Shweta to my friends. Her advice has saved me hours of research that I would have to do to choose the places to visit, hotels to stay, and activities. Really excited about my trip now. Thanks for all your help, Shweta!