It was my dream to travel in Palawan ever since I was a child. I picture pristine beaches and exotic islands on my mind whenever I hear Palawan. Thus the backpacker in me started to conceptualized this Journey soon after I graduated from college. So here I am excited to show you my itinerary, actually my whereabouts so that it can help you build your own. Consider this as a summary as I am planning to create a separate Travel Guide on each destinations I have been.

For this adventure I started my travel in Iloilo City where I had an eight hours to spare. I met the man who inspired me to do this adventure and he is also the one who inspired me to create a Travel Blog. I met Marcos Caratao of =)

I am creating a separate post for my eight hours Iloilo Trip =)

Then I took the 15 hours boat bound to Cuyo Island. Spend 2 days in that secluded Island then proceed to Puerto Princesa to do some works then off to El Nido. After doing some island hopping I proceed to Taytay for a half day tour before heading to San Vicente. I walked on the longest beach in the Philippines before hitting the boat again this time for Port Barton. After a fulfilling moments in Port Barton I had to say goodbye to Palawan then heads south for my flight back to Manila. But before I proceeded to the airport Josiah of and Lai of treated me for lunch. =)

That was my 13 Days Northern Palawan Adventure =)    
Day 1 – Iloilo to Cuyo ·        7:00PM –
Iloilo to Cuyo via Milagrosa Liner (Php750.00) o
10:00AM –
Arrived in Cuyo o
Proceed to
Tourism Office o
Proceed to
my Host Family as endorsed by the Tourism Office §
Dok’s Lapaz
Batchoy Homesay – 0909-3992044/0946-5349724 §
per night o
Lunch (Php40.00) ·
1:00PM –
Walk Around Cuyo Town (Snack Php60.00) o
Old Spanish
Fort/Church o
Playground o
Hall (Chat with Tourism Officer) o
Walk Around
Town o
Beach Bumming ·
7:00PM –
Dinner o
Bought fresh
LapuLapu (Php75.00 + Php10.00 for rice) ·
8:00PM –
Watched Basketball in the Plaza

Old Cuyo PortDay 3 – Cuyo-Magsaysay ·
6:00AM –
Breakfast with my guide (Php70.00 two La Paz Batchoy) ·
6:30AM –
Motorcycle Tour Cuyo Island (Php500.00) o
Municipality §
Old Port §
Mt. Aguado o
Municipality – (Snack Php28.00) §
Little Baguio §
Cuyo Airport §
Church §
Windsurfing Retreat §
Ploning Shooting
Site §
Manufacturing  (Bought some Cashew Nuts
Php150.00) ·
12:00NN –
Lunch (Fresh left over fish I bought + rice Php10.00) ·
2:00PM –
Massage (Php100.00) ·
4:00PM –
Walk Around Town o
Looked for souvenirs o
Watching ·
7:00PM –
Dinner (Free Dinner yey!!!) ·
9:00PM –
Boarding (Terminal Fee Php6.00) ·
10:00PM –
Cuyo to Puerto Princesa via Montenegro Liner (Free!  Because they’re my client hihi) o

Cashew NutsDay 4 to Day 6 – Puerto Princesa
You are not interested in this
part because it was an Official Business thus my company shouldered all the
expenses.  Half of day 6 though was my
time to roam around the city.

Day 6 – Puerto Princesa City ·
2:00PM –
Roam around the city (left my bag at the hotel Php50.00) o
Conception Cathedral (Php10.00) o
Cuartel o
Palawan Provincial
Capitol (Php10.00) o
Palawan Heritage
Center (Php100.00) o
DIY Bakers
Hill (bought a box of Hopia at Php40.00) §
Multicab to
Sta. Monica – Php15.00 §
Tricycle to
Bakers Hill – Php20.00 §
Tricycle to
Sta. Monica – 10.00 §
Multicab to
Junction One (near Robinsons) Php10.00 ·
5:00PM –
Dinner at Robinson’s (Php60.00) ·
9:00PM – Proceed
to Roro Bus Terminal take the Last trip bound to El Nido o
Robinson to San Jose Php20.00 ·
10:00PM –
Travel to El Nido o
Free!  Because they’re my client too!!! Hihi o

Wristband Collection inside Palawan Heritage Center

Day 7 – El Nido ·
4:00AM – Bus
Arrived at El Nido Transport Terminal o
Tricycle to
Ramiro’s Pension – Php30.00 o
Check In
Ramiro’s Pension Php350.00/night. Paid a total of Php1,050.00 (0920-2053728/0939-9064386) ·
9:00AM –
Walk Around El Nido Town (Wasn’t able to do Island hopping due to the Habagat
or Southwest Monsoon) o
Hall o
Beach Front ·
12:00NN  – Lunch at Squidos (Php250.00) ·
1:00PM –
Chill and did some work in The Alternative Restaurant (Tea Php70.00) ·
9:00PM –
Dinner at Bulalo Plaza (Php150.00)   Day 8 – El Nido

You may now book your Hotel and Tours in El Nido via Northern Hope Tours for convenience and excellent service. 

9:00 AM –
Island Hopping Tour A o
Tour food
inclusive –  Php700.00 o
Gear – Php100 o
Water –  Php35.00   Island/Beach
Visited   –
Big Lagoon –
Small Lagoon –
Island (Lunch Area) –
Shimizu Island –
7 Commandos
(Bought Fresh Buko Php50.00)

Small Lagoon. May favorite of all the spots in El Nido =) *Secret Lagoon
was supposed to be part of the tour but the waves and tide didn’t allowed us to
see it ;(   ·
7:00PM –
Dinner with new found friends o
Alternative Restaurant (Php250.00) o
Bought a Mars
Chocolate Bar Php35.00 (Sorry… haha) ·
9:00PM –
Massage (Php300.00 for 1 Hour)

7 Commandos BeachDay 9 – El Nido ·
9:00AM –
island Hopping Tour C o
Tour food
inclusive –  Php800.00 (got a Php100
discount hihi) o
Gear – Php100 o
Water –  Php35.00

Visited   –
Matinloc –
Hidden Beach –
(Lunch Area) –
Lagoon –
Island (Good for Snorkeling)   *Secret Beach
was supposed to be part of the tour but the waves and tide didn’t allowed us to
see it ;(

Happy Eating!!!

Jump!!! Cadlao Lagoon ·
5:00PM –
Travel to Las Cabanas to watch the Sunset and meet Josiah and Lai (Travel
Blogger Friends) o
Town to Las
Cabanas (Php100.00 from Php150.00, split into 4 Php25.00 each) ·
8:00PM –
Dinner at GK Community Restaurant (10-15mins walk from town) o
Home Cooked
Chicken Curry, Tinolang Isda, Grilled Squid and Adobo   o

Me Josiah and Lai =)Day 10 – Taytay/San Vicente ·
7:30AM – El Nido
to Taytay o
Tricycle to
El Nido Transport Terminal Php25.00 o
Bus to Taytay
Town Php65.00 ·
9:45AM –
Arrived in Taytay Transport Terminal o
Tricycle to Taytay
Bayan Php25.00 ·
10:00AM –
Walk around Taytay town o
Fuerza de
Sta. Isabel or Cuta (Php30.00) o
Plaza o
Sta. Monica
Church ·
11:30 –
Lunch at Casa Rosa Pension and Restaurant o
Shrimp and
Ice Tea Php230.00 ·
1:00PM –
Back to Taytay Transport Terminal o
Php20.00 ·
2:00PM –
Travel to San Vicente o
Bus to Alimangunan
Intersection Php50.00 o
Single Motorcycle
to San Vicente Poblasyon Php200.00 (they will initially charge Php300.00,
haggle!!!) ·
4:00PM –
Arrived in Poblasyon, San Vicente o
Office o
Check In at
Station 5 (Php500.00 per night Yes!!!) ·
5:00PM –
Walk Around town o

Why did you put that thing?Day 11 – San Vicente/Port Barton

14 Kilometers Beach!!!

Sand Art created by small crabs. Cute =) ·
7:00AM –
Breakfast, Long Beach o
Bread and Water
– Php40.00 o
Motor to
Long beach – Php20.00 ·
7:30AM – Beach
Walk. The Long beach o
Walk the 8
Kilometers Beach from New Agutaya to San Isidro. Wahh… ·
9:40AM –
Reached San Isidro o
Bought cold
coke!!! Php12.00 o
back to Poblasyon Php75.00 ·
11:00AM –
Travel to Port Barton via Magdalena Boat (Php150.00) ·
1:00PM –
Arrived in Port Barton o
Check in at
Bamboo House Cottages and Restaurant (Php200.00 per night, Paid Php400 for 2
nights) o
Lunch at
Bamboo House (Php240.00) ·
–  Roam Around Town o
Walk in the
Beach o
Looked for Pamoayan
Waterfalls but failed to do so ;( Wait for my Story on this hehe o
Chat with
the Locals o
Visit the Health
Center to treat my wound and chat with the health workers o
Php100.00 to the health center ·
8:00PM –
Chaolong Dinner at Frnd’z Food House (Php50.00) o
Chat with
Kuya Paul the owner 😉

Falls with no name =(Day 12 – Port Barton ·
7:00AM –
Breakfast Php120.00 o
Back to the
health Center to clean my wound ·
10:00AM –
Joined the health workers in their field work in the Islands o
(Bought Squid for Php80.00) o
Bunuangin ·
8:00PM –
Dinner at Jambalajaya Php310.00


Oh… be careful!!!Day 13 – Port Barton to Puerto
5:00AM –
Free Coffee courtesy of Bamboo House 😉 ·
5:10AM –
Motorcycle to San Jose Php300.00  (Note: My flight was re-scheduled. Instead of
8PM they changed it to 12:55PM. So I had to hire a motorcycle in order to
arrive in the airport on time. The only jeep and bus in Port Barton leaves at 8
and 9AM respectively. Travel time from Port Barton to Puerto Princesa in 4-5
Hours. I had no choice)

Got some new friends in Port Barton =) ·
6:30AM –
Arrived in San Jose, Roxas Palawan (Motorcycle Php150.00) ·
9:30AM –
Arrived in San Jose New Market Terminal (this is different from the San Jose in
Roxas) ·
10:00AM – Arrived
in Josiah and Lai’s Pension ·
10:10AM –
Brunch at Bona’s Chaolong with Josiah and Lai (They treated me. Im so touched
hehe) ·
11:30AM –
Checked In o
Tricycle to
the Airport Php30.00 o
Terminal Fee

Summary of Expenses

  • Transportation     –  Php2,005.00
  • Accommodation   – Php2,200.00
  • Food                           – Php2,600.00
  • Tours                         – Php2,130.00
  • Others                       – Php864.00

TOTAL EXPENSES         – Php9,799.00  *Total expenses does not include the airfare.    What if I did’t had a client in Palawan and I had to pay for my transportation from Cuyo to Puerto Princesa and Puerto Princesa to El Nido? What if also I didn’t had an official business in Puerto Princesa thus my company won’t pay for my expenses in Puerto Princesa?   Hmm… Maybe I won’t go around Puerto Princesa anymore because i’ve been there last time 😉    Then I would have to pay for my transportation from Cuyo to Puerto the to El Nido. Here it goes:

  • Total Expenses                                   – Php9,799.00
  • Cuyo to Puerto via Montenegro       – Php920.00
  • Puerto to El Nido via Roro Bus*       – Php483.00

    TOTAL                                                           – Php11,202.00 Let us assume that you haven’t been to Puerto Princesa and so you want to experience the Puerto Princesa Underground River, Honda Bay, the City Tour and Ka Lui and other gastronomic restaurant in the city. Let me show you a sample computation for your convenience 😉   Let us also assume that you are not lonely like me so you can split the expenses and you will do all tours by yourself a.k.a. DIY tours 😉  

  • Accommodation – Php1,000.00 (Php500 each x 3 days = Php1,500.00)
  • Tours 
    • Day 1 – Honda Bay 
      • via Tricycle Php500 – Php600 (two way)
      • Php250.00 each + Snorkeling Gears + Food = Php500.00
      • Boat. A 6 pax boat would cost you Php1,500.00 to Php2,000.00 so be friendly and find some friends there. Lets assume Php350.00 each.
      • Total for Day 1 – Honda Bay –  Php850.00
    • Day 2 – Puerto Princesa Underground River 
      • For this one I would recommend that you book it with your hotel. 
      • Php1,500.00 – transportation and food included 
      • Total Day 2 Puerto Princesa Underground River – Php1,500.00
    • Day 3 – City Tour
      • Places to visit: Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, Palawan Heritage Center, Bakers Hill, Mitras Farm, Crocodile Farm, Iwahig Penal Colony and some shopping Center for your souvenirs.
      • City tour via a motorcycle costs Php600-700
      • Firefly watching is also an option during the night. It will cost you around Php500.00
  • Food  
    • You would want to eat to some of the nice restaurant in Puerto Princesa. As per our IT above you would have at least 6 meals excluding the one in Honda Bay and Underground River.
    • Php200 per meal is enough to enjoy Palawan. Php200 x 6 meals = Php1,200.00.
    • Suggested restaurants: Ka Lui, Bonas Chaolong, Ugong Rock Restaurant and others.
  • TOTAL: Php5,750 (not including the Firefly Watching and souvenir items)

Lets do the math again…

  • Total Expenses                                   – Php9,799.00
  • Cuyo to Puerto via Montenegro       – Php920.00
  • PUERTO PRINCESA EXPENSES      – Php5,750.00
  • Puerto to El Nido via Roro Bus*       – Php483.00

    TOTAL                                                           – Php16,952.00 There you go! I hope this helps you as you plan your travels!!! Clicking that link didn’t go to the trash bin… I hope hehe…

This is part of my Northern Palawan Series 

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This is the travel blog of Jherson Jaya – banker by profession, adventurer by passion. Everything written here were based on his experiences. The lust of seeing new places thrilled him to explore both the explored and unexplored world. Old and new architecture fanatic; lover of food, both exotic and indulgence; and founds peace in long bus and train rides – thats how he describe his way of traveling.    Follow his adventure by liking his Facebook Page LonelyTravelogue and following him on Twitter and Instagram