Our Palawan Trip 2015 – Day 1
Like our previous trip as a couple in Bicol, I planned this Palawan trip ahead so we can unwind and spend more of “US” time. The airfare and accommodation had been secured long before the trip. The activities we wanted to do and places to visit were all in the itinerary (excel document) but it was only saved as an image shot on Dave’s phone after I *panicked* because I was having issues transferring the excel document to both of our mobile phones just a few minutes before going to the airport! 😅
✈️ Trip Tip #1A month before our scheduled flight from MNL (Manila) – PPS (Puerto Princesa), I noticed that there was a delay in departure time on both of our flights. I did not get any notification from Cebu Pacific about this. I only found out when I added our booking to my GetGo account because the time listed online and the one I have on print doesn’t match. I was informed by my good friend and experienced traveller, Chaddy, that I can ask the airline company to move our booking to an earlier flight (MNL-PPS) and later flight (PPS-MNL). I immediately contacted Cebu Pacific and luckily there were available seats on my preferred departure times (an earlier flight going to Puerto Princesa so we have time to check out the city before we go to El Nido which is a 5-6 hour travel from there and a night flight back to Manila so we won’t be too rushed to go to the airport after our planned Underground River tour on our last day in Palawan). I was reminded by the agent that they can only grant this request once and I gladly said okay. WIN-WIN! 😊
✈️ Trip Tip #2
Day 1 – Puerto Princesa City (4 November 2015)
On the day of our flight to Puerto Princesa, we left the house at 6:19am. After “2 trike and special taxi” rides, we arrived at the boarding gate just in time for boarding at 7:39am. Good thing I have checked in online 2 days prior to departure, printed out our boarding passes the night before and we only had hand-carry bags otherwise we might have missed our flight. We arrived in Puerto Princesa airport at 9:05am. Of course, since we’re first timers, we could not pass the chance to take selfies after disembarking the plane. 🛬 📸 😂
There are available tricycles and vans near the entrance of the airport. If you’re going somewhere within the city, trike drivers inside the airport will charge at least 50 PHP (special rate for one-way private use). If you’re going to as far as Go Hotels Puerto Princesa (a 15-20 minute drive from the airport) or to the city outskirts, you can get charged around 50-100 PHP (if you’re feeling generous, you can give as much as 150 PHP hehe). Remember, ASK/HAGGLE before boarding. 😆
🗺 Trip Tip #3
We were told that there is a color-coding scheme also for tricycles in Puerto Princesa, where either blue or white colored trikes ply the city streets on alternating days. Trikes painted in other colors mean it is privately owned.
We left our things at Casa Camila before heading to Ugong Rock for Lunch. We were the first customers at 10am. 😂 It’was too early for lunch! Anyway, we had tried croc sisig, mixed seafood sizzling and samadulas, I wanted to try tamilok but Dave wasn’t up for it so I though maybe next time we will.
Half Day City Tour (Puerto Princesa)
Crocodile Farm 🐊
Mitra’s Ranch 🐎
Baker’s Hill 🍫🍕🍰
Souveneir Shop 👒 👜
Plaza Cuartel 🏞
Immaculate Concepcion Church ⛪️
After our city tour, we waited for a bit at Casa Camila before travelling to El Nido. Travel time took about 6 hours and we arrived at Caera Place just before 12 midnight. The owners knew that we will be arriving late so they assigned a guy to wait for us at Caera’s. When we arrived there, he was asleep! LOL We tried to wake him up by knocking on the window but we failed. Good thing, I have the phone number of Ms. Beth, the owner, so I called and told her about the situation. She then asked her husband to meet and help us get settled. He was very kind that he even drove us to a nearby eatery where we had our very late dinner. It really was a tiring but eventful day for us.