Palawan is a magical place that lies in the Philippine archipelago. It is best known because of the world famous Underground River, which is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the Nature. To get here, aboard a plane from Manila to Puerto Princesa. This is just an hour or so plane ride. If you wish to experience the city’s best tourist spots, it is best to contact a travel agency ahead so you won’t have to worry about transportation.
There are tons of budget friendly hotels and inns in Palawan, but if you wish to experience a bit of luxury, then you can stay at the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. You can relax at the hotel’s comfortable rooms, and take a dip at the pool’s cool water. After all, you might need to relax after a long travel and prepare for the many adventures in the coming days.
If you happen to stumble upon this blog and haven’t contacted an agency yet, don’t fret. You can coordinate with the resort’s staff for adventure tours. There is also a beach in the vicinity, so if you want to smell that fresh, salty breeze, you can head to the Sabang Beach.
Imagine all the things you can do in just your first day in Palawan. If you really wish to de-stress and get pampered, just go to the resort’s spa for either a Thai or Swedish massage for a good night’s rest.
Now, to begin you day tour, you might want to start at the Palawan Butterfly Farm. This will surely be a delight to lepidopterists and the like. The Palawan Butterfly boasts a wide collection of thousands and thousands of butterfly species. You can relax and just take a stroll at their garden with beautiful sights of butterflies everywhere.
Since you have already calmed your senses, I bet you’re already craving for an adventure. The next best place to head to is the Mitra’s Ranch. The ranch is owned by the city’s governor which he opened to the public for leisure. Here, you can enjoy the trampolines, do horseback riding or if you want that adrenaline rush, you can go for the 3-stationed zipline. You can enjoy the zipline for a 500 peso fee.
Now if all the activities you’ve experienced made you famished, then head to the nearby Baker’s Hill. From the name itself, the bakery is situated atop a hill and I guarantee, they bake one of the best breads and pastries in the entire country. Your entire Palawan trip would not be complete without taking home their delicious treats. You can feast on their pastries or dine at their restaurant which serves scrumptious dishes.
Inside the park, you will see decorative hedge trimming, flowers, and statues of iconic celebrities: from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves to Marilyn Monroe. By the way, don’t forget to try their cheese bread, hopia, chocolate crinkles and ensaymada. Truly delish!
When the sun goes down and you’re looking for a place to dine, try Kinabuch’s. If you ask locals where to eat, they will definitely say Kinabuch’s, so I would say this is one of the most popular restaurants in the city. And if you want to try not-so-ordinary dishes, then you’re in the right place. They serve exotic dishes like crocodile sisig and crocodile pizza. Yup, that’s right—crocodile. But if you don’t have the appetite to dine such, you can always go for pork, beef, chicken or fish. After dinner, you can hang out for while and maybe grab a few drinks here. They also have live bands to make your dining experience more lively.
Well, that’s it for now. On my next blog, we will talk about the famous Underground River, island hopping, and the enchanting El Nido, so make sure you stay tuned!