Plan your first visit in EL NIDO PALAWAN

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Travelling to this special Island requires a lot of patience and research.

This is a step by step guide for my Palawan getaway I planned for me and my boyfriend.

Hope you find this helpful!

How to get there:

  1. Book your flight ahead of time (check promo flights in Cebu Pacific on Monday and Thursday as they put promos during these days.)

 

  • I got mine for 6k ( roundtrip for 2)
  • However, if something occurs and will make you need to change your flight then please instead of rebooking it just ignore your booked flight and book another one coz sometimes it’s way cheaper! ( always compare first before purchasing your ticket)

 

  1. Find a good place to check-in ( book your place in booking.com coz it’s easy and hassle free)

I suggest not blowing your money to a fancy hotel as you will go to tours the whole day and will just stay in your hotel at night when it is time to go to bed.

 

Good tip:

We stayed in Sei Nazioni Cottages and it’s only 1200k per night (with breakfast for two) It is a cottage but the bed is really comfortable and the bathroom is nice! If you want to save money, experience local living and stay into a cozy place then book your place in Sei Nazioni J

(Just don’t make loud noises as it is not soundproof…oops )

 

Check this link for more info:

http://www.booking.com/hotel/ph/sei-nazioni-cottages.html

 

  1. Book a tour ( if you want a hassle and worry free vacation this is a must)

Good tip:

  • Okay, this itinerary is not ideally for backpacker. In my case, I want to avoid any hassles as much as possible and just enjoy making a lot of memories with my significant other.
  • I personally like Northern Hope Tours ( I don’t know about the other tours but I have researched and experienced their service and it’s good)
  • I emailed them what kind of tours I prefer like for example me and my boyfriend will be celebrating our 11th months in one of the days we will be in Palawan and after one day they emailed me back with complete itinerary plus the quotation like this:

QUOTATION

 

1,200 Pesos – Van Transfer from PPS to El Nido [Sharing] (2 persons * 600 Pesos/person)

400 Pesos – EcoTourism Development Fee [ETDF] (2 persons * 200 Pesos/person)

2,800 Pesos – El Nido Island Hopping Tour C (2 persons * 1,400 Pesos/person)

1,500 Pesos – Tricycle Rental to Nacpan & Maremegmeg Beach (1 tricycle * 1,500 Pesos/tricycle)

2,400 Pesos – El Nido Island Hopping Tour A (2 persons * 1,200 Pesos/person)

1,200 Pesos – Van Transfer from El Nido to PPS [Sharing] (2 persons * 600 Pesos/person)

–1,200 Pesos – Discount

———————————————

8,300 Pesos – TOTAL

 

They offer waterproof camera and water shoes rentals there so yeah just prepare some cash with you.

Camera- 500-700

Water shoes-100

 

  1. Leave early to avoid missing your flight schedule.

Good tip: If you are planning to go back to PP port you need to talk with some tricycle drivers already in the morning because during midnight it’s so hard to find drivers that will take you to bus/ van terminal. I didn’t see this coming so I’ve decided to just get any drivers at 4am but no one is awake! Good thing our cottage caretaker has a motorcycle and so he initiated to just take both of me and my boyfriend to the terminal. Thank God!

  1. Have some snacks on your way back to Puerto Princesa terminal

Good tip:

The journey is really tiring as it would take you 5 hrs so it is smart to bring some snacks with you as there’s not so many food stopovers you can find along the way.

 

Hope you find this 5 tips helpful in planning your trip.

I’ll be continuing with more detailed trip on my next post so

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5 things to do in Baler, Aurora- plan your trip now!

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  1. Stay in Circle Hostel

-It’s my first time to be in Baler and it’s exciting to find out that there’s this very hipster place that you can book for a very comfy and artsy vibe. I don’t know about you but I love how homey Circle Hostel made me feel, from the hammocks, doodled walls, ukalele, awesome pips and comfy bed. I just love everything about how the place can inspires you to think out of the ordinary.

  1. Eat local food-Go to Kusina Luntian
  • Yes, food is very important to me when I travel. I mean food will make you have this connection to the culture and tradition of the place you’re visiting. Foodies will surely fall inlove to this awesome food spot you can find in Baler. Who would have thought these locals can make this very affordable and yet tasty food. Unbelievable!

Kusina Luntian offered really good food!

I love their fish, liempo and the Paco salad but of course it is the best to eat it in bare hands! Kamayan na!

  1. Meet new friends

-One good thing in staying in a hostel is that you can get to experience meeting different people from all walks of life. All travelers know how important it is to be practical in handling finances and expenses while traveling. I love the hashtag of Circle Hostel’s #therearenostrangers because when you are in that place you’ll feel comfortable to share your life experiences to someone has the same perspectives in travelling as you do.

  1. Surf Surf Surf
  • Circle hostel is close to the beach and yes once you’re in Baler of course you got to surf!

I love how accommodating the people there and the instructors were really nice. For 200pesos per instructor you can get to experience an exhilarating wave adventures of your life. It takes a while for you to get to know the waves but once you do ohh God there’s no turning back! I didn’t care about how dark I would turn out to be err I mean tanned because all I care was to stand and balance on my surfboard and let the waves carry me to the shore.

Totally mind blowing and exciting!

  1. Join Passion and Purpose
  • One thing you shouldn’t missed is to experience some unforgettable events which will not only make you have fun but also widens your perspectives about your passion and purpose.

I have the chance to meet the organizer of this event and had an opportunity to experience this and I must say I’ve learned a lot about myself when I took the workshop.

I’m impressed on their modules on how to find your purpose through creative brainstorming while using some tools they will share to unlock the passion within you and how to make your dreams into reality by using mindful plans and strategies.

For more info kindly visit their FB:

https://www.facebook.com/thecirclehostel

A 4-workshop weekend to help you find that spark! Book now for early bird rates. Email us at baler@thecirclehostel.com

For more details and a full itinerary: http://on.fb.me/1i9n2lI

P.s comment for questions! I’ll be so happy to help you plan your trip!