6 Hour Tour: Palawan, Philippines
When you go to the Philippines you are bound to do one type of outdoor boat tour. There are so many islands, if you were able to see 1 a day, it would take you a little under 7 years to see them all. So, a boat tour is inevitable. In my continuing series of a 6-Hour Tour, I bring you the 6-hour tour Palawan in the Philippines.
Palawan is the hottest island in the archipelago to visit currently. It boasts some seriously awesome cities like Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron. These cities make up the standard travel route of most Palawan visitors.
Puerto Princesa is the gateway to the island of Palawan. Many people make this their 1st stop when visiting the island as it has the largest airport. The city doesn’t hold much flare besides a blue church and WWII museum but you can still find some things to do in Puerto Princesa on land and off. Many tout the underground river but I say skip it and focus on the Honda Bay Tour instead. This is a 6-hour tour and costs around 1300 pesos (40 pesos= $1 USD). You’ll get to go to a disappearing island (thanks to the tides), an awesome fish reserve for snorkeling, and a party island for drinking.
El Nido, a few hours by bus, is a spectacular spot for spending some time and many (locals and foreigners) consider it one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines. 45 limestone islands surround the city and many picturesque white beaches dot the coast line as well as the baby islands. In El Nido, your have a total of 4 boat tours you can take, A, B, C & D. <insert boat tour pic> I took tours A & C, C being a better snorkeling tour. Prices are extremely reasonable, 700-1000 Pesos (40 pesos= $1 USD) and include a beach cooked lunch <insert lunch photos>.
Coron is the crown jewel of Palawan for history buffs as well as water adventurists. Coron is home to 11 sunken Japanese ships. These wrecks make excellent diving and in some cases snorkeling excursions. Lusong is one such spot where it is shallow enough for a snorkeler to see the gun ship. It is completely covered in beautiful coral and is now home to hundreds of fish species. Near Lusong is a long line of alive coral called Coral garden and swimming within this underground world, one loses themselves in it.
Coron like much of the Palawan tours can be personalized. The Filipino are warm and accomodating people and any tour can be arranged. alsopeople are warm and accommodating and special tours can be had for real bargins. We created an overnight tour and sleep on a beach under mother nature’s gaze and paid less than 2 peoples going to the movies.