Last year in February, we immersed ourselves in the Philippines beauty (a paradise!!). To encourage you to go on a trip like this we thought why not outlining our 2 weeks itinerary to the Palawan island and hope, you guys will book this destination right away! :) Let's have a look what we've done:
2 Weeks Itinerary - Palawan
Day 1 - Flight to Palawan
On day 1 you will most probably spend the day in the planes, depending of course where you're flying from. We had a long-haul flight to Manila and then another flight to the Philippine island of Palawan. Then checked tiredly into our accommodation in Puerto Princesa and felt asleep immediately.
Luxury accommodation: Panja Resort (where we stay at the end of the trip - check the last day)
Budget accommodation: Blessie's Bed & Breakfast (where we stayed the first 2 nights - fully recommendable)
Day 2 - Puerto Princesa
On day two, we advise you to take it easy. Get some rest, cure out your jet lag and acclimatise. If you have some energy left, take a tuk tuk and drive to the resort called Bahay Kubo and use their dream beach "Emerald playa" for free! Awesome - and the beginning of the vacation in paradise! :)
Day 3 - El Nido
Drive to el Nido - a not to be missed place in Palawan. Since it can get a bit crowded over here, we'd suggest to book your accommodation a bit outside of El Nido Town. We found a quiet place with a beach for ourselves and a nice waterfront. Garden Bay Beach Resort - Check it out here!
Day 4 - El Nido
Yay, finally! It's all about Island hopping around the Bacuit archipelago on day 4! You will see paradise, guys! There are many different tours available - we went on tour A and saw: Small and big lagoon, secret lagoon, Seven Commando beach, Simizu and Payong-Payong. That's the most popular tour among all and in our opinion, a good choice! You see many beautiful beaches, you have time for snorkelling (3 times) and you get a delicious snack.
Place to Stay: Garden Bay Beach Resort
Day 5 - El Nido - Las Cabanas
Las Cabanas is a cute and quite long beach near el Nido. We wouldn't say it's remote, as there are quite many tourists and locals around and you will see, there are lots of restaurants and bars! Apart from enjoying some fresh juices or cocktails at the beach, you can go ziplining or renting out kayaks. The vibe around here is really cool, we really liked it!
Place to Stay: Garden Bay Beach Resort
Day 6 - Port Barton
That will be the most epic part of your trip (at least in our eyes). Drive to Port Barton and take the boat to White beach. Already the name tells it all - welcome to paradise! It's a long white beach with palm trees, a bunch of hammocks, a restaurant and a very few lodges in a remote location with not many people. Get more details here.
Day 7 - Port Barton
Another day in heaven! Snorkel, swim around, sleep on the beach or take a kayak and explore the surrounding islands! You will love it, we're 100% sure about it!
Day 8 - Day 11 - Yoga Detox Retreat
Ta-ta! Why not spending some days in a yoga detox retreat? Now you're saying..I'm not a yoga person.. you know what - no problem! You can still book your stay at those cute bamboo houses and do the detox days! Or vice versa - stay somewhere else and come only for the yoga sessions or detox meals. Everything is possible! Check our experience here!
Day 12 - Nagtabon Beach
Whether you are still checked into the yoga resort (it was part of our programme) or not, doesn't matter, in both cases you can make it to the Nagtabon beach - it's more of a laid-back, quiet and remote place but fully recommendable for a day! The waves are quite huge, so be cautious but other than that, enjoy the salty water and the sun-rays!
Day 13 - Puerto Princesa
You vacation is coming to an end. We suggest to check into the beautiful Panja resort near Puerto Princesa. There is a swimming pool with a scenic view over the vegetation and the sea. We fully recommend this place to stay. What is more, the sunrise is magnificent! You can also drive to the Honda bay and do some snorkelling there!
Wondering what camera we use to make these photos? Here's the link.
Day 14 - Puerto Princesa - Flying Back
Oh... it's time to leave Palawan! So sad. Bye bye!
That's about it! Steal this itinerary and start planning:) Enjoy!
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