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profile member asked on Sep 12, 2013

Best Cheap Beach Resort in Palawan

My friends and I are planning to go to Palawan in October. I hear the island has so many beautiful spots and we were planning to go backpacking to save on expenses but in the end, we decided we'd really like to find some nice beach resort where we can stay. But most of the resorts I've found on the net are quite pricey. :(

Does anyone know of a nice resort in Palawan(not so far from the airport) that's not so expensive?

If you could throw in some suggestions for great spots to visit, that would also be very much appreciated. :D

Thanks!

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answered on 9/12/13 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

Hi Stella, please ignore the first post above as he is breaking all the rules, maybe he thinks Palawan is in Vietnam.
First of all you don't really want to stay at a resort near the airport as you will be too far from the beauty spots of the island, but if you do want to stay in town i would recommend Kawayanan where Mahal will look after you and organise local tours. You can take a day trip to the underground river which she will arrange.
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However i would recommend 3 or 4 lazy days at Port Barton where you can find simple accommodation such as Ausan Bungalows or many of the others located along the palm fringed bay. From PB you can trek to the waterfall, rent a kayak and enjoy swimming in the bay. Also i could recommend Coconut Garden Resort at Cacnipa Island, 45m minutes by Bangka from PB.
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You will also find several resorts such as Leonora's, Seventh Haven and others in San Rafael region which is 60 kms north of P Princesa but i would certainly avoid them as the beaches are rocky and shallow.
Sabang, where the Underground River is located has 2 expensive resorts, Sheridan and Daluyon, both around 5-8000 pesos i believe, but although they are great places to stay, let's face it you would just be sleeping there and out most of the day. There are many other smaller accommodations in Sabang that you can find around 1000 pesos a night.
You don't mention how long you will be staying for, so don't know if you have the time to visit El Nido, 5 hrs north and famous for island hopping. Again there is a good choice of accommodation to suit all budgets.
Please look at my tips on Palawan so you may get an idea of the places you may want to visit.
Please feel free to ask us for further information
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answered on 9/13/13 by
a VT member

You didnt say if you're going to Puerto Prinsesa or Coron. Both are in Palawan but I don't think you can visit both places if you have limited time and funds. Coron is an entirely separate island. Davidjo gave you really good advice but just to add..

If you're gong to PP, the airport is just a couple of minutes from PP downtown where there are lots of BBs/Inns that are lots cheaper compared to staying at a hotel (ex. Ysabelle Mansion/Tres Pension). Also, there are lots of fastfood restaurants around so you get to save on food expenses. However, one of the things I like about PP is the restaurants like KaLui, Kinabuch or Balinsasayaw. You might want to try tamilok. Also, just to give you an idea about the go-to places: Sabang, where the underground river is, is 2hours away from PP while Honda Bay (for island hopping) is closer. You can do both activities as day tours but allot separate days for each. If you have time, you must go to El Nido. It's about 5hours (238km) away by land but totally worth it.


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answered on 9/13/13 by
a VT member from Ieper

Above mention already the tourist spot of Palawan... Plenty of accommodation in Palawan and most of the hotels has free pick-up service... you can also check the rates at [original link] and if you can't find anything that suite you try [original link] ...I would say if you have enough time to spent in Palawan you should do the 2 island as well... El Nido and Coron
Palawan is very nice place! is the only place in the Philippines where feel safe
Enjoy your trip to Plawan!


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answered on 9/17/13 by
a VT member from Ieper

@mindanaon

I have been travelled around in the Philippines before you knew it...comparing every city, towns where the most safely to travel...I came to my conclusion that Palawan is the safest place in the Philippines...is part of my job!


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answered on 9/19/13 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

i just like to add that i have lived in Philippines for over 20 years and i have never felt unsafe, but one must be a little careful now and again


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answered on 9/19/13 by
a VT member from Cebu City

Wow! You sure went all out with the suggestions. ^_^

I'm really looking forward to the trip, but I might have to first find time to read these links you sent and think more about our plans...

thanks so much for these!


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answered on 9/19/13 by
a VT member from Ieper

@mindanon

I'm not going to discuss things here with you! this is a forum not a chatbox!

After travelling around in the Philippines...at the end... I need to make my personal evaluation for my work...I travel on a study tour !

In Palawan I'm at ease than elsewhere in the Philippines

I carefully travel in remote area, try to get along to my fellow Pilipino's and used my common sense as I always do...Of course, I have been to Mindanao such as Aurora, Pagadian, Zamboanga and etc. and I know it's normal around there if you travel by bus or jeepney ... most of the passengers are soldiers with gun but it doesn't bother me...I wish I speak and understand the Filipino language it would be more easier


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answered on 11/1/13 by
a VT member from Antipolo

If you want to save, stay at the town! Airport are hours away from town but I am sure you can find a good but cheap lodge in there!


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answered on 5/2/14 by
a VT member

Hello,

If you like to dive or to snorkel i recommend this Resort: [original link]

The owners are very frienldy and the resort is amazing. The Prices are average to cheap. And the food you will love.

regards

Jan


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answered on 5/2/14 by
a VT member from Puerto Princesa

i am surprised that the diving is considered good in that location!

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