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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 29, 2016
Trip to palawan  (2 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Palawan this July.. will we enjoy our holidays there or the weather conditions will be a problem this time of season?
Thank u

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 14, 2016
Is Palawan really a paradise island?  (8 Answers)


I'm planning to go to Philippines in winter and Palawan island sounds like a major spot in the archipelago and I want to go there. Nevertheless I'm wondering more and more if the island by itself is a nice place to enjoy the typical paradise-white-sand-tropical scenery.

Because when you find pictures about Palawan and more precisely about El Nido you have amazing captures of turquoise water days, black limestome, jungle, etc... But when you check on Google Maps (Google Street View, Amateur pictures, etc...) Palawan mainland beaches look a bit disappointing.

I know I can be picky and I've very high standards when it to beaches. Is there any amazing swimming/diving spot in Palawan mailand or should I go on one of the many surrounding islands such as Cadlao, Mantiloc, Miniloc or Tapiutan Islands directly? Are there very frequent boats to go from El Nido to those places?

Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 19, 2016
Palawan request of information  (2 Answers)

Hi there I will be travelling to Palawan, Puerto Princesa, next end of February can you please suggest: 1) How many days I should spend in Puerto Princesa and best beaches and hotels or places to stay? 2) We would like spend sometimes in the beaches in the north we heard is the best side: San Vincente, Port Parton and eventually El nido. 3) Can you suggest places/beaches/hotels to stay and is it better and safer to travel by boats instead of cars? Can you advice any travel agent there we can approach to figure out how can we organize tours without getting too stressed? 4) Shall we rent a car and are the road safe? Many thanks Gaby

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2016
Where to stay?  (3 Answers)

My boyfriend and I are traveling from Puerto princesca to Coron between the 27th November and 9th December and would like recommendations on where to stay. We have no set plan but I would like to do my Padi and we would like places a little bit off the beaten track.
We have heard that Port Barton is lovely however have no idea where to stay there.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

Thank you!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 15, 2016
best time to visit palawan  (3 Answers)

I am planning to visit palawan from 25th nov- 2nd dec.
Is it a good time to visit and what are the to do things.
any suggestions for a good stay

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 20, 2016
Palawan Weather  (7 Answers)

Hi There,I am due to fly out in September for 6 months charity work.
I am aware that its the rainy season when I fly out but not sure what to expect,apart from rain obviously.
cheers Pete

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 01, 2016
attention to all  (4 Answers)

it is legal to travel from palawan to malaysia???

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 03, 2016
motorcycle on Palawan  (4 Answers)

Hi. We are planning to rent motorcycles in Puerta Princesa at the end of February for 5 days. Plan is to travel around, visit "not-so-turistics" places like El Nido. Any idea for such loop with start and end in PP ? We are thinking about southern part as well, can you recommend some places ? Cheers and thanks a lot.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2015
Is it safe to have travel this week?  (2 Answers)


Good evening.
Is it safe to travel to Palawan despite of typhoon Nona and Onyok? We have a scheduled tour starting tomorrow until on Monday in Puerto Princesa and El Nido.
Please advise so we could decide if we will go or reschedule our flight

Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2015
Guest Housse or Rent  (1 Answer)

Hi all I plan to go to palawan next middle january. I looking for someting to rent arround 15€ by night in Puerto Princessa. Not so far of Blue Palawan Because i'll go to kite on this beach.

Thanks for help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 07, 2015
Best way down  (1 Answer)

Can I ask for members thoughts
I am going to travel from PP airport straight upto to El Nido for four nights
My thoughts on returning were to take one night in port Barnton & then one final night in Puerto Princesa.

However on viewing there seems few options to stay in port Barnton....would I be better to stay an extra night in
el Nido or take two nights in Puerto Princesa

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 06, 2015
best time to visit palawan and banaue rice terraces  (12 Answers)


i plan to visit there but i confused about the best time to visit 2 places in the same month

i do not want to see rain . 40 degree not problem for me i hate rain so much

for palawan i want to see sand sea sun clear blue sky without cloudy rain no monsoon
for the north i want to see green or golden rice terraces if i can choose golden it better .

but after harvest i don't want to see .
i think 13 - 30 April it possible . you have idea for suggest me

for rice terrace what are 5 places the best and easy to visit . batad right ?

thanks so much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2015
Recent Reviews of Hotels from summer of 2015  (9 Answers)

I am interested to hear from recent members who have visited Palawan and travelled upto El Nido from P/Princesa
In particular good hotel reviews (was hotel clean and tidy was bed linen fresh??) and best buses to use and best operator for day trip there is many reviews and comments but few from the last few months and as I will visit in December, I would appreciate info.
Davidjojo what hotel would you recommend to stay at the start and end of trip in P/P flying in and out of Puerto Princesa airport

Thank you in advance

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2015
Mantalingajan  (4 Answers)

Is it possible to go to Mantalingajan in October? How can I find guide?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 16, 2015
El Nido and Bacuit Archipelago  (9 Answers)

We have bought flight tickets to Manila, leaving Christmas Day and will stay for two weeks. Our plan is to stay two days in Manila and then fly to Puerto Princesa on Palawan.

We have read all previous posts, but still have a couple of questions regarding Palawan and where to stay.

1. We plan to go to El Nida area and stay there. Should we stay in central El Nida to have close to the boats to Bacuit archipelago or should we choose to stay at one of the braches close to El Nido?
2. Which of the beaches close to El Nido is the most beautiful one? Lonely Planet lists Palabayan and Las Cabanas
3. Or should we stay on one of the archipelago islands? We have been recommended Miniloc, but the only hotel we find there to book online is Miniloc Island Resort, which is a bit more expensive than what we have planned to pay. Can someone recommend a hotel for about $120 on Miniloc? Or should we opt for another island?

Thanks from Lena

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 15, 2015
Palawan ( Brooke's Point ) ferry to Malaysia... updates there?  (1 Answer)

Ive seen lots of rumors from a few years ago in different forums about a new service from Brooke's Point to Malaysia... yet cannot find anything about it. Anyone that has been around and confirm if this service ever came to exist or when is planning to open?

Thank you

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 25, 2015
where to stay  (2 Answers)

There are four of us going to Palawan in late April. We will be there for 5 nights and are planning on flying into El Nido and spending all of our time in that area. What are islands and beaches that can't be missed in the Bacuit Archipelago? I think we would like to spend 2 days relaxing on the beaches, and three days exploring a few islands.

Other ideas were to fly into Puerto Princessa and spend the night in Sabang to see the underground river and then head up to El Nido, but I know that one day would be all driving.

Thoughts and suggestions would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2015
Where to stay in Palawan  (11 Answers)

My wife and I are planning on travelling to Palawan for anywhere between 2-5 months in late 2015 (depending on the weather and visa requirements). We've got a winter to spend and we love sandy beaches and clear waters. Where would you suggest staying for this period of time? We'd like to have the opportunity of nearby island hopping, excursions to beautiful beaches etc. What is a good way to find an apartment for long term rent? Thank in advance for the help!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 25, 2014
Data plan recommendations  (2 Answers)

What are data plan options in Palawan? Traveling there soon and need minimal internet, not finding any good  info! Thanks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2014
Where to stay in Puerto Princesa  (2 Answers)

Hey all, we are backpackers traveling to Palawan in late Jan. We land in the eve and are looking for a good place for 2 nights. Preferably a place with pool. We will spend up to $50ish per nite because we want comfort after a 27hr flight. (after that we will be back to backpacker budget) It would be ideal to find something in walking distance or bicycle to restaurants, beaches,etc.
Can anyone help out with recommendations.
Thanks SO much :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 09, 2014
Where and what to do in palawan  (3 Answers)

I'm looking to travel to palawan for around 8 days I've heard about El Nido and plan to go there for a couple of days, but where else is good to stay I don't want to go any further north than El Nido, Is Puerto princesa worth staying in, or can anyone recommend somewhere near Puerto Princesa? Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 08, 2014
anyone has been inPalawan?  (5 Answers)

Hi, we are a couple arriving in Manila in December for a 7 days of vacation. We would like to go to Palawan but I read that the best of the island is el nido which is far away from puerto princesa. Is There a flight from Manila to el nido? Does the island offer good attractions (excursions,good beaches, ecc) also in the rest of the island? How can we move on the island? As alternative we are thinking to go to Coron with a flight. What do you suggest to us? Please HELP us? We are very busy!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 25, 2014
Where to stay in El Nido?  (6 Answers)

Where is a good place to stay in El Nido? We have a budget of under $200 per night. We don't want anything too remote but close to the city and good restaurants? The hotel should be decent as well. Any suggestions? We looked into trip advisor but hard to say which is a good stay. Please help! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 29, 2014
Tours in Palawan?  (10 Answers)

My husband and I are booked to go to the Philippines in April. We are planning to stay in El Nido or Puerto Princesa? Which one would you guys recommend? We plan to stay there for approximately 4 nights before heading to Boracay.
Are there tour groups there that do last minute trips? Or should we prebook? Also, if we decide not to join a tour until we get there... how easy is it to get a cab to our hotel?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2014
Traveling Palawan  (3 Answers)

Hi all! I wish to visit Palawan in October and wondering if someone can give me tips on how I will be able to visit three places - Puerto Princesa, El Nido and Coron. I will be coming from Manila, will be doing a lot of diving and plan to be in Palawan for maybe 7 days. I wish to know the way around, how to jump from Coron-El Nido-Puerto Princesa. I was thinking of flying to Coron from Manila and go my way down to PP. Any advice on transportation will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 25, 2014
Travel within Palawan  (2 Answers)

How difficult is it to travel within Palawan? I will be staying on Busuanga to dive for a few days but would like to see other parts of the Island. Could I visit Puerto Princesa in 1 day from Busuanga or would more time be required?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2014
how badly damaged is the northern part of palawan and Bohol  (3 Answers)

I am planning a month vacation (february 2015) in the Philippines (first time there) with my girlfriend. However I am much in doubt about how badlky damaged the northern part of Palawan and Bohol are after the typhoon last year in 2013. Could anyone advise me if these areas should be avoided - or other areas that might be severely damaged after the typhoon ?

Thanks in advance!


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 17, 2014
weather in palawan right now  (3 Answers)

hi guys, how's the weather in palawan right now? we've booked our tao expedition trip but received notice that it will be cancelled due to the really bad weather and higher chance of having a typhoon. we would still like to continue with the trip but we'll be making arrangements on our own instead. We will be heading to coron and el nido. thanks in advance for your kind input. =)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2014
Best time to visit Palawan  (3 Answers)

Hi, finally I have zeroed in on Philippines for my next vacation. Palawan & Mindanao are the top locations in mind. Can anyone suggest me some tips for the journey? Or is there anyone local who can help me out?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 30, 2014
Tao Expedition - People to join?  (2 Answers)

Hi there...anyone interested on joining the Tao Expedition Open Group from December 10 to 14?...not sure yet in which way (El Nido - Coron or Coron - El Nido)...kinda like the second one better but really doesn't matter...either way works for me ;-)
Hoping some of you are interested so we could make a group before arriving there and maybe even get a Private Expedition for the same price.
Hasta luego!

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