Puerto Princesa - El Nido - Port Barton 5D4N Itinerary

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Palawan is a dream destination in the Philippines for many travelers and it rightfully deserves the worldwide reputation the province is savoring nowadays because of its uncanny beauty. The inclusion of Puerto Princesa's Subterranean River in the new 7 wonders list propels the stature of the province even more to the global scenery. I never get tired of arranging group trips no matter how many times it usually fails and Palawan ( mostly the northern part ) is my focus now. I'm going in with another group again and as usual I'm tasked with the itinerary. Here's our sample itinerary that'll hopefully guide you as well in your future trip in such a lovely province. 
UPDATE (05/11/16) : Updated some new information after our recent trip. I highlighted them just like this. Full travel guide for El Nido is here.

DAY 01 
Puerto Princesa City Tour & Travel to El Nido 

ETA in Puerto Princesa : 0700 am

0700 AM - 0730 AM : Airport / Port to Puerto Princesa City
0730 AM - 0800 AM : Breakfast
0800 AM - 1200 PM : Puerto Princesa City Tour 

Attractions namely Puerto Princesa Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, Baker's Hill (must try! hopia), Mitra's Ranch, Butterfly Garden, Crocodile Farm, Ihawig Penal Colony, Mendoza Park, Palawan Museum, Irawan Eco-Park.

1200 PM - 1220 PM : Lunch
1220 PM - 1240 PM : Travel to San Jose Bus Terminal 
0100 PM - 0800 PM : Puerto Princesa to El Nido ( estimated 6 - 8 hours with stopover to Roxas & Taytay ) 

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0800 PM - 0830 PM : Search for Accommodation 

Recommended by Angel of Lakwastero:
  • Lualhati Cottages : Php 400.00/night ( twin fan room ) Located in Main Road around 5-10 mins walk to Bacuit Bay
  • Og's Inn : Php 500.00/night ( twin fan room ) Beachfront Accommodation with WiFi
  • Marygold Beachfront Inn : Beachfront with good reviews with rate as low as Php 1050.00/night for double occupancy.
UPDATE (05/11/16) : Most of these accommodations are full during peak season so it is best to call them for reservation a week before your expected date.


0830 PM - 0930 PM : Check-in & Dinner

0930 PM - 1000 PM : Booked Island Hopping Tour Packages for 2 days

UPDATE (05/11/16) : There is actually a combined tour offered in some agencies. We got our combined Tour A & C package for Php 1,600.00 per pax inclusive of lunch with 8 island destinations already.

1000 PM : Lights Out


DAY 01 EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

Airport to Puerto Princesa Fare : Php 600.00 for 4 pax
Lunch : Php 100.00
Puerto Princesa City Urban Tour : Php 600.00 per pax (inclusive of all entrance fee)
Bus Fare from Puerto Princesa to El Nido : Php 480.00
Overnight Accommodation in El Nido : Php 250.00 per pax
Dinner : Php 100.00

TOTAL : Php 1680.00 per pax


DAY 02 
Whole Day Island Hopping ( Tour A )


Big Lagoon © Flickr
0630 AM : Wake Up Call

0700 AM - 0800 AM : Breakfast

0800 AM - 0500 PM : Small and Big Lagoons of Miniloc Island, Payong-Payong Beach, Shimizu Island and Seven Commandos with lunch included ( Php 1,200/pax) 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : There is actually a combined tour offered in some agencies. We got our combined Tour A & C package for Php 1,600.00 per pax inclusive of lunch with 8 island destinations already.

0500 PM - 0530 PM : Sunset Watch in Bacuit Bay 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : Another option for sunset watch newly opened to the public is the Las Cabanas Cove.

0530 PM - 0630 PM : Wash Up

0630 PM - 0730 PM : Dinner

0730 PM - 0900 PM : Explore the town of El Nido

0900 PM : Lights Out


DAY 02 EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

Breakfast : Php 100.00
Island Hopping Tour ( includes lunch ) : Php 1200.00
Dinner : Php 100.00
Overnight Accommodation in El Nido : Php 250.00 per pax

TOTAL : Php 1650.00 per pax


DAY 03 
Whole Day Island Hopping ( Tour C ) or Climb Taraw Peak and Explore the Twin Beach of Nacpan & Calitang and Hike Nagkalit-Kalit Falls & Makinit Hotspring


Taraw Peak © Flickr 

OPTION A ( Island Hopping Tour C )

0630 AM : Wake Up Call

0700 AM - 0800 AM : Breakfast

0800 AM - 0500 PM : Hidden Beach, Secret Beach, Star Beach, Matinloc Shrine and Helicopter Island with lunch included ( Php 1,400/pax ) 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : There is actually a combined tour offered in some agencies. We got our combined Tour A & C package for Php 1,600.00 per pax inclusive of lunch with 8 island destinations already.

OPTION B ( Taraw Peak, Twin Beach of Nacpan & Calitang, Nagkalit-Kalit Falls & Makinit Hotspring In Pasadena ) 

0500 AM : Wake Up Call

0500 AM - 0530 AM : Breakfast

0530 AM - 0630 AM : Climb Up to Taraw Peak 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : Taraw ( Tarao ) Peak mountain climb is close to the public due to the recent accident last January 2016. They offer Canopy Walk as another for Php 400.00 per pax. I can't vouch if it offers the same scenery because we didn't try it because it is too expensive for our budget.


Guide is Php 200.00 / pax 
Trekking shoes or sandals is necessary because the rocks in the trail are mostly sharp.

0630 AM - 0700 AM : Rest & Take Photos in Taraw Summit

0700 AM - 0800 AM : Climb Down from Taraw Peak

0800 AM - 0830 AM : Wash Up & Preparations for the adventure ahead


0830 AM - 0930 AM : El Nido to Bucana Town for Twin Beach : Nacpan & Calitang


Twin Beach of Nacpan & Calitang
  • Tricycle for small groups (4 - 5 people) costs Php 800.00 - Php 1,000.00 for ( two way ) which includes waiting time with a side trip to Nagkalit-kalit Falls & Makinit Spring and Bulalacao Falls
  • Van is for big groups ( 10 - 12 people ) costs Php 2,000.00 - Php 2,500.00 ( two way )
  • For convenience there's Tour E offered in El Nido which includes the Twin Beach, Nagkalit-Kalit Falls & Makinit Spring for Php 1,200.00/pax
0930 AM - 1200 PM : Explore & Enjoy the Twin Beach of Nacpan & Calitang

1200 PM - 0100 PM : Lunch 

0100 PM - 0130 PM : Bucana Town to Pasadena for Nagkalit-Kalit Falls & Makilit Spring

0130 PM - 0430 PM : Hike & Enjoy Nagkalit-Kalit Falls & Makilit Spring

UPDATE (05/11/16) : Nagkalit-kalit Falls is dried up as of this date.


0430 PM - 0500 PM : Pasadena to El Nido Town

0500 PM - 0530 PM : Sunset Watch in Corong Corong Bay 


Sunset Scene in Las Cabanas Cove, El Nido
UPDATE (05/11/16) : Another option for sunset watch newly opened to the public is the Las Cabanas Cove.

0530 PM - 0630 PM : Wash Up

0630 PM - 0730 PM : Dinner


0730 PM - 0900 PM : Explore the town of El Nido

1000 PM : Lights Out


DAY 03 EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

OPTION A

Breakfast : Php 100.00
Island Hopping Tour ( includes lunch ) : Php 1400.00
Dinner : Php 100.00

Overnight Accommodation in El Nido : Php 250.00 per pax

TOTAL : Php 1850.00 per pax ( Option A )

OPTION B

Breakfast : Php 100.00
Taraw Peak Guide : Php 200.00 per pax
Tricyle Rent : Php 1000.00 per group ( Php 200 per pax )
Lunch: Php 100.00
Dinner : Php 100.00
Overnight Accommodation in El Nido : Php 250.00 per pax

TOTAL : Php 950.00 per pax ( Option B )


DAY 04 
Port Barton Exploration 

Port Barton © www.philippinetrails.com
0600 AM : Wake Up Call

0600 AM - 0630 AM : Breakfast

0630 AM - 0700 AM : Check-out 

0700 AM - 0720 AM : Head over to El Nido Terminal

UPDATE (05/11/16) : The main town of El Nido offers van transport direct to Port Barton for Php 500.00 - Php 700.00 per pax. This is a very good deal because once you miss the jeepney & bus in Roxas you will be forced to take an expensive tricycle ride for Php 250.00 - Php 400.00 per pax in San Jose.

0720 AM - 0800 AM : Wait for Roro Bus going to Roxas ( ETT 3 hours for Php 200.00 _ )

0800 AM - 1100 AM : El Nido to Roxas 

1100 AM - 12:30 PM : Roxas to Port Barton Town ( ETT 90 minutes via jeepney _ )

There is only one jeepney going to Port Barton from Roxas and leaves around 11AM.

1230 PM - 0100 PM : Search for Accommodation

Recommended by Edgar of EAZYtraveler:
  • Ausan Cottages : Beachfront bungalows for Php 600.00 good for 2 pax. Contact Boel Baldon +63 929 627 7522  or +63 939 890 0990  
UPDATE (05/11/16) : We checked in El Dorado Cottages which is far cheaper than Ausan Cottages and is closer to the pathway to the waterfalls. The fan room cottage we got is only Php 1,500.00 per room with Php 150.00 for the extra bed. The home cooked meals here are quite cheap as well. 

0100 PM - 0130 PM: Check-in 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : As of now there's no 24 hours power source in Port Barton. Most of the resorts offers electricity from 6pm to 1am only. There are 2 two resorts who offers 24 hours power supply but very expensive.

0130 PM - 0600 PM :
Explore & enjoy Port Barton's beaches, islands ( namely Albaguen, German & Exotic Island )  and Pamuayan Falls 

UPDATE (05/11/16) : The trek takes 1.5 hours - 2 hours depending in your pacing and they have directions placed in the pathway so you won't get lost.

Island hopping tours costs Php 1,500.00/boat or Php 500.00/person with lunch. Snorkel mask and fins can be rented for Php 200.00/day. Contact Daniel (+63 946 994 4295) at the Tourism Office.


PORT BARTON TRAVEL GUIDE by EAZYtraveler 

DAY 04 EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

Breakfast : Php 100.00
Tricycle to Bus Terminal : Php 20.00 per pax
Bus Fare from El Nido to Roxas : Php 200.00
Jeepney Fare from Roxas to Port Barton : Php 50.00
Lunch : Php 100.00
Overnight Accommodation in Port Barton : Php 300.00 per pax
Island Hopping Tour ( includes lunch ) : Php 500.00
Dinner : Php 100.00

TOTAL : Php 1370.00 per pax 

DAY 05 
Fly Back Home

UPDATE (05/11/16) : You can arrange with the place you are staying for a van ride back to Puerto Princesa for Php 250.00. There are regular bus as well which leaves as early as 7am.

DAY 05 EXPENSES BREAKDOWN:

Breakfast : Php 100.00
Bus Fare for Port Barton to Puerto Princesa : Php 250 .00
Lunch : Php 100.00
Airport to Puerto Princesa Fare : Php 600.00 for 4 pax

TOTAL : Php 650.00 per pax

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TOTAL ESTIMATED EXPENSES per pax : 

Php 7200.00 ( OPTION A ) 
Php 6300.00 ( OPTION B )

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 
EL NIDO ISLANDS & BEACHES GUIDE 
PORT BARTON TRAVEL GUIDE 

Thanks to my idol PTBs for the help through their blogs Angel Lakwatsero , Marcos Ambot-Ah , Edgar EAZYtraveler , Gael thepinaysolobackpacker , Ferdz Ironwulf 

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Chris just loves to travel, and for a long time now has been drifting from place to place around the Philippines. With his combined passion for travel and photography, he’s managed to find himself in the middle of some magical moments and mind blowing scenery. The Bisdak Explorer is Chris’s way of sharing his experiences with you, and showcasing not just his travel photography, but the moments and stories behind those photos.

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