The last time me and hubby went on a trip without the kids was our honeymoon. That was more than 6 years ago! Can you believe it?! So, when friends planned a Palawan trip, we happily agreed to join them.
I was scouting for cheaper fare and ended up getting tickets leaving on a Wednesday and returning Saturday. My mom had gift certificates for accommodation she let us use at A&A Plaza Hotel. One of our friends fixed the tours too, we had an easy planning!
We were the first to arrive in Puerto Princesa. The trip to the hotel took us only 10 minutes. Our hotel room was simple and just big enough for me and hubby. What we loved was the free wi-fi! We didn’t expect that! After checking in, we decided to relax first and took our lunch at Chow Na, a chinese resto outside the hotel. They had budget meals for P99 with unlimited rice! Hubby was happy.
After relaxing for a couple of hours we explored the City. Our driver from the airport told us everything is accessible via tricycle. Average fare is P18 per person but could reach P40 after 6pm. We went to check out the place they call Souvenir. Yep, you guessed it! They sell souvenir items there! It’s actually part of the City Tour but we decided to check it out anyway.
Just a word of advice, explore the whole area. You’d be surprised that some items sold at the stalls outside the air conditioned shops are more expensive. Then again, there are a few items sold outside that are cheaper too.
We ended up buying shirts for the kids and trinkets and sweets for everyone else. While shopping we got a message from my BFF and her partner that they arrived already. We went straight to their hotel for an early dinner at a nearby restaurant. They stayed at a relatively new hotel, Ipil Suites, which also has free wi-fi. They can’t live without it!
We decided to watch X-Men that night… Haha! No lines at the cinema!
Last group of friends arrived early the next day just in time for our island hopping at Honda Bay. First stop was LuLi Beach where we also had our lunch. It was called LuLi for Lulubog (sink), Lilitaw (appear). The island disappears during high tide… hence the term.
The water is so clear and clean. They have a sort of bamboo barge where we fed fishes and snorkeled to see the corals.
After LuLi Island we traveled to the Pambato Reef. It’s a protected area somewhere between the islands. We were not allowed to feed the fishes to keep them “wild” so to speak. Once they learn to eat food given to them, they will no longer forage for food. We were also made to wear our life vests so we won’t accidentally step on any corals. The corals were so beautiful and so big! I wished we prepared better and bought an underwater case for our camera!
The last stop for the island hopping was Cowrie Beach named after the cowrie shell. This is where lots of people stay to really swim and do water sports activities. There’s also a restaurant and massage area. Hubby and I decided to get a massage… for P300 per person, it was not bad!
Our boatman also had some camera skills and does what they call “trick shots” like these…
Then, we have the “jump shots” for posterity also taken by our boatman!
We were so tired after. We decided to rest for a couple of hours when we got back to the hotel and scheduled a dinner at Kinabuch. It is one of the must-go-to-eat places when in Puerto Princesa. The other is Ka Lui that only serves dinner by reservation either at 630pm or 830pm. We were told people eat there without footwear.
Kinabuch serves crocodile and tamilok dishes. Tamilok is known as a woodworm, although not really a worm but part of the mollusk family. Their soft bodied and thrive in certain dead wood trees in mangroves. It is commonly served either breaded or ceviche. Unfortunately they ran out of tamilok when we got there. We settles for crocodile sisig instead. It tastes yummy, just not as crunchy as a pork sisig.
So, this is the before photo of our food…
We were worried we ordered too much… but about 15 minutes later…
That ends the first part of our Palawan trip… watch out for our Underground River adventure and zip lining too!