The Rush Preparation to Puerto Princesa

Two weeks ago: From the time we learned that hubby’s sissy is going home this month from the US, wanting to go to Palawan and asking to make a preparation about this, we immediately checked the airline companies online for the available dates as well as the ticket fares. We were lucky enough to book 6 tickets to Airphilippines Express. Too bad, no seat sale available for the month of April. 😦 Each person cost around P4700 for a round trip ticket. Quite pricey huh!

After booking our flight to PP, the next thing we did was to look for a decent hotel to stay when we get there. Since it was only a month preparation, we have a slim chance of finding a hotel which is available on the date of our arrival. Most of my time was spent googling around, emailing hotels and calling them to inquire for any available rooms. Whew! It was kinda tiring and stressful as well. And because of that, I was able to make a list of accommodations that would surely benefit you. 😉

A week ago: La Charicca Inn and Ysabel Mansion are some of the recommended places to stay in Palawan by Ms. Tiara (from Palawan) of Pinoy Exchange. But since April is a peak season and we only have a few weeks to prepare, fully booked hotels should be expected. Every time I hear them saying “I am sorry Ma’am but we have no available room on those dates.” or read their “emails of rejection”, it makes me feel really really tired and hopeless. @_@ Actually I found one, De Loro Inn… but due to negative reviews from tripadvisor and it’s location, I changed my mind.

Mercedes Bed & Breakfast: website//facebook page

A day ago: Thank God I happened to stumble upon a Palawan blog where Mercedes Bed & Breakfast was mentioned. Right away, I emailed them but did not receive any response (they were having problems with their website). That’s why I called  the owner and I’m luckily enough to talk to Tita Ched, the owner. She then informed me that they still have available rooms on the day of our arrival. Yey! I didn’t bother to look for reviews online because I am running out of options where to stay, and most of the places I called and emailed were not available and fully booked. 😦

Why Mercedes Bed & Breakfast is a good choice?

  • It is situated near the airport.
  • Room rates are inclusive of free Filipino breakfast.
  • 5 minutes away from Ka Lui and Kinabuchs.
  • The owner assists the guests personally.

Let us see if we would be having a relaxing and comfortable stay at Mercedes Bed & Breakfast when we get there. 🙂

Of course hubby’s sis gave us the freedom to prepare for our itineraries since we had been there last year. Traveling with inlaws might be different from traveling with your hubby. 😉 There’s a lot of things to consider… number one is COMFORT. hehehe. Since it’s my sister in-law who would cover all the expenses ($_$), I still tried to make a list of expenses for her to choose from. I know she can afford to have us a travel tour arranged by the hotel but somehow, cutting down travel costs won’t be bad at all. 😉

PALAWAN TRIP DIY Tour Cost Arranged Tour Cost
City Tour:
    • Van Rental (4 hours) P1500 P600/pax
Entrance Fees: • no snacks/lunch
     •  Crocodile Farm (4pm) P40/pax
     •  Butterfly Garden (4pm) P25.00/pax
     •  Palawan Museum (4pm) P20.00/pax
     •  Binuatan Weaving FREE
     •  Iwahig Prison Colony FREE
     •  Mitra’s Ranch FREE
     •  Baker’s Hill FREE
T O T A L P2010 P3600
Hunda Bay Tour:
      •  Van Rental (drop & pcik-up) P1300 P1100/pax
      • Island Hopping P1300 • lunch included
      • LUNCH P100/pax
T O T A L P3200 P6600
Underground River Tour:
     • Van Rental P3000 P1500/pax
     • Permit P150/pax • lunch included
     • Paddle/Motor Boat P700
     • Terminal Fee P3/pax
     • Fees: Digicam, DSLR
     • LUNCH P100/pax
Other things to do:
     • Boat paddling P100/pax
     •  Rock Zipline P250/pax
     • Viewdeck
     • Sky Terraces
     • Tiangge Tiangge
     • Palengke
T O T A L P5200 P9000
T O T A L   E X P E N S E S P10,410 P19,200
Restaurants: Contact #s: (Van) Hotel
    • Badjao Seafood Restaurant Gerald Mosquera Mercedes B&B
    • Ka Lui Seafood Restaurant 9175622339 Tita Ched
    • Balinsasayaw Restaurant Loui 9167145220
    • Kinabuch’s Bar & Grill 9298172720 9182044563
    • Lotus Garden P3000/night (4D 3N)
    • HD & DS (sweets) paid P2700 as DP 04.12

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kat Padua
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 04:23:52

    Hi, may we know if you have any contacts for the van rentals? BTW, kudos to your blogs. They’re very informative. 🙂


  2. Kat Padua
    Jul 25, 2011 @ 04:28:23

    Oh sorry, missed the contacts below. Saw it! Thanks. 🙂


  3. lamitanbabe
    Mar 31, 2012 @ 20:19:23

    Hello. Your blog is entertaining and informative. We’re a planning a trip for two in June and unsure whether 7 days will be enough to see Puerto princesa and El Nido.

    I’m considering staying at Tres Pension. I’ve been reading a lot of reviews about this place and so far, it is reasonably priced and highly recommended. These are the rates for their package tour:

    City Tour – Php 600 each
    Underground – Php 1,600 each

    I’m thinking to start our adventure in Palawan by going to the Underground River (hiningi ng anak ko- he’s 12) then perhaps Iwahig the next day. I’m one of those people who likes to get to know the place and its people, hindi lang hi and bye. I want to see Puerto Princesa (really, really see it) and enjoy the food (foodies talaga kami). It will be our first time in Palawan, so I’ve been reading a lot and still continue to read about it. (Thank you, Lonely Planet!) 🙂

    I hope you can give me an input kasi plano namin to go to El Nido on the 5th day. Charge nila for transport is 1400 pesos going there. Pagdating naman doon, may package din sila, a little bit pricey na. I guess I wouldn’t mind shelling out cash so we have our boat all to ourselves. 🙂

    Thank you. Your blogs are great. Would appreciate your input.


    • G-nang
      Apr 12, 2012 @ 10:36:18

      I guess 7 days is enough. My sister had done this trip, PP-El Nido, for around 5 days I guess. 🙂

      Underground River on the first day? It’s not possible unless you already booked a package tour. But make sure to inform your agent that you want to have the UG tour on your first day, upon arrival in PP. If he/she cannot assure you that, I would suggest to go to Underground River by just renting a van (P3000) that you can use for the whole day. Your driver can also be your tour guide. But you have to go to the Booking Office to get a schedule and pay for the registration fee of P120.

      Regarding sa boat sa El Nido, you can have it naman without any strangers as long as you pay the whole amount. Per package kasi yung boat which is good for 8 pax. Pwede namang wala kayong kasamang iba as long as you pay for the whole amount. 😀


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