One of my bucket list travel destinations has always been Palawan, in the Philippines. So many people have told me over the years that traveling overseas to Palawan was their favorite trip, and it convinced me to make that my next adventure.
Not long after, my family and I booked our flight to Palawan through a travel agency. The good thing about the travel agency was that my friend worked there, so she gave us the best and most affordable package that we could find as a family.
Day One – City Tour
When we land safely in Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan, my family and I meet our official tour guide and driver. We bought some souvenirs from local stores and our first stop was the Puerto Princesa Baywalk. Before we eat lunch, we opt to finish the entire city tour first. So, after the Baywalk, we headed straight to the Puerto Princesa Cathedral.
After the cathedral, our next order of business was the Butterfly Garden. I didn’t expect much from this at first, but I was delightfully surprised. but it is entirely different. They not only have live butterflies, but many other animals, as well as people from a native tribe. After visiting the Butterfly Garden, we went to the Crocodile Farm, where my father tried the crocodile sisig – it was delicious.
The next place on our frantic visit to Palawan was the Mitra Ranch. The views from the ranch were gorgeous and I was even able to ride a horse around the property. After that, we move on to Baker’s Hill, where we spend around 10 minutes roaming around. I can’t say anything about the area beside “freaking fantastic,” and I imagine it would be a great place to hang out during the nighttime. Our last stop is the Robinsons Place Palawan, where we finally have our lunch before taking a 6-hour trip to El Nido in a shared van. At 10 p.m., my family and I checked into Dayunan Inn.
Day Two – El Nido Island Hopping Tour
I was so excited to see the paradise behind El Nido. We spent the entire day island hopping and visiting various lagoons. Our first stop was none other than the Big Lagoon. This proved to be the most memorable of the day, a realization shared by my friends who had visited in years past. My family and I took the time to capture every single moment. After circling the Big Lagoon for at least 30 minutes, we move on to the next destination.
The Secret Lagoon was our next stop. Since there are a lot of boats anchored around the perimeter, we were advised to reach it by swimming. We all put on life jackets and floated our way to the lagoon. After seeing the Secret Lagoon and getting back to our assigned boat, we cruised over to another island for lunch.
After eating, we continued to the Small Lagoon. It might be small, but it’s definitely one of the highlights of the area. For us to get there, we needed to rent a kayak. Unfortunately, my parents decided to stay in the boat, but I opted to go and have my moment. Finally, our last stop was the 7 Commandos Beach. To summarize, it’s like a mini Boracay with some restaurants and hangouts. At around 5 p.m., we headed back to Puerto Princesa and checked in at Ysabelle Mansion at midnight.
Day Three – Underground Cave Tour
It’s Mother’s Day! Our tour guide greeted my mom before we headed towards the Underground Cave. For those of you who don’t know about this cave yet, it’s often named as one of the Wonders of the World, due to its unique and formidable rock formations. It’s a one-hour roller coaster trip getting to the port. We took a boat from there to the cave.
As we’re waiting for our turn at the cave, the guide gives us an audio device so we can listen about the history of the Underground Cave. The water is 30-feet deep inside, but we’re safely wearing our life jackets and helmets. We’re advised to avoid looking up directly, to protect our eyes from falling bat urine. Aside from that, it was one of the most amazing moments we have shared as a family. We got back to our assigned hotel and took a rest before celebrating Mother’s Day with a dinner at the city’s mall.
All I can say is that Palawan is a perfect place for you to capture unforgettable memories. As for me, I want to visit here again – either with family, friends, or on a solo trip. I encourage anyone looking to travel overseas for a real Philippine paradise to visit Palawan as soon as they can.
About the author:
Samuel Blake is a guy who loves to travel and adventure around the world. He also loves scuba diving and other water sports. If you want to know the best scuba diving gear for your next underwater adventure, visit Scuba Compare.