My friends and I recently had such a Gleeful Travel experience at Palawan – The City of The Living God. As we all know, Puerto Princesa Palawan is the home to the famous Underground River, one of the new seven wonders of the world!

When we booked our flight, we forgot that July is part of the rainy season in the Philippines. The intermittent rain made the planning of our itinerary difficult, as we had to make sure the activities were still doable even with heavy rain.

And you bet it rained really hard while we were there! I’m still happy though, because we were able to do 90% of our planned activities and so much more! Here is our detailed itinerary and expenses:

Puero Princesa Palawan

Day 1

12 nn – Arrival 

12:15 pm- Pick up from airport by our Honda Bay Tour Agency

12:15 – 1:00 pm – Land Travel from Airport to Honda Bay Island Hopping Wharf.

Honda Bay Tours usually start at 7:00 am. We contacted so many travel agencies but we were denied because they said it was impossible to do island hopping if we start at 1:00 pm. Fortunately, we stumbled on MagPalawan Tours and they did a special arrangement for us!

Honda Bay Tour: P1300/person (Includes airport transfer, registration fees, environmental fees, & lunch)

Along the way, we stopped at a snorkeling shop to rent some gears! You will TRULY need a pair of shoes, otherwise you will go home with a bloody foot! The islands are THAT ‘rocky’!

Shoes: P150/person

[OPTIONAL] Snorkeling Gear: P150/person (I didn’t get this cause I brought my own goggles!)

[OPTIONAL] Bread: P30 (You need this to feed the fishes in the island. You only need one pack for the group.)

1:00 – 1:15 pm – Registration and preparation for Honda Bay Tour

1:15 – 1:40 pm – Sea Travel on the way to Star Fish Island

1:40 – 2:00 pm – Sumptuous Lunch 

2:00 – 2:45 pm – Starfish Island

2:45 – 4:00 pm – Luli Island

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Pambato Reef

4:30 – 5:00  pm – Sea Travel back to wharf

5:00 – 5:45 pm – Land travel on the way to our pension inn

5:45 – 6:00 pm – Check in at Josefina Pension Inn 

Cost: P2400/person. We contacted iFly Travel Deals for this. The price includes 3D2N stay at Josefina with free breakfast, and Underground River tour with free hotel transfers, transportation, registration fee, and lunch.

6:00 – 8:15 pm – Rest / Sleep / Preparation for night activities

8:15 – 9:00 – Dinner at Ka Lui’s

Tricycle Ride from Josefina to Ka Lui’s: P10/person

BIG dinner of 6: P240/person

9:00 – 12 am – Beer & Relaxation at Tiki Bar

Tricycle Ride from Ka Lui’s to Tiki Bar: P10/person (or you could just walk! It’s near.)

[OPTIONAL] 1 bucket of beer: P360/6 people = P60/person

12: am – Back at Josefina to rest 

Tricycle Ride Tiki Bar to Josefina: P40/per tricycle trip. Tricycle can seat up to 4 people only.

TOTAL FOR DAY 1: P4100/person (Optional items not added.)

Day 2

6:00 am – Breakfast & Preparation

FREE. See 5:45 pm details on Day 1.

7:30 am – Pick up for Underground River Tour by Ride & Go Travels.

FREE. See 5:45 pm details on Day 1.

7:30 – 8:00 am – Land travel / 1st Comfort Room Stop. There is also a souvenir shop in this area but items are too costly so don’t buy just yet!

8:00 – 10:00 am – 2nd stop at Ugong Rock Adventures (Optional Tour)

[OPTIONAL] Caving – P200/person

[OPTIONAL] Zip Line – P350/person

10:00 – 10:30 am – Land travel to Sabang Wharf

10:30 – 12 nn – Lunch 

FREE. See 5:45 pm details on Day 1.

Environmental Fee – P40/person

[OPTIONAL] Shirt – P100. We each bought a sleeveless shirt after lunch so we have matching outfits for the underground river tour! This is completely optional.☺

 12:00 – 12:30 pm – Sea Travel on the way to underground river

12:30 – 2:00 pm – Waiting game! You have to wait for your number to be called. Especially during peak season, it takes longer.

2:00 – 2:30 pm – Underground River Tour

[OPTIONAL] Souvenir shots. – P180/photo x 2 = P360 / 6 = P60/person. We chose two photos only instead of getting one each. We decided we’ll just take a photo of the hard copy using our digital cameras to save! ☺

2:30 – 3:00 – Sea Travel back to wharf

3:00 – 6:00 pm – Land travel back to Pension inn

8:00 – 10 pm – Iwahig Firefly Tour. This was cancelled due to bad weather.

8:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner at Bona’s Famous ChaoLong

Chao Long – P60/Bowl

French Bread – P40/bread

[OPTIONAL] Yakult Shake – P35/glass

9:00 – 10 pm – Sight seeing. We walked and went to see their street food area, Kinabuch & Kataboom but felt like we won’t enjoy there so…

[OPTIONAL] Street Food – P5/stick

10 pm onwards – Beer Pong & Billiards at Tiki Bar

Beer Pong – Free

Bucket of Beer – P360 / 6 people = P60/person

[Optional] Billiards – P200/hour

[Optional] Crocodile Meat Sisig – P340/serving. Tastes just like pork! Nothing extraordinary.

[Optional] Cheese Sticks – P150 / 8 pieces

Tricycle Ride from Tiki to Josefina – P40/trip. A tricycle can seat up to 4 people.

 Total expenses for Day 2: P215 for environmental fee (Optional items not added.)

Day 3

8:00 am – Breakfast

FREE. See 5:45 pm details on Day 1.

10:00 am – Hotel Transfer to Airport / Souvenir Shop

[OPTIONAL] Souvenir Shopping Budget: P500/person

[OPTIONAL] Tricycle ride from souvenir shop to airport: P10/person

12:00 – Check in at airport

1:30 – Departure to Cebu

Total Expenses for Day 3: P0 (Optional items not included.)

Total expenses for the whole 3D2N Puerto Princesa, Palawan trip: P4315.00 (Optional Items not included)

And there you have it! You can even save more if you don’t ask the services of a tour agency, but if you have such a tight schedule like ours and want a hassle-free trip, contact them! Individual blog posts for each activity will be posted in this blog so stay tuned. But for now, if you have any questions, leave a comment below! Remember, sharing is caring so don’t forget to share this to everyone who needs a hand with their Puerto Princesa, Palawan tour! ☺