Puerto Princesa Underground River: The Trouble with Not Having a Travel Agent

There’s no doubt that the Puerto Princesa Underground River is beautiful. It deserves its place in the list of 7 New Wonders of Nature. But whatever grandiosity resulted from nature’s work can be easily blotched with the chaos in the local tourism office in Sabang, Palawan where local travel agents try to cheat other tourists lining up to get their permits. Good old partisanship and preferential treatment is accorded to local agents at the expense of tourists, both local and foreign. For me, this attitude is the only black mark when visiting Palawan. So, for visitors who are more concerned about convenience than starting a revolution, using a travel agent is definitely a good idea. Read more

Puerto Princesa Underground River: A Step by Step Guide for DIY Tourists

Tourists who want to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River without booking with local travel agents may have a difficult time getting permits. With its new-found fame — thanks to it being included in the New 7 Wonders of Nature 2011, Palawan’s subterranean river can now only accommodate a specific number of visitors every day. So here are some tips if you want to go free and easy on your underground river trip. Read more

Quitting is Enlightenment at Sabang Waterfall and Chinese Temple

Puerto Princesa Underground River has no doubt pushed Palawan higher on the list of top Asian tourist destinations. Being included in The New 7 Wonders of Nature 2011 definitely has its benefits. And the biggest gainer in terms of tourism is Barangay Sabang, also called Sabang Beach. Apart from seeing the subterranean river, hitting the zipline, or riding ATV’s, tourists are invited to see Sabang Waterfall and the Chinese Temple. Only question is, are these two sites worth one’s time and sweat? Read more

Sheridan Hotel Palawan Is Where I’ll Follow the Sun

It was luck — or rather misfortune of not having any other choice — that brought us to Sheridan Hotel in Puerto Princesa. Eve and I really needed to fly off to Palawan to avoid the forfeiture of our Cebu Pacific airline tickets, a gift from a beloved aunt. Unfortunately, it was dated right in the busy Valentine’s week. A few hours of shopping around for hotel rooms online got us a booking at this picturesque Sabang Beach hotel. Looking back, Sheridan is part of the reason why we’re planning to go back to Palawan. Read more