Summer vacation’s over – but not for us! For mermaid wannabes, every month can be beach month as long as there’s piso fares and seat sales. We booked our flight November 9 til 12. That’s 4 days of sea, sun, and sand.
We got AirAsia round trip ticket from Manila to Puerto Princesa at around ₱ 2100, all in, but you can get fares lower than that if you’re patient. We got an early morning flight at 6:40 am.
Flight to Puerto Princesa airport would take about an hour from Manila, another hour by land and 45 mins by boat to our first stop the Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.
From the docking area, it would take around 5-10 minutes walk to the underground river itself. There’s a monkey trail on the way but we didn’t take that tour since our time’s limited. You would also be given hard hats and a remote-looking audio player that would serve as your guide since noise should be minimize to none, so you would not disturb the animals inside the cave.
The tour took more or less an hour and it was so relaxing and informative. Make sure you won’t fall asleep though. I didn’t include photos of the cave itself since it’s dark and I don’t want to spoil the experience for you. Please refrain from taking photos with flash too as I’ve said earlier, there should be less disturbance in their natural habitat. You wouldn’t want to be woken up by a camera flash when you’re sleeping right?
Right on time, after the tour, it’s lunch! We ate at a cafeteria/buffet that’s included in our tour package. It’s almost half empty so I don’t have detailed pictures for you (and I’m starving, as always). So… here’s my plate! Haha!
They have Pancit, Chicken Fillet, Chicken Afritada, Pork in Oyster Sauce, Mussels, Mixed Veggies, Lumpiang Sariwa, and many more. You can also get a drink of your choice. The only downside is, some of the food’s already cold. We arrived around 12:30pm.
After eating and resting, we then prepare for the long and winding journey to El Nido. And I’m not joking about the winding part since the road’s as zigzag as zigzag goes. So, get your Bonamine ready.
After more or less 6 hours of land travel, we then arrived in El Nido. Yeeeey! But wait, we still need to take a 10-minute tricycle ride to our cottage. Good thing is, we won’t have to pay for it. It’s included in our package. Time for a room tour!
After settling in, we went out to get dinner. Our place is a bit far from the beach front but there would be a tricycle service or you can walk with your friends! I’ll make a separate post on our first day dinner.
This is the view from the resort we’re staying. Our package is 6k per person for 4days 3 nights, inclusive of breakfast and lunch.
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We didn’t accomplish much because the travel time from Puerto Princesa to El Nido used most of our time but we still got to see the Underground River, had a chance to check potential food stop, and of course chill out on the beach. That’s about it for Day 1. See you on Day 2~
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