Starting from Iloilo City, I went to Cuyo Island and several destinations in the northern half of Palawan Island including Puerto Princesa City, Honda Bay, Sabang (St. Paul Underground River), Port Barton, San Vicente, Taytay, and El Nido.

This is the itinerary I did during my 12-day “do it yourself” (DIY) backpacking trip to Palawan including a summary of my budget and expenses.

Pre-trip (Saturday)

  • Go to Milagrosa Fery Terminal in Iloilo River Wharf, Lapuz, Iloilo City
  • Buy Iloilo to Puerto Princesa Ticket Reservation – “Deluxe Class” (P1070 + P20 terminal fee)
    • Tel No: 337-86-27, 335-09-55

Day 1 (Monday) – Iloilo to Puerto Princesa Boat Ride

  • 6:00PM – Arrive in Milagrosa Terminal, Iloilo River Wharf, Lapuz, Iloilo City
  • 6:45PM – Board the Iloilo to Puerto Princesa (via Cuyo) Milagrosa RoRo Boat
  • Dinner at the RoRo ferry’s canteen
    • There are meals w/ rice available. Instant Cup Noodles – P30. Pepsi (330ml) – P25. Mineral Water (500ml) – P20. I suggest buying food at the supermarket / convenient store before going to the terminal. The canteen provides complimentary hot water if you brought your own “instant” foods.

Day 2 (Tuesday) – Cuyo

  • 5:30AM – Woke-up. There are bathrooms onboard where you can also take a bath.
  • 8:30AM – Arrived in Cuyo Port for a long stover
  • 8:30aM to 9:15AM – Walking Tour of Cuyo Town
    • Capusan Beach
    • Cuyo Fortress Church
    • Cuyo Plaza
  • 9:15AM – Walked back towards the pier to look for a tricycle for hire to take me to Quijano Beach and Tabunan Beach. Found one for P400 but decided to take a habal-habal instead for only P200
  • 9:45AM – Arrived in Quijano Beach
  • 10:30AM – Arrived in Tabunan Beach and Pier
  • Went back to Cuyo Fortress Church to take more photos
  • 1:30PM – Returned to Cuyo Pier. Paid P20 terminal fee.
  • 5:00PM – Milagrosa RoRo Ferry broke down and left Cuyo Pier two hours late

Day 3 (Wednesday) – San Vicente

  • 11:30AM – Arrived in Puerto Princesa City Seaport
  • 11:45AM – Disembarked RoRo ferry. Walked to Rizal Avenue. Boarded “San Jose Terminal” jeep to San Jose New Market Terminal (P12).
  • 12:20NN – Arrived in San Jose. No El Nido buses left. Decided to go to San Vicente first instead of El Nido. Walked to Fort Wally Van Terminal.
  • 1:30PM – Boarded “San Vicente” Van (P300)
  • 3:40PM – Arrived in Roxas Terminal. 30-minute stopover
  • 4:10PM – van left Roxas Terminal
  • 5:30PM – Arrived in San Vicente Town Proper
  • Checked-in at John Eric Lodge (P200 per night for two nights)
  • Walked around the town proper. Went to pier, market terminal, bayside promenade / park.

Day 4 (Thursday) – San Vicente

  • 9:40AM – Started walking to Long Beach in Brgy. New Agutaya
  • 10:30AM – Arrived in Long Beach
  • Walked towards northern-end of Long Beach
  • Crossed the cliff area to Tandol Beach
  • 2:40PM – Arrived in Tandol Beach
  • Walked further noth towards Brgy. Alimanguan
  • 3:30PM – Arrived in Brgy. Alimanguan. Ride habal-habal back to San Vicente Town Proper (P100)
  • 4:00PM – Arrived in San Vicenete Town Proper

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Day 5 (Friday) – Taytay / El Nido

  • 7:15AM – Arrived in San Vicente Market Terminal. The bus already left. Boarded van bound for Puerto Princesa and dropped off at Roxas Terminal (San Vicente to Roxas Van – P120)
  • 9:20AM – Arrived in Roxas Terminal
  • 10:40AM – Boarded bus bound for Taytay (Roxas to Taytay bus – P70)
  • 2:00PM – Arrived in Taytay Terminal
  • Tricycle to Taytay town proper – P10
  • 2:00PM to 2:25PM – Quick walking tour of Taytay Town
    • Taytay bayside promenade
    • Sta. Isabel Fort
    • Taytay Church
    • Cafe Rosa (viewpoint)
    • Snacks – Ham and Egg Sanwhich (P110) & Coke 330ml (P25) at Casa Rosa
  • Tricycle back to Taytay Terminal – P10
  • 2:30PM – Arrived in Taytay Terminal
  • 2:33PM – Eulen Joy “El Nido” bus Arrived in Taytay Terminal
  • 2:45PM – Ride bus Eulen Joy bus to El Nido (Taytay to El Nido bus – P100)
  • 5:30PM – Arrived in El Nido
  • Check-in at El Nido Plaza Inn (P350 per night for two nights)
  • Walked around the beachfront area until sunset

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Day 6 (Saturday) – El Nido

  • 8:45AM – Went to Rovic’s Inn to wait for the island hopping tour
    • Booked Tour C (P700) with Kuya Jason – (+63)9083034967
  • 9:40AM – Island Hopping “Tour C” Started
    • Hidden Beach (Matinloc Island)
    • Snorkeling off the coast of Tapiutan Island
    • Picnic Lunch at Starbeach (Tapiutan Island)
    • Skipped Matinloc Shrine and Secret beach since the engine of our pumpboat (outrigger) broke down
    • Helicopter Island (Dilumacad Island)
    • Cadlao Lagoon (Cadlao island)
  • 5:20PM – Arrived back to El Nido Town Proper. Ended up paying only P600 after complaining about the engine breakdown.
  • 5:30PM to 7:30PM – Walked to Calaan Beach to take sunset photos
  • 7:45PM – Dinner at Squidoo. Had stuffed squid (P190) with garlic rice (P20) and mango shake with rum (P80)
  • Booked Island Hopping “Tour A” for the next day

Day 7 (Sunday) – El Nido

  • 9:00AM – Went to Og’s Guest House and boarded boat for Island Hopping “Tour A” (P550)
    • Small Lagoon (Miniloc Island)
    • Big Lagoon (Miniloc Island)
    • Picnic Lunch at Umbrella Beach near Miniloc Resort (Miniloc Island)
    • Secret Lagoon (Miniloc Island)
    • Shimuzu Island
  • 5:30PM – Arrived back to El Nido Town Proper
  • Tricycle ride to Corong-corong Beach (P10)
  • Walked to Santikan Beach and then to Marimikmik Beach for sunset shots
  • 7:00PM – Tricycle ride back to El Nido Town (P30)
  • 7:10PM – Dinner at Sea Slugs. Had Garlic Butter Shrimp with Rice (P250)

Day 8 (Monday) – Port Barton

  • 6:00AM – Arrived in El Nido Bus / Van Terminal
  • Boarded Eulen Joy Bus bound for Puerto Princesa (El Nido to Roxas bus – P200)
  • 7:15AM – Bus left El Nido Terminal
  • 9:00AM – Arrived in Taytay Terminal. 30 minute brunch stopover
  • 11:30AM – Dropped off at Roxas Terminal
  • 11:45AM – Boarded jeep bound for Port Barton (Roxas to Port Barton jeep – P100)
  • 12:45NM – Arrived in Port Brton
  • Check-in at Princesa Michaela Resort (P200 per night)
  • Walked around town and beachfront area
  • Attempted to walk to Pamuayan Falls
  • Sunset at the beach
  • Dinner at Jambalaya Cafe. Had Jambalaya (P180) and mango juice (P40)

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Day 9 (Tuesday) – Sabang / Underground River

  • 8:00AM – Jeepney ride to San Jose intersection in Roxas (Port Barton to Roxas Highway – P100)
  • 9:15AM – Arrived in San Jose intersection (along the highway) in Roxas. Waited for bus headed to Puerto Princesa
  • Bus ride from San Jose Intersection, Roxas to Salvacion Intersection, Puerto Princesa City (P60).
  • 10:30AM – Arrived in Salvacion Intersection
  • Bus ride to sabang (Salvacion to Sabang bus – P60)
  • 12:45NN – Arrived in Sabang
  • Paid for the environmental permit at the Tourism Office (P150)
  • Check-in at Mary’s Cottages (P400 per night)
  • 2:00PM – Started walking to the Monkey / Jungle Trail to Underground River
  • 2:00PM to 4:00PM – Monkey / Jungle Trail
  • 4:00PM – Arrived in St. Paul Underground River
  • 4:00PM to 5:00PM – St. Paul Underground River Paddle Boat Tour
  • Pumpboat ride to Sabang Pier (P600)
  • Dinner at Mary’s Cottages. Had chicken curry with vegetables, rice, and buko juice (P201)

Day 10 (Wednesday) – Puerto Princesa City

  • Breakfast at Mary’s Cottages. Had Filipino Breakfast – corned beef, egg, rice (P115)
  • Walked to Sabang Pier
  • Boarded jeep bound for Puerto Princesa
  • 10:00AM – Jeep left Sabang Pier (Sabang to Puerto Princesa – P120)
  • 1:00PM – Arrived in San Jose New Market Terminal in Puerto Princesa
  • Rode “San Jose” Jeepney to cor Rizal Avenue and Valcenia St. (P12)
  • Check-in at Backpackers (P200 per night for two nights)
  • Puerto Princesa Walking Tour
    • Snacks at Divine Sweets. Sans Rival and Iced Tea (P110)
    • Mendoza Park,
    • Plaza Cuatel
    • Palawan Museum
    • Puerto Princesa Church
    • Puerto Princesa Baywalk
    • Palawan Provincial Capitol
    • NCCC Mall
  • 6:00PM – Back to Puerto Princesa Baywalk for Sunset Shots
  • 7:30PM – Dinner at Ka Lui. Tuna Steak with rice, extra rice, wheat grass juice, complimentary dessert (P285)
  • Booked Honda Bay tour for the next day

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Day 11 (Thursday) – Honda Bay / Puerto Princesa City

  • 8:30AM – Van picked-us up for Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (P1,100)
  • 9:00AM – Arrived in St. Lourdes Wharf
  • Started Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
    • Pandan Island
    • Lunch at Pandan Island
    • 12:00AM – Snake Island
    • 2:00PM – Starfish Island
  • 5:00PM – returned to Backpackers
  • Went to Silica Beach
  • 6:45PM – Arrived in Silica Beach for sunset shots
  • 7:15PM – Dinner at Badjao Seafront Restaurant. Had Pick of the Day Seafood Platter: clam Soup, fish steak, prawns, veggies on the side, rice, and glass of iced tea (P368)
  • 9:00PM – Tricycle ride to Backpackers (P80)

Day 12 (Friday) – Puerto Princesa City / Flight to Manila

  • Checked-out of Backpackers
  • Left baggage at NCCC Mall
  • 9:00PM – Went around to more sights in Puerto Princesa
  • Rode “Bayan – City Hall” jeep to City Hall (P7)
    • Puerto Princesa City Hall
    • Puerto Princesa Sports Complex
  • Rode “Irawan Jeep” to intersection going to Baker’s Mill / Mitra’s Ranch (P7)
  • Rode Tricycle to Mitra’s Ranch (P15)
  • Walked to Baker’s Hill
  • Bought Pasalubong in Baker’s Hill (P365)
  • Rode Tricycle back to highway intersection (P15)
  • Rode “Irawan” jeep to Rizal Ave (P7)
  • 12:00NN – Lunch at Balinsasayaw. Grilled Chicken wit rice and Mt. Dew (P105)
  • Claimed baggage at NCCC MAll
  • Rode tricycle to Puerto Princesa Airport (P7)
  • 12:45NN – Checked-in at Puerto Princesa Airport (terminal fee – P40)
  • 1:45PM – Plane left for Manila
  • 2:45PM – Arrived in Terminal 3, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, Pasay City, Metro Manila

Summary of Expenses – Palawan 12D DIY Backpacking

  • Transportation
    • Iloilo to Puerto Princesa Milagrosa RoRo – P1070
    • Montenegro Terminal Fee – P20
    • Cuyo Terminal Fee – P20
    • Puerto Princesa City to Manila Plane – P912
    • Puerto Princesa Airport Terminal Fee – P40
    • Transpo fares within Palawan – P1,731
  • Accommodations – P2,650
  • Food – P3,913
  • Tour
    • Cuyo Habal-habal tour – P200
    • El Nido Tour A – P600
    • El Nido Tour C- P550
    • St. Paul Underground River Permit – P150
    • Boat ride from Underground River to Sabang Pier – P600
    • Honda Bay tour – 1,100
  • Others (Personal Stuff) – P1,066.25
  • Grand Total – P14,622.25