Palawan: The Perfect Getaway

Our visit to Palawan will be considered to be one of the most exciting and memorable trip because the dream and desire to witness the Underground River in person had been realized last July 27th to 29th, 2014. Similarly, I was touched to have a firsthand experience of how kind the Palawenos were. They never had second thoughts to assist me throughout the many transfers to reach the Underground River - from the van driver, tour guide and boatmen. I also had the opportunity to ride on the taxicle on our way back to the resort when the service van could not fetch us.

Below are the pertinent places that made our stay comfortable and meaningful which you might find useful on your next trip there:

1. Accommodation
Situated five minutes away from the airport, the Acacia Tree Garden Hotel has 25 rooms and 2 villas that are spacious and clean with facilities and amenities at par with any classy hotels. Barely two years in the industry, it was recognized by the Golden Globe Annual Awards 2013 as the Best Budget Hotel in Palawan.

Our stay at this resort for 2 nights and 3 days, including the tour to the Underground River and lunch buffet, daily continental breakfast buffet and airport transfers were purchased as a package for only P3,100 per person from MetroDeal.

It was a comfortable stay except for the low pressure of water in the shower.  But for the cheapskate that I am, this is certainly a good deal! The staff were also very helpful, amiable and polite.

Acacia Tree Garden Hotel
Contact number: +63 48 4330123

2. Restaurant
Food will always be a part of any adventure. With the abundant seafood available in Palawan, we truly enjoyed tasting the fresh and juicy crabs, prawns, fishes and seaweeds.

Tamilok: Palawan's exotic dish for P100 per serving from mangroves

Family platter for P700
Skylight Restaurant
Address: 210-A Rizal Avenue, Barangay Manggahan, 
Puerto Princesa City 5300
Phone: (048) 434 7176

Boodle for P950
Bilao at Palayok
Address: 353 Rizal Avenue Extension, 
Puerto Princesa City
Phone: (048) 433 5716

You can try both restaurants to experience the difference in the ambiance and the way they cook the food. At Skylight, the finest ingredients were used. The seafood were obtained in a small aquarium cooked fresh once you order. You can also see the cooks prepare the food because the kitchen is parallel to the dining area without any obstructions. 

Bilao at Palayok has a bamboo theme and is dimly lighted. There is no doubt that the food there was delicious but their menu smelled like it needed to be replaced. The place is quite dusty too. 

3. Souvenir Shop
Buying mementos from a vacation is something my mom adores doing. We went to a variety of places, even Puerto Princesa's marketplace. They are known for their cashew nuts and dried seafood. There is also Palawan pearls of various kinds; from the cheapest to the southsea pearls which cost more than a thousand pesos!

Mercado de San Miguel
Puerto Princesa North Road,
Puerto Princesa City

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