After arriving in El Nido, the first thing I noticed was how rural El Nido was. Blame the city girl in me, but I got a little bit scared as there were some areas that were really dark on the way there. Also, some areas of the road were still not paved, but I could see that the local government were trying their best to finish their road construction project.
Because I had a tiring day, all I wanted to do was to drop my bags on the floor and crawl to the bed so I was not able to explore the town. However, some people I met informed me that there were bars and restaurants in the beachfront.
I arrived in Puerto Princesa last Monday at 11:10 local time. I was happy that the weather cooperated with my plans as I was not planning to have my city tour while it was raining. Luckily, the locals told me that Puerto Princesa experiences minimal typhoons in a year.
I arrived during the Baragatan Festival in Puerto Princesa. It is a celebration in which people from different municipalities converged together to showcase their music and other talents through streetdancing and/or exhibitions. I admit I was not able to watch their parade as I was busy with my city tour.
Here are the places I have visited in my city tour:
- Crocodile Farm – has a mini zoo. You may have your photo taken with a living and breathing baby crocodile or try to eat crocodile sisig sold in their cafeteria.
Photoshoot with baby crocodile
I never thought I would have my first solo backpacking this year, let alone to do it in Palawan. It started when I was thinking of going to Baguio or to Baler for a quick weekend getaway when I saw an Air Asia Zest’s advertisement of seat sale. The roundtrip ticket for my selected dates cost only Php 880.00 (around USD 20.00), so I figured I should go to Puerto Princesa and to El Nido because I still hadn’t gone there.
I opted to join another group tour instead of doing it myself because I would need time to apply for the permit on some of the tours, like the Puerto Princesa Underground River tour. I checked the cost of having separate tours and of having an all-in packaged tour. I inquired with JourneyingJames as he is also a backpacker/blogger who now owns a tour agency in Palawan. Here is the proposed itinerary for a 4D/3N Puerto Princesa – El Nido trip package that already included van transfers: