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Palawan

Palawan is an archipelagic province of the Philippines that is located in the region of MIMAROPA. It is considered as the largest and highly urbanized city in the Philippines. The province boasts its Underground River which was chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The city is also well-known for the white-sand beaches in El Nido and Coron. The said places have stunning aquamarine lagoons and coral reefs which made Palawan a great diving, snorkeling and island destination in the Philippines.

Information & Facts

Climate

The best time to visit Palawan would be during the dry season. The dry season starts in late November and ends in May. The temperature during this time is very pleasant which is ranging from a minimum temperature of 22°C on average and a maximum of 33°C on average. Specifically, the driest or hottest months are March, April and May with temperature reaching up to 41°C during the hottest days. If you are not afraid of the hot weather, these months are recommended for a trip to Palawan.

Getting Around

Getting around Palawan Province is quite easy as there are good ranges of transportation available that will bring you from one place to the other. Whether you are based in one town, resort or variety of locations in Palawan, there is a mode of transportation that will surely suit your needs.

TRICYCLE: This is really popular all around the Philippines and offer the cheapest way for you to travel short distances. This is available throughout Palawan Province and the best way to get to the remotest areas in the countryside. It can usually carry up to four (4) passengers. Sometimes, it’s best to negotiate with the driver regarding the fare before riding. On average, you can expect to pay minimum of PHP 10 ($0.20) per person.

JEEPNEY: Jeepney is the iconic mode of public transportation, which following planned routes within the municipality and known for crowded seating. Its reasonable fares have made them one of the most popular methods to get around anywhere in Palawan. In terms of the fare, it is similar with the tricycle, so you can expect to pay minimum of PHP 10 ($0.20) per person.

BUS AND VAN: Buses and vans offer efficient mode of transportation over long distances. They are readily available to take you all around the island, like from Puerto Princesa going to El Nido. A standard trip from Puerto Princesa to El Nido takes approximately from 6-9 hours (by public bus) and 5-6 hours (by van). The fare is around PHP400 - PHP500 per person per way (approx.$8-$10) by public bus and PHP500 - PHP600 per person per way (approx. $10-$12) by minivan.

CAR AND MOTORBIKE RENTAL:

Car rental is available on our website which you can book in advance to pick up/drop off at the Puerto Princesa International Airport (*subject to availability).

Also, you can rent a car or a motorbike at local car rental shop, to discover the beauty of Palawan by yourself. This is also a good option to get around Palawan Island. Prices start at around PHP 2, 500 ($50) per day for a standard sedan like Toyota Vios or Hyundai Accent. The motorbikes are perfect to go around in Palawan and visit beaches like the Sunset Beach or Nacpan Beach. You will easily find them for rent along Puerto Princesa and El Nido; which are the two main tourist areas on this island. The daily rental applies from morning until evening and is around PHP450 – PHP 800 ($9 - $16) per day. The requirements for renting a car or motorbike at local shops usually require full pre-payment, passport and valid driving license or international driving permit. They may require additional deposit or insurance etc. these are depending on their terms & conditions. We recommend asking clearly before renting.

Language

Most people in Palawan speak English and the local language is Tagalog.

Money

Philippine Pesos (PHP) / 1 US Dollars = approx. 51.07 PHP *subject to the bank exchange rates per day.

Time

GMT+8 hours

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