ISLAND CAMPING ADVENTURE: CADLAO BEACH

Tour Length

4 days, 3 nights

From

Php 12,400

Get to experience tropical getaway like no other. A promise of a blissful experience in one of the exquisite beach spots in Palawan. Explore the refinement of El Nido, Private Island Tours, Sunset watching and endless enlivening island adventures. This is an island escape that truly gratifies your need for that extraordinary fun in the sun.

Maximum Number of Travelers: 15

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Trip Highlights

  • Private Cadlao  Beach tour/ Overnight
  • Experience the exhilarating Zipline in Las Cabanas
  • Sunset Watching at Corong Corong Beach
  • Romantic Candle Light Dinner

Day 1: Touchdown Puerto Princesa

Welcome to the “City in a Forest” known for its abundance in natural wonders, Puerto Princesa captures the beauty of both modern and natural graces. Upon your arrival in Puerto Princesa airport, you will be transported in a five to six hour travel to El Nido where you will check-in to your hotel (Bill tourist/ Ipil Suites/ Stunning Vistas Beach Resort). There are no activities arranged for this day so you are free to travel around the place on your own perhaps head to the beach or the poolside to cool down. You could also use this time to kick off your shoes and have a good rest until tomorrow’s full day exploration. Your first day ends with a relaxing overnight stay in El Nido all set for Day 2’s adventure!

Day 2: Unfolding the Island Charm

Start your day with a good hearty breakfast enough to fuel you with today’s long list of island activities. By 8:30 AM, transportation will be ready to fetch you from your hotel to set you up for your Private Cadlao Island Tour which will start at 9 AM up until the late afternoon (4PM). There are some exciting activities that you can do during your private island escapade, which includes a soothing kayaking trip. If you wish to explore the deep, you can enjoy a pleasant snorkeling and fishing exploit. And if you desire to spend the night in the island, a lovely candlelight dinner is prepared for that remarkable banquet experience under the night sky. Optional Activity: Overnight Camping in Cadlao Beach Inclusion for overnight camping:

  • Tent
  • Tour Guide
  • Private Boat
  • Lunch, Dinner and Breakfast

Day 3: Dinner Date and Sunset Watching

Today you bid goodbye to Cadlao Beach and head back to El Nido. After a peaceful breakfast spent in Cadlao Beach, you will be transported back to El Nido where you are expected to arrive at your hotel by 10:00 AM. You can spend your lunch time and early afternoon exploring various Palawan seafood restaurants (though we recommend Altrove El Nido) and try the island’s appealing cuisines. Today’s activities do not commence until 3 PM so you still have a good amount of time to squeeze in some travel exploration on your own. You can either pick a spot on the sand and spend the day sun bathing or go try various water sports made available in the area. Just make sure to keep track of time! At 3PM, you are expected to leave for Las Cabanas for that exhilarating Zipline Adventure. This invigorating venture is a perfect way to have a good aerial glimpse of the breathtaking views of the island whilst boldly hanging in a cable. After the Ziplining Activity, you’ll continue onto Las Cabanas Beach Resort where you can sit back and breathe in the fresh island air. The vacation spot provide incredible panoramic views of the outlying islands perfect for de-stressing. By the late afternoon, you can enjoy watching the sun setting that golden flush at Corong Corong Beach just outside Las Cabanas Beach Resort.

Wind up your day with an appetizing candlelight dinner at Corong Corong Beach where you get to spend your evening meals under the mesmerizing night sky in the most unruffled place. By 8:00 PM you head back to the hotel where you can loosen up and get a good night sleep.

Day 4: Goodbye for Now

Your Island Camping Adventure comes to an end after your early breakfast. At 9AM you are expected to check-out from the hotel and you will be transported back to Puerto Princesa. 2PM is the estimated time of your arrival in Puerto Princesa Airport where it all started.

Where is Palawan on the map?

Palawan is a province of the Philippines that’s part of the MIMAROPA region and located between the West Philippine Sea and the Sulu Sea. In terms of total area of jurisdiction, it is the largest province in the Philippines with Puerto Princesa City as its capital.

Although the province is named after its main and largest island, Palawan Island, it consists of about 1,700 islands and islets (the Philippines has 7,107!). Surrounding Palawan Island are smaller islands:

● Calamianes Group of Islands – Busuanga, Coron, Culion
● Balabac Island
● Cuyo Islands
● Kalayaan Islands

The top three most popular travel destinations are Coron, El Nido, and Puerto Princesa. Puerto Princesa is the capital of the province of Palawan.

When is Best Time To Go?

The best time to go to Palawan starts in December when the weather is at its best (unless there’s a typhoon, which usually affects the northern part of Palawan). The Philippines’ summer months of March to May serve as peak season.

Prices of accommodation often shoot up during the Christmas and Holy Week season in the Philippines (Easter). If you want to go during this season, be sure to book in advance since some hotels can get booked out months prior.

What is the weather like in Palawan?

Belonging to a tropical country, Palawan reflects the tropical climate of the Philippines. There is a wet season (June to December, may also be the typhoon season) and a dry season. The average temperature is 31 degrees Celsius.

While the southern part of Palawan does not experience tropical depressions, the northern part can be subject to torrential rains. In November 2013, Coron was affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

What to Expect

At LetsPalawan, we would like to support sustainable hotels and accommodation providers as much as possible. Nonetheless most of the accommodation we will provide you are local hotels and inns with the following minimum amenities:

● Clean bed, sheets, and pillows

● Bathroom with shower

● Airconditioning

Except for Puerto Princesa which has the most number of hotel rooms in Palawan, in other places and/or circumstances:

● We cannot guarantee Hot and Cold shower because of the limited water and power supply.

● We might be camping or staying in hostels due to the lack of other more comfortable options.

● Some hotels may not have airconditioning or may only run power during certain times of the day due to their limited supply.

In most cases, if you are traveling alone, you will be sharing a room with another participant (of the same sex) in the trip. Let us know if you prefer otherwise!

We will try our best to inform you about the accommodation conditions prior to your trip. Should you be uncomfortable about these elements, do let us know or consider taking another trip because this might not be for you.

What is Filipino Food Like?

The Filipino diet is mostly composed of pork, chicken and rice. We also have a lot of vegetable dishes but they may sometimes be cooked with meat. Seafood is fresh and cheaper in Palawan, but please remember to eat sustainably.

Finding vegetarian options in Palawan restaurants is a challenge, but finding vegan ones is close to impossible (be prepared to eat a lot of green salads!). The same goes with gluten-free options.

If you are strictly vegetarian and vegan, please let us know immediately. We can’t promise you anything, but we will try our best to request special meals for you.

Do I need a visa to go to Palawan, Philippines?

Depending on where you come from, you may need a visa to go to the Philippines. Here are some of the visa guides we have prepared:
Australia
“The Philippines allows entry for tourism and business purposes without a visa for visits of less than 30 days. Longer visits require a visa. Holders of an APEC business travel card can enter the Philippines for up to 59 days.”
Source: Smartraveller

UK
“You can enter the Philippines without a visa for an initial period of 30 days. You can also get a tourist visa from the Philippine Embassy before you travel, which will allow an initial 59 day stay.”
Source: Gov.uk

US
“U.S. citizens may enter the Philippines for purposes of tourism without a visa if they present their U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of their entry into the Philippines, and a return ticket to the United States or an onward ticket to another country. Upon your arrival, immigration authorities will annotate your passport with an entry visa valid for 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than 30 days, you must apply for an extension…”
Source: Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Netherlands
“Voor al uw reizen naar het buitenland heeft u een geldig reisdocument nodig. Daarnaast heeft u voor bepaalde landen ook een visum nodig. Meer informatie over reisdocumenten en visa kunt u krijgen bij de ambassade van Filipijnen in Den Haag. Vraag na welke documenten u nodig heeft en aan welke eisen deze moeten voldoen.”
Source: Ministerie van Algemene Zaken
“Under Executive Order 408, nationals of the following countries may enter the Philippines without a visa for a stay not exceeding thirty (30) days provided that they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines
Source: Department of Foreign Affairs – The Hague

France
“Aucun visa préalable à l’arrivée n’est nécessaire pour un séjour ne dépassant pas 30 jours. Le tampon d’entrée apposé à l’arrivée par le service de l’immigration autorise le séjour jusqu’à 30 jours.”
Source: Politique étrangère de la France
For other countries, check out this list provided by the Department of Tourism in the Philippines.

Can I use my credit card or ATM in Palawan?
It is difficult to access international ATMs or pay by credit card in most parts of Palawan. You might find better luck in the capital city of Puerto Princesa but elsewhere, it is most advisable to prepare cash (Philippine Peso), which you can get in Metro Manila prior to going to Palawan.
In Coron, there is one bank (BPI) with two ATMs near the St. Augustine Church along the National Highway. It is rare to find establishments that accept credit card payments. You’ll have to ask your accommodation provider prior to arrival.
In El Nido, there are no ATMs at all. However, Together Pension has a machine that allows you to withdraw from your credit card with an 8-per cent fee.

Area

  • Coron
  • El Nido
  • Puerto Princesa

ATM

  • Limited
  • None
  • Available

Credit Card Payments

  • Limited
  • Limited
  • Available

Is tipping required?
Tipping in the Philippines is not necessary. BUT, please keep in mind that most people in Palawan still live under the poverty line and are earning less than the minimum wage. These include your boat operators, guides, and hospitality workers. If you had a great experience and received good service, please feel free to feel generous.

What medicines should I bring to Palawan?
It is relatively easy to buy over-the-counter medicines in the Philippines as long as you know the generic name of the medicine. However, pharmacies might be rare to find in rural or remote areas so it is advisable for you to bring your own basic medical or first aid kit. Here are what you can include:

  •  Insect repellant – the most important since this can help you avoid dengue and malaria
  •  Seasick tablets – important for island hopping trips in Palawan
  •  Fever, cold or cough medicines
  •  Pain relievers
  •  Anti-allergies
  •  Bandaids
  •  Calamine Lotion – important for those who are allergic to plankton

If you also have personal prescription drugs, make sure that you have enough for the whole trip since the drugs available in El Nido are not exhaustive.

What vaccinations do I need before I go to Palawan, Philippines?

What vaccinations do I need before I go to Palawan, Philippines?
Different countries have several tips for their citizens prior to visiting the Philippines. While most of us Filipinos do not need much vaccination before we go to Palawan, international guests might be advised to get some vaccinations. It doesn’t hurt to protect yourself, too!

Here are some useful links:

Australia (Read the Health Section)
UK
U.S. (Read the Health Section)
Netherlands
France (Lisez la Section de la santé)

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