OVERNIGHT BEACH CAMPING: PAPAYA BEACH

Tour Length

4 days, 3 nights

From

Php 16,300

Marvel at the beauty of an island paradise that captures both composure and excitement. Get to witness unspoiled, unexploited and fascinating natural wonders of Palawan before your very eyes. This is a beach getaway that definitely redefines your standard of a great island escape.

Maximum Number of Travelers: 15

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Trip Highlights

  • Overnight Camping at Papaya Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Sunset Watching at Corong Corong Beach
  • Romantic Candle Light Dinner

Day 1 Self Exploration

Your adventure begins upon your arrival in the picture-perfect Puerto Princesa! A five to six hour travel to El Nido from Puerto Princesa will then follow. Start your adventure in El Nido Town a small town at the north part of Palawan where you will instantly feel like you’re home. The mesmerizing island views will leave you breathless and get you pump up to start your island adventures pronto! From El Nido Town, you will head to Guesthouse, a far off the tourist radar place just an hour and 30 minutes travel. There are no activities planned this day so you are free to do any exploring on your own. Head out to the beach or grab a drink in the local bar or simply recline by the seaside and relax. Your first day ends with an overnight stay in Guesthouse in El Nido

Day 2: Island Thrill Rides!

Start the morning with a hearty breakfast. With the list of activities today, it’s important to fuel up your energy for you to keep up with the activities. After breakfast, you will be fetched from Guesthouse to travel to El Nido Town. By 9AM your Private Papaya Beach Tour will commence. Via boat ride, you will reach Papaya Beach where you’ll get to see stunning blue green waters and cream beach sands. There are optional activities that you can do during your tour. If you wish to have a soothing travel across the waters, you can go for a kayaking adventure. If you yearn to see underwater artistry, vibrant corals and plethora of tropical fishes, you can go for snorkeling and fishing adventures. You get to spend your afternoon buffet meal at private island paradise Papaya Beach together with the dazzling panoramic views – a feast for both your tummy and your eyes. If you feel like staying a bit longer in this majestic island, you can have an overnight stay in Papaya beach this is optional though. Inclusion for the overnight stay:

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

Day 3: Romantic Sunset Snap!

Day 3 in your itinerary begins with a good early meal. This morning you will be transported back to El Nido Town from Papaya Beach. From El Nido Town, you will head back to Guesthouse where you can cool down from your travel. You can do a quick nap or if you don’t want to take a break and want to do some extra island activities, you can do as you wish. Since lunch is not covered in this tour, you can head out to nearby seafood restaurants and try out their mouthwatering island meals. Palawan has numerous seafood restaurants and cafes perhaps you can try their menus for that unique island taste. Your day 3 activities do not start until the late afternoon so you can have the early afternoon as your free time. You can head to the beach and take a dip or read a book by the shore. By 4 PM you’ll travel to Corong Corong Beach from Guesthouse. Corong Corong beach is a short distance from the town proper it is a serene beach and the best spot to watch the beautiful sunset perfect for couples.

By the evening time, you get to see the astounding and remarkable view of Corong Corong Beach. You’ll also get to spend your dinner under the stars in a dreamy candle light dinner. After dinner, you will travel back to Guesthouse and spend your night in the place.

Day 4: Lift Off

Your journey returns you to Puerto Princesa where it all began. After breakfast and checking out, you will be transported back to Puerto Princesa Airport from El Nido in a five to six hour drive.

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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