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

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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