Baragatan Festival, a wonderful time to visit Palawan


 
2. Honda Bay

PRISTINE. White sand and blue waters are what Honda Bayu2019s islands are made of.

Photo by Anthony Peu00f1a

3. City Tour

While some city tour sights may vary depending on the tour organizer, the usuals are the Crocodile Farm, the Butterfly Garden, Baker’s Hill (yes, they sell breads there), and Mitra Ranch, which offers a view of green treetops and blue sea.

CROCODILES.

Crocodiles big and small abound at the Crocodile Farm

From the Butterfly Garden, you can already walk to the neighboring Tribal Village, where the Palaw’an indigenous people hold cultural shows on their hunting, music, and other practices.

METAMORPHOSIS.

At the Butterfly Garden, you will see not only butterflies but also their brightly-colored coocoons

4. DIY City Proper Cultural and Historical Tour 

There are many beautiful sights you can already see in the city, all less than 10 minutes away, and for a tricycle ride of just P8 to get to each attraction. The provincial capitol building alone is very pretty, with its white stone facade and its marble staircases and domed ceiling. Then just walk a little to the Palawan Heritage Center, where you will find cultural artifacts and information on the early people of Palawan, especially the indigenous tibes.

BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE.

The provincial capitol building has marble staircases and a nice domed ceiling

There is another museum a tricycle ride away, the Palawan Museum, which further gives information on each group of the indigenous peoples of the area. Then there’s the World War II Memorial Museum, with weapons and missiles used or reserved during the war.

WAR SOUVENIRS.

Weapons and missiles abound in the World War II Memorial Museum

Visit Plaza Cuartel too, also a World War II garrison where American soldiers were burned alive but which is now also a park with a view of the sea.

- PARK WITH HISTORY.

Plaza Cuartel, site of a bloody past, is now also a leisure park, though the markers are there as reminders

From here you can already walk to the city’s cathedral. Then end the day with a walk along Baywalk, and perhaps a meal in one of the seafood “paluto” restaurants there.

FOR LEISURELY WALKS.

Relax at the Baywalk after your cultural and historical tour

During your visit, you have the option to stay in the city proper or go outside. For a relaxed stay in the city with a view of the Baywalk, stay somewhere like the Sunlight Hotel.

SUNLIGHT HOTEL.

Staying here means being right in the city, and with a view of the Baywalk

 

If you want to have some quiet time away from the city but still relatively close to it, you could stay at Microtel. The hotel-resort has its own quiet beach, too. 

HOTEL WITH A BEACH.

Microtel is around 20 minutes away from the city and already has its own beach

If you want to stay overnight near the Underground River for a more leisurely travel pace, as it’s a bit of a ride from the city, check in at Daluyon, an eco-friendly beachside resort powered by solar panels (the lights and heating, at least) and rainwater used for doing laundry and other chores.

ECO-FRIENDLY RESORT.

A beachside resort near the Underground River, Daluyon engages in environmental practices in operations

You can also stay at Sheridan, another beachside resort. This has a large, beautiful pool which runs well across its grounds.

BEAUTIFUL POOL.

Swim at Sheridanu2019s beautiful pool while looking out at the mountains

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Claire Madarang is a writer, traveler and seeker. Her wanderlust takes her on adventures like backpacking for 7 weeks straight. Her seeking leads her to different wellness practices like meditation and healthy (mostly vegetarian) eating. Follow her adventures, tips and epiphanies at her blog, Traveling Light.