One aspect of our job is to remain updated with our destinations, tours being offered and (new) hotels. 3 months ago we visited Coron in Palawan and last week the Southern part of Palawan including Puerto Princesa, Sabang, Port barton in El nido was on our list.
Most foreign arrivals in Puerto Princesa are going immediately to El nido and other places in Palawan and do not stay in Puerto Princesa for long. Puerto Princesa has indeed not many sights of its own but there are quite a few bars and restaurants where you can meet other travelers.
Unfortunately the weather was not very cooperative but every trip gives us new ideas and information. We focused to search for accommodation suitable for our foreign clients who appreciate hotels with certain ambiance, amenities and are willing to shell out a bit more.
In El Nido we don’t like the hotels/resorts in noisy and crowded El Nido town and therefore our recommendations are out of town. Of course a boat tour in El Nido cannot be missed , although we have done this already a few times before. The boat tours are the highlight of a trip to El Nido. The scenery is very spectacular but have to be shared with many more tourists unlike a few years back. Montenegro shipping lines is now daily operating from El Nido to Coron (4 hours) and vice versa making it easier to include Busuanga Island a part of your itinerary.
In Port Barton a few places are building extensions but otherwise no changes. The electricity is still only available from 6-12 pm. Secret Paradise Resort is the top spot to stay but be prepared for sand flies. In Port Barton they copied the boat tours system of El Nido and you can now also book a boat tour A, B, C and D but of course the sights are completely different. No lime stone rock formations but lagoons, beautiful islands and beaches are also great here and you might be alone here unlike in El nido. San Vicente with their long beach is coming up as a (new) tourist destination.
In Sabang, the getaway for the underground river tour, our choice for overnights stay is Daluyon resort and beside Sheridan resort there are no other options to stay overnight unless a simple cottage without amenities is your pick.
In Puerto Princesa again a few new hotels came up of which Best Western Palawan is the newest and biggest. Although amenities are outstanding we like the smaller places with a personalized touch as Floral Villarosa and Hibiscus resort.