Sabang is a lovely Palawan destination and we’re really glad we took the time to visit beyond just the Underground River. The beach is rugged and beautiful and there’s plenty to keep you busy for a few days at least. Here’s the lowdown on what else we got up to in Sabang (besides trekking to the Underground River), how to get Sabang, and where to stay.
The Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New7Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was a must-see attraction for us in Palawan. We ran into a snag with our plan to take a boat to see it… so we just hiked through the jungle instead!
If you have one day to spend in Puerto Princesa skip the Underground River and go to Honda Bay instead. It’s just a short trike ride from downtown and sports spectacular scenery. The beaches on the islands are top notch and even the boat ride itself is fun.
Puerto Princesa is the hub of tourism on Palawan, the “best island in the world” in 2014 according to Conde Nast. It’s a small city and really is best described as the gateway to the many Palawan attractions like the Underground River, Honda Bay, and El Nido.
We knew Bohol Island needed to be on our Philippines itinerary. With natural wonders like the Chocolate Hills, amazing animal life like the Philippine tarsier, and stunning beaches it was an easy choice.
We loved staying near Alona Beach but missed the wide beach and great swimming of Boracay. While not quite White Beach, Dumaluan is a great alternative to Alona for a day of sun and swimming on Panglao Island.
We had heard that the scuba diving in Bohol, in particular the diving off Balicasag Island, is supposed to be some of the best in the Philippines. So we were excited to dust off our underwater skills and make Balicasag our first dive spot in Asia. We scoured Alona Beach for dive shops and spoke […]
We initially intended to make a few day trips to the individual Bohol tourist spots, including the Chocolate Hills, from our Panglao base. But after thinking about it, especially given our slightly reduced time in Bohol due to Typhoon Ruby, we decided instead to combine it all into a one day Bohol tour.
We had a blast staying on Alona Beach on Panglao Island. There were great activities nearby, from scuba diving to a Tarsier monkey sanctuary, and the whole area had a relaxed island vibe that resonated well with us. One of our first adventures from Alona Beach was an awesome island hopping tour to Balicasag and Virgin Islands.
We awoke to a Facebook message from a family friend who lives in Manila. A “super typhoon” was approaching the Philippines. Sufficiently freaked out that we’d just flown ourselves into the path of imminent danger we began looking for options. Here’s what happened.