If you ever feel like getting out of Puerto Princesa for a day, you may want to consider going on a day trip to Sabang, Palawan. This is a day trip guide to Sabang, Palawan if you feel like doing so.
Sabang, Palawan is most famous for the Subterranean River (aka Underground River), one of the Seven New Wonders of the World. Far away from the main attraction is Sabang’s best-kept secret: long, endless, secluded coastline!
How to get there:
A day trip to Sabang, Palawan is not so hard to do. You can hire a tricycle from anywhere in the city to the “New Market” terminal in San Jose. I paid P60 for the trip from where I was staying (near Robinson’s Place) to the terminal. There are two ways to get to Sabang: by bus or by van (Lexxus Shuttle). See below. If you’re feeling adventurous, hire a motorbike from the rental shops along Rizal Avenue.
To tell you frankly, it wasn’t a “love at first sight” thing for me. I frowned upon the sight of what seemed to be endless swarm of boats along the beach. But then again, I was in Sabang port; the jump-off point to the underground river where 99% of the tourists go. There were also little cafes and bars tucked away in the warren of alleyways in Sabang center. Food choices? I wasn’t feeling them. I was underwhelmed. I didn’t go there for the food, though. I went there to do some trail hiking and see wild monitor lizards and monkeys.
“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded”. This seems to be my mantra these days.
I walked farther away from the center towards the monkey trail. Along the way, I found several beautiful places where I took refuge from too much heat from the sun.
This was one of those. I stayed in this hammock for a good hour just watching all the tourists pass by.
I passed by several resorts. The notable ones were Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa and Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort.
At the end of Sabang Beach, I found this rocky spot just perfect for themed photoshoots. In fact, there was a couple who had their shots taken at this spot.
Since I wasn’t in vibrams, it was quite challenging to get across. The Canadian I met, however, helped me climb up the rocks.
Yay, I didn’t slip! A couple of minutes later, I was at Manlipien Beach. These were the only people (below) I saw in Manlipien Beach. Would you believe that?
This same spot also serves as the end point of Sabang’s zip line. Palawan is also very rich in minerals. A lot of times, I noticed that this abundance gives the soil (sometimes the sand) a very rich, orangey color.
In this same area was the Sabang Mangrove Forest. Mangrove tours are also offered to tourists. It turned out that I didn’t really have to hike the entire trail to see some monkeys and monitor lizards. Besides, I learned that I needed a permit to do the trek.
The monkeys were jumping everywhere and they were scary! Yes, I also saw monitor lizards (bayawak).
I spent most of my time here chatting with the guy manning the Sabang Mangrove Forest. He was also very cautious of the monkeys. Those monkeys could really go wild.
I took Lexxus’s last trip back to Puerto Princesa and had my dinner in the city.
All in all, Sabang, Palawan is a great day tour location for people who are trying to avoid the usual tourist spots.