Day Trip Guide to Sabang, Palawan

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.

Schedule of vans to Sabang, Palawan
Tip: Reserve a return ticket to Puerto Princesa upon your arrival in Sabang
Tours in Sabang, Palawan
A stall offering tours to other parts of Palawan

 

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The ShipWreck Coast, Victoria, Australia

A Little Bit Of History

Loch Ard, the ship under the command of Captain Gibbs, departed England for Melbourne in 1878 with 17 passengers, 37 crew and cargo when it collided with a rocky reef close to Mutton Bird Island, near Port Campbell. Tragically, only two of the people on board survived the accident: one of the ship’s apprentices named Tom Pearce and a young female passenger named Eva Carmichael, who lost all of her family in the tragedy.

The couple was the subject of intense public interest and romantic speculation.  Tom received a hero’s welcome in Melbourne and, after six weeks, Eva returned to Ireland.  They never saw each other again.

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Anda de Boracay

Anda de Boracay
Anda de Boracay

There used to be a time when I visited Boracay as if it was just our mall nearby.  I could no longer count the number of times I’ve been there.

These days, I think twice and most probably head home to Bohol.  There are just a whole lot of beautiful beaches in Bohol that are yet to be discovered.

Anda de Boracay, also dubbed as Little Miami, is slowly getting the attention of both local and international tourists.  It’s absolutely beautiful.  I barely noticed vendors or hostels nearby.  It’s roughly a two-hour drive from Tagbilaran City/Panglao Island (less than an hour from home).

When you get there, there will be little cottages like the one below. I’m not sure if they are for rent but I assume they are on a first-come-first-served basis.  Tables are for rent for around P50.00.  You can also opt to stay underneath the trees.

 

There will be lots of kids and kids-at-heart along the shore. 🙂

 

 

 

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Bohol Beach Club Day Tour

Here’s how my Holy Thursday 2012 went.

 From the Tagbilaran City Port, we went straight here.  I am a local so there’s really no need for us to stay overnight.  

We paid Php 500 for the Day Tour Pass; Php350 of which was consumable.  On regular days, I believe their Day Tour pass is only Php350 with Php250 as consumable.  We had grilled fish, soup, kebab and pork barbecue for lunch.  Although food was great, the selection was fairly limited.  I think those die-hard meat lovers will surely complain.  

The resort proper is far from the highway and the road towards the reception area is in very poor condition.  Some improvements are being made, however, much work is definitely required.  I can’t imagine guests who don’t have their car with  them.  It would be difficult for them to get around Panglao or nearby areas unless they take the resort’s transportation service which, for me, is kind of pricey.

Road Towards the Parking Area

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Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

One of Cebu’s finest; a place that can equally compete against Boracay’s pride sans the parties and people.  It is mostly undeveloped and definitely not overcrowded (except Holy Week when it is also their fiesta).

I hope the pictures can do some justice.

Getting There
(Subject to change without notice)

From Cebu City to Hagnaya (Jagnaya) Port

Vans
Good for  6-7 persons
Non-stop trip
Fare: Between Php3,500 to Php 4,000.
Duration: Usually takes between 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes depending on speed of vans

V-Hire
From White Gold Terminal (near SM).  I can’t be sure if there’s a van in North Cebu Bus Terminal.
Van leaves every hour or when the van is full
Fare: Around Php 100.00
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

 Buses (not recommended)
From North Cebu Bus Terminal (near Makro now SM Hypermarket)
Schedule: From 4:30AM and every 30 minutes thereafter until 3:00 daily
Fare: Php 60 – Php 70
Duration: 3 to 4 hours

From Hagnaya (Jagnaya) Port to Sta. Fe Port

Ferries
Island Express Shipping
Fare: Php 60 – Php 80
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Fastcraft
Aznar Fastcraft
Fare: Php 100
Duration: 30 minutes

Shuttle Ferry Service (RoRo)
Fare:
Duration: 2 hours

Alternatively, you can take Boats from Cebu City to Sta. Fe Port through Don Martin, Palacio and Lapu-Lapu shipping lines.  Fares range from Php150 to Php200 and takes about 6-7 hours.

If you want to get there the easiest and fastest way, you can take MidSeaExpress.  Check out the details on their website.

This is paradise!

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My Top 10 Best Beaches

Updated 12.28.2014:
I realized that there’s no way I could fit all the lovely beaches into 5 items. Therefore, I’ll be adding more entries to this list to make it 10 (hopefully more Philippine beaches). 10 is fun!

Nacpan Beach, El Nido (new at 3rd spot)
Waikiki, Hawaii (new at 4th spot)
Boracay (from 3rd to 5th spot)
Phi Phi, Phuket, Thailand (from 4th to 7th)
Bantayan Island, Cebu (5th to 6th spot)

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I have just only been to Boracay very recently for a Holiday but now I’m itching to be SOMEWHERE else – beach, specifically.  I guess my immediate remedy for this urge is to go back to the memories of where I’ve been over the last couple of years.

Having said that, I believe it’s  only fair that I note down my top 5 10 best beaches I’ve been to. Here’s my list:

10. TBD
9. TBD
8. TBD

7. Phi Phi Islands and Phuket,Thailand

I have said before that there’s something about Thailand that makes me want to come back for more (especially their beaches). I love the people, the food, … I love everything! No doubt that this has become one of the most popular beaches in Asia. If you’ve seen Leonardo di Caprio’s “The Beach”, you know what I mean.

6. Bantayan Island, Cebu, Philippines

Five-hour trip from Cebu City, not so crowded, seafood’s a plenty… Need I say more?  You can read the rest of my entry here.

5.Station 1, Boracay, Philippines

I’ve been here a couple of times already and this will always have a special place in my heart.  The long stretch of white sand is simply breathtaking.  You never run out of anything to do here and there’s just a loooottt of food to choose from.  If you wish to socialize, this is definitely the place to be.  (I have yet to write an entry about Boracay in general.  I think I’ve only written about Boracay dining.  I’ll update this entry as soon as I write about it.)

4. Waikiki, Hawaii

3. Nacpan Beach, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

2. Sumilon, Oslob, Cebu, Philippines

The island soooo lovely I’ve dubbed it my own. Read my entry here to know why.

1. Home, Bohol, Philippines

I love the fact that it’s there, within the sight from your window; where the seabreeze is cooler than your aircon at night and the fact that you get subdued by the relaxing sound of the waves at night.
The sand isn’t as pristine and white as the others on the list.  But it’s HOME – where the childhood memories are inked in your heart forever.  That’s what makes it more special than the rest of the beaches on my list above.

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