{travel} Puerto Princesa and El Nido – Itinerary and Expenses (5days 4nights)

When someone mentions Palawan what instantly comes to mind is PARADISE!!! All the beautiful islands and world class sceneries can be found here, in the Philippines’ Last Frontier.


Joy and I initially booked our tickets during an airline promo. We were later joined by Mami and Yela which makes our trip all the more enjoyable and budget-friendly too! :)


I usually like to research and plan my travel itineraries, but on this trip I decided to get a tour package from Hadefe Travel and Tours. I was so busy and running out of time even though we booked our tickets months before this trip. :p

Hadefe’s package is very affordable! We got the El Nido Island Hopping and Underground Tour Package (group tour) for P 6,700 each (rate for 4 pax). The tour is inclusive of 4 nights accommodation with free breakfast, 3 lunch during the tour, Underground river tour, 2 days el nido tour, boat and tour guides, permits and fees, insurance, and van transfers.  They gave us an itinerary which consist of two Island hopping tours (A & B), but due to weather conditions in the country at that time, our first day tour got cancelled. Actually, the weather was fine that day but there’s nothing we could do to change the coast guard’s decision.

Here’s our 5 days and 4 nights itinerary and expenses in Palawan:

DAY 1 – Puerto Princesa & El Nido
5D4N Hadefe Group Tour Package ( P 6,700 ea )
Check-in at Iloilo International Airport ( P 200 Terminal fee )
9:40 Arrival at Puerto Princesa Airport
10:00 Partial City Tour: First stop – Bay Walk
10:15 Plaza Cuartel and Immaculate Conception Cathedral
11:00 Souvenir Shop
11:40 Drop-off at Robinson’s Mall and wait for other guests in our group tour.
12:00 Lunch ( P 100 )
Travel to El Nido
8:00 Arrival and Check-in at Hadefe’s Cottages ( Pamana Room for 4pax )
9:30 Dinner take-out at Antonio’s ( P520 / 4pax = P135 ea )
DAY 2 – El Nido
FREE Breakfast
10:00 Land Tour ( Our original Island hopping tour was cancelled due to weather )
11:00 First stop – Nacpan Beach
FREE Lunch ( Fresh Buko – P40 )
2:20 Corong-Corong Beach
3:45 Viewdeck
4:00 Back to El Nido town
5:00 Snack/Dinner at Art Cafe ( P645 / 4pax = P161.25 ea )
6:20 Back to our Room
DAY 3 – El Nido
FREE Breakfast
9:00 Start Island Hopping Group Tour ( Snorkeling gear rent – P 100 )
9:50 Small Lagoon
11:15 Big Lagoon ( Swimming and Snorkeling )
11:50 Entalula Beach ( Swimming, Snorkeling and Lunch )
FREE Lunch
1:45 Snake Island
2:30 Cudugnon Cave
3:30 Pinagbuyutan Island ( Swimming and Snorkeling )
5:00 End Tour
8:00 Dinner at Hadefe ( P 850 / 4pax = P 212.50 ea )
DAY 4 – Puerto Princesa
Check-out Hadefe Cottages.
Travel to Sabang
8:00 FREE Breakfast in Roxas pitstop
10:50 Arrival at Sabang
11:00 FREE Buffet Lunch
Ate Tamilok – Wood Worm ( P 100 / 4pax = P 25 ea )
11:30 Start Underground River Tour
End Tour.
1:30 Travel to Puerto Princesa
3:00 Souvenir Shop
4:20 Check-in at Ysabelle Mansion
6:00 To Bay Walk via Tricycle ( P 10 ea + P 10 ea To Kalui )
6:30 Dinner at Kalui Restaurant ( P 1,150 / 4pax = P 287.50 ea )
8:00 Back to Hotel ( P 10 fare )
DAY 5 – Puerto Princesa
FREE Breakfast
8:30 Check-out Ysabelle Mansion.
To Puerto Princesa Airport ( P 150 Terminal fee )
10:20 Departure. Flight back home.
Day 1 – Puerto Princesa & El Nido P 7,135.00
Day 2 – El Nido P 201.25
Day 3 – El Nido P 312.50
Day 4 – Puerto Princesa P 342.50
Day 5 – Puerto Princesa P 150.00
TOTAL P 8,141.25

( The expenses above excludes souvenirs, pasalubongs, tips and some snacks. )

Big thanks to Hadefe Travel and Tours for arranging our trip in Palawan! It was a stress-free vacation and we felt so spoiled with all the inclusions in the package. We absolutely will be back in Palawan in a few years. There is more to explore and beautiful sceneries to capture! I hope I could shoot an engagement session here or cover a wedding in Palawan especially in El Nido! I would go in a heartbeat!!! :D


We are now officially an outdoor lover… a Palawanderer!
Thank you, Palawan! :)