A Quick Guide on How to Get to Sabang
Touring the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) would be like taking a journey to a different world. For a moment, you’ll be forgetting about your everyday life, as you’ll get to be treated to mind-blowing sights of rock formations carved out by the hands of nature. It’s no surprise that PPUR easily became one of the province’s top tourist destinations. And that it also became one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.polvam.ru
The Underground River is located in Sabang, a small fishing village on the western coast of Palawan. Sabang is the launch pad of the tour. This simple coastal village, which is now home to many top-rated hotels and resorts, can be accessed in different ways.
Here are some ways to get to Sabang Port from the city proper of Puerto Princesa:
Option # 1 – Via Shuttle Van
Go to the San Jose Terminal and look for the Lexus Shuttle Service. This is one of the shuttle services that offer transportation to Sabang Port. The fare is P140 for Filipinos and P200 for foreigners. Travel time by van is about one hour and 45 minutes. It’s best to reserve your seat in advance so you can be sure that you can get your ride on time. Once you arrive at Sabang Port, reserve your ticket going back. Tickets are sold out easily.
Puerto Princesa to Sabang (vice versa) – 7:30 a.m., 8:30a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.
To book your tickets: contact Lexus Shuttle services:
Option # 2 – Via Jeepney or Non Air Conditioned Bus
There are also non air conditioned buses and jeepneys going to Sabang Port that can be found in the San Jose Terminal. The fare is a little cheaper at P100 for Palawan locals, P120 for local tourists and P200 for foreigners. The travel time, however, is quite long at two hours and 15 minutes to three hours. It’s because jeepneys and buses make several stops along the way, unlike the shuttle van. Also, the drivers wait for the bus or jeepney to fill up before they depart, even if it’s already the scheduled time to leave. Advanced booking is not available for jeepneys and buses.
Puerto Princesa to Sabang (vice versa) – 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
To get to the San Jose Terminal from the Puerto Princesa city proper, ride a multicab going to San Jose. The fare is only P12. Or you can also ride a tricycle, which costs more at P80 (group rate). San Jose Terminal is located in the San Jose New Market, just a few meters ahead of Robinson’s Mall if you’re coming from main town.
What kind of a traveler are you?
Are you the typical tourist who goes on a quick three- or four-day vacation only to get a quick peek of the major highlights of the place using a tour package that comes with a clearly-defined and structured itinerary?
Or are you the type who prefers to stay long in a place without any strict itinerary, but instead spends more of his time getting to know the place, traveling the off-the-beaten path, exploring hidden gems, meeting and becoming friends with locals, and embracing local life and culture?
If you’re the latter, you’re going to have a grand time in Sabang.
Sabang, Palawan owes its fame to the recently declared New Wonder of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River. This national park, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, welcomes hundreds of typical tourists everyday.
They come in here to see the PPUR, take pictures, eat the lunch buffet that comes with the package, and leave on the same day. They have no idea that there’s more to Sabang than the Underground River.
But if you plan to stay much longer, you’ll be surprised to know the quaint fishing town abounds in natural attractions like caves, beaches, waterfalls and more. The place also has a wide array of animal and plant species that you can enjoy during activities like hiking, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
Popular hiking trails include the Monkey Trail and the Jungle Trail, both of which should be part of your plan if you wish to stay longer in Sabang. There are also many beautiful caves to explore—Elephant Cave Karst Mountain, Daylight Hole Cave, Ugong Rock Adventures, Lion’s Cave, and Kawili Cave. And don’t forget the Mangrove Forest Tour and Sabang Waterfalls! There’s so much to do while you’re here!
Budget shouldn’t be a cause for concern, as there are plenty cheap places to stay in here in Sabang. These cheap lodgings offer cozy, comfortable rooms and cottages for only P250 to P500 per night. Not bad, right? Even though the rates are super cheap, you don’t have to worry about the quality. You’ll find that these resort owners strive to maintain cleanliness and orderliness of their accommodations.
One of the things that you have to know about your long vacation is that there’s no electricity at certain hours during the day. There’s also no Wi-Fi in your cottage. This means that if you’re the kind of person who can’t live without internet or gadgets, staying in Sabang for a long vacation might not be a good idea for you.
But if you love nature and the laid back kind of lifestyle—you’re going to have so much fun. You’ll also enjoy mingling with the locals, who are very friendly and accommodating.
Many say that Palawan is the most beautiful province in the Philippines. And many would agree that Sabang is one of the most scenic towns in Palawan. Make the most out of your trip by staying in this place for a week or two, or even for a few months.
Some people miss out on the wonderful benefits of traveling because they think they cannot afford to go on a vacation. But a trip doesn’t have to set you back for much if you know a trick of two about budget traveling. If you’re coming to Sabang to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), it would be more convenient for you to spend a night or two here so you don’t get tired from the long road trip from the Puerto Princesa city proper. You’ll be glad to know that unlike other famous tourist destinations in the Philippines, Sabang actually cheaper lodgings than luxury hotels.
Here’s a quick list of the cheapest places to stay in Sabang:
Consider these places for your upcoming trip to the Puerto Princesa Underground River. Remember, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a memorable vacation.
When planning for a vacation, one of the first things that you have to take care of is your place to stay. After all, it’s where you’re going to retire at the end of each tiring but fulfilling day. It’s a must to find a pension house or hotel that will provide you with a clean, comfortable and safe accommodation where you can have a good night’s sleep.
In Sabang, there’s no shortage of excellent lodging options that will contribute to an incredible Puerto Princesa Underground River experience. We’ve rounded up some of those that you might want to consider for your trip:
Tribal Beach Resort & Restaurant
Quaint and simple, this is the resort of choice for those who want to stay away from the maddening crowd of the PPUR. The rooms are clean and cozy, the staff accommodating and friendly.
As it is a beachfront resort, you can enjoy swimming in the morning or in the late afternoon. If you’re a backpacker looking for a place to pitch your tent, the resort also offers a camping area for a minimal fee. The place also has a restaurant open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., which serves fresh local cuisine at affordable rates.
Fan room – P700 per night (P150 for extra person)
Double bed fan room – P1,500 per night (P150 for extra person)
For bookings or more info, contact JubelleMagbanwa (09462382873) or Edwin Magbanwa (09176458700).
Sunbird Cottages and Blue Bamboo Restaurant
More popularly known as Blue Bamboo, this lodging is said to be the cheapest in Sabang. It has a seafront but there’s no sandy beach. Their rooms are native huts that would surely give you a unique experience. Like Taraw Resort, there’s also a restaurant here, which is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Fan room with no CR or with CR without shower – P350 per night (for two people)
Fan room with private CR and shower – P500 per night (for two people)
Fan room with private CR and shower – P800 per night (for four people)
Contact Lorena or Maymay (09107970038 / 09206920027) for more inquiries or reservation.
A first choice among foreign backpackers, Dabdad offers cheap but comfortable accommodations for those who do not mind roughing it a bit.
Bungalow fan room with no private CR – P400 per night (for two people)
Bungalow fan room with private CR – P700 per night (for two people)
Family room with private CR – P1,500 per night (for four people)
Duplex with two fan rooms and one private CR – P1,600 per night (for four people)
For additional info, contact 09494699421 or 09067538440
Alpuerto Escapade Resort & Restaurant
Simple huts lined with coconut trees, the Alpuerto Escapade Resort is a nice quiet retreat in Sabang. What you’d love about this place is that unlike other lodging options in Sabang, this one offers negotiable rates. You can get a room for a much cheaper price, particularly during off-season.
Fan room with no private CR – P500 per night (for two to four people)
Duplex fan room with private CR – P1,000 per night (for four people)
Family room – P2,500 per night (for 10 to 15 people)
You may get in touch with Joseline Sarmiento (09298669838) for more details.
Dayunan Tourist Inn
If you’re looking for something in between a backpacker’s lodge and a luxury hotel, Dayunan Tourist Inn is a good choice. The place is homey and comfortable, but not as expensive as five-star resorts in Sabang.
Aircon Room with hot and cold shower – P2,200 per night (for two people)
Get in touch with the Inn’s front desk staff (09154859158)
These are just some of the many inns and pensions in Sabang that offer decent places to stay and affordable prices. We will feature more in the second instalment of this article Where to Stay in Sabang (Part 2 of 2). Enjoy!
Even with packs of people coming to Sabang to see the Underground River, there’s little chance of running out of places to stay in. There are many hotels, resorts and cottages spread all over the town to accommodate tourists coming from other countries and from other parts of the Philippines.
Here are more places to stay in at Sabang you can consider for your upcoming vacation:
BalayBalay Travel Lodge
BalayBalay Travel Lodge may be more expensive than other backpackers’ inns but you’ll be pleased with their clean and quiet rooms with small private patios. The owner is nice enough to help you with your tour arrangements.
Fan room – P1,200 per night
Aircon room – P2,000 per night
(P200 per night for extra person)
For reservations, contact Mark Daliva (09128695999 / email@example.com)
Cafe Sabang Rooms and Cottages
A budget travel inn that provides good value for your money, Cafe Sabang Rooms and Cottage is the perfect choice for travelers looking for low-cost accommodations.
Fan room – P500 per night
Contact +639169042352 to know more about Cafe Sabang, its accommodations, amenities and rates.
Green Verde Beach Inn & Restaurant
Green Verde’s huts are small and plain but they are set in a neatly manicured lawn with views of the beach nearby. It also has a souvenir shop, laundry, shop, and in house spa and massage therapists.
Duplex fan room with bathroom – P600 per night for two persons
Single fan room with bathroom – P1,000 per night for two persons
Family fan room with bathroom – P1,500 per night for four persons
To book your stay, get in touch with Green Verde (+639124986746, +639109784539 or +639273500289)
Mary’s Cottages are a small secluded resort that provides basic amenities to tourists who wish to have a comfortable stay in Sabang. It is located near the shoreline. It’s only a few minutes walk away from the beach.
Fan room – P400 per night
To make your reservation, call 09109241673, 09197577582,09084165206 or 09056104122
Another practical choice for budget travelers is Michi’s Cottages, which is located near the starting point of the Mangrove Forest Tour as well as the SabangZipline and Monkey Trail. The huts are quite small but feel spacious and cozy inside. It has a restaurant that’s open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Rates are negotiable for travelers staying for a longer time.
Fan room with bathroom – P1,000 per night
Contact 09276882530 or 09353238397 for inquiries or reservation.
Penao Resort & Restaurant
The Penao Resort & Restaurant is located near the Sabang Port. This is why, during the peak season, this place can get quite crowded. It has simple huts with basic amenities, enough to give you a comfortable stay. Its restaurant is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Fan room with bathroom – P800 per night
Fan room with bathroom – P1,000 per night
Call or text 09054737866 or 09078216959 for inquiries or reservations.
Robert’s Resort Inn
One thing to love about Robert’s is that its huts are overlooking the views of the beach. Each hut comes with a patio where you can spend the lazy afternoon looking at the sea and drinking cold juice. It also has a restaurant that opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.
Fan room – P800 per night for two persons
Fan room – P1,500 per night for five to six persons
P150 for extra beddings
For more details, contact Robert’s Resort Inn (09268293090, 09991982375 or 09489427351)
Taraw Beach Cottages & Restaurant
The rooms at Taraw are nothing spectacular, but they’re clean and spacious. The inn is located near the beachfront. It also has a restaurant where you can eat anytime from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Triplex Cottage (shared bathroom) – P500 per room per night for two persons
Small family room with bathroom – P800 per night for five persons
Honeymooner’s cottage with bathroom – P1,000 per night for two persons
Duplex with bathroom – P1,000 per night for four persons
Big family fan room with bathroom – P1,500 per night for four persons
Big family aircon room with bathroom – P3,000 per night for four persons
Get in touch with Taraw using these numbers: 048-434-7481, 048-723-0545, 09215492156, 09053357235, 09495044318 or 09991990707.
With this list, it would be much easier for you to pick a place where you can stay during your vacation in Sabang, Palawan.
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