Get to Know the Hidden Gems of Sabang, Palawan
Sabang is a quaint and peaceful village nestled on the western coast of Palawan. Although it’s quite far from the city proper, it still belongs to Puerto Princesa City. Specifically, it’s part of Barangay Cabayugan.dekor-okno.ru
This town is most famous for being the gateway to the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR), which is undeniably one of the most famous tourist attractions in the province. PPUR is visited by thousands and thousands of tourists every year.
Many travelers have seen Sabang as nothing but a jump-off point to the PPUR, a place to hang out while they wait for their turn to enter the cave, or a place to have their lunch or downtime. What they don’t realize is that Sabang has other precious gems that would surely be worthwhile to explore.
One of these is the Sabang Waterfalls—a spectacular centerpiece to the rugged jungles of Sabang. To get here, you will need to go on a 1.8-kilometer trek along a pebbly beach. Along the way, you will find Buddhist sayings written on large flat stones. It will take you about 30 minutes or so to get to the falls. But once you get to the place, you’ll see that it’s worth it.
If you’re up for more adventure (and if you’re not yet tired from the trek along the rocky shore), you can opt to climb to the top of the falls. Be sure to commit with your whole heart, as this is not a joke. It’s a challenging climb over a three-meter high wall. The wall is so steep and difficult to climb that there’s only about 10 people who have made it. If you’re able to get to the summit, you will be rewarded with gorgeous views.
Not too far from the waterfalls is a Buddhist temple. It’s not included in most Sabang travel guides, and you won’t find it listed as a tourist destination. But it’s definitely a worthy place to include in your itinerary, particularly if you are interested in temples, culture and religion.
The Buddhist temple is Sabang is nothing extravagant like those others that you will find in other places in the Philippines. But the temple is just as serene and peaceful. It’s an idyllic place to do your meditation. If you’re coming to Sabang to relax and clear your head, it will be a great idea to visit this temple.
While Sabang’s most prominent attraction is a river within a cave, you have to know that there are many other caves in this town that you would also want to get a glimpse of. Some of the lesser-known but also stunning caves in Sabang are Elephant Karst Mountain Cave, Daylight Hole Cave, Kawili Cave and Lion’s Cave.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)
Then there’s also the Mangrove Forest Tour, which can be considered another precious treasure in Sabang. In this tour, you will be riding a boat, which will take you through the mangrove forests of Sabang to get a close look of its extensive ecosystem.
While the Underground River remains the most famous landmark of Sabang, there are many other spots that are also worthy of your time. Be sure to consider visiting them when you visit this part of Palawan on your vacation.
Relaxing Activities to Enjoy in Sabang
It’s true that Sabang has become synonymous with adventure, especially after the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) has been declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, and after the Ugong Rock Adventures has become a big hit among tourists.
But this doesn’t mean that your Sabang vacation has to be all about hardcore action and adventure. It can also be a time for chilling out and relaxing. You can come here to get away from the stress of your daily life, to ponder about things that you haven’t had time to think about, and to get that much-needed break.
While in Sabang, you can engage in these relaxing activities that will surely do wonders in clearing your head:
Sabang is not just for adventure lovers. It is also an ideal place for people who want to rest, relax and recharge.
Discover the Top Resorts in Sabang
Before the Underground River became a world famous tourist destination, the town of Sabang did not have any hotels or resorts. It was but a quaint fishing village with a few small cottages and houses along the beachfront.
But now, as you can see, Sabang is bustling with commercial establishments everywhere. It’s a sign of progress and development. It means that the economy is booming with the influx of tourists.
And like other well-known tourist destinations, Sabang also has its own collection of exquisite hotels and resorts that would definitely make your vacation extraordinary. Consider these places for your upcoming trip to Palawan.
Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa
Smacked right between the crystal waters of the West Philippine Sea and the vast mountain ranges of Sabang is the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa. It is said to be the first ever green resort in the country that centers on environmental sustainability with its entire resort powered by solar and wind energy. After all, Sabang and the PPUR are some of the country’s most treasured protected areas.
Sheridan is a top choice among tourists who wish to have nothing short of a luxurious and comfortable vacation. Apart from its tasteful and classy accommodations that are also as homey as any tourist would prefer, Sheridan also boasts of having Palawan’s longest swimming pool that spans 340 feet. It also has a spa and restaurant, and many other amenities to complete your vacation.
Another relaxing retreat in Sabang is the Bambua Nature Cottages and Resort. Unlike Sheridan, which lies in front of the sea, this one is tucked behind the rolling hills of Sabang. One of the many things to love about this place is the extensive garden landscape with neatly manicured lawns and verdant plants all over. It’s hard to not to feel refreshed and relaxed when you stay in this place.
Since the resort’s primary accommodations are cottages, you’ll get a feel of the province life, the local’s way of living. Although it’s not so much of what you can call a luxurious experience, it is definitely something that you will never forget. And the natural views—they’re second to none. It’s the perfect peaceful retreat for those who want a unique kind of vacation experience in Palawan.
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort
Also a first-class resort, that can be found in Sabang, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort lies within a three-hectare land, surrounded by lush tropical gardens. It has modern style suites and rooms with all the amenities that you need for a comfortable stay. It also has its own swimming pool where you can take a rejuvenating dip when the waters are not too calm at Sabang Beach.
In Daluyon, you’ll find one of Sabang’s most famous restaurants—Pawikan Restaurant, which serves exquisite local dishes that many tourists say are cooked to perfection.
Sheridan, Daluyon and Bambua are just a few of the many resorts that you can consider for your upcoming Palawan vacation. Make sure that you review all the places carefully before making your final decision. This way, you’ll get to stay in a place that meets your expectations and needs. Enjoy!
How to Have a Luxury Vacation in Sabang
When people think of Sabang, they immediately form an image of the Underground River in their minds. That, and a dozen other adventure activities—ziplining, caving, rock climbing, spelunking, surfing, boating, trekking, and many more. Sabang has become another word for “roughing it”.
But did you know that Sabang can also be a place of luxury and comfort? That it can also be a top choice for those who want to indulge and experience the finer things in life? Yes, all these are true.
In order to do that, you need to make the right choices when it comes to accommodation and activities to do. Here’s what you need to know about having a luxury vacation in Sabang, Palawan.
Choose to stay in a luxury hotel
There are only two luxury hotels in Sabang: the Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, and the Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort. Both are very popular among high-end tourists, offering sophisticated and exclusive accommodations set in modern tropical paradise.
Sheridan boasts of having the largest outdoor pool in Palawan (with a floating bar in the center) while Daluyon is where you’ll find one of the province’s top-rated restaurants, the Pawikan Restaurant.
It’s up to you where you will choose to stay between these two options. But it’s best that you take the time to make an extensive review of each so you can pick the one that will better suit your needs and preferences.
Book tours from your hotel or travel agency
Unless you’d prefer a “stay-cation”—you know, the type of vacation in which you will just stay in your hotel the whole day, relaxing and doing nothing—you’d want to take a tour to the Underground River.
If you do, make sure that you get a booking from your hotel or travel agency who will do everything for you. It’s quite difficult and complicated to secure an entrance permit to the PPUR on your own, and you’d rather spend your precious time pampering yourself than falling in line to get your permit.
Pamper and indulge yourself
Enjoy all the amenities in your hotel. Spend the day swimming in the hotel’s outdoor pool, get a massage or any other treatment in the hotel’s spa, or get a taste of some of the hotel restaurant’s finest menu offerings. Be sure to pair your main course with an exquisite wine. Eat, drink, and unwind to your heart’s content!
The purpose of having a vacation is to get an incredible experience that would make you want to give life a hug. In Sabang, you can have the most amazing luxurious vacation if you make the right choices.
A Backpacker’s Guide to Sabang and Underground River
Palawan welcomes thousands of tourists each week. Some are Filipinos from Manila and other provinces in the Philippines. Some are foreigners coming from different parts of the globe. More and more of these travelers, particularly among foreigners, are backpackers.
A backpacker is defined as someone who engages in independent, low-budget form of travel. Backpackers usually stay in a place much longer than other types of tourists. They mingle with the locals, and embrace local culture and life.
Backpacking is one of the best ways to make the most out of your vacation in Palawan. If you’re coming to see the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) and staying at Sabang, here are some a couple of reminders that would help you have a meaningful and enriching trip:
“Less is more” is the mantra of backpackers. You can’t go backpacking and then go overboard with your baggage, bringing ten pairs of shoes or a dozen swimsuits. Remember that backpackers do a lot of walking.
Carrying an overweight baggage will not only slow you down and exhaust you, but will also make you miss out on some excellent opportunities like seeing more sights, doing more activities, and so on. You’ll also get to save money if you pack light. This would save you from paying extra for checked-in baggage or excess weight.
So how do you survive with a few clothes and gear when spending months in a place far from home? One is to bring multi-function items—a shampoo that doubles as a conditioner, an Army knife with all the basic tools that you need, and so on.
Be sure to use a light backpack designed to maximize space. It would also be a good idea to check out any laundry services in Sabang so you don’t have to bring lots of clothes. Or you can simply wash your own clothes at night before going to sleep. It’ll be dry and ready to use when you wake up in the morning.
Finally, don’t bring valuables. Jewelry, high-tech gadgets (that serve no purpose to your trip), and rare collections that you have—you don’t have to bring any of these to your backpacking adventure to Sabang. The principle of backpacking is to survive using only the basic essentials.
Inform someone of your plans
Don’t leave without telling someone about your itinerary. While you don’t want family or friends bothering you on your trip, you do want someone to know your whereabouts in the event of an accident or any other mishap.
Stay in backpackers’ pension houses
There are many cheap places in Sabang where you can stay for a long time without spending a fortune. Some of the ideal choices for backpackers include Alpuerto Escapade Resort & Restaurant, Bambua Nature Cottages, Cafe Sabang Rooms and Cottages, Dabdab Resort Cottages & Restaurant. Rates start at P250 per night per person. If possible, try to find a place that also has a kitchen so you can do your cooking and save money on food.
Plan your itinerary smartly
It’ll save you a lot of money to go on a DIY tour to the PPUR. Check out our article: A Complete DIY Guide to the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour. Don’t forget to shake things up a bit and include off-the-beaten destinations on your itinerary. Apart from the PPUR, you should also take time to see the Sabang Waterfalls, Ugong Rock Adventures, Elephant Karst Mountain, Daylight Hole Cave and Buddhist Temple.
Backpacking is an incredible way to travel. It deviates from the usual touristy activities and gives you a more meaningful experience, and fosters a deeper connection with the place you are visiting. Try going on a backpacking adventure in Sabang sometime soon.
Visiting the Ethnographic Museum in Sabang
Sabang has become the ultimate Palawan vacation destination for those who are looking for adventure opportunities, relaxation, and nature exploration. But did you know that if you’re a history buff, you’ll also get to enjoy this place?
Yes, that’s right, and that’s because of the Ethnographic Museum that can be found within the premises of the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park, specifically at the park’s visitor/tourist center.
This museum features the culture and heritage of two indigenous groups of Palawan: Tagbanua and Batak. Inside the museum, you will get a glimpse of how these two local groups of people lived their lives during the ancient times.
Some of the objects on display are ancient jewelry, tools, photographs and many other types of artifacts. You’ll even find an example of a Manunggul Jar. The Manunggul Jar is a burial jar that was excavated in the Tabon Caves a few years back.
It dates back from 890 to 710 B.C. It’s one of the most distinguished pre-colonial artwork and also a declared national treasure with distinctive features of two figures at the top cover that illustrate the journey of the soul to life after death.
The collection of ancient artifacts might not be as extensive as what you usually find in big museums, but these are enough to give you an idea about the life and culture of the indigenous people of Palawan. Be sure to get a copy of the briefings and informative brochures about the museum’s collection. You’ll find a lot of interesting things to learn about this.
Apart from the interesting objects that you’ll find inside this little museum, you’ll also notice that the structure is surrounded by towering cliffs and mountains. There’s plenty of spectacular natural sights that you can feast your eyes on while you’re here. Feel free to take pictures of the mountain views for souvenir.
It’s true that Sabang has become synonymous to the Underground River, that no tourist who ever steps in this place leaves without seeing the world famous river. But as with other well-known tourist destinations in the world, Sabang has other attractions that may be smaller or simpler but also deserve time and attention. One of these is the interesting Ethnographic Museum that you should definitely make time for.
Sample 3-Day Itinerary in Sabang, Palawan
There’s so much to do in Sabang that it can be difficult to figure out your vacation plans. A sample itinerary like this one can help you in determining the flow of your trip.
Remember that when planning your itinerary, you have to consider not only the locations of the attractions (it’s wise to choose to see on the same day those that are closely located to each other) but also the time needed to spend time in the place. For example, the Underground River tour all in all (including the boat ride from Sabang to Underground River and so on) can’t be finished in 30 minutes.
If you’re not a seasoned traveler, planning a vacation itinerary can be a big challenge. But with the help of sample itineraries like this one, it will be much easier. Of course, you don’t have to copy this entirely. You can simply get a few ideas and create your own according to your own preferences and needs.
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