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March 31, 2018

Aloha Palawan: A Weekend in Puerto Princesa + New Things to Do

Aloha Palawan: A Weekend in Puerto Princesa Inaladelan Island

Aloha Palawan: A Weekend in Puerto Princesa + New Things to Do 


Summer came earlier this year as Air Asia flew me to one of the best islands in the world, Palawan. The trip was dubbed #AlohaPalawan. I was looking forward to the event/trip as I expect it to be a very relaxed trip, the exact opposite of the recent adventures that I took part in several weeks ago. 
Clark to Puerto Princesa via Air Asia

I have been to Palawan several times, but it was my first time in Puerto Princesa.  It was also my first time to fly from Clark, Pampanga to Puerto Princesa. The flight time was short of 2 hours, but it was a comfortable flight in which Mae and I used to catch up. 

Clark to Puerto Princesa Air Asia

If you guys are wondering how to get to Clark International Aiport from Manila, check out this very helpful guide by PoorTraveler

During our boarding process, I was held by the Air Asia staff. It appears that my luggage was not properly secured and locked, and they alerted the gate staff to remind me so I can check and lock it before they load it in the plane. Thank you, Air Asia!


Clark to Puerto Princesa Air Asia

Clark International Airport is 3 hours away from Manila. I know there are news that they are planning to move domestic flights in Clark. I somehow hate the idea. I know how crazy traffic can be in NAIA but I still prefer to fly from Manila airports. 

Clark to Puerto Princesa Air Asia

Clark Side Trip: If you guys are coming from Manila to Clark, you may want to dine in at these two restaurants: Matam-Ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine and 25 Seeds. 

Matam-Ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine serves really good Filipino food. If you are in luck, you would get the chance to hear the 3 talented locals who perform song medleys. They were amazing! 

Matam-Ih Authentic Kapampangan Cuisine

While dining in 25 Seeds is like visiting a relative's home. The mansion was said to be built in 1920s, abandoned, and later on renovated and designed by resident chef, Sau del Rosario. 25 Seeds offers farm-to-table dishes that Chef Sau  crafted with the authentic Kampangpangan flavors. 


25 seeds clark


Where We Stayed: The Hue Hotel

We arrived in Puerto Princesa past 8 in the evening and we were dropped off at the hippest hotel in Puerto Princesa - the Hue Hotel. It is only 30-minute drive from the airport and is just right beside Robinson's Mall. 

We were welcomed with the usual drinks, cold towels and a performance by the locals. This neat and hip boutique hotel was our home for 2 days in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I love its spacious lobby with interesting patterns of different designs and hues. 

Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan

I shared room with @karlaaroundtheworld in a Deluxe Room with cable TV, safety deposit box, high-speed internet and complimentary bottled water. I love how Hue Hotel separated the toilet and shower room (will write a separate post about the hotel)

Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan

The #AlohaPalawan Crew made sure that we were ready for the sweet escape. They left some goodies and notes in our hotel room (we didn't get the Sour Cream & Onion Banana Chips though). 
😭😭😭😁😁😁

Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan
Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan

If you would ask me, I am okay to stay in Hue Hotel. I love the pool!

Hue Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan Blog Review Aloha Palawan


Where to Eat in Puerto Princesa? 

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar

A good food is always a part of a good vacation. We didn't need to go far to enjoy different cuisines and flavors while we were in Puerto Princesa. A quick visit Hue Hotel's outlet restaurant, Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar gave us a taste of Spanish, American, Vietnam and Filipino Food. 

On our first night, we had a Spanish Themed Dinner. 

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
I want these bulbs for my home

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
We asked @mayoilagan to sing for us that night πŸ˜

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
We all requested for a plate of rice and soon after, they served us the Paella

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Tapas

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Yes, we love good food and good chicka

Matiz Restaurant and Tapas Bar
Filipino Food waiting for us after our camping in Inaladelan Island

Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa | Golden Elephant

Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa is one of the popular resorts in Puerto Princesa where the Golden Elephant Restaurant is housed. We feasted on authentic Thai food but my favorites are Grilled Pork Ribs with Honey and Deep Fried Lapu-lapu with 5 Kinds of Herbs. 

We went at night but I am guessing, it is a perfect spot for shoot during daytime. 

Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa | Golden Elephant
Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa | Golden Elephant
Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa | Golden Elephant

Getting Around Puerto Princesa

There are buses and vans that tourists can take to go around Puerto Princesa. For a more comfortable ride and package tours, you can check Amika Travel and Tours. 

Amika Travel and Tours.

New Things to Do in Puerto Princesa

Check out the Biggest Inflatable Playground in Asia | Kamia Bay Resort

If you think that you have already experienced everything in Puerto Princesa, well, the biggest Inflatable Playground in Asia is waiting for you - the AquaPlay Park.

Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island

Located in Kamia Bay Resort in Binusalian Bay, the site is only 45-minute drive from the city proper. Kamia Bay Resort offers a balance of relaxing view and thrilling adventures for friends and family.

Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island
 They wanted us to write down our #hugot and forget about the negative feelings. But I don't have hugot that day. 

Although I have set my mind to just chill and enjoy the beach, I had to gear up and explore the Inflatable Playground. 

Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island

It was actually my first time to try the Inflatable Playground and it reminded me of the time when I was younger and carefree. I didn't miss the 40-feet high inflatable slide. Two rounds in the fun slide and I already got my dose of adventure. 


But for those who are set to greater heights and dips, do not miss the human launcher, over-sized trampolines and various floating obstacle courses.  The resort also offers water sports like kayaking and jet ski.  There is also a bike trail that you may explore during a day-tour. 



Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island
That's me and @pinoytravelfreak trying out the slide


Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island
@thomascaja trying out the Human Launcher


Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island
Here's what was waiting for us after the adventure. 
Life is good, indeed!

Here are the Aqua Park Rates:

Aqua Play: Introductory rate of Php 788 per person inclusive of a one-hour aqua park pass, eco tour, and buffet lunch

Aqua Play Adventure: Introductory rate of Php 1,188 per person inclusive of one-hour aqua park pass, eco tour, buffet lunch, and roundtrip transfer

Aqua Play Unli: Introductory Rate of Php 1,788 per person inclusive of unlimited aqua park pass, eco tour, and buffet lunch

Aqua Adventure Unlimited: Introductory rate of Php 1,788 inclusive of unlimited aqua park pass, eco tour, buffet lunch, and roundtrip transfer

Kamia Bay Resort Inflatable Island

Exploring the inflatable playground is like being a kid once again - but it is a lot more challenging. You need strength, skills and a sense of balance. It is very safe though, with instructors and life guards in every spot. The life vest is equipped with a whistle which you can use when you need help (remember Rose in Titanic?). 

I highly recommend that girls wear something that is secured (like a rash guard and tight bikini). They won't allow shorts with buttons or zipper. I came unprepared but thankfully, I didn't get seriously injured. Just a few scratches that I am hopeful Lucas Papaw Ointment can cure. 

Ready for the adventure?
Check out Amika Main Office in Puerto Princesa to book a slot. 



Camping at Inaladelan Island, Palawan


If you want to escape from the city and the crowded beaches, I think we found the perfect private island for you - the Inaladelan Island.  I am so excited to go back to this place especially after the announcement of Boracay's Closure for Island Rehabilitation.

Inaladelan Island, Palawan


It may take a long drive to get to the exotic island. But just like any great treasure, it is hidden in a beautiful site via the Port Barton.  Inaladelan Island is just 3-hours land travel and 30-minute boat ride from Puerto Princesa, where the main international airport is located (nearer than El Nido).

Inaladelan Island, Palawan

When we arrived in Inaladelan Island (also known as German Island), it was like conquering a new world. We were welcomed with fresh buko juice and upbeat sound that screams tropical days.

Inaladelan Island, Palawan

The island is an unspoiled spot that is perfect for day tour or camping. There is no better words to describe the 12-hectare property but "white sand, deep blue sea and the tropical experience". 

Inaladelan Island, Palawan
Inaladelan Island, Palawan
Inaladelan Island, Palawan Poor Traveler
Finally got to meet the Poor Traveler(s)

The island is decorated with hammocks, wooden beach chairs, swings and an island bar that sells snacks and drinks. There is also a covered pavilion that guests can use for holding functions or meetings. The pavilion also serves as a charging station from 5 pm to 12 midnight. 

Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan

There's a restroom with water. Do not, however, expect a bathtub. 

You can snorkel, swim with sea turtles (or if you lucky, catch them during hatch season in January), or just plain waste your time doing nothing. 

Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan
Food is prepared fresh and with flair by the resident chef. 

Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan
At night we had a feast via boodle fight before we were treated to a fire dance show. 

Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan
The morning after 

For the curious cats, here are the Inaladelan Island Rates:

Day Tour: Php 1,500 / person minimum of 5 pax. 
Includes round trip boat transfers, entrance fee, lunch and light snack

Overnight Camping Rate: Php 2,500 / person minimum of 2 pax. 
Includes 2 days 1 night stay, round trip boat transfers, camping tent with foam bed and pillow, dinner and breakfast, 1 hour free use of kayak

Walk-in Entrance Fee: Php 100 / person. 
Inclusive of island entrance fee, access to the beach, swimming and use of hammocks. Boat transfers and meals not included.

Website: Inaladelanisland.com




Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan
It is a beautiful place to get lost and disconnect - and reconnect with yourself  

(please wait for a separate post about my camping experience) ❤️



Inaladelan Island, Palawan Aloha Palawan
Follow the adventures #AlohaPalawan

Thank you once again to the #AlohaPalawan Team for taking care of us and for the super fun weekend!

Check out this video guys!



I just want to give a quick shout out to the following:

✈ AirAsia
πŸ“· TPL Digital and Media Aloha Palawan
πŸ“Kamia Bay Resort & Inaladelan Island Resort
🏨 Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa
πŸš™ Amika Travel and Tours
🍴Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa (The Golden Elephant Seafood Village)
πŸ‘š Laag PH