Details: Palawan Island, Philippines

June 13, 2013
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GETTING THERE

Delta, Emirates, Korean Air and other airlines offer connecting flights from Washington Dulles or Reagan National to Manila. One-way flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa with Cebu Pacific start at $25. In Puerto Princesa, any hotel can help you book a $17 air-conditioned shared van for the six-hour drive to El Nido.

WHERE TO STAY

Puerto Pension

35 Malvar St., Puerto Princesa

011-63-48-433-2969

www.puertopension.com

Friendly hotel with air-conditioned rooms, WiFi and a surprisingly good upstairs bar and restaurant. Single rooms start at $22, doubles at $25. Breakfast included.

Marina Garden Beach Resort

Quezon Road, El Nido

011-63-917-624-7722

www.mgelnido.com

Cozy hotel on the beachfront. Rates during peak season (October to May) start at $25 for a cottage, while the nicer villas start at $41.

Balaibinda Lodge

22 Don Pedro St., Coron

011-63-929-322-1776
Offers hot showers, WiFi, flat-screen TVs and 24-hour electricity. Double rooms start at $40.

WHERE TO EAT

KaLui Restaurant

369 Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa

011-63-928-753-9621

www.kaluirestaurant.com

You’ll be asked to go barefoot at this popular Filipino restaurant, which specializes in traditional preparations of local seafood. Entrees range from $3.50 for eel in coconut cream to $9.30 for the catch of the day with prawns, vegetables and rice.

El Nido Boutique and Artcafe

Sirena Street, Buena Suerte,

El Nido

011-63-920-902-6317

www.elnidoboutiqueandartcafe.
com

Every tourist in town eventually passes through here, if only to buy food, sunscreen or flip-flops. The upstairs restaurant is standard Filipino and Western fare, but the grilled mackerel with garlic rice is worth a special trip. Entrees $5 to $13.

Bistro Coron

National Highway, Barangay 4, Coron

011-63-929-366-1609

If you’re craving something other than seafood, the pizza here will hit the spot. Entrees $4 to $11.

WHAT TO DO

Tao Philippines

Serena Street, El Nido

www.taophilippines.com

Offers five-day boat trips from El Nido to Coron or vice versa, starting at $500 per person for a small group expedition or $540 per day for a two-person private expedition.

INFORMATION

www.palawan.gov.ph/tourism.html

www.corontourism.info

J.K.

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