Wednesday, March 25, 2015

12 Things To Do In Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, Palawan







It was our first time to visit Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and we were amazed by its beauty. For this trip, we opted to stay in Sabang Beach area than in the city because we wanted to try the other side of Puerto Princesa, more quiet and relaxed. 

Sabang Beach is like Boracay 20 years ago – imagine a long stretch of clean white sand without the crowd and without the numerous peddlers. The place is dreamy but of course, we will definitely return to Puerto Princesa to try Honda Bay island hopping and city tour the next time we come back.

Here are a few things we highly recommend for you to try and do when visiting Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

12. STAY AT SHERIDAN BEACH RESORT AND SPA
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This is the BEST resort in the area: It’s a one stop shop vacation for the whole family. They offer the most “sulit” vacation packages that are affordable and genuinely value-for-money.








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Also, if you’re lucky, you might catch the sea turtles hatch :)


11. SWIM AT THE LONGEST POOL IN PALAWAN
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Did you know that Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa’s swimming pool is the longest and biggest swimming pool in Palawan? It stretches for up to 340 feet long with a pool bar near the middle.

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10. GO TO THE SUBTERRANEAN UNDERGROUND RIVER
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Did you know that Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa is only 5-8 minutes walk away to the boat docking station for the underground river cruise? And it is only 15 minutes boat ride away to the underground river. That means you can get there early and be the first in line. AVOID THE STRESSFUL WAITING TIME and the hassle by getting there at around 730-8am. You will appreciate one of the seven wonders of nature more when you avoid the stressful waiting game.

FYI: If you’re coming from the city, you will have to travel around 2 hours to reach the docking station and wait for XX number of minutes (or an hour) to be able to ride the boat. Sadly, the travel time and waiting time can make the experience dreary for most tourists.

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Breathtaking view at the Underground River drop off

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Free roaming monitor lizards in the area

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Short trek going to the Underground River

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TIP: Sit at the front row so you can control the flashlight. It also gives you a better view when taking photos.


9. DIP AND SWIM AT SABANG FALLS
This photo of Sabang is courtesy of TripAdvisor
Sabang Water Falls pool, walking distance from Sheridan (Fernando T, Oct 2012)


8. GO ON A MANGROVE PADDLE BOAT TOUR
Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

The boatmen are very well-educated about the mangroves as they share facts and trivia while you’re enjoying the view.

TIP: Schedule the tour in the morning or early afternoon to avoid the nik-niks (mosquito-like insects that will give you the itchiest bites)

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What you will see during the tour: lizards, snakes, different types of birds, etc.


7. FIND AND EAT A TAMILOK
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TIP FOR THE ADVENTUROUS: Ask the boatman for TAMILOK. They usually have rotten woods that have the famous “longest oysters” in them. These woodworms are sweet when eaten FRESH. Just dip it in vinegar and slide it in your mouth Smile with tongue out 
WE DARE YOU TO TRY IT!!!


6. DROP BY KARST MOUNTAIN (ELEPHANT CAVE)
This is Leg 11 of The Amazing Race Philippines. It was called the Elephant Cave because it looks like an elephant lying down.
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5. ENJOY THE VIEW WHILE YOU RIDE THE ZIPLINE (800 METERS OF PURE FUN AND EXCITEMENT)
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The 10-15 minute trek going up is worth the view!!! This is only a few meters away from the mangroves so better schedule the zipline at the same time.

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We rode Sheridan's 8x8 going to the zipline adventure. Woot woot!

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Crossing the river to go to the zipline adventure

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4. HAVE A PHOTOSHOOT AT THE “ROCKS BY THE SEA”
Rock by the Sea

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This is what’s waiting for you at the end of the zipline adventure. Amazing right?!

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Perfect for Prenups, Post-nups, magazine shoot, etc.

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3. GO INTO THE WOODS AND PREPARE TO BE MUDDIED AS YOU RIDE THE ATV.
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TIP: Make sure to come here before 3PM to avoid the nik-niks.


2. HAVE A MEMORABLE DINNER BY THE BEACH
Romantic dinner for couples and Boodle fight dinner for the group :)
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1. VISIT SHERIDAN BEACH RESORT’S ORGANIC FARM
Bring the kids here so they can appreciate gardening and farming. The organic farm is an educational tour for all that will inspire you to eat healthy and be healthy.
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“Pick your own veggies”

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Huge arugulas

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Healthy organic lunch

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Sheridan harvests their own organic black rice which is healthier and contains more fiber.





BONUS: EAT AUTHENTIC “CHOW LONG” (BEEF STEW RICE NOODLE SOUP) AT VIET VILLE ON YOUR WAY BACK TO THE CITY
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This used to be where the Vietnamese refugees lived when they first settled in Palawan. Until now, the restaurant in the village is still owned and managed by a Vietnamese so expect authentic and delicious affordable Vietnamese meals.

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