Tips and Tricks when traveling to Balabac in Palawan (Philippines)

Before everything else, I’m sharing you some photos I got during my trip for your excitement.

Feeling nasa Maldives 😂 #palawan #wheninBalabac #balabac #traversephilippines

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Squad goal 😂 #palawan #wheninBalabac #balabac #traversephilippines

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Balabac is located in the southernmost tip of Palawan in the Philippines (Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/5fnazTDr6fk)

How to go to Balabac in Palawan, Philippines

By Air: From Manila, you can fly directly to Puerto Princesa, Palawan via AirAsia, Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines. Take a bus or van going to Rio Tuba, Bataraza at San Jose Terminal.

Itinerary

Sharing you my 5-day Puerto Princesa-Balabac itinerary.

Day 0 
06:40 – ETD Manila, Ninoy Aquino International Airport
08:00 – ETA New Puerto Princesa International Airport
09:00 – Breakfast at Sweet Corner Cafe
10:00 – Early check-in at the hotel
11:00 – 17:00 – Puerto Princesa City Tour (PhP600)
18:00 – Dinner
20:00 – Back to hotel.

Contact your tour agency ahead to pick you up at your place. Be early at the pier Rio Tuba to avoid missing the once-a-day trip to Bancalan or Balabac Island.

Day 1
02:00 – Wake up and get ready for Van pick up going to Rio Tuba town in Bataraza (PhP400)
07:00 – Arrival in Rio Tuba. Ride a tricycle going to the Sitio Marbahay Pier. (PhP20)
07:15 – List down your name in the manifesto/passengers list as soon as you arrive at Sitio Marbahay Pier to reserve a seat for the passenger boat.

Passenger boat fare:
Bancalan – PhP250 – travel time 3-4 hours
Mainland Balabac – PhP450 – travel time 4-5 hours

10:00 – ETD Rio Tuba, Bataraza
13:30 – ETA Bancalan Island pier
14:00 – Start of Island hopping tour

  1. Camiaran Island (Pink Island)
  2. 1st Sandbar in Candaraman Island
  3. Candaraman Island

17:30 – Arrival in Candaraman Island basecamp. Expect basic accommodation and limited amenities. They provide tent and hammocks or you can bring your own.
18:00 – Wash up and dinner
20:00 – Get ready for the island hopping the next day

Day 2
05:00 – Breakfast
06:00 – Island hopping day 2 (Caxisican Island, Cruise the Mangroves between Ramos and Balabac Island, Starfish Island/Sandbar)
17:00 – Back to Candaraman Island
18:00 – Dinner

Day 3
05:00 – Breakfast
06:00 – Island hopping day 3 (Canabungan Island, Matangule Island, Snorkeling at the nearby reef, Angela’s Sandbar, Punta Sebaring in Bugsuk Island, Bonbon beach, 3rd Sandbar in Candaraman Island)
17:00 – Back to Candaraman Island
18:00 – Dinner

Sea birds flying… #palawan #wheninBalabac #balabac #traversephilippines

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Day 4
05:00 – Breakfast
06:00 – Island hopping day 4 (Bancalan Island, Patongong Island)
15:00 – Arrival at Buliluyan Pier in Bataraza
15:30 – Wash up and ride with your contracted van going back to Puerto Princesa City.
20:00 – Arrival in Puerto Princesa
21:00 – Dinner and check-in at the hotel

Day 5
07:00 – Breakfast at Itoy’s Coffee House (PhP140)
08:00 – Ride a tricycle going to Airport (PhP40)
09:45 – ETD Puerto Princesa International Airport
11:00 – ETA Manila

 

Tips

  • Best time to visit is during summertime.
  • There are no ATMs and credit card terminals in Balabac. Bring cash.
  • Bring insect repellent to protect yourself from mosquitoes and sand fleas (locally known as “Niknik”)
  • Malaysian products are available for purchase.
  • No electricity in Candaraman Island. Bring you headlamps or flashlights and extra batteries for your GoPro, DSLR cameras, and other gadgets

Booking

For booking and inquiries, you may contact Kap Andong of Balabac Island Safari at 0920-4214583, 0918-2482366

My favorite part of the trip 🐠 #balabac #wheninbalabac #palawan

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