Last March 2013, I was able to book a round-trip promo fare to Puerto Prinsesa for the whole family. My Aunt and I have tickets from Manila that cost us around Php 1,100 each. My parents and siblings will come from Iloilo, hence their tickets were only around Php 900. The trip was scheduled February 2014, so we had almost a year to prepare. I am usually the organizer of our getaways. When February approached, I almost forgot about the trip and to find out I am in a cram to look for tour packages. Good thing I was able to contact a college friend who lives there and successfully booked us a package right away at iConquerPH Travel (Thanks to Moji!).
Many people say that for a budgeted tour, as much as possible, we must avoid travel agencies as they will cost you more than making your own itinerary and that visiting time will be constrained because you will have to catch up with the planned itinerary. In Puerto Prinsesa, it’s a different case. In my experience, I highly recommend that tourists should book at travel agencies because there are a lot of necessary arrangements to be made, like the permits and boats to be rented. Now, the agency gave me the list of packages that they have and let me choose from it. I chose the following: City Tour (Php 600), Firefly Watching (Php 1100), Honday Bay Island Hopping (Php 1300), and of course, not to miss out the Underground River (Php 1500). Total amount of our package was Php 4,500/pax. I was able to get a discount but I won’t mention how much, I will leave it to you how you will haggle for it.
For our accommodation, we were booked at Palatino’s Residence along Nadayao Road. I was advised that it is quite far from the airport. Since we were six in the group, we have to take two tricycles as they regulate number of passengers per vehicle (5 pax/tricycle). Travel time was 20-30 minutes and we paid Php 100 each. Upon checking in, we met the owner of the house. We talked about the rates, breakfast-lunch-dinner, and our tour schedules for the rest of our stay. Room rate was Php 300/person/night. Since we were six and stayed for 3 nights, again, we were able to get a bargain but it’s up for you to guess!
I will be writing more about our tours in Puerto Prinsesa:
- City Tour and Firefly Watching
- Honday Bay
- Underground River
Excited to share more of these!
Travel & Tour Agency: iConquerPH Travel | Tour Coordinator: Erica Biolena (0905-659-4283) | Palatino Residence (0946-3866-948)