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Trip Start Jul 06, 2010
54Trip End Jun 28, 2011
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We arrived by plane to the city of Puerto Princesa where we checked into a fabulous little guesthouse called the Dallas Inn which was recommend to us by some other travelers. It's cute small and clean plus reasonably priced. What else could you ask for? And the family that runs it are really nice and accommodating. Lately we are getting tired of the guidebooks recommendations where you need to read between the lines. For example when the guidebook says a place has a lot of "character" what they really mean is a lot of dust and junk. "Rustic" mean basic - likely the kind of basic which means no toilet seat, dirty linen and lots of bugs
Anyway, the thing to do in Puerto Princesa is island hop around Honda Bay. So we got off our wallets and dished out some cash for the tour. And it was exactly as we expected. Hundreds of tourists all island hopping together. We just don't understand why these tour companies can't mix it up a bit. Why do we all have to snorkel at the same reef at the exact same time? At least the people on our boat were interesting and the lunch was pretty fantastic - tuna steaks, prawns, roasted eggplant etc. Here we were expecting sandwiches and we got a first class meal. As for the beaches...they were OK...but we are spoiled these days and it takes a pretty nice beach to impress us.
The other thing to see in Puerto Princesa is a subterranean river system. However, after speaking to several other people we decided to take a pass on this tour. Apparently 700 to 1000 tourists visit that river a day! We don't care how nice it is - the tourist circus would spoil it for us.
We are surprised at how few Western tourists we meet in the Philippines. Most of the tourists are actually from the Philippines which is a nice surprise
We are off to northern Palawan next, where there are suppose to be some beautiful beaches and great snorkeling. We will keep you posted.