Palawan is the Philippines’ Last Frontier with its capital city Puerto Princesa. It is the largest province in the Philippines and there is so much to do here. Palawan is a very popular destination to visit by locals and tourists and is hailed as the ‘best island in the world.’
I got the chance to visit Palawan again and this time I was travelling with my mom. I had not explored Puerto Princesa the first time I was here. Perhaps this is what they call perfect timing. I spent four days and three nights at Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast.
Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast is an affordable hotel in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. I love the concept of this hotel as they want to provide affordable lodging in Palawan where people can relax and get close to nature. It’s a good place for my mom to take a break. I took my mum with me since it was her birthday at the end of September so it was good chance for a travel treat. Could you survive travelling with your mum?
From the airport of Puerto Princesa, the van of Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast was waiting for us. It was a 15-20 minute ride to the place. The staff were so accommodating and they were so polite answering our questions. Since my mum is not used to luxury travel, I told her to relax and enjoy being pampered.
The place is a breath of fresh air. The building materials of the B&B are made of wooden poles called Acacia mangium. Indeed, this place is eco-friendly. I even hear the birds chirping and made me think I just wanted to sit down somewhere and relax. I loved how quiet it was away from the bustling sound of the city.
Twin Deluxe Room
We chose the Twin Deluxe Rooms as mum and I wanted to be in separate beds as I have the tendency to work in my bed. The room is good for two and can hold up to three persons. The room is fully air-conditioned with LCD Cable TV, hot and cold shower, and the most important for me is to have wi-fi access to work in my room as a digital nomad. The room is small so is the bathroom and we’re fine with it.
We were looked after by the staff and they were so accommodating with our needs. Every time I have questions they had the answer straight away. Although my mum has a hard time speaking Tagalog, good thing some staff can speak in Cebuano.
The Deluxe Pool Room
This room is perfect for families and friends as it is very spacious and can hold 6 to 8 persons. This has a Queen size bed, double bed and a sofa bed. The room has a hot and cold shower, fully air-conditioned, LCD cable TV, personal refrigerator, security vault and patio. The best part is it’s overlooking the swimming pool.
The restaurant has a relaxed ambiance although mum and I only used it for breakfast. My mum and I enjoyed the brewed coffee as we don’t have it at home. We enjoyed the breakfast too and I even added another cup of rice. Yes, I am such a rice eater and breakfast is the best meal of the day.
If you want to go out for dinner, the van is available for people who want to go to the centre at 6 PM and will pick you up at 9 PM. This is a great way of seeing the city proper, check out some bars, the mall or the bay walk. Also, if you want a tricycle for the day, they can call somebody and all you need is just to wait at the lobby. Everything was so convenient for us.
I was able to ask the staff there who were the usual customers of their hotel, one of the staff said, that people who work in the BPO companies use the B&B for their outings. I could say that this place is perfect if you want to get away from stress just like what my mum and I did.
This is also a good place for honeymooners too as I’ve seen couples staying here. The location was perfect for getting close to nature. I prefer this hotel if I want some real privacy with a partner.
What to do in Puerto Princesa?
We did a DIY tour in Puerto Princesa and it’s cheaper. Since it’s just the two of us with my mum, we hired a tricycle. Also, I was able to negotiate with the tricycle driver and we got a discount.
- Lunch at Ka Inato – since we got out at 11 AM, I asked the driver to take us to one of the famous eateries in Puerto Princesa so he brought us here.
- A visit to Mitra’s Ranch – part of the city tour is to visit the farm of the late Ramon Mitra, Jr.
- Crocodile Farm at Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center – here I was able to carry a baby crocodile.
- Butterfly Eco Garden and Tribal Village – the best part of this tour is the Tribal Village as we were able to see how the indigenous people live.
- Baker’s Hill – this is a cool place as there is a bakery, a restaurant, a park where you can have photo sessions here with a lot of animated and funny stuff around. It’s an excellent place for families with kids and with your friends.
- Ugong Rock Adventures – before we went to the Underground River, you have the option to do the caving and the zip line.
- Puerto Princesa Underground River – this is the highlight of the Puerto Princesa trip as the underground river is a must see. At first, mum and I were hesitant to do the tour as it was above our budget but again, I was able to ask for a discount. Since we were there at the moment, I thought we should grab the chance to experience it and so we did.
A Note of Thanks
Thanks to Pauline and Io for arranging the complimentary accommodation for us. Although I haven’t seen you personally, the Palo Alto Bed and Breakfast staff are doing a great job with fantastic quality service. Indeed, my mom and I enjoyed our stay here. All opinions on this article are my own.
About the Author
Roxanne M. Tamayo is the blogger and photographer behind iTravelRox. She is an aspiring digital nomad and a volunteer, among others. Her one-country-a-year travel started in September 2013, until she got the idea of solo backpacking during her trip to Palawan in September 2014. The rest of the story is ever progressing.