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After my short trip at the National Museum Quezon, Palawan Branch and a quick lunch at the Public Market, I now had nothing to do. I was asking random people on where I could go since I had to wait for my friends to arrive the next day to visit the Tabon Caves. Everyone was telling me to head to Tabon Village Resort and I keep telling people that I’m not fond of resorts but since it was only a bit past lunch time I decided to check the resort so that I could visit a beach of Quezon, Palawan.
I asked a tricycle driver on how I could get there and he said that I should ride a tricycle. I asked for how much and he said to me 100 Pesos for a one-way trip to the resort since it was quite far. I said okay and we were off to the Tabon Village Resort.
While on our way he asked if I will be staying long inside the resort and I told him that I only plan to just visit and ask some questions, maybe for an hour and I’ll be out. He suggested that he could wait for me so that I don’t have to walk long to go out. I asked the price and if I could get a discount out, he answered it would still be 100 Pesos. So that’s 200 Pesos for a round trip to the resort. I said okay.
When we arrived at the resort after less than 15 minutes riding the tricycle we arrived at the resort. I was now doubting on the price of the tricycle as my estimate distance would only be 4-5 kilometers.
I was amazed at the resort. It wasn’t full of staff going around and it was all green. It had that rustic and minimal feeling to it which I really liked. I then walked on a bridge made of old wood which I really doubt its strength but I kept on walking until I reached their restaurant.
There were two staffs sitting down there and my immediate question to them was “how much is the tricycle fare going here?” They answered it’s 20 to 25 Pesos per person if we were a group and 50 Pesos if I’m alone. My hunch was right and I told them on how much my tricycle was worth. They were shocked. I was shocked.
I asked them on some details on their rooms and they told me that it was 220 Pesos for a room for 2 pax with common CR. I was shocked (again). I didn’t expect for such a nice resort to be really affordable and the people I was asking around town told me that the lodging around town costs about 275 to 300 Pesos per room. I’m staying here!
I went back to my tricycle driver and told him that I liked the resort and I’m staying here. I paid him the 100 Pesos as we agreed and he left. I then regretted to let him leave without telling him that what he is doing is short sighted. That tricking people will only make him money for a short time but if he continues with this people will be avoiding him or worst the whole town of Quezon, Palawan as it could be branded as a town of tricksters. Since I could no longer tell him that, I only hoped that he would realize his short comings and correct his attitude for the greater good. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the town of Quezon, Palawan. The people there were very accommodating, kind and tells the truth. The tricycle driver who overcharged me does not represent the whole Quezon, Palawan.
Going back to the restaurant, I asked the staff to take me to my room. We walked back to the bridge and went to a big hut with 4 rooms. Once I stepped on the platform, I knew that the structure was old. Each walk would create vibrations throughout the hut and that was verified when a couple arrived, walked on the hallway and checked in on the adjacent room later at night. In my room there was a not-so-soft bed that I really liked, an electric fan and an electric socket perfect for my cellphone and camera. They were also kind to give me a kulambo (mosquito net) when I asked for it.
When I checked the time it was still 1:09PM!!! The afternoon was still starting. I decided to go back again to the restaurant and ask on what I could visit from there but the place was just so relaxing and I’m the only guest they have. A good time for solitude. If you’ve been reading on my previous travels I’m used to fast paced travels to cover more ground on a shorter time but for this resort I felt the need to slow my pace down. Needed to rest as my work too is physically demanding.
I went back to my room, grabbed my pen and notebook and visited the restaurant again. The restaurant also had a rustic feeling. An old bar made of wood, walls are made from kawayan mats and chairs and tables were indigenous too. Hearing the waves outside it was the perfect place to just sit down, relax and have a cup of coffee.
I sat on a chair with tables overlooking the sea. Started sipping my coffee and started writing some posts and farm plans. It felt great to slow down even once in a while.
Not long I saw the sun setting and it would have been a picture perfect moment if not for the cloudy skies.
The owner then told me that electricity usually goes out around 6PM and would be back at 9PM. I decided to order my food then so they would not have a hard time cooking it in the dark. I ordered Chicken Curry (160 Pesos) and 2 rice (10 Pesos each) which still took a long time to cook that the lights went out before it was served. Good thing they had a generator and they were really kind to fire it up even if I’m the only guest they have that time. At least I didn’t have to eat in the dark.
I smirked at the thought that my room was only 40 Pesos much expensive than my dinner.
When it was finally time to go to bed, I went there, slept and woke up the other day to meet my friends and to finally visit the Tabon Caves. The things that were stopping me were a bath, a toothbrush and a toothpaste from my pogi pack and how I could get out of the resort as it’s really far from the highway.
After doing the first 2 I went back to the restaurant and asked the staff on how I could go out from there. He told me that I should walk on the beach in the direction of the town proper around 400 meters, when I have crossed a small creek there should be a path going that would pass by a small neighorhood and if I keep walking I would end up in the National Highway in front of Tabon Elementary School. That’s what I did and after 13 minutes of walking I was at the National Highway waiting for a tricycle to pass by.
2 minutes of waiting I was now inside a tricycle to town and after 5 minutes and 12 Pesos I was back in Quezon Transport Terminal looking for breakfast. Later, I met with my friends and we visited the Tabon Caves.
P.S. I’m not sarcastic on this post. I really loved how rustic Tabon Village Resort is. I will surely be back at this resort when I visit Quezon, Palawan again.
Tabon Village Resort Details
|220 Pesos/room||2 persons||Single Bed||Common CR|
|550 Pesos/room||4 persons||2 Beds||Private CR|
From the town of Quezon, Palawan ride a tricycle and say that you are headed to the Tabon Village Resort. Fare is 50 Pesos/tricycle if you are alone and 20 to 25 Pesos per person if you have companions. Estimated Travel Time is 15 minutes.
You can also ride a tricycle going to Tabon Elementary School (12 Pesos/pax, 5 minutes travel time) and from there walk to the beach, cross the creek and keep walking until you reach the resort. Estimated Walking Time is 15 minutes.
Walk along the beach in the direction of the town proper, when you have crossed the creek (~400m) there’s a pathway going to the National Highway. Estimated Walking Time is 15 minutes. Wait at the National Highway until a tricycle passes by and tell the driver where you want to be dropped in town. When I rode the tricycle I spent 12 Pesos up to the Land Transport Terminal.
You can also try to talk to the tricycle driver that brought you there to pick you up at a specified time.
- If you have an extra budget I suggest taking the 550 Pesos room as the structure is more sturdy and you get to have your own CR too.
- The food there is a bit expensive so you might want to bring some food and water before drinking there but if you have extra money I encourage you to eat or drink a coffee in their restaurant.
- The resort has a lot of things to improve, so if you’re looking for the perfect neatly made resort this resort is not for you. It’s for the rugged type who expects less to gain more.
- There are no stores nearby so better by your snacks and drinks before you go there but also buy from their restaurant to support the resort.
- The common CR really needs some improvement.
- Hot Coffee there is 20 Pesos per cup.
- I admit that the resort really has a lot of room for improvement but I wish they don’t improve so much and lose the rustic feeling of the resort that I really liked.
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