Posted by Josiah on March 28, 2012
Believe it or not, we stayed in a 55 Pesos per person per night dormitory type lodge inside the Public Market compound of Poblacion of San Vicente, Palawan.
It was a humble dormitory room inside the compound of their public market with only a banig (mat) and a pillow as bedding. For someone like me who’s more comfortable sleeping on a hard bed than the really soft ones this place is a sweet dream come true. It’s the cheapest I have seen in the country.
In front of the Public Market Dormitory
There are no lockers, so you must bring your stuff with you always, especially the important ones.
The bathroom are located outside and you’ll be sharing it with other people inside the market.
There’s also a time limit on how long you should stay outside the Public Market premises as they close the market compound gates at 10PM.
The room for men and women are separated.
Would I recommend travelers to stay in the Public Market Dormitory? Not really. Though it is open for anyone, the reason why this dormitory type of lodging is made is for the residents of San Vicente who got stranded in Poblacion. But if you want to stay there I won’t stop you.
Where would I recommend travelers to stay?
There are many options you can choose from when you want to stay in Poblacion of San Vicente but here are 3 of my recommended affordable lodgings.
John Eric Inn
What I like about John Eric Inn is that it’s located at the heart of town and only about 150 meters from the public market and the port. They also have 24 hours electricity. But what I really love about John Eric Inn is the price, it’s only 300 Pesos per night per person for 3 pax.
||Fan Room with private CR
||for extra pax exceeding 3 pax.
Contact Number: 0912-253-5224
- They have electricity 24 hours.
- There’s an internet shop nearby. 30 Pesos/hour.
- There’s also a sari-sari stores nearby which is open from 6AM to 9PM. » Read more…
Posted by Josiah on March 27, 2012
Update – April 4, 2012: Visitors to Daplac Cove are now not allowed.
Dear Boayan Island,
I remember how kind and gentle the people of Poblacion in San Vicente, Palawan were.
I remember walking on its port and seeing only a few bangkas on the dock.
I remember buying our supplies on the smiling tinderas at the public market.
I remember when we were on our way to you, I saw lots of trash on the water only to find out that they were markers and floating devices for cultured shells and seaweeds.
I remember approaching the turquoise water of your litte neighbor, Niaporay Island.
I remember the little nipa hut on its beach.
Then I saw you and were amazed by you. You were so little on the map but so big when I personally saw you. » Read more…
Posted by Josiah on March 26, 2012
We planned to have the first half of our second day in San Vicente, Palawan trip to visit the Dairy Farm, Airport, Ostrich Farm then the last would be Long Beach. Fortunately, we arrived early at San Vicente Poblacion the day before and was able to visit Long Beach late in the afternoon.
Waking up from our 55 Pesos/person/night lodging, we ate breakfast at a nearby carinderia then hired a habal-habal to take us to the Dairy Farm. The driver priced our trip to the Dairy Farm at 300 Pesos, but according to the tourism office it was only priced at 200 Pesos. I tried my haggling skills asking if we could get the price down to 200 Pesos. Fortunately, he agreed! And off we went to the Dairy Farm.
We started around 8:20 AM and after a long-dusty-rough road and 2 river crossings we finally arrived at the Dairy Farm at Brgy Kemdeng around 9:10 AM.
During river crossings you could ride your habal-habal or you can do what Val does, challenge herself by crossing on the rocks.
Unfortunately, we arrived too late as the staff of the Dairy Farm already had milked the cows. According to them it is best to arrive around 7AM or 3PM as that is their schedule to milk the cows.
I’ve heard a lot about this Dairy Farm from friends here in Palawan and they said that I could and should taste the newly extracted milk of a cow here. » Read more…
Posted by Josiah on March 26, 2012
The first time that I went to Long Beach in San Vicente, Palawan I did not know what the name of the beach was called neither did I know that it was the longest beach here in the Philippines.
The part of Long Beach that I first went to was in Alimanguan. A town at the northern side of San Vicente, Palawan which was formerly famous for its many crabs or in tagalog alimango.
Beach at Alimanguan, San Vicente, Palawan
We went there, the children swam in the waters while us young at heart went fishing on the shore with the use of a lambat, just like the pukot in Baler, Aurora but on a smaller scale.
Then we got back to a friends house and ate grilled fish and kinilaw. The day ended with me having a full stomach and new friends.
The second time was just last week and was only a short visit at the middle of Long Beach.
We rode a motorcycle going to the middle of Long Beach which took us 20 minutes.
Though Long Beach boasts of white sand, when we went there it was more colored like dirty white sand.
Long Beach at San Vicente, Palawan
What I like about Long Beach is that it has fine sands that it becomes compact and according to Val the sand was as fine same as the sands of Boracay. (Have not been to Boracay yet.) Maybe, that’s the reason why the locals call it ‘the next Boracay’. » Read more…
Posted by Josiah on March 24, 2012
Van going to San Vicente, Palawan from Puerto Princesa
The Poblacion of San Vicente, Palawan is the jumpoff for Boayan Island and where the longest beach in the Philippines can be located. You can also visit an ostrich farm, Little Baguio Falls, an airport and a dairy farm there.
From Puerto Princesa
From Puerto Princesa, you can ride a bus or a van going to the Poblacion of San Vicente, Palawan
|Fare is 300 Pesos per person.Travel Time is 4 hours.
Schedule: 4AM and 1PM
Contact #: 0921-598-8611 (John), 0928-931-2963 (Joseph)
Schedule: 7AM, 9AM, 11AM and 1PM
Contact #: 0946-268-8877 (Charlie)
Schedule: 7AM and 1PM
Contact #: 0908-772-7633 (Remi Langit)
Savior and Cathy passes by the town of Alimanguan, San Vicente when there is a passenger going there.
Fare to Alimanguan from Puerto Princesa is 250 Pesos.
Vans may be air-conditioned or non-air-conditioned, depending on the mood of the driver. But you’re in Palawan where there is abundance of fresh air, so it’s best to have no air-conditioning.
|There’s only one bus ferrying passengers from Puerto Princesa to San Vicente, Palawan
San Isidro Express
Schedule: 6AM and 1PM
Travel Time is 5-6 hours
Fare is 200 Pesos per person.
The 1PM bus passes by Alimanguan.
Contact #: 0919-445-5021 (Randy Hugo)
Vans and buses are located at San Jose Terminal, Puerto Princesa.
To get to San Jose Terminal from Puerto Princesa Town Proper ride a multicab going to San Jose Terminal at Junction 1 or at Jollibee. Fare is 12 Pesos and Travel Time is 10 minutes.
How to go back to Puerto Princesa from San Vicente Poblacion
The terminal where you can find the bus and vans in San Vicente Poblacion is in their Public Market. » Read more…