It can be challenging to research about Palawan vacation packages as the travel information are quite spread out. It appears that everything must be done on your own. Choosing a Palawan vacation package can make or break your trip to the Philippines, so it is important to ensure that you have everything that you are looking for. Thankfully, planning your trip to Palawan does not have to be such a daunting task especially when all you want is to just get away and have the best tropical holiday.
To make sure that you are getting a good travel deal, here are our top 5 things to look for in Palawan vacation packages.
Island-hopping is no doubt one of the best ways to enjoy Palawan’s natural attractions, from magical lagoons to pristine beaches. It is important to consider which part of the region you are most interested in as most of the Palawan vacation packages don’t include the ideal set of sights to see. If you’ve got a few places you want to visit, make sure that the Palawan tour operator allows for independent travel or the option to customize the package.
Would you rather do the island-hopping tour in an uncrowded setting like Port Barton? Do you prefer to get away from El Nido’s party town? Do you prefer to go on a liveaboard scuba diving adventure? An ideal Palawan tour operator should be able to consider your interests when it comes to sightseeing.
Navigating a new country on your own can be a nerve-wracking experience. Some people are just not up for that kind of challenge. Worse, Palawan doesn’t have the best mode of transportation in the world. If you didn’t plan your trip well, you might even end up in a cramped van or a cattle boat with a horde of young backpackers. So, avoid the nightmare and plan ahead!
Do you prefer to go island-hopping on a speedboat or would you rather take the traditional boat for an immersive experience? Do you prefer to be in a private van to travel to another destination in Palawan or would you rather save time and fly domestically? An ideal Palawan vacation package should include a comfortable mode of transportation of your choice. Make sure that the Palawan tour operator caters to your travel style and preferences.
Your accommodation choices in Palawan are endless, with all the new hotels, resorts and B&Bs sprouting all over the region. When you research about Palawan vacation packages, most of it only include sightseeing or island-hopping tours. Make sure to read the fine print to ensure that the accommodation is already included in the package price. It is basic!
A comprehensive Palawan tour operator should be able to consider the type of accommodation you’d prefer. And make sure your entire stay is covered, not just a few select nights.
Food and Drink
It is good to balance this part of the vacation package as it can be both a blessing and a curse. If most meals are already included, you can be assured that you won’t go hungry, or that you can spend the rest of your pocket money on souvenir shopping. However, for the adventurous foodie, having the freedom to choose local restaurants can be the best part of the vacation. An ideal Palawan vacation package should at least include certain meals like breakfast and allows the travelers to have the choice to eat whatever they want during their stay. Most of the island-hopping tours include buffet lunch, so make sure that the Palawan tour operator can accommodate your dietary requirements or food preferences.
During the travel planning, check if the travel package can include a foodie tour or a cooking class to make the most out of your holiday.
Traveling to a country with a totally different culture can be an unnerving experience for most. There’s always this series of what-ifs and premonitions of what might go wrong during your vacation. Even though nothing will ever be perfect, you still prefer to have every part of the trip smooth and worry-free. Choosing the right Palawan tour operator to help you with a hassle-free travel can make all the difference.
You won’t really find any other Palawan vacation packages out there that include 24/7 client support. Most of them will leave you at the end of your island-hopping tour and treat you just like everyone else. It is important to ensure that you are getting a personalized Palawan experience from start to finish with the help of a local expert. The great thing is that happens to be our specialty. Talk to our itinerary specialist to start planning your dream tropical vacation in Palawan!
Karen is the local expert and itinerary specialist of Palawan AlterNATIVE. When she’s not traveling, she likes to immerse herself in a good book or blog about her life. Parts geek, parts scuba diver. Her other obsessions include things-to-do lists, cycling, solitude, and cryptocurrency. She currently lives with her cat in El Nido.