JBR (Just BAck Report)
The fine print-
I am a very TA type of traveler, meaning whenever I go to a place, I make sure I research about it so that I will get the best deals and best value for money trips. I will embarrassingly admit that I was swamped with work for this trip, that I took the advise (oh, horror!) of a tour guide.
I am very lucky to say that my tour guide (who is based in El Nido) was very helpful, and was after a good experience for me and my family MORE than her commission (I am very cynical, I know) SO those who are looking for an easy time of it, call Jinky Llanera of Voyager Tours +63 999 991 8423 and +63 927 800 2478.
Mom, Dad, 2 teen sons
What did we do?
1 hour air travel: PAL Express Mla to PP
6 hours land trip: arranged by Jinky
Why choose to travel by land?
First off, its much cheaper than direct air travel AND I'm not too fond of small planes. The van we rode on was a Hi ACe Toyota Grandia, it was chartered for our use only. Hence we paid a premium for this private use, which in my books is value for money considering the amount I saved with the airfare. The airconditioning was good, the seats were comfy, there were seatbelts, headrest, a dvd player(!), we bought our mobile wifi and ipads, and above all else: our driver was careful. He knew the road and every stop we went to, he knew the people. I felt secure and safe.
We arrived in Puerto Princesa 9am, got into the van. First stop at Roxas was 11am(ish) and we ate in a roadside "carinderia" (cafeteria). Next stop was at Taytay around 1pm(ish) for bathroom break and we arrived in El Nido town 3pm(ish).
Roxas Town- roadside carinderia (cafeteria), I think it was "Bacuit Grill" or something like that, I didn't like the food, truth be told. When we traveled back to PP for our return flight, we didnt go back this route.
Taytay Town- Casa Rosa. This is where we went during our return travel. It was a garden setting with a view of FOrt Isabelle in the bay. Nice place, ok food. Better than Bacuit Grill. A definite stopover, if you like killing time.
Would I do it again?
No. The land travel was so exhausting. Its just too bad the air strip in El Nido accomodates only small planes :( I WANT to return because it is a beautiful place! I guess, I'll just bite the bullet and face my fear of riding small planes!Edited: 2:32 am, November 05, 2013