Day 13: Cebu – Puerto Princesa – San Rafael

From Cebu we hopped on a place and made the hour-long flight to Puerto Princesa, the biggest town on Palawan. Palawan is a large outlier island off the west of the main Philippines archipelago and is reknowned for striking landscapes and relatively undisturbed flora and fauna.

From Cebu we hopped on a plane and made the hour-long flight to Puerto Princesa, the biggest 'city' on Palawan. Palawan is a large outlier island off the west of the main Philippines archipelago and is reknowned for striking land and seascapes and relatively undisturbed flora and fauna.

After working up a good sweat pumping all our tyres back up to 60 psi we headed into Puerto Princesa, and then out on the rolling road towards Roxas.

After working up a good sweat pumping all our tyres back up to 60 psi we headed into Puerto Princesa, and then out on the rolling road towards Roxas.

One of the many shops we stopped at for hydration and salty snacks during our days on the road.

One of the many shops we stopped at for hydration and salty snacks during our days on the road.

We started cycling on the east side of Palawan and compared to the west sides of the islands we had been riding on it felt almost arid - like Australia. Between Puerto Princesa and Taytay the roads were quiet, rolling and smooth.

We started cycling on the east side of Palawan and compared to the west sides of the islands we had been riding on it felt almost arid - like Australia. Between Puerto Princesa and Taytay the roads were quiet, rolling and smooth.

That evening we found an abandoned-for-the-offseason resort at San Rafael. The bungalow on the beach we had was cool, but the dining down the road was classic turu turo - cold - and not particularly appetising.

That evening we found an abandoned-for-the-offseason resort at San Rafael. The bungalow on the beach we had was cool, but the dining down the road was classic turu turo - cold - and not particularly appetising. All part of the experience though. (Photo: Hana)

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2 Responses to “Day 13: Cebu – Puerto Princesa – San Rafael”


  1. 1 lensbiketravels June 14, 2012 at 3:06 am

    A UK friend and I (US) are planning a 6 week cycling trip through the Philippines beginning mid-Jan, 2013. I worked and lived in the Philippines for a couple of years as an expat so am looking forward to cycling there. Question, when you guys flew from Cebu to Palawan, how was the bikes handled? Noticed they had you deflate the tires, but did they just roll the bikes onto the plane and no boxing the bikes (I’ve been able to do this on AsiaAir a couple times). We’ve cycled all over SE Asia the past 5 years and skipped the Philippines because of my concern over roads and drivers but read Gilbert’s journal, yours and a couple others so I think we’ll be ok. Figure if we can ride in Bangkok and Phonm Penh traffic we can ride anywhere.

    Len DeMoss

    • 2 highlux June 18, 2012 at 12:46 am

      Hi Len,
      Yeah we had no trouble with the trarfic over there. Manila would be hard work of course, but everywhere else we went was fine. Touring there is great! For the flight we just wrapped some plastic bags around our drivetrains, and the bikes were wheeled on. I think they lebt us tape and bags at check in to do that. Certainly wasn’t an issue.

      Good luck with your trip. I’d certainly go back there.
      cheers
      Mark,


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