Palaui Island, Cagayan : Travel Guide
Palaui Island is a protected landscape and seascape nestled in the northeastern most part of Cagayan Valley, Philippines.
How to get to Palui Island in Cagayan Valley from Manila, Philippines:
by Bus to Sta.Ana, Cagayan:
You can get to Palaui Island from Manila by taking a bus bound for Sta Ana, Cagayan. Travel Time is 14-16 hours. Fare is Php 850. Check out Victory Liner, Florida Bus Liner, and Partas, among others. Alternatively, you can take a bus headed to Tuguegarao (Fare is Php 645) and from there, take a van to Sta. Ana, Cagayan.
If you’re taking a plane to Tuguegarao, you can just walk outside the airport, a few meters away is the highway leading to Sta. Ana. Cross the street and wait for vans or bus en route to Sta.Ana, Cagayan.
From Sta.Ana Cagayan to San Vicente port:
The bus/van will stop at the market of Sta.Ana where you can buy food, water and booze. Take a quadcycle / tricycle to Sta Vicente port. Take note of the 642 kilometer, that’s the last kilometer marker up north. There is a Php 50 fee that you need to pay for before going to the island at the Tourism Visitor’s Office and you have to sign in the log book.
At San Vicente port, you can hire boats to Palaui Island. To avoid getting lost (like what happened to me and my friend Angel) , please get a guide. Depending on the package that you paid for, or if the sea is calm, the boat can take you directly to Cape Engaño lighthouse, no trekking required.
I highly recommend kuya Edwin Tabucol, a local of Palaui Island. Contact no: +63 926 9064 657 or +63 916 1165 850 . He has two boats that can be rented to take you to the lighthouse and to Palaui from San Vicente. He can also guide you to the lighthouse.
I just revisited Punta Verde (May 2014) and met up with Kuya Edwin to check on the changes in the island and how tourism has changed the life of his family. He is now the vice president of the boatmen association (PASAMOBA Cooperative). He showed me the standardized boat rates now:
* Maximum of 8 passengers. Good for 6 hours only from the time of boarding to arrival. An additional fee of Php 100 for every extended hour of service. Additional Php 300 for an overnight in Punta Verde.
Cape Engaño Lighthouse ( travel time is 45 minutes) – Php 1,800
Anguib Beach (travel time is 25 minutes) – Php 1,500
Siwangag ( travel time is 30 minutes) – Php 1,500
Puzurubo (travel time is 1 hour) – Php 1,800
Crocodile Island (travel time is 5 minutes) – Php 500
Punta Verde (travel time is 15 minutes) – Php 1,000
Pugo Muro (travel time is 5 minutes) – Php 500
Combination of Tour Rates:
* Crocodile Island : 2 hours Php 500, 6 hours Php 800
* Crocodile Island + Pugo Muro Island ( 30 minutes) – Php 1,000
* Anguib + Cape Engaño – Php 3,000
* Punta Verde + Cape Engaño overnight – Php 2,800
*Punta Verde + Mabolbol Overnight – Php 2,500
* Crocodile + Anguib Beach – Php 1,800
*Cape Siwangag – Php 2,200
* Siwangag + Anguib – Php 3,000
*Cape + Crocodile – Php 2,200
* Punta Verde + Anguib – Php 2,200
* Snake Island + Crocodile – Php 1,500
*Punta Verde + Crocodile – Php 1,000
* Punta Verde (Cape trekking) – Php 2,500
*Special trip (Punta Verde + Cape Engaño + Crocodile+Anguib) – Php 3,500
* Special Trip (overnight) – Php 3,800
From Port San Vicente to:
Avalon Beach Club – Php 1,400
Orquidia Beach Resort – Php 1,000
Country Inn – Php 500
Jotay Resort – Php 500
Costa Carina – Php 500
Eden’s Lodging House – Php 500
Lordwin’s Resort – Php 150
Casambalangan – Php 1,800
Camping near the beach or near the Cape Engaño lighthouse is no longer allowed to protect the beach and the island. I was told this is because of the lack of discipline of previous tourists (leaving trash and vandalizing).
For Palaui Homestay you may contact :
Elsa Lagdaran – mobile number: +63 905 283 2559. Rate is Php 250 per head. Her house has 2 rooms that are good for 8 people. Pitching a tent outside her garden is also allowed, same rate applies Php 250. Homestay rates are standardized. Ate Elsa can also cook meals for you, just tell her in advance.
* You may also stay at San Vicente.
*Activities in Palui Island*
Crocodile Island close to San Vicente port
Anguib Beach– is another white sand beach in Sta. Ana, Cagayan .
Cagayan Special Economic Zone- casinos, a naval camp
*Palaui was used for Survivor TV series last year (June 2013), some parts of it were closed to the public.
*first published February 2011/ updated June 2013* /updated June 1, 2014
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