Sabang is centrally located in the province of Palawan and just a great place to hang out. It is easy walking distance to everything… including good restaurants and has every type of resort to fit your budget. After arriving from Port Barton in a pumpboat we walked to Dab Dab’s resort which was like living in a eco-jungle… complete with birds chirping in the morning to jungle sounds off in the distant. I could not believe you could have such an excellent high quality experience for 700 pesos per night. This same type of accommodations catering to the eco-traveler would cost upwards of one hundred us dollars per night in many parts of the world and not as authentic.
Dab Dab’s Cottages and Restaurant are compete with flowery landscaping and natural wood floors throughout the restaurant with great stylish furniture made from the local native woods. We ordered the lapu-lapu for dinner and the fish literally covered the plate and must have weighed about two pounds. There are hammocks on the front porch of our native cottage and mosquito netting above the beds…. and only minutes from the main harbor of Sabang where all the activity takes place.
There is a waterfall nearby named Sabang Falls. To go there simply follow the signs and walk over the beach rocks which will take approximately one hour. Pack a lunch and just enjoy the outdoor experience.
The town of Sabang sizzles of being a upscale tourist town with a brand new Sheridan Beach Resort, other new hotels on the drawing board, and all kinds of water sports and activities… yet still retains its charm and you can still find nipa huts along the beach for the budget minded.
Sabang is the jumping off point for Puerto Princesca’s famous Underground River National Park, one of the Philippines’ Unesco World Heritage sites. The underwater cavern trip, which is one of the best tours in the world is not to be missed and a must for any traveler from the young to the old and of course bring your camera.
As we walked around Sabang we saw water buffalos on the beach being used to transport supplies and spirited native horses moving at a good clip along the beach… looking for some touristy riders or just enjoying the fresh air and a swift run. You can hire one of these horses from the natives and test your equestrian skills as you ride along the scenic beach taking in the local flavor and sights.
Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit would be greatly rewarded if they offered a good photo shop, a trendy health food restaurant and spa, a sports store selling and renting snorkeling and beach equipment, and a travel outfitter that set up trips by land or sea for onward travel services… and what about a huge ice-cream store selling Italian ice creams and a coffee shop thrown in!
So there you have it! I feel very fortunate to have experienced this wonderful part of the Philippines and look forward to a return visit. Palawan understands that to preserve and showcase their natural attractions will insure that future generations will also be able to enjoy a park like experience throughout the province in its wild and wonderful, natural state.
QUOTE:A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving. ~Lao Tzu
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ZENTRAVELER SAYS:Do your part to save the coral triangle … How about taking a National Geographic field trip and see for yourself what needs to be done? Then do it!
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