The Puerto Princesa Underground River has earned the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award.
Photo courtesy of PPUR Management Office
Major travel updates are happening during this Independence Day week in Palawan: For starters, it remains to be one of the top destination choices for travelers even during rainy season. A trip to this province isn’t complete without visiting the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River, which recently earned the TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame award for providing guests excellent travel experiences for five years in a row. Schedule your underground river getaway in the middle of this week when the weather is favorable. For transport update, the City government has gone after tricycle drivers who are overcharging commuters, particularly tourists. In other news, authorities will inspect Banwa Private Island, dubbed as the world’s most expensive resort, for its permitting policy compliance. Read on for more details!
Weather: Overcast skies with showers, thunderstorms
Overcast skies with showers and thunderstorms will prevail over Palawan this week . There’s a high chance of seeing rain showers on Saturday and Sunday (June 8 and 9), so don’t forget to bring your umbrella when you go outdoors. If you want to explore places, schedule it on Monday to Wednesday and Friday (June 10 to 12, and 14) when there would be no rain showers but only gray skies. And although it’s already rainy season, expect the temperature to be hot at 29°C to 34.4°C during daytime. Warm nights at 26.1°C to 28.3°C will also be experienced throughout the week.
Traffic News: City launches crackdown on overcharging trikes
Tricycle drivers who are overcharging commuters, including tourists, are now the target of crackdown launched by the City government’s Anti-Crime Task Force . Numerous reports against abusive tricycle drivers flooded social media, prompting the authority to kick off the campaign on May 23, said task force chief Richard Ligad. On the first day of clamp down, 12 tricycle drivers were initially caught on video overcharging the task force personnel disguising as passengers. The regular tariff for the first two kilometers is PhP10 with an additional PhP1.50 for every kilometer, based on the City’s tricycle fare guide, However, some scrupulous drivers take advantage and charge as much as PhP100 or even higher. Once proven guilty, the driver’s tricycle unit will be impounded and he will be issued a ticket to pay the PhP3,000 fine.
Banwa Private Island - dubbed as the world’s most expensive resort - is up for inspection this month in regards to its compliance with tourism and environmental laws. Regional tourism chief Danilo Intong said the luxury resort in Roxas town has yet to be accredited, pending its submission of required documents, including the waste water discharge permit. A resort representative, meanwhile, assured they are not yet operating and will only accept bookings after securing all the necessary permits. The six-hectare Banwa Private Island, boasting of six beachfront villas and other world-class facilities, made headlines last month for its nightly rate of USD 100,000 or around PhP5 million .
PPUR earns TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame title
Travel platform TripAdvisor has recently named Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) as a Hall of Fame awardee after earning its certificate of excellence for five consecutive years since 2015 . Park chief Elizabeth Maclang said the feat signifies their consistency in providing excellent travel and tour experiences to guests who gave the attraction favorable reviews. Maclang vows to continuously improve their booking system and observe park policies and guidelines to maintain the destination’s ecological integrity which it is famous for. TripAdvisor allows tourists to share their experiences from accommodations, restaurants, and attractions with the largest travel community in the world. PPUR, also known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, is a government-managed natural park recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Keith Anthony Fabro is a freelancer based in Narra, Palawan. He explores the great outdoors, talks to strangers, and designs promotional materials for a living. In his free time, he practices mindful meditation or reads anything about personality psychology and the natural environment, all while listening to mellow music. When inspiration strikes, he writes spoken poetry. He can live with just water and chocolates.
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