LULI ISLAND, PUERTO PRINCESA: IMPORTANT TRAVEL TIPS

More detailed travel guide here: Puerto Princesa Budget Travel Guide

Luli Island got its name because its sandbar appears and disappears (lulubog and lilitaw), depending on the tide. This is part of the Honda Bay Island hopping tour you can do from Puerto Princesa city. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear emerald waters perfect for swimming and beach bumming.

How to Get There

Nearest Airport: Puerto Princesa International Airport (Palawan)

By Air
  1. There are many flights to and from Puerto Princesa, from Manila; major airlines such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and AirAsia have daily and regular flights. Buy your plane tickets months in advance to get the best and lowest possible price.
  2. For those who want to DIY their trip, they can hire a tricycle from the city to Sta. Lourdes Port or Honda Bay Wharf for approximately P500-P600, round trip. Get the number of the driver so that he can pick you up after your trip.
By Sea
  1. If you were unable to buy discounted tickets, you can go to Puerto Princesa by boat. 2Go plies the Manila-Puerto Princesa route every Tuesday and Friday; the boat arrives at around 9:00 PM the following day. The Super Value Class is the cheapest option, this costs around P1680.
  2. For those who want to DIY their trip, they can hire a tricycle from the city to Sta. Lourdes Port or Honda Bay Wharf for approximately P500-P600, round trip. Get the number of the driver so that he can pick you up after your trip.

 


Entrance Fee and Other Charges

  • Entrance Fee: Around P65
  • Environmental Fee: P40 – P150 (depending on the port you departed from — Sta. Lourdes Port or Honda Bay Wharf)
  • Camping Fee: Pitching a tent is not a thing here for obvious reason.
  • Cottage Rental Fee: P200 – P250
  • Boat Rental Rate: P700 – P800 (good for 6 persons, going directly to Luli Island); P1500 (good for 6 persons, perfect for those who want to DIY their trip and include other stops)
  • Others: P100 – P150 (snorkel gear rental)


Don’t Miss

  • Relax on the beach, wade in the waters and/or jump off a diving board during your stay.
  • Some tours stop here for lunch in one of the cottages.
  • Take plenty of pictures and just forget the worries and stress of work and city life.

Don’t Forget

  • Luli Island is best visited during low tide as you’ll be able to see the beautiful sandbar.
  • A DIY trip is possible, but you can also book through an agency which charge approximately P1300-P1500 and usually includes environmental and entrance fees, lunch, boat and guide. However, you have to pay extra for other activities you’ll do on the islands.
  • There are also cottages where you can have a meal or just sit down and relax.
  • Bring your own gear if you plan to snorkel but don’t want to rent.
  • Leave nothing but footprints.

If You Have More Time and Budget

  • If you have a couple of days to spare, you can include the Underground River in your itinerary and/or firefly watching.
  • You can also go to the north of Palawan to go for another round of island hopping in El Nido.

Where to Stay

It’s easy to find accommodations that would suit your budget in Puerto Princesa as there are plenty of them. Here are the suggested accommodations according to Agoda users as of September 2017.

Photo was provided by the hotel via Agoda.

For more options, search here: Palawan Hotels


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