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1. Posted by sivarmn (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hi all,

We are still undecided whether to visit Boracay or Palawan for the christmas vacation.
Goin thru the internet all suggest Palawan - for privacy and nature and Boracay for partying. Though im interested much in nature but my friends are not :( . What u guys suggest.

Let us know the important places we shouldnt miss(in Boracay as well as Palawan)

Would 3 days (or max 4) will be enough to cover the imporatant places.

pls help.


2. Posted by loubylou (Travel Guru 664 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

3-4 days would not be enough time to see anything in Palawan, apart from Puerto Princesa the provincial capital with a couple of day trips. PP isn't that nice a place to spend 3-4 days in.

Palawan is a very basic place, road travel takes a long time as the roads are very bad and mostly unpaved (it even takes a long time if hasn't been raining and the roads are washed out) and in most places there is only 4 hours of electricity per day, and not many restaurants/bars to choose from...Palawan is not a partying place at all, from what you have said I think this would be too basic for your friends.

3. Posted by sivarmn (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Think our only option is boracay then...Thanks loubylou...

4. Posted by blue crush (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I'm actually surprised with what loubylou said about electricity in Palawan. I went to Puerto Princesa last March '08 but never knew electricity only ran for 4 hours a day. I stayed at a hotel there for 3 days but only experienced a 5-minute brown out. And most of the places I went to had electricity for the whole day. But she's right about the partying thing. Puerto Princesa is a sleepy town and there's not much to do there, unless you plan to go island hopping on Honda Bay or take the Underground River cruise.

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 11, 2008, at 11:02 PM by blue crush ]

5. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member 29 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

In Boracay I saw the most gorgeous sunset of my life, and I häve been to many tropical paradises, with some 6 different variaties of pink... the island itself is very well developed for a certain type of packaged tourism, many Koreans, Taiwanese etc... nothing particularly adventourous there... I ended up spending over a week in Caticlan, just opposite Boracay, as I met some boatmen on the beach and rented from them a house owned by a Belgian guy... great experience if u dont mind having lots of people over for drinks almost everynight

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1115 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Boracay is an atoll

and Palawan is a long huge island...

The partys are not everywhere in Boracay...

I JUST HATE THOSE fake party culture with sponsors that their streamers in every corner of the islands

7. Posted by musebay (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

If you want a laid-back, more quiet place, go to Palawan. If you like nightlife and mingling with people, go to Boracay! Both have glorious pristine beaches!

Personally, I love both. I've been to Palawan twice (El Nido) and Boracay many many times as wel live nearby.

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

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