Palaui Island Travel Guide 2017 (How to Get There, What to Do, Sample Itinerary, Budget & More)

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Palaui

*First Publication 03-Mar-2011/14-Jun-2011/01-Jun-2013/Updated 06-Feb-2014/09-Aug-2017

The town of Sta. Ana, the north-eastern tip of the province of Cagayan and mainland Luzon, is a Special Economic Zone bustling with some modern industrial establishments, casinos and other gaming facilities. The town is also blessed with beautiful coastline, with idyllic white sandy beaches along its shore yet it still looks so rural and laid back, projecting contrasting features that add to its mystique.

Palaui Island
Cape Engaño Lighthouse

But what makes the town more contrastingly beautiful is the island off its shore that offers so much. White sandy beaches and panoramic coves, a century old lighthouse, hidden waterfalls and lovely people, all in a scenic ragged terrain surrounded with huge waves and echoing wind – Palaui Island.

With a land area of more than 3,000 hectares, Palaui Island is made up of volcanic debris. It is politically under the jurisdiction of the town of Sta. Ana, home to a fishing community without electricity and commercial accommodation. Its main attraction aside from its beaches is the Farol de Cabo Engaño, an 18th century lighthouse built by the Spaniards that guides ships entering and leaving Sta. Ana specially those using Port Irene and San Vicente, as well as those traversing the Babuyan Channel and Philippine Sea.

Palaui Island
Engaño Cove

Fall in love with a place built by wind, sculpted by waves and nurtured by time; discover the distinct charm of its scenic ragged terrain; chorus with the howling music of its gigantic waves. Discover, explore and experience Palaui Island.

How to Get There

Make your way to Tuguegarao, the capital city of Cagayan Province. From there, ride a bus (~P240.00 as of December 2016) or van (P250.00 as of February 2017) going to Santa Ana, travel time is around three hours.

In Santa Ana, proceed to PASAMOBA office in San Vicente port for registration and to charter a boat to the island. San Vicente port is a short trike ride from Sta. Ana town proper (P15.00 per passenger).

Palaui Island Boat Rate for 2017

Destination Travel Time Passengers Boat Rate
Cape Engaño 45 minutes 8 P1,800.00
Anguib 25 minutes 8 P1,500.00
Siwangag 30 minutes 8 P1,500.00
Puzurubo 1 hour 8 P1,800.00
Crocodile Island 5 minutes 8 P500.00
Punta Verde 15 minutes 8 P750.00
Pugo Moro 5 minutes 8 P500.00
Special Trip: Cape Engaño, Anguib, Crocodile, Punta Verde   8

P3,500.00

Palaui Island
Dos Hermanos Islands

Manila to Tuguegarao

By Plane

Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific fly to Tuguegarao from Manila, travel time is approximately an hour.

By Bus

From Manila, Victory Liner and Florida Liner have daily trips to Tuguegarao everyday almost every hour. It is around 485 kilometers north of Metro Manila; travel time is about 11 to 12 hours and  fare ranges from P650.00 to P750.00 (as of February 2017).

If you are coming from Tabuk, jeepneys are available in Kalabaw Intersection (in front of St. William Cathedral), fare is P70.00 (as of 2016). From Ilocos and Abra, GMW Liner and Florida Liner have trips to Tuguegarao.

Manila to Sta. Ana, Cagayan Direct

Florida Liner is the only bus company that goes direct to Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Daily trips to Sta. Ana leave Sampaloc at 12PM and 3PM.

Palaui Island
Engaño Cove as seen from the lighthouse

Where to Stay

There is no commercial accommodation in Palaui Island. Tourists who opt to stay overnight in the island can look for home stays or pitch a tent in Punta Verde. A local government resolution restricts camping in any other areas in Palaui Island except in Punta Verde.

 

Palaui Island
A meadow along the trail to the lighthouse.

Here’s a list of accommodations in Santa Ana, Cagayan:

  • Balai Cagayano
  • Cagayan Holiday Resort
  • Ceza Guest House
    Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
    Contact: (63)-78-585-1021
  • Country-Inn By The Sea
  • Costa Carina Beach Front
  • Costales Lodging House
  • Jotay Resort
    Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
    Contact: +63906-4781270
  • Tres Rosas Beach Resort
    Diora-Zinungan, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Orquidia Beach Resort
    Diora-Zinungan, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • St. Anthony’s Resort
    Rapuli, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • El Cortez Beach Resort
    Diora- Zinungan, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Eden’s Lodging House
    Centro, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Lordwins Beach Resort
    Sta. Cruz, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • M&E Lodging House
    San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Mel & Jay Lodge
    San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Jerolinda Beach Resort
    San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan
  • Phil. Game Fishing Foundation
    San Vicente, Sta. Ana, Cagayan

BOOK ACCOMMODATION IN STA. ANA (CAGAYAN)

Palaui Island
Engaño Point and Lighthouse as seen from Pananacpan

Activities

  • Trek to Cape Engaño Lighthouse in Cape Engaño Point
  • Check out Siwangag Cove
  • Swimming and beach hopping
  • Find its hidden waterfalls
  • Snorkeling/Scuba Diving (bring your own equipments)
  • Fishing (bring your own equipments)
  • Bird Watching
  • Hiking
  • Camping/Picnic
  • Beach Volleyball/Frisbee
  • Skimboarding (bring your own board)
  • Watch the sunrise and sunset
  • Visit Anguib Beach, Jerolinda Beach and Buacag Falls in mainland Sta. Ana
  • See the Gotan mangrove forest and waterfalls
  • Visit the nearby Crocodile, Mapurao and Manidad Islands
  • Experience Viray Festival held yearly from May 26 to 30
Palaui Island
Pananacpan Beach

Tips

  • The best way to reach the town of Sta. Ana from Manila by land is via the night bus of Florida Liner direct to Sta. Ana
  • If you are trekking Cape Engaño Lighthouse by land, please GET A LOCAL GUIDE! Guide fee is only P300, for one to four person; P600, for five to six person; and P900, for eight to 12 person. The trek takes at least two (2) hours. There are two trails going to the lighthouse: the easier Lagunzad’s Trail and the more challenging Leonardo’s Trail.
  • All guests should register in Ecozone Visitor Center, the local government arm that manages tourism in Sta. Ana. Advance reservation is not necessary but encouraged, contact Ms. Roselyn Foronda at 0917-7809302.
  • I, highly recommend Kuya Edwin Tabucol, a local of Palaui Island. Contact no: +639269064657. He has a boat that can be rented to take you to the lighthouse and to Palaui from San Vicente. He can also guide you to the lighthouse. (All tours are now handled by the Ecozone Visitor Center, if they happen to assign Kuya Edwin to you as guide, say hello to him for me! :D)
  • If you plan to head north to Babuyan Islands, there is a ferry the leaves every morning of Tuesdays and Fridays from San Vicente Port to Camiguin. Camiguin is around three (3) hours from San Vicente Port, fare is P320.00 as of December 2010. (Schedule is subject to change.)
  • Ferry from San Vicente Port going to Batanes is seasonal and operates only during summer/calm seas and weather (usually April and May)
  • The last trip of van going to Sta. Ana from Tuguegarao is 530PM
  • The last trip of van going to Tuguegarao from Sta. Ana is 1PM
  • The 27th and 28th seasons of reality show Survivor US Edition already finished shooting in the island
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263 thoughts on “Palaui Island Travel Guide 2017 (How to Get There, What to Do, Sample Itinerary, Budget & More)

  1. Hello, thanks for the great blog. We’re traveling to Philippines next month and because of the typhoon it seems that we need to change our travel plans (we were supposed to go to Cebu and Malapascua island.. so sorry to see all the terrible photos and videos online and hear how many victims the storm has :/ ). Now we’ve been thinking of traveling around Luzon region but we’re missing some great “paradise island”, beaches, nature etc.. So Palaui seems worth visiting for!
    Is there any restaurants etc in Palaui island or u need to take the food with u from the mainland (i.e. if planning on spending a whole day in the island)?

  2. punta kami in palaui and anguib dis august..may ma recommend ba kau na place to stay?..and nabasa q may survivor filming there til wen sila jan?any idea?

  3. good information. it really helps especially individuals looking for unique trips, like Palaui- our next target of visit. by the way what the best time to on that island…? …. thanks… HOW ABOUT THE BANAUE RICE TERRACES…?

  4. So there really is a camiguin island up north. I thought google maps had it wrong.

    Thanks for this blog entry. Planning on checking Palaui on my next trip to the Philippines!

  5. Hi. I was just wondering about the boat that’ll take people to Palaui. Kailangan bang arkilahin yung buong boat? Or maghihintay lang ng ibang passengers?

  6. wonderful wonderful blog and good information…well done..nakak..enganyo….beautiful place.thanks for sharing..:) (from negros)

  7. Just visited days ago the island and Sta. Ana, Cagayan! ANG GANDA!!!!!!!!!! Lalo na yung Cape and Anguib Beach! Lima lang kami nagsiswimming. They have future plans to develop commercially the place at buti na lang napuntahan ko na before it becomes na parang Subic and Boracay. Ibig sabihin, mamahal na yung mga bayad. But, more job opportunities for the Sta. Ana locals naman.

    Thank you for this travel guide by the way!

  8. I love to see the light house and if lucky, discover the richness of the flora and fauna of the island. Hopefully me and my friends in Isabela will visit Palaui soon.

  9. Hi,

    My boyfriend and I are planning to have a road trip. We’ve been planning to visit this place since last year but never found the time. I’m meeting him at Ilocos Sur then we’ll drive to Sta. Ana. Can we leave the car at a hotel where we plan to stay? Is this advisable? I’ll appreciate your advise on this.

  10. Hello, Sir! Just want to ask where did you stay during your trip there. Is Jotay Resort the only accommodation located in front of the beach> Thank you!

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