An Overnight Stay in Palaui Island, Cagayan

Palaui Island
Palaui is an Island in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. Aside from the Callao Cave, this paradise became one of the top tourist destinations in the province because of its beauty that stole the eyes of the world. Since the province is situated on the North East side of Luzon, due to its topographical location, the serenity and the breathtaking beauty are well preserved.

Palaui Island, Cagayan: Backpacking Guide, Affordable Place to Stay, Budget, How to Get Here, and Other Things You Need to Know.


Cape EngaƱo Lighthouse with Dos Hermanas Island.


Palaui Island
The stretch of fine white sand of Mabolbol Shore.

The island became prominent because its majestic beauty captured the world when it was used as the location of the two seasons of Survivor, a hit US TV reality show. Situated in the Municipality of Sta. Ana, a four-hour land trip from Tuguegarao City, this spot garnered a lot of positive reviews because of its almost perfect picturesque. This island has a lot to offer, from the historic lighthouse located on top of the mountain that witnessed everything about its history to the white sand shoreline of Mabolbol. Not only that, the gorgeous plants and amazing animals can be found on the trails of Siwangag and Lagunzad.

Less than an hour boat travel is a cove that hides a breathtaking beauty - they call it Anguib Beach.

Palaui Island: How To Get here, Sample Itinerary, and Budget:


Itinerary Day 1:
Breakfast at the carinderia near Robinsons Tuguegarao City: 72 pesos
Travel Tuguegarao City to Sta. Ana | Van Fare: 250 pesos | Travel Time: 3-4 hours
Lunch at San Vicente Fish Port: 50 pesos
Environmental Fee DENR: 70 pesos

12:50 PM departed San Vicente port
1:58 PM arrival Cape Engano | Guide Fee at Cape Engano Lighthouse: 100 pesos (300:4)
4:30 PM departed Cape Engano
5:30 PM Arrival Crocodile Island
6:00 PM departed Crocodile Island
6:30 PM Arrival Punta Verde and met Ate Elsa, rested, tidy up, dinner, socials, overnight.

Other Expenses:
Island Hopping | Boat Rental: 633 pesos (3800/6) | Contact: Mark Angelo Sucuano Ph: 09759869110
Ate Elsa Homestay: 250 pesos overnight. Contact Number: 09052832559
Food: dinner and breakfast (paluto kay Ate Elsa): 250 pesos

TOTAL EXPENSES: 2,561 Pesos

Affordable Places to Stay in Palaui:

Ate Elsa is the most prominent individual in the island. Her house provides a homestay, where we spend overnight. Upon arrival, she greeted us with a warm smile and proceeded to our room. The rooms at her houses are spacious and ventilated, however, there's no electricity in the island, thus, locals use generators. We rested for a few minutes and then tidy up. The toilets and the faucet has unli water.

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