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Palaui Island became the venue of the popular America reality series Survivor in 2013. Both the 27th and 28th seasons of 'Survivor'...

Palaui Island Travel Guide

Palaui Island became the venue of the popular America reality series Survivor in 2013. Both the 27th and 28th seasons of 'Survivor' USA were filmed in this beautiful paradise. The island can be reached from Tuguegarao City via a two-hour land trip and a 45- minute motorboat ride.

Palaui, a 7,415-hectare national government-protected marine area, was picked by Cable News Network (CNN) as among the world’s 10 best beaches. It features beautiful coastline, great white sandy beaches, lush forest and amazing coves and rock formations.

Going to Cape Engano, expect howling wind, huge waves and scenic rugged terrain. It's advisable to go to the island during summer time like from March to May. You can buy trail food and water on the jump off point. Some stores are selling halo halo and refreshing drinks.

How to get to Palaui Island

From Manila, take a bus bound Tuguegarao Cagayan. Fare is around P600-P650/one way and travel time is around 13-14 hours. Then take a van going to Sta Ana. Travel time is around 2-3 hours and van fare is around P200. From Vicente Port, take a  boat going to the jump off point to the island of  Palui. Boat rental fee starts from P3500 (depends on the number of pax and season).

Tourist attractions

  • Cape Engano
  • Punta Verde
  • Crocodile Island
  • Anguib Island

What to do in Palaui Island
Swimming, Beach Bumming, Snorkeling/ Diving, Kayaking, Trekking, Camoping, Sunset Watching, Island Hopping

One of the sidetrips in Cagayan is the famous Callao Cave


Manila to Tuguegarao- P650
Tuguegarao to Sta Ana- P200
Boat Rental Fee- P3500 (max 8 pax) and Php300 additional for overnight

Other Expenses

Tour Guide in Caper Engano P300/4 pax
Anguib Beach Fee- P100 day tour and P150 for overnight

Itinerary for 2 days and 1 night

8:00 PM (Friday)-  ETD Tuguegarao

Day 1 Saturday
10:00 AM  - ETA Tuguegarao
11:00 AM- Explore Callao Cave
12:00 NN Lunch in Tuguegarao
1:00 PM - ETD Tuguegarao to Sta. Ana Port
02:00 PM - ETA Sta. Ana Port buy Supplies
03:30 PM - ETD Sta Ana Port to San Vicente Port
04:00 PM - ETA San Vicente Port. Register at Tourism Office
04:30 PM - Boat Ride from San Vicente Port to Punta Verde/Hello Palaui
5:15 PM - ETA Punta Verde Island
06:00 PM - Pitch Tent, Cook Dinner, Swimming
08:00 PM - Dinner, Socials
10:00 PM - Lights Off

Day 2 Sunday
06:00 AM -Wake up call
06:30 AM -Breakfast
07:00 AM - Start Trek to Cape Engano Cove & Lighthouse
08:30 AM - Arrive at Cape Engano. Photo Ops/Selfie Sessions in Light House
12:00 PM -Lunch at Cape Engano. Island Hopping/Swimming
02:00 PM - Back to Punta Verde
02:30 PM -ETA Punta Verde
03:00 PM -ETD Punta Verde to San Vicente Port
03:30 PM - ETA San Vicente Port
04:00 PM -ETD San Vicente Port to Sta. Ana Port
04:30 PM -ETA Sta. Ana Port/ Market buy Pasalubong
05:00 PM - ETD Sta. Ana Port to Tuguegarao
07:00 PM -ETA Tuguegarao. Travel back to Manila.
08:00 AM (Monday) - Arrive in Manila.

Travel Tips and Reminders
  • It's better to travel in a group. You can save more money if you will join a group 
  • Put sunblock  to protect your skin from the direct heat of the sun
  • Secure your gadgets. Put your cellphones, cameras and other electronic devices in drybag or plastic
  • You can change your way going back to Manila. You can visit Ilocos province
  • Mobile signals from Smart, Sun, TNT are stable; Globe and TM are intermittent
  •  Bring medications for headache and diarrhea. 
If you have other reviews, opinions or comments about Palaui Island please put a comment below. Happy travelling!