The Wander Junkies recently went to Palaui Island and we all decided to stay for two nights at Punta Verde. You only have two options for accommodations in the island, 1) Homestay 2) Pitch a tent. Both options cost Php250 per person per night.
We chose to stay at Ate Elsa’s Homestay. Her house currently has three (3) rooms for rent. Each room has two queen beds, two sets of pillows and blankets on each bed, and a private bath.
Ate Elsa can cook your meals for Php100 per person, just let her know in advance. You may also bring your own food and have them cook it for you. All of us enjoyed her home cooked meals. There was plenty to go around for the four of us. The fish tasted so fresh, and the vegetables tasted different, different good, because they’re organic. Don’t forget to ask for Tortang Talong!
Punta Verde is a snorkeling area. The ocean life is robust. The marine life is plentiful, and the corals were beautiful. So if you finish your tours early, you can enjoy swimming there. This area is underdeveloped, which we love. I wish it remains untouched by resort tycoons.
Things to note:
- They only use solar power, so it’s best to bring your own power bank. However, they do provide a battery that you can use to charge your phones. As for your cameras, bring extra batteries.
- There are no electric fans. If you go during the summer and don’t plan on leaving the island during day light, it can be very hot.
- The location is by the beach with a lot of trees, so the area does have mosquitoes. Don’t forget to bring mosquito repellents, and wear long pajamas while sleeping.
Will I choose this type of accommodation again?
We are in all in agreement that this type of accommodation is okay for us. We are not that fuzzy when it comes to this.
How was your experience at the homestay?
It was okay, and since I’ve been in a homestay accommodation before, I know what to expect. It was the home of a local resident in the island, I was expecting a small and tidy home where we would be able to share the use of their bedroom and bathroom. As far as this one goes, we even had our own private bathroom. We did not need to share it with the resident of the house or other guests, which is a luxury already. A bed with pillows and and a blanket was provided. The only additional item I think I would have wanted was a kulambo (mosquito net). I usually bring mosquito repellents with me but I forgot to bring one during the trip. They provided meals too, which I’m grateful for, the veggies they served were fresh and delicious. ~ Kate
For a budget traveller like me, the price and the privacy of the room was good, plus it has it’s own bathroom. The only suggestion is if they can provide a mosquito net or just bring mosquito repellant or mosquito coil “katol” 🙂 ~ Kat
Contact Person: Elsa Lagdaran
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