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Roxas (Palawan)

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Roxas is city on the East coast of Palawan.

Understand[edit]

Roxas is a small to middle-sized country town with local agriculture, fishing, and limited tourism. There are bay, beach, jungle, and port access along with a few shops and markets for visitors on their way to El Nido by bus.

Get in[edit]

Roxas is on the main east coast road of Palawan, running between Puerto Princessa and El Nido. There are daily buses and shuttle vans from the new marketplace terminal in San Jose, Puerto Princessa. In general the buses take an average of 3-4 hr to reach Roxas while shuttle vans take 2 hours.

Get around[edit]

Travel within the main city proper is easily accessible by foot in less than 15 minutes in any direction. Traffic is comprised mostly of people walking, motorbikes and tricycles. Compared to downtown Puerto Princesa, Roxas is relatively smoke-free and pleasant and safe to walk in. A stretch of the national highway running through town has separate and elevated sidewalks, making it safe for pedestrians to walk along the highway (unusual for a Palawan city). A bicycle can be rented from Richard at the Fort Wally Food Stop, located across from the "Gasul" petrol station, along the waterfront, for ₱200. If you talk to Richard in advance, and take the bike at 3 PM, Richard might be available to give you a free mini-tour of the town on a bicycle, starting at about 15:00.

See[edit][add listing]

The most spectacular thing to see are the thousands of giant fruit bats that fly over the city nearly every night just before sunset. If you have never seen them, or find yourself in Roxas for a night or two, it is worth going down to the pier or near the waterfront to see if they are flying in your direction, it is quite an amazing sight.

Do[edit][add listing]

Roxas in general is a stopping off place on your way to El Nido if you absolutely can't manage the long bus ride in one day, but there really is nothing majestic or life changing to see, so if you're on a tight schedule you would probably would not regret skipping it. Roxas also acts as something of a jumping off point for the lovely Port Barton.

  • Island Hopping - Within the municipality of Roxas there is a nice island resort called Coco Loco. You can either take a day trip or rent the cabins for overnight visits. It is about a 45 minute boat ride from Roxas town proper. The island is peaceful and quiet with a very good swimming, nice corals and unique shelf that drops off into the unknown. Just ask around and you will eventually find the right information.
  • Umalad Falls - If you're stuck in town proper and are looking for "something" to do outdoors on the cheap for a couple hours, there are very modest waterfalls and swimming pools on the edge of town (Ulmalad) that are a source of water for the locals. If the water has already dried up because of the heat, the short walk in the woods is a nice tropical jungle experience that can break up and refresh your day. Ask a tricycle driver to take you there.
  • Matalangaw Falls - Located half-way between Roxas and Port Barton in the sitio of Matalangaw. This is a nice and relaxing area, not only for the sheer peacefulness of the atmosphere, but also for a refreshing hiking and swimming break from the rough and bumpy road you have been travelling. The swimming area is located approximately 3 km from the main road and is very easy walk. Follow the signs and when you see the little statue, you know you have made it to the main swimming hole. Beyond the main swimming and resting area are two more falls for the more serious adventurers.
  • Butterfly Resort - Only a 5 minute ride outside of town proper in Barangay Malcampo is a nice peaceful place called the "Butterfly Resort". It is not well advertised and quite modest, but it is a good place to relax and unwind. The beach is not a spectacular place to swim, but it is wide and long, perfect for strolling, beach combing and on low tide poking around the tide pools and nearly exposed corals.

Buy[edit][add listing]

One of the things to note in Roxas are the cashews. Roxas is one of the leading cashew producers and has many different locally made cashew nut delicacies. If you like cashews, you really should try some during your short stay or pass through Roxas. If you want to find some for your trip, either ask inside the stores you visit or look for signs saying "Pasalubong" (meaning gifts to bring back to family and friends).

For the budget minded travelers, this is your last and best stop to buy cheap fresh fruits, veggies, fish and meats before heading up to the "tourist priced" El Nido and TayTay where you will be spending money nearly equivalent to wherever you came from on fresh fruits.

Roxas is an agricultural area, so take advantage of the cheap prices and fresh produce. Especially the fruits!

  • Market (Palengke) - The main public market in Roxas is located near the main bus terminal and it is literally under one minute walking distance. There are also a wide selection of street foods available in this area. As noted before, the prices of fresh produce in Roxas are much lower than those of TayTay and El Nido, so stock up. If you're lucky to be passing through on a Friday or Saturday there is also a public market where many farmers bring their products into town to sell. The prices and deals are unbelievably good during the public market days.

If you need other grocery goods, besides the many sari-sari (variety) stores scattered around Roxas where you can buy nearly all your supplies such as soap, dry foods and water. The main grocery stores with large selections are:

  • Roxas Commercial
  • Vilman's
  • San Rafael

For hardware or fishing supplies the main store of interest is Number 6.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Depending on what your looking for, there is quite a variety to be had in Roxas. From the street side "turo-turo's" to the few scattered restaurants. Here are the most notable:

  • Aromasit Vietnamese restaurant
  • Town Syte. Known for its chicken-inasal.
  • Modern Bakery
  • Houia Keau Vietnamese restaurant
  • Mr. Donut
  • Mavie's Tabing Dagat Restaurant and Videoke Bar, Sandoval st., Barangay 2,Roxas, Palawan (In front of (Ventura) Petron Gasoline station), 09088881856. 7am-12mn. Offer a variety of meat, seafood, vegetable dishes and ready-to-eat food, karaoke.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Territoryo

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There are multiple Pension houses in Roxas. The most notable is the Rover's Pension, which is no more than a 100 meters (1-2 minute walk) from the main bus terminal. The prices are very reasonably priced for the the modest accommodations. Just ask a tricycle driver or local for directions because none of them are advertised well.

  • Rover's Pension
  • NJ's Pension
  • Donya Nena Pension
  • Emerose Pension
  • Pentenyo Pension
  • Dos Bocales
  • artisian bed&breakfast (travel inn), Barangay III (5min away from the bus termiinal), +63 930 342 4599. 14 Rooms for your friends and family. Free Breakfast. Rooftop and garden for exclusive functions like Seminars, Birthday Parties, Weddings, Debut Parties, Baptism, Sports gatherings. We offered tours to our local tourist place like Island hopping, Falls and Rivers. We also offer day tour in El Nido, TayTay, Port Barton and San Vicente. Wi-Fi ₱300-500.  edit


Contact[edit]

Roxas Tourism Office (directly across the street from Rover's Pension House)

If you're looking for Internet access, Roxas is your best bet before TayTay and El Nido which both have limited electricity throughout the day. Roxas has 24-hour electricity, so if you need to get connected ask a local resident or tricycle driver for directions to one of the many internet shops. Internet access here in Roxas is nearly half the price of what you will be paying in TayTay or El Nido, so take advantage while you can.

Stay healthy[edit]

If you're in need of any medical assistance there are two hospitals in Roxas, both the Baptist Hospital and the Medicare Hospital. The hospitals are located on the opposing far ends of town, but there are a few medical clinics within the town proper itself, near the Rover's Pension house.

Stay safe[edit]

There are both a Police and Fire station located near the main bus terminal.

Get out[edit]

Buses, shuttle vans leaving north to El Nido, south to Puerto Princessa and a Jeepney and other hired vehicles west to Port Barton daily.




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