When Palawan was just becoming a popular destination in the early 1980s, the family behind Tarabanan Cottages and some friends thought of having a place where people can enjoy nature and at the same time utilizing natural energy and sourcing food from the community. They saw the need for something that is accessible, affordable, unique and community-centered in the midst of high-end hotels that were becoming the trend.
Nature and sustainability were to become the heart of Tarabanan Cottages. The concept of bamboo cottages that are open in front and at the back was to harness the tropical climate of the Philippines. The family with the help of some friends designed the cottages one by one and placing them strategically in a half-hectare property without cutting trees that were already growing. At the time, electricity had not reached the village so some solar panels were installed, enough for the lights and other needs. To add to the solar panels, a small wind turbine was also constructed in front of the beach but it proved challenging since there were days when the habagat and amihan (southeast and northeast moonsoons) winds blew hard.
Fast forward today, nothing much has changed in Tarabanan. The cottages, with regular repairs and changes in bamboo thatched roofs, are pretty much they were 20 years ago. Because of our efforts, we are certified as one of Palawan’s first Zero Carbon Resorts by the EU-funded SwitchAsia program and was given a special award for attaining energy autonomous operation plus complementary environment and community friendly practices.
Food Sourced From Community
Food is something we are so proud of in Tarabanan Cottages. We don’t have a menu because our stocks are freshly sourced daily from the community. But we assure you that you will have a truly Filipino gastronomic experience at Tarabanan. We look forward to having you with us soon!
Nature at its Finest
Tarabanan sits a few meters in front of Honda Bay so you can literally jump into the sea when you wake up or before you even go to bed. In the evening, you have here the best vantage point of millions of stars in the sky. The cottages’ amenities are minimal without swimming pool or Wi-Fi (but you can get access if you have USB stick with Globe or Smart) and we compensate these with sheer tranquillity and exclusivity.
The idea for the creation of this enclave is for our guests to get in tune with nature without the disturbances of technology, forgetting the time altogether, for a very affordable price. It is going back to nature. We encourage our guests to just relax in our hammocks in the company of good books and drinks.
Even with technology and guests prodding to have an internet connection, we have maintained the mantra that coming here is communing with nature, sharing the photos on your social media you can do later.
Where We Are Located
We are located in a community of friendly people called Sitio Tarabanan. The residents of this little village, about 68 kilometers from the city center of Puerto Princesa, are the warmest, friendliest and the most helpful. Sitio Tarabanan also hosts the Batak Center that showcases the culture and serves as a museum of the life and works of the remaining tribes in Palawan, the Bataks. We are very much part of the community and we want to continue to be a place where locals and visitors enjoy and take care of the environment while taking a break from the stress and monotony of life.
What We Offer
A day without worries in a very relaxing environment.
Finding yourself alone on a hammock watching the boats nearby while local villagers pass by along the shore.
If you are tired of lazying around with your books and your favorite drinks, the sea is yours alone.
If you feel like going out, our staff can accompany you for day trips to the Unesco Heritage Site Saint Paul Subterranean National Park (Underground River) or go snorkeling at Honda Bay, or the nearby Olangoan Falls. There is also the Maoyon River for cruising where you can be introduced to the rich flora and fauna (exotic birds, mangroves, wildlife) of Palawan including the centuries old Dao tree we call the ‘Avatar Tree’. While doing the river cruise, you will be serenaded by local traditional musicians while lunch is served on board or under the ‘Avatar Tree’.
For the more adventurous, we can take you for a trek to the Batak Tribe, a half-day, more or less three-hour walk to the village of these wonderful people who even with modernity have managed to keep their indigenous culture intact. Better yet, our experienced local guides can accompany you through the rainforests for a two-day cross-country trek where you go camping for the night in the forest.
“Tarabanan sits a few meters in front of Honda Bay so you can literally jump into the sea when you wake up or before you even go to bed. In the evening, you have here the best vantage point of millions of stars in the sky.”
We are a down-to-earth facility with practical provisions for the guests’ basic needs without the luxury of urban living.
Come and Visit Us Soon !
For special requests about trips and accommodations, we can always cater to your tastes and personalize your options.