Puerto princesa: The gateway of Palawan

If you’re planning to go to Palawan’s most pristine places you would most likely have to go through Puerto princesa city. Unless of course you’re willing to proceed directly to El nido and Coron without seeing the city.

There are some tour packages that actually picks you up upon arrival at the airport and proceed to El nido, these tour packages exclude the city tour in puerto princesa. In our case, we also wanted to see the city so we decided to have an extra day in the city before leaving for El nido.

PPC is not as big as a city like Cebu or manila, almost everything could be accessible by a tricycle ride.

Puerto princesa city tour itinerary:

  1. Iwahig Firefly watching – a very beautiful experience. You get to see mangroves light up with fireflies while you cruise around the iwahig river. Usually takes about 30 minutes. Fee for the canoe is 600 pesos good for 3 persons. This one is quite far from the city so you will have to arrange your visit with a tricycle driver which usually cost Php 600-800. We were actually offered 800 pesos but managed to haggle it to 700. This is cheap if you’re a group of 5-6 which can all fit in one tricycle. Note that this is more like a “for your eyes only” experience because its really hard to capture the tiny glowing fireflies much more to capture your face on a dark night. Its best to take your photos before the canoe leaves the dispatching area or within the dispatching area.
  2. Palawan wildlife rescue and conservation center/ Crocodile park – Entrance fee here is at 40 pesos per adult. Fee is cheaper for senior citizens & children. So this is basically a zoo which highlights crocodiles. Depends on how you see it the deeper parts of the zoo is actually nice for me because it looks like an abandoned park like jurassic park. Lol. I think its actually a zoo within a forest with so much vegetation around even growing on bridges and cages.
  3. Butterfly garden – this is an interesting place because you get to meet the Palaw’an tribe.Basically, its a butterfly park but the highlight was meeting the Palaw’an tribe because they have a small community here. You will learn about their living and culture.
  4. Plaza cuarteljust an old Japanese garrison
  5. Mitra’s ranch– an estate of the late senator Ramon Mitra, a must visit in palawan also its just near baker’s hill. You can enter the house for a fee of 20 pesos just make sure to be cautious because the house is full of glasswares.
  6. Baywalkto set your expectations, there’s nothing special here although you’ll find the famous puerto princesa fish artwork here which by now is a little dilapidated already. At night there might be some food stalls like in Dumaguete’s rizal boulevard.
  7. Baker’s hilla nice park and a zoo with restaurants and great for pastry shopping also. Dont miss the baker’s hill hopia while here because its expensive to buy it at the airport.
  8. Immaculate Conception Cathedral– the cradle of catholicism in PPC. The church’s interiors were beautiful and the altar reminds me of the Calbayog cathedral.
  9. Palawan heritage center
  10. Ugong Rock Adventurean adventure near the underground river. You can actually visit this place on your way to the underground river. You start with a briefing of the entire adventure and also the place, you start with a caving and end up with a zipline which is optional. I had a fun time there.

Where I ate:

  • Kalui’s – quite a restaurant. Best for pictorial. Very nice old fashioned filipino style interiors. Although its a bit pricey, its great for a fancy dining experience in puerto princesa city.
  • Kinabuch’s – a more affordable way to dine in PPC. Here you’ll find the best of palawan’s delicacies, the crocodile sisig and the tamilok or woodworm.

How to get around:

  • Major means of transportation are tricycles and fare may vary depending on your destination.

Where I stayed:

  • This part is quite a steal. We stayed at Go Hotels Puerto Princesa which I booked directly from their website. Very nice and comfortable. Very clean. Just next to robinson’s mall so food is not a problem. Now, its quite a steal for us because we got the room at a promo rate of 588pesos per night. Normally it cost like 1000-1300 per night.
  • For our last night in this city before we headed back to Cebu, we stayed at a different hotel. Julieta’s pension house is a nice and comfortable place also. Very kind staff.
  • Generally, most of the hotels in Puerto princesa city offers free shuttle to and from the airport so make sure to check with tour hotel and arrange your arrival.

How to get there:

  • Philippine airlines flies to PPC from Clark, Manila, Cebu, Taipei
  • Cebu pacific air flies to PPC from Cebu, iloilo and Manila
  • Airasia flies to PPC from Cebu, Davao and Manila

Thanks for reading. Enjoy the ride! 😘<<<<
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