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Puerto Princesa

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Puerto Princesa is the capital of the island province of Palawan and the largest province in terms of land area. The city has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines. With a wide range of attractions ranging from beaches to wildlife reserves, Puerto Princesa is a nature lover's paradise. The Subterranean River is located at Puerto Princesa and it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

There is a useful tourist information office at the airport next to the arrival hall which hands out maps and gives information about current events in the city. They do not book accommodation though.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

AirAsia [31], Philippine Airlines [32], Cebu Pacific [33] all have daily flights from Manila, Cebu and Clark Angeles to Puerto Princesa. Cebu Pacific also operates flights to and from Puerto Princesa to Iloilo.

The airport is practically in the city centre so you can catch a tricycle on the main road for a fare of 50 pesos per tricycle (2019). a Jeppeny also goes along the highway going passed the airport in to town or too the bus terminal for P8.

Air Juan flights between Puerto Princesa and Cuyo: Puerto Princesa to Cuyo 10.00 am–11.00 am day 1 / 3 / 6. Cuyo to Puerto Princesa 11.30 am–12.30 am day 1 / 3 / 6. [34]

By ferry[edit]

2GO Travel [35] has two ferries a week to Puerto Princesa from Manila. The ferry trip is about 29 hours long. It stops in Coron which is in the midway.

There is a Milagrosa ferry from Puerto to Iloilo It departs weekly at 3pm, arrives at Cuyo Island at 2pm next day; leaves at 5pm that day and finally arrives at Iloilo at 7am of the second day. You have to buy the ticket in their offices in Rizal street near the pier (5 min walking), in between Roxas and Del Pilar street. You can get off the ferry at Cuyo and walk around without having to pay an additional port fee.

Get around[edit]

MultiCab and tricycles are the most common means to get around Puerto Princesa, and are widely available. Tricycles can be fairly limited to certain areas and may not be able to go very long distances, so ASK before boarding. Do remember to state the road name and the district (Barangay), as some roadnames are repeated. Standard tricycle fare around the city is 30 pesos if you just want to go a few streets away, or about 60-150 pesos if you are going to the outskirts (i.e., 7km away, or the place is on an unpaved road, etc). Tricycle drivers are generally nice and quote only about 50% more than the standard rate if you look foreign, so just nicely counter-offer them a fair value and they will usually accept.

As in Manila, jeepneys usually have standard routes which they ply. It costs up to P25 to go very far (example, PPC town center to Sta. Lourdes Wharf where Honda Bay is). To board, flag it down. To get off, shout "Para" (rhymes with Far and Rah).

The San Jose bus terminal is located about 7km north of the city centre. A tricycle from the station to the town centre should cost around 50P, while a jeepney will cost P13.

For touring, it would possibly be a good idea to save Puerto Princesa emergency contact numbers and arrange special transport whether it be a jeepney or, for more comfort, air-conditioned vans or AUVs. This way, you will not be subject to the hassles of public transport availability.

Cars for hire (such as taxis) are impossible to find, and traffic can be heavy, hence please take note when planning trips and flights. What Google Maps calls a 15 minute drive is likely to take about 30 minutes in smooth traffic via tricycle.

Although "clean and green" Puerto Princesa City has a bold plan for introducing electric vehicles, the city has no published or announced plan that addresses the urgent needs of pedestrians and bicycle riders. There are few pedestrian "zebra" crossings in the city and most PPC drivers do not yield to pedestrians, leaving them stranded dangerously in the middle of the street. If, in order to protect yourself from the vehicles and smoke, you can take a air-con van, but you only add to the overall traffic and pollution problem. Tourist vans and other vehicles are often parked along Rizal Avenue and other main streets blocking where pedestrians and bicycles could once safely move, but no longer can. If you wish to walk or bike in a clean, green, and safe environment in the downtown area, you should ask at the tourist office (at the airport) where such an area exists, and see what they say.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park- more commonly known as the Underground River. At over 8 kilometers in length, is reputably the longest underground river in the world. With its crystalline waters and spectacular cave formations, the Underground River is possibly Puerto Princesa's most popular attraction. The site was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999. The winding path of the river is navigable via small pumpboats that depart from Sabang Beach. Travel time from the city proper to Sabang is about 1.5 hours (This can take closer to 3.5 if you choose to ride in a Jeepney, since you have to wait while they deliver goods along the journey). If you are prone to car sickness you should consider using some anti-sickness pills because road is very curvy and some drivers tend to drive quite fast (or very fast).

Note. A permit is now necessary to visit the underground river and only available in Puerto Princesa, though an online system is in construction. Beware that like any other hardworking government office they finish their day at 4pm, so a permit for next day needs to be arranged before that. Travel agents normally can arrange it for you.

  • Honda Bay - consisting of several islets with beautiful beaches, Honda Bay is the place to go to for swimming, snorkeling as well as beach and island hopping. Accessible via the Sta. Lourdes Honda Bay wharf which is 25 minutes away from the city. Pumpboats at the wharf can be hired to take visitors to 3 various islets on the bay for 1.300 peso/boat. Bring your own lunch or there is restaurant in Cowrie Island which you can assume expensive prices. Arrive before 11am to go island hopping because generally it is windy and wavy in the afternoon. There is entrance fee for the islands which is around 100 peso/person.
  • Iwahig Penal Colony - a good example of a true correctional institute, the Iwahig Penal Colony is more of a farming community rather than a prison. Inmates often live with their families and are allowed to toil their farms to earn a living. Carving out handicrafts is also a common preoccupation and mahogany handcarvings are a good buy for tourists. The colony is about 35 minutes from the city center.
  • Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center formerly the Crocodile Farming Institute, and still referred to by locals as the "Crocodile Farm," is both a tourist attraction and a national research institute devoted to crocodiles. About 30 to 40 minutes from the city center, the Croc Farm also has a mini-zoo, which features some of Palawan's endemic species of wildlife. The place is open from about 8:30 AM to about 4:30 PM. At the intersection of Rizal and the National Highway, you can take a jeepney (labeled "Irawan") for P22 (Jan 2015); a tricycle carrying only one or two people will cost 100 to 150 pesos. Croc Farm Tickets cost 40p for adults and 20 for kids. You start with an guided tour of the crocs which last about 15 minutes. After that you wander around by yourself in the endemic species area, where you have to be careful not to fall through a few rotten and crumbling wooden bridges. This is not a very well-managed wildlife area. They will try to sell you photos of you and a baby crocodile with its mouth clamped - certainly fun for the tourists, but it is dubious as to whether this is a good practice.
  • Baker's Hill. In Santa Monica, a few kilometres before the Crocodile Farm. A weak and small imitation of Disneyland, with things like a Shrek treehouse. Has a bakery where you can buy things like hopia for reasonable prices. To get here, drop in Santa Monica, then take a tricycle up the road for P10 per person (or walk the 2km or so).
  • Mitra's Ranch. About another km north of Baker's Hill, along the same road. Has some horses, a cafe, and also very nice views.
  • Butterfly Garden with native Palawan butterflies is located about half way to the Croc Farm (above) and along the same road. Open 7 days a week from 8 to 5. Entry is 50 pesos.
  • Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. A very beautiful church that is decorated in blue and white.  edit
  • Palawan Museum, Mendosa Park (south side) (Mendosa Park (south side)). 9AM-noon, 1:30PM-5PM. This is an old museum that is not very well maintained or labeled but which has a number of interesting pieces. It is well worth a visit on a rainy day. 20 P.  edit
  • PSU Museum, Palawan State University (About a 10 minute walk from the front gate of PSU, if you know where you are going.). Closed from 12 to 1 for lunch. This is a one room museum located inside a university building. You should ask for specific directions at the front gate, because not everyone knows about the existence of the museum. The museum is located in one small room but is clean, organized, and well-maintained, with an enthusiastic and helpful staff member. free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Shop: Buy native products at the Tourism Association of Souvenir Shops, they offer handicrafts made by the native tribes like manunggul or wooden jar, bulol or tisot, good harvest and carved animals. Others are tingkop (rice baskets), fish baskets, bags made from bark of a tree, native accessories, weave curtains and table mat, rattan floor mat and other assorted cashew nut delicacies.

Puerto Princesa offers good diving and is a fairly good place to take a PADI course if you plan to dive at some of the larger sites in El Nido or Coron. Moana dive centre, run by Paolo, offers PADI Open Water for 17500p. Good equipment, and pleasant instruction, with confined water dives taking place in the shallow parts of Puerto Princesa bay. Possible to see sea turtles, eels, lionfish, porcupine fish, batfish and snapper amongst others.

  • Plaza Cuartel, Taft St. near Cathedral. Historical Place, a must see site.  edit
  • Baker Hill, mitra rd, bgy sta monica. check out the plants and animal in its natural habitat. 600.  edit
  • Irawan Eco-Park (Forest Canopy Tours), Brgy Irawan (10 km from Robinson's mall on National Highway South), 723-5697, [1]. 8 - 5. Home to Asia's Longest CANOPY Zipline, this 1.3 km zipline with Skywalk, butterfly farm and Jungle Survival trail, is located in the Flora and Fauna Protected Area of the Puerto Princesa Watershed area inside Barangay Irawan. This is the protected forest of the "City in a Forest" that is Puerto Princesa. Set up together with the City Govt and the Forest Canopy and Eco-Parks Corp (originally from Costa Rica), this park is the gateway to the Puerto Princesa forest. Here you can smell the thick clean air and see the majesty of the most densely populated site of endangered Palawan birds. They live free here as the park's rangers protect from logging, mining, garbage and any other activity aside from the zipline. So here you can fly over the river to see the forest of Irawan Eco-Park. 799.  edit


  • SM City Puerto Princesa. (city center) the biggest mall with a large savemore supermarket.
  • Robinsons Place Palawan (on the highway going to the bus terminal) big mall with a Robinsons supermarket.
  • NCC Mall big department store and Supermarket. (city Center)
  • Unitop Department store. low cost goods. (City Center)
  • China Town Center (City Center) lots of phone shops and a supermarket.


  • ATM fees are only for overseas banks cards.
  • BPI Bank Rizal Avenue. has a master card / Visa card Atm with a withdrawal Limit of P20,000 for a p250 fee.
  • PNB Rizal Avenue. has a visa card atm with a withdrawal Limit of P10,000 for a P250 fee.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Kalui 369 Rizal Avenue, Tel (048) 433 2580. 11:00-14:00, 18:00-22:30, closed some holidays. Amazing food and ambiance, but small portions. Can get quite busy so a reservation can't hurt. Seafood is the specialty and the daily seafood special for two is P650++.
  • Kinabuch is a sports bar and grill and a magnet for tourists and other visitors. The food is really good and customers can play pool or watch live sports.
  • Sidelines Teashop and Bar, (Dagumboy Village, Rizal Avenue In front of immegration office and Ka Inato), +6348 433 0369, [2]. 6AM-10PM. is a traditional chinese teashop and authentic asian cuisine restaurant. Customers can enjoy the zen and mellow setup with the fastest WiFi in town. Targeted toward touriest waiting for their flights, students group study sessions and events hosting. They serve from scratch Thai curries, european and american meals as well as baked good, coffee, infused fruit shakes. They also serve beer and liquor.  edit
  • Divine Sweets, Valencia St. Great cakes (45-90p), coffee, shakes etc. They also serve food (untested). Wifi if you order  edit
  • Ima's vegetarian, Fernandez St. Very good vegetarian food. Highly recommended. Friendly staff, includes wifi. Main dishes around 100-120.  edit
  • White Beach (Pristine Beach), Abeug Road, Bancao Bancao (Everyone knows it). The only beach in town. Not as clean as it used to be and no longer white or pristine. But if you want to meet some of the locals and have a few drinks (alcoholic) then it's a great place. Just walk down and buy a few beers from the take away store aand walk around the huts and you will be invited to join a group at a table. Lots of fun for an international traveler - if you have a great time then throw in some money for the table (200 peso) or buy a cheap bottle of whatever they are drinking.  edit
  • Expressions Cafe Hotel Centro, San Pedro National Highway, (048)434-1110, [3]. A top-notch restaurant within the top-notch hotel in Puerto Princesa. Offering sumptuous variety of seafoods and other dishes.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • ITOY's speciality coffee house, Rizal Avenue, near Shakeys. Sun-Thu 6:00AM-11:00PM; Fri-Sat 6:00AM-11:59PM. Good coffee (the best in Puerto?) with a small selection of Filippino & western food. Large garden area out back. Good Wi-FI.  edit
  • Cafe Nori, Circon Bldg. Valencia St.. Mon.-Fri. 8:00AM-10:00PM; Sat.-Sun. 10:00AM-10:00PM. Serves Japanese cuisine with fusion and variety of Filipino and American cuisine. Also available are fruit shakes, coffee & frappuccinos.  edit
  • Lotus Garden (Asian Fine Dining and Suites), Rizal Ave, 434-1132, [4]. 6 am - 11 pm. Lotus Garden is a unique pan-asian restaurant with all original dishes from many different asian cuisines. Large portions and delicious sauces compliment any meal in this beautifully decorated, open-air, lush tropical garden setting. Dim lights, cool Asian-beats music and low Japanese tables complete the package.  edit
  • Kweba Resto Bar, Rizal Avenue Ext (In front of fullbright school), +639054105551. 15-4. Reggae bar with a relaxed, familiar atmosphere. Beer, mixed drinks and cocktails are served. Chill in our terrace and listen to live reggae music every weekend. Good WiFi.  edit
  • Casa Nieves, 6 Libis Road (Junction of main highway and Libis road across from Shell gas station), [5]. Bar opens at 4pm. Laid back cafe and bar within an arts and film studio run by local director. Very chill vibe where you can watch projected movies from the courtyard.  edit
  • Palaweno Brewery, 82 Manalo St. 1-9 pm Tuesday till Sunday. Only Craft brewery in Philippines where the head brewer is female.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

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Puerto Princesa has a wide range of accommodations that suit most budgets - from Backpacker Hostels, Pension Houses, lodges to high-end hotels and resorts. prices start from 200 pesos up.

  • Seasons Guesthouse, Roxas street, Barangay Kalipay (Near Pilot Elementary School, in front of Skylight Convention Center), +63 48 434-3388/+63917 850 0928 (), [6]. All rooms with air-con, hot and cold shower, cable TV, free Wi-Fi. Also offers tour assistance, massage service, vehicle rental, and laundry services. (Prostitutes are strictly prohibited). ₱500.00 fan room, ₱1,000.00-3,000.00 aircon room. (Philippine Department of Tourism accredited establishment). (9*44'17.00''N,18*43'57.00''E) edit
  • Grande Vista Hotel, Malvar Street, +63 48 433-6537, [7]. Air-con, LED TV with cable channels, hot and cold shower. Restaurant, cafe and bar. From ₱1,600.  edit
  • Edgardo's Place, Rizal Ave., +63 48 434 2365, [8]. air-con, flat-screen TV with cable channels, safe, private toilet and bath. Room service, tour assistance, airport transfer, parking, a standby generator and free Wi-Fi. from ₱1,680.  edit
  • Casitas de az Pension, Cayapas Building, Valencia Street corner Bonifacio (A. Abueg) Street, Brgy. Bagong Silang, +63 48 434-1945, [9]. Air-con, TV with cable channels and shower with hot and cold water. Wi-Fi in public areas and tour assistance. From ₱900.  edit
  • Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast, Kawayanan Street, Libis Road, Barangay San Pedro, +63 48 434 2159, [10]. homey rooms all equipped with air-con, cable TV, Internet access, refrigerator, and safe. Restaurant and cafe, spa and massage service, car rental, laundry/dry cleaning, and Palawan tours. From ₱4,000.  edit
  • Liberty Park Pension, 34 Liberty Road, +63 48 434 9782, [11]. All rooms have A/C, cable TV, intercom, and private toilet and bath. Rooftop bar and restaurant, high-speed Internet, fitness room, and massage service. From ₱950.  edit
  • La Charica Inn, 126 Abad Santos, +63 48 434 2088, [12]. Air-con, cable TV, and a private toilet with hot and cold shower. High-speed Internet, restaurant/café, and massage service. From ₱1,300.  edit
  • D' Lucky Garden Inn, Apartelle & Suites, PEO Road, +63 48 433-6576, +63 48 433 2719 (, fax: +63 48 433 7869), [13]. US$25.  edit
  • Asturias Hotel, South National Highway, Tiniguiban, +63 48 433 9744 (fax: +63 48 434 3750), [14]. From US$50.  edit
  • Amerson Pension Place, Pablico Road 5, near North National Highway, Tiniguiban (near Ka Inato Restaurant; 2 minutes away from San Jose Bus Terminal and 4 minutes away from Robinsons Place), +63 48 433-0538; +63 947 283 2365 (Smart) (), [15]. Cosy rooms, all equipped with Air-con, cable TV and hot & cold shower, Wi-Fi. Other services include tour assistance and massage service. From ₱750. (9.7790,118.7479) edit
  • One Rover's Place, 355 Rizal Avenue, +63 48 434 1338, [16]. 5 min from the airport with 18 air-con rooms. From ₱950 ++.  edit
  • Palawan Village Hotel, +63 48 434 4436, [17]. A/C rooms all with cableTV, a hair dryer, private toilet, bath with hot & cold water, and a balcony/deck. From ₱1,150.  edit
  • Microtel Inn & Suites Puerto Princesa, The Emerald Playa Beach and Nature Park, Brgy. San Jose (From the airport, take a right on Rizal Ave, then left at the National Highway, After the 5 km mark, turn right at Brgy. San Manuel Road then follow the signs.), +63 48 723 0977, [18]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12 noon. 3,800 pesos. (9.790766,118.772266) edit
  • Duchess Pension, 107 E Valencia Street, +63 48 433-2873, [19]. checkout: 12am. Not the newest pension anymore but offers clean beds and quiet rooms. Not all are the same, so have a look before checking in. Friendly and helpful staff. Try the sandwich with French baguette. Wi-Fi for ₱50 (for the length of your stay) Fan with common toilet S/D 250/350, aircon with private toilet S/D 700. (9.7374171,118.7361691) edit
  • Dallas inn and cafe, 11 Carandang st (from the airport, follow Rizal ave towards the pier, once at Chowking turn right onto Lacao st and then take first left onto Carandang St,and walk 200 m from there to number 11.), +63 919 967 8558, [20]. checkout: 12pm. Family run guesthouse. Free wifi, quiet location, central, 3 min drive from the airport with free pick up if booked in advanced. Dallas Inn has a variety of rooms to choose from according to budget. Fan Doubles 600 Php, 4 bed dorm 300 Php. Breakfast and dinner available on request with authentic Filipino dishes, Thai curries and American breakfast. 300-600 pesos.  edit
  • A&A Plaza Hotel, national highway cor wescom rd, + 63 48 434 2274 (), [21]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 12 noon. New hotel with 86 A/C, DOT accredited rooms. Function room, ballroom, 24 hr room service, solar power water heater. 599- 8,800 pesos.  edit
  • Kuhl-In Pension, Libis Road Ligaya St. San Pedro (10 min. from airport), +63 48 433 3420 (). Perhaps the best address for a monthly accomodation in the city. City location but is in a green area. Monthly rate for a 2 bedroom apartment is 15,000 pesos.  edit
  • Oro Bonito Place, 2nd Floor Oro Bonito Building National Highway, Barangay San Miguel, +639237222123, [22]. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. Oro Bonita Inn has 10 furnished rooms, with hot and cold shower and offers complimentary breakfast. Php2,000.00.  edit
  • House of Rose, Abueg Road (off Abueg, close to Badjao Seafront Restaurant), 09167211926, [23]. checkin: 900; checkout: 1200. House of Rose offers a comfortable and relaxing ambience in their bungalows or semi-native style cottages. Surrounded by trees and situated a couple of meters away from the road, you could almost forget you are in the city. House of Rose also offers free wireless internet and claims to serve delectable foods at their restaurant. They also have a swimming pool and billiards table. DBL from P1100. 5 Bed Dorm P350 p.p..  edit
  • Cecilia's Comfort Inn, PEO Road, 09065067218, [24]. Cecilia's Comfort Inn is an intimate small luxury property with a contemporary neo-Victorian architectural style.  edit
  • Matutina Pensionne, 40 Taft Street (5-minute walk to the Baywalk and Immaculate Conception Cathedral), +63 48 4342496, [25]. checkin: 1400h; checkout: 1200h. A quaint house with 7 big rooms, every room with its own private toilet and bath. All rooms are airconditioned with cable tv, hot and cold shower. The epitome of "home away from home". Complimentary wifi available. Arranges tours to famous destinations in Puerto Princesa City. from P1,000 and up.  edit
  • Empire Suites Hotel, Rizal Avenue, (048) 434-2290, [26]. Empire Suites Hotel offers rooms equipped with individually controlled inverter type air conditioning unit, LCD TV with cable channels, telephone system with NDD/IDD and multi-point heater system for hot & cold shower. Some of its facilities and services are function room, business center, airport transfer, free Wifi access in public areas, room service (until 10 pm only), 24-hour security, on-call massage services and tour and van rental arrangements. Rates Start at 2,000.00 PHP.  edit
  • Holiday Suites, North National Highway, Bgy. Tiniguiban, (048) 433-2526, [27]. Holiday Suites in Palawan offers rooms equipped with free internet access, LCD TV with cable channels, telephone system with NDD/IDD, electronic keycard system, private toilet & bath with hot & cold shower. Some of its facilities and services are non smoking rooms, 24 hour security, tour assistance, laundry service, on call massage service and free use of wifi on public areas. Rates start at 2,200.00 PHP.  edit
  • Balai Felicisima, Rizal Avenue Ext., Brgy. Bancao-Bancao, (048) 433 – 0143, [28]. All rooms have the following: fully air-conditioned rooms, flat screen TV with cable channels, free toiletries, free Wi-Fi and private toilet & bath with hot and cold shower. They also offer services like massage services (by appointment), tour booking assistance, standby generator and round-trip airport transfers. Rates start at PHP 1,430.00.  edit
  • Floral Villarosa Hotel ([email protected]), Villarosa Rd, +63 (48) 433 02 23, [29]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Floral Villarosa is the winner of the Tripadvisor TravelChoice award 2015. This Hotel is a small place with 6 Rooms, a full service restaurant, swimmingpool with waterfall and a cute garden. 2200.  edit
  • Palawan Homestays, Happyart Apartelle, Wescom Road, Barangay San Pedro (150m from the main highway), +63 933 199 1024 or +63 917 773 6363 (), [30]. This newly opened and private homestay has 2 rooms (1 Aircon/1 Fan) a bathroom/shower and a kitchen. Dedicated parking space. Individual tour assistance provided. From ₱1,500 (Good for 4pax). (9.751653''N,118.749804''E) edit

Get out[edit]

  • El Nido - popular yet still remote destinations on Palawan, known for snorkelling, diving and beatiful little islands. It is 5-6 hour drive from Puerto Princesa.
  • Sabang - visit Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site located roughly 50km north of Puerto Princesa. Or just relax on a white sandy beach in Sabang
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