TRAVELBOOK.PH’S GUIDE TO PUERTO PRINCESA

TravelBook.ph’s Guide to Puerto Princesa


Explore all the wonders Puerto Princesa has to offer by referring to these tips.

By Mathew S. Chan
February 27, 2015



Puerto Princesa is a bustling city in Palawan. In terms of landmass, it is the second largest city in the Philippines next to Davao City. A perfect location for a beach getaway, Puerto Princesa offers guests an assortment of activities to try, especially for first-timers. If you’re heading to the city soon, check out this guide for tips.


HOW TO GET TO PUERTO PRINCESA
There are 2 ways of getting to Puerto Princesa:

AIR

  • This is the most convenient way to get to Puerto Princesa.
  • All major airlines have daily flights to Puerto Princesa typically costing around PHP 4,000 for a one-way ticket from Manila.
  • The flight only takes around an hour.

SEA

  • This is a cheap transportation option if you’re going to Puerto Princesa on a budget.
  • However, the travel time is very long, so weigh the pros and cons before doing so. For reasons to try sea travel, click here.
  • You can take a boat via 2GO Travel to get to Puerto Princesa from Manila, which costs around PHP 1,600 one-way. This takes about 29 hours.  
  • 2GO only offers one trip every week, which is usually on a Friday.


WHAT TO DO

  • One of the best things to do in Puerto Princesa is to go on one of the following tours:
    • City Tour – This half-day tour, which costs PHP 1,850 per person, takes you to places like Crocodile Farm and Baker’s Hill. 
    • Honda Bay Tour – Go visit Palawan’s other stunning islands and white beaches. You can also try snorkeling and diving. This costs around PHP 1,500 per person.
    • Dos Palmas Day Tour – For around PHP 1,800 per person, you will be taken to the island where you can spend the day doing everything from lunch on the beach to snorkeling and diving. 
    • Underground River Tour – Visit  the famous New 7 Wonder of the World and explore the beauty that lies within its 8 km river. It costs around PHP 2,000 per person.
  • Another great thing to do in Puerto Princesa is to eat. One thing you must try is the tamilok, which is like the balut of Palawan. It is a wood worm usually found in mangrove trees, eaten raw after being marinated. Others have compared it to a fresh oyster due its texture. You can have a try of this if you are doing the Underground River Tour. It costs around PHP 100.
  • Other nice places to eat at include:
    • Balinsasayaw Restaurant - Try their chicken inasal
    • Itoy’s Coffee Haus – It’s the first coffee shop on the island. 
    • Divine Sweets – This is often considered the Conti’s of Palawan.


BASIC TIPS

  • Tricycles cost around PHP 10 per trip anywhere around the city.
  • You can get some of the best and lowest priced pearls in the Philippines in Puerto Princesa. You can check out Cora’s or Delma’s. 
  • Ram Tan Trading offers the best roasted kasoy on the island.
  • If you are looking for the nightlife in the city, head to Rizal Avenue.