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.

There are 2 ways of getting to Puerto Princesa:


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.