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 Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan


Puerto Princesa, Palawan – Nature’s Retreat, Adventurers’ Paradise

The past few years have seen the resurgence in the collective consciousness about the beauty and splendor that is uniquely Puerto Princesa. Nestled among the sandy and mountainous borders of the province of Palawan, Puerto Princesa is an adventurers’ paradise – a haven for thrill-seekers who wish to enjoy nature’s bounty while not really breaking the bank. It is a haven for everyone – and boasts of activities, sights and gastronomic delights that would leave you coming back for more. It can even be argued that Puerto Princesa, for the time being, is the Philippines’ last frontier – a location that is replete with so many things to do, and so many things to enjoy.

The moment you set foot outside your plane or your ship, you would notice how laidback the Puerto Princesa, Palawan seems to be. While it is a bustling tourist destination, catering to millions of people on an annual basis, there’s something in the air that just makes you feel that you’re in a place where time flows differently. It’s like, the laidback persona of the natives infused the atmosphere and calls you forth to enjoy its offerings.


Mangrove Forest (Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan)

You have a variety of choices of where to stay in  Puerto Princesa, Palawan – but what sets the place apart is the scenic ambiance that seems to infuse you with energy. Get to enjoy the sunrise and the sunset just the way the good Lord wanted it to be experienced – with all the majestic elements that make it quite spectacular. The dazzling display of the beginning and the end would, of course, remind you of God’s hand in everything and would surely set your mood to be appreciative of the Lord’s blessings.

Knock yourself out cold with the choices of where you would go get your feet wet and covered in sand. There are so many resorts that would cater to people from all walks of life and their sensibilities in terms of sand – there’s white sand, there’s pink sand, and some black sand beaches all within easy reach and what’s good is that each location is uniquely different. Each spot boasts of something that tries to set it apart from the rest. However, you would still marvel at the crystal clear waters and the cleanliness of the surroundings as well as the views underwater with its teeming flora and fauna that make the trip truly worth your while. If you’re extremely lucky, you just might get to encounter the friendly sea cow (dugong, for those of you who don’t know) in its natural habitat or perhaps some friendly stingrays who are quite inquisitive.

Still, another natural masterpiece that is in the limelight is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River – a United Nations Heritage Site – and it has grabbed the attention of local and foreign visitors alike. The cave is unlike any other because it boasts of majestic karst landscape of stalactites and stalagmites which houses several species of bats and other flying creatures. Look under the boat and find it teeming with various species of marine life that contributes to the rich biodiversity of the location. Another thing that sets it apart is that the river flows directly into the sea and is an active confluence for currents.

Seafood is one thing that you should enjoy in this place | Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan

You can also go island hopping – Pandan Island and Snake Island are among the popular choices. Honda Bay is also worth mentioning because of its rich biodiversity and clear waters. Another spectacle that visitors must never forget to drop-in is the Crocodile Farm which highlights the strength and the viability of crocodiles as a source of income. Sample the crocodile meat-based dishes and boast of something different from the trip.

And speaking of food, there are several establishments that cater to discerning palates. Drop a bottle or two while enjoying the signature dishes that these restaurants offer and you would find yourself in gustatory heaven.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan offers so much to the average visitor – you would really be angling for a return visit in the very near future. Not only are you enjoying nature the way the Maker intended it to be, but you also get to experience the unique brand of hospitality that native Palawenos are slowly building their name on.

Dining in Puerto Princesa: Ka Inato


Puerto Princesa, Palawan Gateway to El Nido and other Tourist Spots

Puerto Princesa is the gateway to one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, El Nido. From Puerto Princesa, Palawan, one has to travel by bus for approximately 6-7 hours to El Nido.

To help you in your future travel to El Nido, we have outlined below series of articles to serve as your guide:

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Underground River,  Photo Credits – Charima (Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan)

How to Get to Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa by Plane  

The most convenient mode of transportation that will bring you to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, is by plane. Regular flights from various airline companies like Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, and AirAsia, are flying to Puerto Princesa International Airport from g  Manila, Clark, Iloilo City, and Cebu City.

Puerto Princesa by Boat

From Manila, you can take 2Go Travel Ferry for Puerto Princesa leaving every Friday. You can visit the company’s website for more details. Please see the ferry schedule below:

2Go Travel Is also serving Coron and Puerto Princesa Route. Please see the vessel schedule below:

Puerto Princesa to Coron via 2Go Travel. Please see the voyage schedule below:

Milagrosa-J Shipping Corporation is also plying Iloilo City to Puerto Princesa and Vice versa via Cuyo Island. Please refer to the schedule below:



Things to do in Puerto Princesa, Palawan | Tourist Spots

City Tour

Aside from the beach and island activities, another exciting adventure that you may try is the city tour. This will enable you to see the city from a different angle since you’ll be more exposed to the historical aspect of the place. Some of the areas which you may visit in  Puerto Princesa, Palawan are the Binuatan Creations, Heritage Museum, Mitra’s Ranch and Bakers Hill, Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Center which includes a crocodile farm, Running tour heading to City Baywalk, PPC Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, and Rizal Park, and lastly, the World War II Museum.

 Have a Cup at the Palaweño Brewery

Established way back in 2013, this brewery has made a name for some reason. One of which is that it offers different tastes of brewed beers which you may need to give a try if you’re in the area. Thus, it is inevitable that this company now has been making a name not only in the local but as well as in the international industry.

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Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan

 Tour at the Underground River

Perhaps, one of the most well-known activities/Tourist Spots in the entire Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the underground river tour. With its inclusion in the 7 Wonders of Nature list in the world as a whole, it is inevitable that this place gathered a fantastic reputation on the international level. Who would not love to be in this place? All you have to do to experience this beautiful tour fully is to make sure that you book a ferry and be at the home for you to be accommodated. The 15-minutes boat ride that you will have along with the other tourists is indeed a sight to behold as manifested by the bright green and blue water, fantastic rock formation, and the incredibly beautiful surroundings.

 Indulge in the Water Activities

The playful and adventurous side of you now might be looking for more fun. So, here are the water sports or activities which you may try out if you want to have a higher level of fun! You may go for a banana boat ride (15 mins), fly fishing (15 mins), jet ski (15 mins), parasailing (15 mins), sailboat (30 mins to 1 hour), and sports fishing (3 hours).

Luli Island

Luli Island. Credits Mendhak  | Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan

 Honda Bay Island Hopping

Island hopping at its finest! This is the perfect phrase to describe this activity for you will be able to go around at least three beautiful islands in Puerto Princesa, Palawan. You will be at the Cowrie Island (perfect for a stop-over for lunch), Luli Island (famous for its appearance and disappearance during high tide and low tide season), and the Starfish Island (the place is well-known for having a lot of starfish, as the name suggests). Thus, an island-hopping with these three islands is indeed a fantastic experience.

 Beach Escapades

Whether you’re tired of the island hopping or you are merely the less adventurous type of tourist, a beach experience is the one reserved for you. With the number of beaches in Puerto Princesa, Palawan as well as local accommodations and some hotels, you would surely be filled with glee and adventures! Bring that beach hat with you, get some tan, and enjoy the cold and clear water!

 Trail Road Exploration

Ride an ATV, dune buggies, or quad bikes and be prepared to have the adventure of a lifetime! The 25.5-kilometer road trail activity will give you a maximum of three hours of opportunity to explore the rough yet beautiful areas of the North Road area of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Get that rugged outdoor attire ready, experience muds and dust splashes, plus an exciting road adventure!

Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan

Food Trip Activity

An adventure will not be complete without having tried the exceptional food that the place has to offer. May it is seafood or any other local Filipino dish, they’ve got it here for you. If you are here to try the local food, then go for Tamilok, a mollusk that lives in the mangrove areas. The name may not be that inviting, but I can assure you that this is a must-try food! Some bars, restaurants, and hotels in Puerto Princesa, Palawan are offering different food here which you need to give a shot if you’re really after a food trip gig.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm Visitation

You might be asking now, why on earth would you include a prison in your tour? Well, the answer is simple. The Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is no ordinary prison since the inmates or the prisoners are not behind bars! Instead, they are put in a vast area where they are free to do anything they want. They can fish, farm, and the likes! They are given a chance to live a healthy life within the vicinity of the prison.

 Kamia Bay Resort

What makes this resort unique than the rest is the inflatable island it has, which is also hailed as the largest one in entire Asia. The varied activities that you may try here are the Aqua Adventure, Aquaplay, Aquaplay Unlimited, and the Aquaplay Adventure Unlimited. All of these may vary when it comes to inclusion such as adventure, tour, meals, and transportation.


Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan

List of Budget Puerto Princesa Hotels  

You can book a room in Puerto Princesa, Palawan by clicking on the link (name of the hotel) below. The link will bring you to the booking site. Almost all of the hotels on our list offer big discounts.

Ala Amid Bed and Breakfast
8 B.M. Road

Acacia Tree Garden Hotel
Victan Compound Manalo Extension, Barangay Bancao- Bancao

Blue Lagoon Inn & Suites
Rizal Avenue Interior

By the Bay, Jacana Bed and Breakfast 
Abueg-Rodriguez Access Road


Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel
Rizal Avenue Extension

Casanas Suites
C. Castro Road, Brgy. San Pedro

Cleon Villas Pension
Pineda Road, Lot 1

Dolce Vita Hotel
Victoria-Romasanta St-4, Wescom Road

Deep Forest Garden Hotel 
Gabinete Road Bancao-Bancao, Jacana

Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa
Arreceffi Island Resort Honda Bay


Empire Suites Hotel 
Rizal Avenue

Greenspace Palawan Hotel
15 Dacanay Road Rizal Avenue

Go Hotels Puerto Princesa
North Road, Brgy. San Manuel

Holiday Suites
North National Highway, Barangay San Manuel

Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa Managed by HII
Km. 3  North Road, Brgy. San Manuel

Islands Stay Hotels  
420 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-Bancao


Marina de Bay Resort and Spa
Purok Sandiwa, Bgy. Tiniguiban

Marianne Hotel
Abueg Road, Jacana, Barangay Bancao

Munting Paraiso
Abueg Road, Brgy bancao bancao

Microtel by Wyndham Puerto Princesa – Palawan
San Manuel, Emerald Playa

Palawan Uno Hotel
National Highway Bgy San Pedro


Photo credits – RioHondo (Puerto Princesa Tourist Spots/ Things to Do,  Hotels, Palawan)


Palawan Village Hotel
482 Rizal Avenue Extension

Palawan Village Hotel
482 Rizal Avenue Extension


We Travelers Inn
Malvar St. corner Valencia st.

Xtravelers Place
Roxas St, Brgy. Kalipay

ZEN Rooms Sunlight Palawan
Located in Sunlight Guest Hotel, Malvar Street, Barangay Tagumpay

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  1. Did you try their Tamilok? Oh, I am so curious what it tastes like.

  2. Shane de Valle

    I miss Palawan. Hope to come back soon.

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