Palawan is one of the many Philippine destinations I’ve always wanted to see. Not only because I’ve heard and read stories describing how great it was — but it’s filled with natural wonders regardless of its size.
I bet any Filipino who loves to travel has at least one place in Palawan on the list. I have more than 3 destinations I wish to see myself. To name some, El Nido is on top, Coron, Busuanga, Underground River, Honda Bay and places in Puerto Princesa.
On the first month of the year, me and two girl friends flew to our first Palawan adventure in Puerto Princesa City.
Puerto Princesa Airport is a few minutes away to the city’s most visited tourist spots, restaurants and commercial establishments.
If you want to roam around the city, you can simply hire a tricycle from the airport to take you to the attractions you wish to see.
If the weather permits, a good option is to walk and savor every moment in the city. I recommend walking during night time. It’s relaxing to feel the cool breeze.
Some of the popular attractions in Puerto Princesa are:
1. Honda Bay
Honda Bay is blessed with several beautiful islands open to visitors including Luli, Cowrie, Pandan, Starfish and the Pambato Reef. Tours are also offered at Dos Palmas island resort which costs a little higher than the rest.
2. Underground River
Listed as one of the seven wonders of the world, the Underground River is truly gifted with natural wonders. It’s amusing to see stalagmites and stalactites that surprisingly resembles characters and animal forms.
3. Ugong Rock
Ugong Rock is worth the visit if you’re up for a trekking adventure. While ducking and climbing the steep rocks can get tiring, it’s rewarding to see the breathtaking view upon reaching the top where you can zipline your way down.
It’s a historical site restored as a park. Plaza Cuartel highlights the old ruins of the garrison and tunnels where the American soldiers were kept and burned alive by the Japanese during World War II. Despite of its dark history, locals and travelers visit the park to relax and take photos.
5. The Baywalk
Located beside the port area, the Baywalk is a nice place to unwind while savoring grilled specialties of the food stalls in the area.
6. The Baker’s Hill
Baker’s Hill is where you can shop for breads and other specialties. Apart from that, the place showcases a wide theme park visited by many tourists for recreation and photo ops.
7. Iwahig Firefly Watching
If you haven’t seen fireflies before, visit the Iwahig Firefly Watching. I’m happy to finally see fireflies because I believed it’s almost impossible to spot one nowadays. Cameras are slightly useless during the tour because the fireflies are tiny. It’s more enjoyable to see and remember them with your eyes anyways.
- Souvenir shops
- Butterfly garden
- Mitras ranch
- Crocodile farm
The city of Puerto Princesa is a good example of a peaceful and unified community. I admire how people collaborate to retain order in the city and watch over the environment.
People are usually friendly and accommodating. You’ll feel confident to ask questions about the city and other places in Palawan. Asking the locals helped me learn more about the islands and the province.
I would certainly post another entry about the things to do and food to try in Puerto Princesa. I can’t wait to share the beautiful Honda Bay islands as well!