Exploring Puerto Princesa Palawan

It's really nice to have friends who loves to travel.  This friend couple of mine are the sister and brother in-law of my friend Dave.  They like to do road trips and has been to many places in the Philippines.  It is just unfortunate that they live in Manila and we live in Davao so we can't just easily join them :(

Early this year we chat about going to Palawan and Batanes.  We still do not know when but agreed that we go together.  When Cebu Pacific again posted low fare offer Dave's sister texted me about it and I said where will we go this time?  We originally planned to go Batanes first but seems like even with Cebu Pacific's low fare offering still Dave & I will be spending around P13k/pax for transportaion only since we will be coming from Davao City. So we decided to go to Puerto Princesa Palawan instead.

She did all the bookings: plane ticket from Manila-Puerto Princesa, hotel accommodation & sight-seeing activities.  I just paid her when we reach Manila.

Puerto Princesa City Tour (Day 1)

We arrived at Puerto Princesa Airport around lunchtime, there was a coaster waiting for us at the airport to take us to Liberty Park Hotel.  After the front desk gave us our keys we immediately drop our things and got ready for a half day city tour.

Our first stop was at Crocodile Farm it is now named as Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center now both a tourist attraction and a national research institute devoted to crocodiles.  It also has a mini zoo which can be seen after a short guided tour when everyone is allowed to wander around in the endemic species area.

Next stop was at Iwahig Penal Colony.  More looks like a farming community than a prison colony.  The tour guide said that inmates are allowed to live with their family and toil their farm to earn a living.  They are also engaged in wood carving.  Mahogany carved handicrafts are a good buy for the tourist.

The tour guide then took us at Mitra's Ranch.  It is owned by the family of the late Senator Ramon Mitra located at Sta Monica Heights and has now become one of the popular tourist destination in Puerto Princesa.  There is a view deck on top of the hill open to everyone to have a relaxing time or see the stunning view of Puerto Princesa City.  Going back to the City another favorite tourist destination the Baker's Hill is just along the way.  It is a themed park famous for baked goddies for pasalubong (giveaways).  To our dismay it was closed :(.  They are closed every Monday.

Our last stop before taking us back at the hotel was at a souvenir shop.  since it's so easy to take a tricycle back to the hotel we told the tour guide to leave us there because we will be exploring the city.

Underground River Tour (Day 2)

The van fetch us early from the hotel around 7:30am.  There are already a few other tourist from other hotels in the van and we are the last to be picked up.  As soon as we got in we immediately went on our way.  The tour guide was explaining where we are going and what to expect during the trip.  He told us that we will drop by first at Ugong Rock,  a cave tour, zip line and mountain climbing spot located at at Tagabenit Puerto Princesa.  We didn't try any of the activities there but just stayed at the Kubo which serves as the registration area.  A few minutes later a resident offered to let us see the mouth of the cave, where a rock formation produces a sound it you tap them, for free.

After the short stop we proceeded to Sabang Port where we will be taking a boat ride to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.  It was about lunch time already and no available banca yet to take us to Underground River, the tour guide then took us to a resort for lunch.

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 spectcular cave formations, the Underground River is possibly Puerto Princesa's most popular attraction. The site was also declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.  The winding path ofthe river is navigable via small pumpboats that departs from Sabang Beach (Quoted from

Island Hopping at Honda Bay (Day 3)

The tour guide picked us up from the hotel around 7:00am,  then he brought us at Sta Lourdes Wharf where our boat is waiting.  The tour guide explained that Honda Bay is comprised of several islets with shallow reefs which have become the much loved swimming, snorkeling & diving destination of both local residents and tourist.  Among the many islets the famous are Pandan, Starfish ,Snake and Lu-li Island.   I can't remember anymore what Island we went first where our lunch was served, all I remember was Pandan Island was the last stop before we were brought back to the hotel to catch our flight back to Manila.

It's nice the tour guide had an underwater camera casing and that my Cybershot Camera fits in it, I am able to take a few underwater photo :)
Pandan Island
Note worth taking:

I learned that prices for the different tours/activities at Puerto Princesa are all the same whether you book them online, at the hotel or travel agency they follow a uniform price.


  1. Wow! I miss Puerto Princesa City. Your visit there was truly complete especially when you make a journey to the Underground River, experiencing the thrill of zipline at Ugong Rock and discovering the marine life and island hopping at Honda Bay. I hope that I will come back in Palawan... I will invest for it.

  2. I met a lot of fish friends in Honda Bay... really overwhelming when fish surrounds you for food esp the blue ones

  3. I'm a fan of the overall beauty of Palawan from the Underground river to Honda Bay to the cleanliness and attraction of the city and good food.

  4. The only spot that we didn't get to visit during the city day tour was the Iwahig Penal Colony. Everything else, we were able to see. :) As for our 2nd day in Puerto Princesa, we went straight to the SAbang Port (we no longer stopped by Ugong Rock). AS for the Hunda Bay Tour, we only visited Pambato Reef, Snake and Pandan Island.. so you've clearly experienced more islands!! How I wish we experienced the same. :)

  5. Ganda ng mga photos mo Ricky, Antay ka lang Puerto Prinsesa, pupuntahan kita sa summer.

  6. we have those crocs here in our place, but those underground rivers... i'm looking forward to experience them... Yahweh bless.

  7. So this is what the Puerto Princesa tour is all about. I was planning to go here last here but didn't push through, hopefully next year, and I got a glimpse of what to expect from your blog...

  8. I love those photos. I've never been in Palawan but those photos show the real beauty in this pace. Love it!

  9. maybe i shud start investing for a underwater camera also! it looks great! xx

  10. I want to see the caves most of all. The others kasi medyo typical na in our country but the caves are still such a sight.

  11. Palawan will never disappoint you with all their beautiful places .It is a true paradise. worked there last 2007 ... love the place .

  12. I'll follow your 3 day itinerary on my visit to Palawan this summer so I can save time on planning our schedule. I want to show my children our famous 8th wonder - Underground river.

  13. Ohlalalala...Underground River, one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature ! Love to visit this place.

  14. Iba talaga ang Ganda ng Palawan Bro! No. 1 to sa List ko. hopefully next year maexplore ko na rin ang Palawan

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