Bus from Puerto Princesa to Port Barton
It's now a bus, leaving at 9 am (maybe more in the season), but be there early to get a good seat, still 250 Pesos, and maybe also a shuttle bus at around 2 pm for 300 Pesos, the road is now a bit better, the first third after the turnoff from the main road is good the second third is under construction and when raining very bad, the last third is unsurfaced but not too bad.
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WE NOW HAVE TAXIS IN THE CITY
In the middle of February 2015 the first taxis started operating in Puerto Princesa, but these have not been appreciated by everyone as the local trike operators are complaining that they will lose business. At the moment the company started up with 10 taxis and apparently 30 more are on the way. People arriving at the airport with luggage would probably prefer to take a taxi rather than a trike where it is cramped inside (especially for large foreigners), and not too much room for luggage at the back.
More on fares to follow
VISIT CUYO ON WAY TO ILOILO
There are normally 3 boats a week that leave Puerto Princesa for Iloilo in Panay, anf they all stop at Cuyo. The Milagrosa Line leaves PPC at 15.00 on Thursdays and Sundays, arriving in Cuyo at 7 am but it will not continue the journey to Iloilo until 5 pm which gives you time to explore Cuyo, which is well worth doing by the way. Cuyo is a small friendly village and you must climb the hill (mount Aguado) for a beautiful view of this island and surrounding islands.The Montenegro line departs PPC on Tuesday 18.00 arriving in Cuyo at 9am and continues it's journey at 16.00.
Here are the latest prices (January 2015).
It is worth checking with the Milagrosa Shipping Line as the boats may change their timetable or trip may be cancelled altogether due to rough seas.
NEW FLIGHTS TO DAVAO
As of 2nd August this year Cebu Pacific will start flying to the above.
From Puerto to Davao flights will be on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday will leave 3.50 pm. Davao to Puerto will leave 1.40 pm.
LOOK for PROMOS
These flights are discontinued but you may want to check with the airline as they may resume at a later date.
CHECK OUT THE OFFERS ON-LINE
At the moment 4 airlines serve Puerto Princesa with 9 flights a day and Air Asia will start flights later in the year. It is worth checking on-line as all these airlines have promos so book with your credit card. Here are the websites:-
AIR WHAT??? AIR JUAN !!!
Air Juan is a small company that started flying out of Puerto Princesa about a year ago. From Puerto Princesa they fly to Coron, Cuyo and Rio Tuba, but they also fly out of Manila, Cebu, Kalibo or Bohol, but i am not quite sure of the latter routes. They operate small planes and are expensive, but you can also charter one, the price i believe was around 70k an hour. On there website there is an option to "contact us" or "book a flight" , but besides that there seem to be very few agents that will be able to book a flight for you.
DON'T FORGET THE TRAVEL TAX
When flying out of Puerto Princesa Airport don't forget to keep some money for the travel tax which is not yet included in the price when you buy your ticket. One year ago the price increased from 40 to 100 pesos, and i was most surprised when i flew out of town the other day that it had increased to 150 pesos.
It was with some amusement when i watched a young British traveler who was arguing with airport authorities that he was not notified of the tax when he arrived, and was not going to pay it!!! Of course it was no surprise to me when he was refused entry to the departure area, so eventually he was forced to pay this small amount, otherwise he would not have been able to leave!!!
2GO or not 2GO---FERRY TICKETS
2GO travel has integrated many of the country's ferry companies such as Negros Navigation, Superferry, Supercat and Cebu Ferries and it is possible to buy tickets from the one office. The office in PPC is in Concepcion Street, just opposite the cathedral, just walk 50m down the street and you will see the sign and booking office. From time to time there are promo offers, or if you book early sometimes you can avail of a better price.
SAN JOSE TERMINAL--JEEPNEY or BUS
San Jose Bus Terminal is located around 4 kms from the Capitol Building and can be reached by multicab from there for 15-20 pesos. After entering the o/w street by San Jose Market you will see the main terminal building in the right where there will be various buses and jeepneys waiting for passengers to depart to all parts of the island. I am sorry to say that some of the vehicles are not in the best of condition. Some shuttle vans will leave from there too but you can also see most of the shuttles across the road in a separate area.
SAN JOSE TERMINAL----SHUTTLE VANS
San Jose Terminal is located about 4 kms from the city center next to San Jose Market, and when you enter the market on the o/w street the area where you will find shuttles will be on your left hand side. Shuttle vans hold up to 12 passengers and will travel to all destination north and south Palawan. Usually shuttle vans will leave when they are full and each company has its own small ramshackle building where they leave from. The destinations are clearly displayed on the shuttle van or a tarpaulin sign. You will see such names as Charing, Alexis, Fort Wally who are some of the main operators here.
You can reach the terminal from the Capitol Building by means of a multicab, which will cost something less than 20 pesos. You can also rent a trike for a private trip for 100-150, depending on your bargaining skills.
MONTENEGRO SHIPPING LINE to CUYO and ILOILO
The Montenegro ship departs once a week from Puerto Princesa stopping at Cuyo on the way to its final destination at Iloilo. The ticket office ( a ramshackle of a place) is just 50m from the gate to the port in Malvar Street.
As at the moment the boat departs Thursday evenings at 18.00 hrs and stops in Cuyo for a few hours so you can hop off, visit the town and buy supplies.
Note, the Milagrosa boat stops for longer.
Details of prices etc can be found on the website below
MILAGROSA OFFICE - boats to CUYO and ILOILO
Normally the Milagrosa line sails to Iloilo on Panay twice a week. The boat also stops in the island of Cuyo for about 6-8 hours, arriving early morning and departing mid afternoon, which allows you enough time to explore Cuyo. I have not posted sailing times as they can change from week to week depending on weather and boat maintenance.
The Milagrosa Booking Office is in Rizal Avenue, just past Roxas Street on the left heading towards the pier. The sign is almost illegible but you should recognise the office by the photo above.
RENT A BICYCLE
As far as i know there is only one place to rent a bicycle in Puerto Princesa and it is a little way from the center. You will be able to rent a simple Korean bike with basket and without gears at MB By the Bay for 150 pesos a day or 50 pesos per hour. The owner has 5 bicycles available for rent.
MB by the Bay is opposite to Deep Forest Inn which is located in Abueg Road, and you will clearly see the sign . Just follow the road 50 meters and then turn to the right and MB by the Bay will be another 50 meters. The bikes will be fine for riding around town as one can manage without gears, and it would be even possible to visit the Crocodile Farm (km 12) and Iwahig Penal Colony (km 16 + or - 1km), but if you are thinking of going further afield to Nagtabon or Sabang i would not advise it.
NOW FLY DIRECTLY TO KOTA KINABALU
Great news, MAS Wings which is part of the national carries of Malaysia are starting flights from Puerto Princesa to Kota Kinabalu. The only details i have are in the attached photograph but will try find out more later and post here, but at $59 this seems a bargain as previously one had to return to Manila before catching a flight to Kota Kinabalu. Over the years i have lived here so many tourist have been frustrated as Borneo is so near to Palawan and they have been unable to get there from this island. Let us hope that the flights are successful and will continue without interruption.
I believe that the plane flying this route will be a Turbo Prop ATR 72-600 which can carry 48 passengers (or 78 if it is the extended version) . The 600 series had their maiden flight in 2011 so they are all new planes.
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RENT AN ATV or 4 wheeled motorbike
I noticed that it is possible to rent this 4 wheeled vehicle from a stand just after you come out the airport and turn right on Rizal Avenue. I have no idea about the rental fee as the vehicle seems to be parked there most of the time.
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