Puerto Princesa Travel Guide

  • Off The Beaten Path
    by angel_catbee
  • Things to Do
    by judayandryan
  • Things to Do
    by judayandryan

Puerto Princesa Things to Do

  • FIREFLY WATCHING

    Travel to km 20 on the highway south until you reach Iwahig River, cross the bridge and you will find some bungalows on the right where you can hire a boat with boatman, spend an hour on the river and be mesmerised by the 1000's of fireflies. Not for me but some people find this interesting. Firefly watching can be booked at some hotels and travel...

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  • IT IS NOT MUCH FUN IF YOU ARE A PIG AT...

    Philippines produces over 12 million pigs a year and a great percentage of them are slaughtered around New Year and Xmas. Wander down to the market on the morning of NY Eve or Xmas Eve and you will likely see hundreds of pigs being delivered. The second photo is of a delivery truck, but i had to run back and get my camera so by the time i took the...

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  • BE PREPARED TO WALK a KM OUT TO SEA FOR...

    I have already written a tip about swimming in Puerto Princesa but here is a more detailed review of one of the more popular beaches at BM Road. We checked that high tide would be at 14.29 the day we decided to celebrate a birthday there, but even so one could walk out 200 meters and the sea would only reach your knees, so if you want to visit this...

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Puerto Princesa Hotels

  • Hibiscus Garden Hotel

    This place is located in Manalo St. , not far from the airport and is owned by a French guy who...

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  • Dolce Vita

    I desperately want to warn as many people as possible about the Dolce Vita Hotel in Puerto Princesa,...

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  • Puerto Pension

    It is in a great location close to the town centre and at the top of the restaurant, you can get...

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Puerto Princesa Restaurants

  • WOW, HOW THIS PLACE HAS CHANGED FOR THE...

    LATEST VISITI have deleted my previous review as this restaurant has changed completely since it first opened up with 5 items on the menu a year ago. We went there for a few beers and snacks last night before going on for our main meal later in the evening. We had a selection of gyozas, makis and something else that i cannot quite remember, but i...

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  • Truly the best moreish Seafood Pizza!

    Brought here during my 5-6 stay at Puerto Princesca with vters Davidjo and his lovely wife Helenwith the recommendations that the owners are both Italians - being the chef himself from Sicily and the wife from Florence, who personally came to say hello very welcominglyThe food is truly excellent - just as David recommended, good sized portions and...

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  • famous for local noodles and seafood

    Mangan Kayon means 'let's eat' in Ilocano, and has recently adopted this new name. I don't know if there are new owners or the name has just been changed but the menu seems to be much the same as before, according to some friends who ate there this week. You can't miss this place as there is a huge clay soup bowl outside. The restaurant is built...

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Puerto Princesa Nightlife

  • GREAT MUSIC AND LIVE EVENTS

    Tom-Toms is located in Manalo Extension and all the local trike-drivers will know this place. A good selection of beers, wines and spirits is available here as well as some very good food. The bar/restaurant normally opens up around 5 pm and closes after midnight, depending on how many customers are in attendance. There is an extensive menu...

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  • LIVE MUSIC

    UPDATE Unfortunately Alan no longer plays here but recently he has been playing regularly at Tom Tom Bar on Saturday nights. The Kweba Bar is being enlarged and i am sure you can see other musicians perform here. This place also gets quite crowded in the evening and quite often stays open until the early hours of the morning. As of January 1st 2014...

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  • Beer, food and karaoke

    Note, the ownership has recently changed hands and name, but the old name will remain until January , then it will be known as the "PINK 55" as the sign on the window says. . The bar is in Valencia Street, opposite the LTO, just a minute from Mendoza Park by Rizal Avenue. As you enter the establishment the bar is on the left and there are probably...

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Puerto Princesa Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 PROMOSUPDATEThese flights are discontinued but you may want to check with the airline as they may resume at a later date.

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Puerto Princesa Shopping

  • BRIDGE OF GINTO POMELOS

    I do not expect anyone to take a ride out to Irawan bridge (km 12 on the south highway from Puerto Princesa) to buy a pomelo but the tourist vans that go to the Crocodile Farm, Iwahig Penal Colony and the Eco Park all cross this bridge so it is easy to tell the driver to stop for a couple of minutes while you buy the tasty fruit. This is an area...

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  • HELP THE MURDERERS, RAPISTS & CARNAPPERS

    Buy a gift at the Penal Farm's souvenir shop and you will be helping the prisoners get a few pesos in their pockets. Apparently, if they are to be believed each souvenir item that they see they will receive a small percentage of the cost for themselves. The shop is located in the large building near the Administrative Center and i believe that...

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  • BOOKS---NEW AND SECOND HAND

    A few restaurants and hotels will have a few books lying around for exchange or even free, which have been left by previous guests, but there are two bookshops in town that have quite a good selection and yoy should be able to find something of interest. Both are located in Robinsons Mall.The NATIONAL BOOKSTORE is on the ground floor, in the right...

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Puerto Princesa Local Customs

  • THE KIDS BAND AT NEW YEAR

    Every year a children's band will play on New Year at Tom Tom Club and the patrons will donate generously. The kids usually come round just after midnight, all neatly dressed in red with a selection of instruments. So if you are interested in seeing them perform (which is exceptionally good) why not turn up at the bar next New Year's Eve.

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  • GAMBLING AT XMAS

    During holidays such as Easter, Xmas and New Year the locals love to gamble (actually they love to gamble all the time whether it is cards, mahjong, lottery or cockfighting). But at this time of year stall holders set up their stall ready to make some easy money. In the first photo there are 36 colored squares and colored rectangles around the...

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  • ERNST SHOWS US HOW TO EAT A BALUT !! ...

    Not too many foreigners are keen to sample the Philippine delicacy, BALUT, but our friend Ernst eats them regularly, so while you are in the country why not try one. In the evening you may be approached by a local carrying a basket offering balut, particularly in places where a lot of people congregate, such as Baywalk. For those of you who do not...

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Puerto Princesa Warnings and Dangers

  • ENSURE TRIKE DRIVERS DON'T TAKE YOU FOR...

    Tricycles in Puerto Princesa are colored blue or white and in order to reduce the amount of traffic in the city they can only be on the road at certain times of the day. The blue trikes are painted with the number 1 and cannot operate on Tues-Thurs-Sat between 8 am and 8 pm. The white trikes display the number 2 and cannot operate on Mon--Wed--Fri...

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  • SEEK ADVICE FROM THE LIFEGUARD

    When taking an island hopping trip in Honda Bay do not assume that it is safe at all times to swim, as over the years several people have been taken away by the current and drowned. Quite a few outriggers have sank, particularly late afternoon when returning to Sta Lourdes Pier, during rough seas when there was less control by the authorities. I...

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  • BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE 2 DIFFERENT...

    When booking your tour to see the fireflies be sure to ask which tour you will be on, as there are two different options.On the first tour you will be taken to Baywalk in the city, where a boat picks you up, then 5 minutes later you may be dropped off at a floating restaurant where you enjoy a buffet while half the group continues across the bay to...

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Puerto Princesa Tourist Traps

  • THE BAR ON COWRIE ISLAND, HONDA BAY

    I would not say that this is a big tourist trap but i just wanted to draw your attention to the prices at the bar on the island, as it can be quite expensive on a hot day. Far better to bring drinks with you as you will save around 60% if you do so. Beer was 70 pesos on the island which compares to some of the bars & restaurants in town but bottles...

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  • BEER DRINKERS ARE GETTING RIPPED OFF

    I was shocked today when i entered my local Bistro to have a beer or two while my wife went shopping at the market-----2 San Miguel Beers (in a can) cost 66 pesos each, but just a few weeks ago the price was also raised from 55 to 60 pesos. Admittedly San Miguel increased their prices for a case of 24 X 320ml bottles from 472 pesos to 512 pesos ,...

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  • DOS PALMOS RESORT

    In Puerto Princesa there are day trips offered for a visit to this resort, which made history ten years ago as there was a major kidnapping there. The tours offered include pick up from your hotel, transfer to Sta Lourdes pier and boat to the island. The cost covers a picnic lunch, a guide and shed rental, but the price is 1,800 pesos but if your...

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Puerto Princesa What to Pack

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    by stamporama Written Nov 11, 2011

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Beach shoes - your feet will surely get wet when getting on/off boats or when you snorkel. So bring unless you wish to rent (roadside rental stalls available).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: insect repellant - dengue and malaria are endemic in these parts so be sure not to forget this
    sunblock - whether you'll snorkel, frolic on the beach or simply ride a boat on Honda Bay, the sun is sure to burn you up without this

    Photo Equipment: Unless you have one, you can rent an underwater casing for your camera (at the snorkeling gear rental stall) so you could shoot the corals and fishes.
    For the underground river, bring an accessory flash unit for your DSLR as your camera's built-in flash will not be strong enough to illuminate the massive rock formations.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: You can bring your own diving mask, snorkel and fins but if that'll prove bulky then you can always rent them here. Life vests are provided for free by your boatmen and required to be worn if you'll snorkel.

    Related to:
    • Diving and Snorkeling
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

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Puerto Princesa Off The Beaten Path

  • SUGGESTED TWO NIGHT TRIP SOUTH

    From Puerto Princesa rent a motorbike and ride south to around km 85 where you can turn off to Estrella Falls. Enjoy a swim in the cool water, buy a fish and charcoal at the market in Aborlan and use one of the many BBQs to grill your meal. Bring your own drinks. Late afternoon continue the remaining 75 kms to Quezon where you can stay at the very...

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  • SUGGESTED OVERNIGHT TRIP TO THE SOUTH

    Rent a motorbike and head south to Inagawan at km 51 marker on the highway. Turn left and head to the beach,until you find Mia's Beach House. She has 4 rooms outside and some inside her house and you can buy fish and have her cook your meal or she will arrange a meal for you. The cost is 500 a night and the beach is dark sand but the swimming is...

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  • BUCANA-----LOCALS RELOCATED FROM BAYWALK

    Some years ago there were many squatters living on houses on stilts by the bay, but there was a mysterious fire and the government built the new promenade and a Baywalk. What happened to the residents who lost their homes? Well, the local government gave them some land which was around 20 kms from PPC and i believe that they were given some money...

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Puerto Princesa Sports & Outdoors

  • A GREAT PLACE FOR THE KIDS TO SWIM

    ROVIA GARDEN AND POOL opened its doors in October 2014 and is an ideal place to spend a few hours with your kids. There are 3 swimming pools, a shallow one for younger children, the deepest being 5 feet. In the garden there are statues of giraffes, karabaws, and super heroes like Spiderman and Superman which your kids will enjoy standing beside...

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  • AQUAHOLICS INDEED !!!!

    Aquaholics is run by a helpful English fellow who can arrange diving, mainly in Port Barton and also can instruct people on free diving. He also has some vehicles that can be hired with driver to go anywhere on the island. The office can be found in Rizal Avenue next to Fort Wally transport services.

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  • LIVE ABOARD SAKURA at TUBBATAHA

    The SAKURA is a trimaran and usually has a weekly trip to Tubbataha from mid March to Mid June, when sea and weather conditions are most favorable. Dino and his wife Let are wonderful hosts and are eager to help anyone. I have met several people who have taken the Tubbataha trip with Sakura and are all 100% satisfied.

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Puerto Princesa Favorites

  • TASTE A FEW UNUSUAL TREATS AT BAYWALK

    Baywalk is an area by Puerto Princesa Bay where many of the locals and tourists congregate at night, many coming to enjoy a meal or a few beers at the numerous eateries that line the bay. So maybe it is time to try a few tasty delicacies that you don't find in your own part of the world such as sea urchins, lato or unripe mango with bagoong. Eating...

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  • HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A WORM ???

    NO !!! Well, if you are in Puerto Princesa now is a good time to try it. Tamilok is a type of woodworm like creature that is found inside rotting mangroves, but it is actually a mollusk. It is a delicacy here and several restaurants serve it, mainly for tourists to sample. According to some people it tastes like an oyster but i cannot verify this...

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  • CHECK OUT THE MAP OF THE CITY

    If you arrive at the airport and decide to walk out to Rizal Avenue you will find a detailed map of Puerto Princesa just before you exit the airport compound. Many hotels and restaurants are marked on the map so you will have a rough idea of where you want to go. I will also remind you to pick up a map of the city at the Tourists Information Kiosk...

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