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

  • THE PRINCESS of the CITY??? at PLAZA ...

    UPDATE There is a rehabilitation project which is now underway and improving PLAZA EULALIA as it now seems to be called. The statue has now been relocated and soon there will be seating and a mural wall, which is only correct for the princess who the city was named after. Princess Eulalia Park is a small triangular park (if you can call it a park)...

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  • Swim at Nagtabon Beach

    This is a picturesque beach, lined with coconut trees located 35 kms north west of Puerto Princesa on the west coast. Rent a motorbike and turn off the road at Bacungan (just after km 22) then cross to the other side of the island on a dirt road, which will lead you uphill on a rocky track, then you will descend to the beach stopping to admire the...

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  • KAYE'S HOT SPRING RESORT (formerly...

    We enjoyed a pleasant afternoon here where we rented a hut with a private tub for 4 hours, costing 500 pesos. although we were only two persons the price was good for up to 7 people.There are 5 or 6 tubs and a few overnight bungalows with sleeping quarters upstairs and a private tub downstairs, ranging from 750 pesos to 1,200 pesos. There was also...

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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

  • Diver's Dream Restaurant

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Diver's Dream is a good place to spend some time eating, drinking and meeting with friends. A place to bring the family for brunch, get together with friends and colleagues for a tasty meal, or stay for a late night glass or two. All in a cool and comfortable room with great music and friendly, knowledgeable staff. From weekday lunch to Sunday...

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  • Belly Buster Diner Cafe

    Belly Buster opened up about a week ago so we thought we would try it for lunch today. It is an American style diner and is well decorated with photos and ornaments from the fifties or sixties. There is even a statue of Elvis Presley sitting on a seat outside if you like to have your photo taken with him. We seemed to be the only customers...

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  • JAPANESE----EAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT

    The restaurant opened its doors on 15th of May 2015 so we thought we better sample its food and make another restaurant review for VT. The building is made from native material and only has 6 tables, 3 of which are normal and the other you can sit on the floor as Japanese do (but each table can seat 8 people) . The restaurant is run by two Japanese...

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Puerto Princesa Nightlife

  • HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT LONG---WELL, NEARLY

    For all you folks who like to enjoy a few cheap beers you can start at Tokyo Kitchen in Rizal Avenue which has a happy Hour from 3 pm to 6 pm when beers are at the give away price of 30 pesos. At 5.55 the staff will remind you that Happy Hour is about to finish so that will give you time to order another cold one. This is also an excellent place to...

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  • A NEW ENTERTAINMENT VENUE & MY FIRST...

    I was invited to Sakura the other night to sample the food and watch the show, so i feel i must make a review. Sakura is the name of a new nightspot which is intended to cater for the more upmarket clientele. It is run by a Korean and a local businessman, opens at 7 pm , closes at 2 am. We were offered some delicious food including chicken cordon...

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  • 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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Puerto Princesa Transportation

  • 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...

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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...

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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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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

  • PRUSISYON ng mga SANTO, PROCESSION of...

    This procession takes place on Good Friday just as it gets dark. The statues of the Saints from the Immaculate Conception Cathedral are paraded around the town and 1,000's of devotees carrying candles head along Rizal Avenue towards the Cathedral. The statues of Jesus, John the Baptist and others are carried on the back of pick-up trucks and are...

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  • 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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Puerto Princesa Warnings and Dangers

  • BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

    I have lived on the island for 20 years and often go to Nagtabon Beach to swim, but over the years there has probably been well over 20 deaths by drowning due to the rip which is in the middle of the beach where the road ends. I was involved in rescuing two elderly men who were carried out to sea, and soon after that i was told that a warning sign...

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  • 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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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

  • GREAT BEACH FOR A DAY OUT

    Travel north on the highway and when you reach Bacungan at km 23 turn left and follow the road 10 kms to Nagtabon, but do not miss the turning down to the beach as you can easily drive by it without noticing. Just as you go up the hill you may notice a road sign saying B Marcela Road, so just turn left there down a very rough road and after a...

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  • SPOT THE MAN WITH THE TWO FARTHING BIKE

    I have spotted this local man twice riding his strange contraption. It is similar to the century old penny farthing bike but his looks more like a two farthing bike. On each occasion i have spotted him around km 30 going south on the National Highway. When he gets off his bike he slows down and climbs down some steps to reach the ground. I have no...

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  • 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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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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