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

  • NBI, NOT THE FBI

    Photos coming soonThe National Bureau of Investigation has it's office next to Plaza Quartel behind the Cathedral in Taft Street, but there should be no reason to go here unless you need a clearance for something or other. The NBI deals with high profile cases that are in the interest of the nation and was formed in 1947, the same day as the...

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  • A HOUSE MADE FROM CORAL

    I used to jog past this house everyday and even today i still gaze at the building, wondering who built it. It looks really strange but i guess the owner saved money on construction materials, as in that area of town there are many corals just lying a few feet below ground level. The house is located on Abad Santos Extension between Liberty Road...

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  • HEADING SOUTH--A BEAUTIFUL DIVERSION

    If you are heading south on the National Highway you may wish to branch off on the old road when you reach km 32. You will see the old road winds up the hill through a beautiful forest and at the top you will have a good view of the surrounding countryside. It will join the new road 3-4 kms later.There used to be so many accidents on this road the...

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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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  • 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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  • 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 Princesa Restaurants

  • try Italian

    An Italian guy and his wife just opened a new Italian restaurant that is situated a few minutes from the airport in a picturesque garden. There are a good selections of pastas and pizzas at a reasonable price. Good Italian wines too! Try it, the ambiance is also nice. Nick and His wife Tina also have a small store on the premises where you can buy...

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  • HALAL FOOD, BUFFET and SOMETHING TO CHEW...

    This restaurant opened up last week so we took the opportunity to dine there and we were not too disappointed. Apparently the owner, a friendly gentleman from Ipoh was asked by the governor to promote the Halal Malaysian food. Keep in mind it had only just opened up so the menu had a few items only such as nasi goreng, mee goreng, but there was an...

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  • RATHER A LIMITED MENU

    Tokyo Gyoza is a new restaurant in town so we thought that we would give it a try out, but unfortunately we did not dine here as my wife does not eat meat and the only meatless item was a salad, so i will return by myself at a later date. However there were only a few items on the menu, two types of gyoza, a soup with gyoza, a green salad and a...

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Puerto Princesa Nightlife

  • 66 FAHRENHEIT WILL ROCK YOU

    Alan, the best guitarist in town has been playing at TomTom Bar regularly on Saturday evenings. The band consists of 3 guys who play rock music mainly from the 60's and 70's so if you enjoy this type of music show up at the bar around 9pm and you will be treated to sounds such as Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones and other famous...

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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.ORIGINAL REVIEWSee Alan create magic sounds on his guitar as his group 66 FAHRENHEIT play songs from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Guns 'N...

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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 live music several nights...

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Puerto Princesa Transportation

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Puerto Princesa Shopping

  • EXCELLENT CRAFTMANSHIP

    I am not promoting any particular shop here but just pointing out the marvelous skills that some of the locals possess and although it is bulky to carry home there are some marvelous souvenirs to buy such as the one in the photo. Can you imagine how long it took the craftsman to make this two floored native building, complete with huts, tables and...

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  • QUALITY BASKETS and OTHER ITEMS

    I must say that the hand-woven baskets that were on sale at the Butterfly Farm/ Tribal Village looked very good quality and well made. The baskets are for sale in the Tribal Village area. By the entrance where you purchase your admission ticket there are butterflies encased in boxes and a good selection of hand made ear-rings.The Butterfly Farm /...

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  • TAKE HOME A HAMMOCK

    Many young travelers buy a hammock (made from rattan) to take home as they are cheap and would probably not be available in their own country. You can find hammocks in the old market at the handicraft stalls and should cost around 300 pesos. I have no idea how these people manage to return to Manila, then the International airport with such a...

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Puerto Princesa Local Customs

  • What a welcome!

    Never before I have I experience such a welcome from anywhere I have been. I actually had tears in my eyes, as the people waved and danced their hearts out. Even the security guards and taxi drivers got involved.There was a lot of people dancing a routine to Psy songs like Gangnam Style and Gentleman, and it was funny. Watch my video, it shows the...

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  • TURO-TURO STALLS--POINT,POINT , a quick...

    You will not walk too far without seeing a turo-turo stall, where there will be many pots containing food that is already cooked. Usually a portion served with rice costs around 40 pesos, and can be served on a plate or carried home in a plastic bag. The food , of course is all Filipino favorites, and the stands can be open as early as 6 am with...

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  • THE BANGKA, SMALL AND LARGE

    Wherever you go in the Philippines you will come across bangkas (outriggers) by the sea. Both sides or sometimes just one side of the main hull will have lateral supports, usually made from bamboo. The two supports will help stabalise the boat which will be mainly used for fishing. Outriggers will normally have an engine except for the smaller ones...

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Puerto Princesa Warnings and Dangers

  • CHECK YOUR HOTEL'S WATER SUPPLY

    I have lived in Puerto Princesa for nearly 20 years and have never known a water shortage like this year. It is only April and water is scarce, so it is being rationed to different parts of the city at different times. The more expensive types of accommodation should be fine as they will have their own water supply or large enough tanks to provide...

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  • DON'T STAY NEAR SQUATTERS AREA

    You will be amazed how often fires occur in the wooden shacks that the squatters live in. Since i have lived here there is usually at least one fire each year where up to 200 houses are destroyed. Usually the fire is started through faulty electrical wiring, or while someone has left something cooking on the gas range, or even dropping cigarette...

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  • IN CASE OF EMERGENCY

    In case of emergency while visiting Puerto Princesa you should take note of this number. You may never know when you need it! Theft, Accident, Attack.

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Puerto Princesa Tourist Traps

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    by davidjo Written May 11, 2012

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    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 are a foreigner the price is 2,500 pesos. On asking what is the difference between the local and the foreigner, they were stuck for an answer as there is no difference.

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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
    • Beaches
    • Eco-Tourism

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Puerto Princesa Off The Beaten Path

  • DIVING/FISHING-HEN & CHICKEN ISLANDS

    Although i have never been fishing or diving near Hen and Chicken Islands i have friends who have fished there and caught plenty. Other friends have dived there and said that it was well worth it. Hen and Chicken islands are accessible from Nagtabon or Talaudyong, and both can be reached from Puerto Princesa by driving 23 kms north on the Northern...

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  • WONDERFUL BEACH and a NEW ROAD

    Nagtabon Beach used to be a difficult place to get to as one had to drive 23 kms north of Puerto Princesa then take a track across to the west coast of the island for the last 10 kms, but just this month the concreting of the road has almost been completed. Unfortunately the last few hundred meters down to the beach is steep and rocky , but once...

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  • VISIT A PRAWN, FISH AND CRAB FARM

    There are many fish, crab and prawn farms on the island so we visited one today and even though i have lived here for 20 years i never knew of this place which is 2 kms from where i used to live. The fish farm had dykes around it and split into 4 separate pools. This particular one produced crabs, milkfish and tiger prawns, but normally just sold...

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Puerto Princesa Sports & Outdoors

  • 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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  • DRAGON BOAT RACE----DON'T MISS IT!!!!!

    UPDATEWe attended the Dragon Boat Races this morning and found that 10 teams had entered including 3 local teams and others from Manila, Boracay, the Marines and Navy. The ladies dragon boat held 10 rowers while the mens held 20, along with a coxswain and a guy beating a drum. The races were over 300m course and the Marines seemed to be dominating...

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  • FANCY A GAME OF BADMINTON

    If you like to play badminton then Extreme Zone is the place for you. The courts are located near the intersection of Rizal Avenue and Burgos Street. Just look for the snack counter selling Chinese empanadas and the entrance is right next to it down a few steps. I am not 100% sure if rackets are available or you have to bring your own

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Puerto Princesa Favorites

  • NEED YOUR SHOES REPAIRED

    As in many Philippine towns you will see simple stalls by the side of the road, usually near the market where the locals will repair your shoes for a very cheap price compared to the West. Sometimes, if it is a simple repair you can wait while they do the work. If the shoe just needs a few stitches probably 30-50 pesos will cover it. To sew the...

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  • CRAFT BEER from PALAWENO BREWERY

    I was extremely surprised that we now have a brewery in Puerto Princesa producing CRAFT BEER, which opened up at the beginning of May. Ayahay Brewery is located at 40 Taft Street, which runs parallel to Rizal Avenue in the vicinity of the cathedral. The owners also run Matutina Pension House behind the small bar. There are 5 types of beer on offer,...

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  • WHERE TO GO IF YOU NEED MEDICAL...

    Palawan Medical City newly opened last year and is located on the National Highway in San Pedro, perhaps 1.5 kms from the Capitol Building . You cannot miss it as it is next to Puregold Supermarket. There are many different doctor's clinics, each specialising in his or her field, as well as a laboratory. Last year i had a medical problem and was...

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TRY THE SLOVENIAN SPECIALS
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The Baywalk near the Port
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Swallows nest soup
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SPEND A DAY AT COCKATOO RESORT
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A VIEW FROM THE AIR
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SNAKES of the PHILIPPINES, POSTER at ALOHA HOUSE
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ALOHA HOUSE--- VISITORS NOT WELCOME
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UNDERGROUND RIVER---THAT THE TOURISTS DON'T SEE
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BUTTERFLY FARM
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THE TRIBAL VILLAGE --- BORED NATIVES
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AN ALBINO PYTHON AROUND YOUR NECK
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THE BIGGEST CASHEW IN THE COUNTRY
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BEAR? CAT? NEITHER BUT IT IS A PALAWAN BEARCAT
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WELCOME TO THE CITY JAIL
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QUICK SNACK or ALL YOU CAN EAT AFTERNOON BUFFET
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TRY AN ICE COLD BUKO (FRESH COCONUT JUICE)
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FINE FOOD
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TRY THE HALO HALO
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MOUNT CALVARY, STATIONS OF THE CROSS---11-14
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MOUNT CALVARY, STATIONS of the CROSS 6-10
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MOUNT CALVARY---STATIONS OF THE CROSS 1-5
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MAKE A WISH
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THE PASSION OF CHRIST
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CAN YOU REMEMBER THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
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MOUNT CALVARY---RELIGIOUS SIGNS
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EASTER PILGRIMAGE AT MOUNT CALVARY
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TRY THE SIZZLING SEAFOOD
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Underground river
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TASTY CHICKEN BBQ and OTHER MEALS --- ECONOMIC
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