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

  • NEW WEB SITE

    Hey guys, this site might be of interest to anyone coming to Puerto Princesa-- real good info.www.puertoprincesa.net/destinations_tourist_spots.htmlAnd here is another twohttp://www.visitpuertoprincesa.com/http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/puerto-princesa/

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  • ESCAPE FROM THE HEAT

    Try and catch a movie at the new ROBINSONS SHOPPING MALL. There are 4 cinemas , one of which is 3D, all air-conditioned, so get out of the heat and relax for a while. You can book tickets online. Normally the new movies start on Wednesdays unless they run for a second week. Tickets are 150 pesos unless it is in 3D

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  • The Plaza del Cuartel

    The carro was familiar to me, like those of Andalucia, in Spain. Probably it dates from the spanish times, or new but inspired in the spanish times carruages..

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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

    UPDATE MAY 25th ---- I believe that this restaurant is closed now and the building is for sale. A pity as it has not even been open for a year but i understand there was an argument involving the owner and workers We popped in to this restaurant by Baywalk for a few beers after the lighting of the Xmas tree. The beers were cold although slightly...

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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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  • CAPTAIN RIBS

    Open a year ago, this restaurant hold by a fench/ filipino coulpe, serve a nice selection of filipino, french and european meals, very tasty and very fresh. The propose also awesome pork ribs marinated and grilled on BBQ : just delicious!! Owners are very friendly, and the service was fast and well done. The bartender makes great cocktails (Irish...

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Puerto Princesa Nightlife

  • good food and music

    Taverna Luna has good food and live music. Has a steady clientele most nights.UPDATEThis place has been taken over twice by different owners and neither have been able to make a successful business at the place, possibly because the rent is too high. I noticed the other day that it is closed again and is for rent once more. Will update when...

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  • 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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Puerto Princesa Transportation

  • AIRPORT TAX

    Just informing visitors that airport tax has been increased to 200 led s for domestic travel and700 pesos for international travel as of June 1 2015.

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  • 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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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

  • RENTING A MOTORBIKE---READ THIS NOW

    Recently we have been hearing on the radio that there seems to be a motorbike stolen everyday in Puerto Princesa. In fact i was having a coffee this morning at a small shop next to one of the police station and a young man came running to report that his motorbike had just been stolen. It is probably a gang who are stealing the bikes and breaking...

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  • MALARIA, DENGUE

    Malaria and dengue can be a problem on the island, so if you suspect that you may have the symptoms there is a City Health Office in Mendoza Park where you can have a free test. UPDATESince 2014 dengue seems to be on the increase and i had more than one friend in the hospital with a serious case. Dengue is very dangerous if you start bleeding from...

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  • 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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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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    Bring these to Palawan

    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

  • 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

  • MOTOCROSS

    Next to the City Hall there is a motocross circuit and several events take place here each year, including an international trail bike tournament, usually in April. Riders come from all over the country and other parts of Asia to compete in the “Motocross Masters of Asia” .

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  • 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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Puerto Princesa Favorites

  • MALARIA, STD and HEPATITiS

    There is the city medical offices behind Mendoza Park that give free tests for malaria and rabies injections. Sometimes they ask for a donation. If you are bitten by a dog you must watch the dog for 10 days or so to see if it has rabies symptoms. Hospitals will charge over 10,000 pesos for a rabies course, better to protect yourself before...

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  • 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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Good Food
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Great food, and great ambient
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IT SLITHERS LIKE A SNAKE
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SEEMS LIKE A GOOD PLACE TO EAT
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JAPANESE----EAT SOMETHING DIFFERENT
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THE PRINCESS of the CITY??? at PLAZA EULALIA
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Swim at Nagtabon Beach
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WE HAVE OUR FIRST AMERICAN STYLE DINER
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KAYE'S HOT SPRING RESORT (formerly KIM'S)
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TRY THE ORIENTAL BEEF WITH MUSHROOM
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ACTIVITIES ON COWRIE ISLAND
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BATAK CULRTURAL VILLAGE
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...one of the finest place in town.. true!?
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...we claim to be one of the finest place.. true!?
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THE ORIGINAL SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
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WOW, HOW THIS PLACE HAS CHANGED FOR THE BETTER
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SUGGESTED OVERNIGHT TRIP TO THE SOUTH
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BUCANA-----LOCALS RELOCATED FROM BAYWALK
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Truly the best moreish Seafood Pizza!
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INAGAWAN BEACH----SAFE BUT GREY SAND
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LANGOGAN VILLAGE & RIVER
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RENT A MOTORBIKE AND DO THE LOOP
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SALAKOT FALLS----NOT WORTH IT AT THE MOMENT
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RELAX AT THE HOT SPRINGS & THEY ARE FREE
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WONDERFUL BEACH and a NEW ROAD
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VISIT A FISHING VILLAGE
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SQUATTERS HUTS OVER THE SEA AT LIBERTY
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TALAUDYONG
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VISIT CUYO ON WAY TO ILOILO
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famous for local noodles and seafood
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DINE IN A GALLEON WITH THE DRAGONS
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GOING SOUTH---TAKE THE OLD ZIG-ZAG ROAD
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NEW FLIGHTS TO DAVAO
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CHECK OUT THE OFFERS ON-LINE
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STUNNING VIEWS ON THE HIGHWAY SOUTH
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ACACIA TREE TUNNEL at KM 47/48
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KM 39-40 GOING SOUTH
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WHO HAS SEEN A COCONUT TREE LIKE THIS ONE?
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FIREFLY WATCHING
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BALON PARI CHAPEL
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