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If you happen to be in Puerto Princesa in December you should spend at least one evening at Baywalk where you can see one of the biggest Xmas trees in the country (although the frame is metal and the lights and decorations are attached to it), stroll along the bay while enjoying a cool breeze, sample the fresh seafood, enjoy a beer, all of this...more
If you ever happen to be around when Manny Pacquioa is having a world title fight the Coliseum will be open to all. Entrance is free to watch the fight on a big screen. Also there are occasionally PBA (basketball) matches here as well as live bands, so check the schedule out (there will be posters all over town).There is also a tourist information...more
While a visit to Iwahig Penal Colony is interesting, why not make a day of it, take snacks with you and go for a refreshing swim at Balsahan river inside the colony. The water is refreshingly cool as the river comes down from the nearby mountains. A selection of native bungalows dot the side of the river and can be rented cheaply, and the prisoners...more
This place is located in Manalo St. , not far from the airport and is owned by a French guy who...more
It is in a great location close to the town centre and at the top of the restaurant, you can get...more
I desperately want to warn as many people as possible about the Dolce Vita Hotel in Puerto Princesa,...more
Captain Ribs just opened up last week by a friendly French Guy and his wife. However we went their tonight to try their food. Unfortunately my wife is a vegetarian/seafood only so there was only one dish on the menu that she could order, fish fillet. Of course she ordered the fish fillet which was out of this world (i tasted it too!!).I ordered the...more
Do yourself a favor and take a stroll down to the Baywalk, near the port and you will have a wonderful choice of seafood, meat, all on display waiting to be grilled for you. There is a line of around 15 or so small outdoor restaurants, each with its own tables and umbrella covers in case of rain. Fresh fish, stuffed squid, shrimps, prawns, chicken,...more
Tom-tom is ideal to enjoy good food while listening to an excellent selection of music. This well established restaurant/bar has operated for more than 10 years and serves German food and other European and local dishes. Tom, the owner will be pleased to talk to you while his wife, Annalyn is busy running the place. Tom will often be seen in his...more
Last night was the first time that the roof top of Casa Nieves hosted some of Puerto Princesa's best musicians as they came together to perform in order to raise funds and donations such as clothing, food and water for the victims of typhoon Yolanda which unleashed her full fury on the northern Palawan Island of Coron. There is now a makeshift bar...more
See Alan create magic sounds on his guitar as his group 66 FAHRENHEIT play songs from Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Guns 'N Roses etc. They play at different venues throughout Puerto Princesa but their normal gig is usually at the Kweba Bar which is located in Rizal Avenue about 300m before you reach the airport.You can always pop in to the bar and...more
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...more
The other day i walked from the airport to the Capitol Building, a distance of 1.5 kms perhaps and i counted 38 travel agencies, most of them i have never heard of before. They will all offer the same thing, trips to Underground River, trips to Honda Bay, City Tours , Dolphin Watching and arrange tickets for local flights and the multicabs...more
One of the biggest pharmacy chains is Mercury Drug and should you need medicine this would be the shop to head for as they would have the most stock. For many medicines you do not need a doctor's prescription and antibiotics are sold over the counter without a problem. In Puerto Princesa there are at least 6 branches of Mercury Drug.1) Rizal...more
Just near the intersection which is called junction 1 there are maybe 10 fruit stalls art the side of the road selling a good selection of fruit. You will find the stalls on the National Highway 50 meters from the intersection in the direction as if you were going out of town. Normally the prices are not displayed and the sellers demand more than...more
In English---salted red eggs!!! The eggs have an intense flavor, salty taste and a grainy yolk and are often eaten with mangoes or tomatoes and vinegar. . This is a local favorite and can be found on sale at most markets. The duck's eggs are made salty by soaking them in brine and are then painted red to distinguish them from normal eggs!! TRY ONE,...more
Local people usually do not use the same vinegar as we use in the West but they produce their own from the sap of the coconut tree. The liquid is collected and strained through a cloth before adding sugar. The mixture is then pasteurized for 20 minutes at 65 degrees celcius before being poured into containers (usually plastic coke bottles). Then it...more
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There are several beaches on the west coast of the island that are extremely dangerous for swimming if there are big waves (a meter high only).The worst two beaches are Nagtabon, pictured below and City Beach which is a few kms south of Nagtabon on the road towards Napsan. Some years ago i was carried out to sea a few hundred meters at both beaches...more
Tourists often like to travel on the roof of a jeepney, whether this is due to it being crowded down below or more likely for the fresh air and views on top, but you should think twice about doing so as it can be very dangerous.Quite a few years ago there was a Canadian tourist who decided to sit on top but during the trip she was knocked off the...more
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.
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.
After passing the tourist attractions of The Butterfly Farm (km 7), Orb and Zip Line (km 9), Crocodile Farm (km 11), Eco Park (km11) Iwahig Penal Colony (km 18) and the Fire Fly Watching (km 23) then you will see fewer tourists, but there are some scenic spots. At around km34/35 you will have some wonderful views of the sea to the right, this will...more
At Santa Lucia Sub Colony at Iwahig Penal farm there is a shooting club at the range, which is located at around km 26 on the southern highway, just before a bridge. You will see the sign for the sub colony on the right, just go in to the guard house which is 100m from the road and ask if you can join the target practice. You should be able to...more
Rent a bike and visit Talaudyong, a small fishing community with a deserted sandy beach on the other side of the island, about 40 kms from Puerto Princesa. If the fish have not been transported to town you may be able to buy some from the fishermen and bbq it yourself. You will have to bring buy charcoal from the sari sari store or find driftwood...more
Well it is all over for this year, so i will be posting next year's dates when they are announced early neaxt year.2013 updateEvery year there are 17 qualifying runs that culminates in the big race in Manila. It is sponsored by Milo and you pay 100 pesos to enter and you will get a free t-shirt. You must enrol beforehand and must wear your Milo...more
The sports arena is located 5 kms out of town near the City Hall and anybody can use this, so if you feel like an early morning jog join the locals by jogging around the track. Sometimes there are students sports meets here and there will be many snack bars, and stalls selling a variety of items.more
Redskin Tattoo studio is long established in Puerto Princesa and although i have not had a tattoo myself i know quite a few people who have been pleased with the tattooist's work. You don't have to have a permanent tattoo as they can do henna and cosmetic tattoos also. Body piercing is available here too. A tattoo will cost much less here than back...more
This is probably the best place in town to look for tribal souvenirs and it is located in Rizal Avenue 500m before you reach the airport. There are several sections of the shack and you can sit down and enjoy a beer and if you are lucky there may be a jamming session as the local group Kawangis ng Tribu run the bar. They are quite celebrities as...more