Underground River – P1,200/head with lunch. All I can say is the cave is magnificent. It was my first time to check a cave. I guess you need your imagination to interpret every rock formation you could see. The trip was fun because our boatman is a joker and my dad liked all the jokes. Lol…hehehehe
For our lunch, we ate grilled pork,fish and chiken, soup, shrimps and adobo and a fresh coconut juice. We all got full. Yummm!!!!
Around 5 minute drive from the ranch we’ve reached the Baker’s Hill. I love this place even if it’s really hot by that time. Kids (like me) will enjoy taking pictures with the Looney toons cast, Snow white and other cartoon characters. The place is clean and they do have tables and wooden swing to chill in. We stayed there maybe around 1 hour.
The prices of their products are reasonable since they bake is fresh and it really tastes good.
TIP: There are local men selling pearls and jewelleries outside of the establishment. Same products can be seen in their public market but it is cheaper. So if you plan to buy souvenirs and local products of Palawan like danggit you can buy it in their market or in Tiange-Tiange.
Next we went to Rancho Sta. Monica for nature viewing only. It is owned by a politician in Palawan. I admire Palawan because they are really strict in terms of cleanliness. There's an overview from the Rancho wherein you can see their dump site.
There are lots of couples dating around so my family and I decided to just go and stop over on the next spot.
It was Mylene (owner of Victoria Guest House) who scheduled and reserved all our tours in Palawan. After eating in KaLui, Bong (driver for our City Tour) we went to CrocodileFarm and NaturePark. I did not enjoy much since same thing can be seen in the zoos or other theme parks here in Manila. Also you need to walk on the trail and unfortunately it was 2pm by that time One thing that’s nice is, there’s a portion here in the CrocodileFarm where they allow you to carry the baby crocodile for picture taking purposes….and I just skip that….lol :))
The Crocodile Farm also known as the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center aims to preserve and further research studies anything and everything about crocodiles.
Visitors go by batch and it is by schedule and so you have to be there on time or else you have to wait for the first batch to finish.
Upon entering teh main lobby, a tour guide will discuss with you about the institution..how it started, about the crocodiles etc..Afterwhich you'll proceed to the hatchling area where you will see the baby crocs. Outside is where the full grown crocs can be found.
Binuatan Creations is a handi craft shop where table runners, place mats and window blinds are weaved. Most of their work are export-quality and one of their client is Calvin Klein.
I tried the process myself and gee! it really takes a lot of talent and patience to finsih one table mat. By patronizing/buying their products you're not only helping out of school youth but also low income families as well.
Nature Park is located inside the Crocodile farm. It is a self guided tour where you can meet and greet bear cats, ostrich,monkeys etc. there are souvenir shops inside the park. Just before you exit, you can have a photo session with the "crocs" there is no fee but a donation is appreciated.
After ur visit to Mitra's ranch, donw the hill is the famous bakery named Baker's Hill. They have here freshly bake goodies. Within the compound you'll see life size figurines of Donald Duck and even Bugs Bunny. Make sure to bring your camera with you.
Part of the city tour is a visit to Mitra's Ranch. This is the house of the former Speaker of the House Ramon Mitra. It is located on top of the hill giving you a magnificent view of the Honda Bay Islands.
On our third day, we did the Honda Bay tour. Our first stop..Pambato Reef. As per our guide, it is also called as "mini-Tubbataha" because of its live corals and university of fishes. From the main "balsa" (a floating platfrom) you will be transferred to a smaller one. make sure to bring your snorkelling gear or you can rent from the stalls located at the wharf for 100 pesos.
It was indeed a great experienced for me.
Plaza Cuartel is another historical place in Puerto Princesa. This is a former military fort where hundreds of Americans were detained and later on burned by the Japanese soldiers. To date, the place is well kept and looks more like a park than a former massacre place.
The Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour we had covers 2 well visited Islands in Palawan.
a. Snake Island ~ it is called as such because the shape resembles like a snake. Feed the fish or do snorkelling. This is also where we had our sumptous lunch
b. Pandan Island ~ We did snorkelling and fish feeding too. This is the only island where they have fresh water. So, after swimming or snorkelling you can use the shower rooms/public restrooms to freshen up.
The Subterranean Underground River Park is the longest navigable river in the world. It is also declared by UNESCO as a world heritage site.
Travel time from the city to the wharf is about 2 hrs by land. From the wharf, 30 minutes boat ride to reach the river entrance. Upon reaching the entrance walk through the monkey trail (about 10 minutes walk) before reaching the registration area. On board a motorized banca you will be transported directly to the cave. One of the passenger will be asked to hold the flashflight while the boatman make his commentaries regarding the formed stalactites and stalagmites found inside . My 1 year old daughter came with us inside the cave. It was not a pleasant experienced for her coz it was really hot inside the cave. Nevertheless we managed to comfort her. In my honest opinion,it was an experienced by itself but it was nothing special.
The cave tour lasts about an hour.
Located around 30 minutes from the City proper going to the South of Palawan, the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm is the home of more than a thousand inmates. Most are not locked up inside the prison walls so you will see them toiling their rice fields, selling souvenir items or just hanging around.
Buying in their souvenir shop would greatly help the inmates to have a supply of their daily personal needs.
I recommend this place for families/guests with kids. Before the start of the tour to the butterfly garden, a short video about the life cycle of the butterflies is played first.
Kids will surely love to see different butterflies. You'll also be able to see different flowers and a pond. Tickets cost PhP15 for adults, kids below 3 are free.
National Highway, Brgy. San Pedro Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 5300
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Solo
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