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

  • Let's Dive

    I was in town looking for a dive shop in Puerto Princesa when I chanced upon Let's Dive. They are located in front of Kinabuch restaurant on the main road of the city. Their gears are new because the shop only opened a couple of months ago and their service is really good. Our guide Johann was really amazing. Even the boat man was very helpful....

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  • testing

    yes, i am just testing this new system and it seems to be very complicated. my headline was "DOGS" and i just want th epeople to be aware of stray dogs and the chance of catching rabies. PROTECT YOURSELDF

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  • Let's Dive shop in Puerto Princesa

    Awesome dives, great service at a reasonable cost. Will dive again with you when I come back!!! Thanks Let and Dino!

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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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  • 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

  • POPULAR AT NIGHT, THE BEST IN TOWN

    I don't know if Chez Rose is best described as a nightclub but it opened its doors one year ago and is probably the number one place in town with a live group every night, a well stocked bar and large hall. This is located at the end of BM Road and comes alive every night, closing in the early hours of the morning (4am). It can get quite crowded...

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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 2 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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  • Booze with Exotic Food

    Kinabuchs Bar and Grill is one of the famous places to hang out at night especially for the tourists. It has great ambience- I like the bamboo furniture and light bulbs that make the place glow. One of the interesting foods they serve is Crocodile meat and “Tamilok” (woodworm). I find this place ideally for boozing, hanging out with friends,...

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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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  • Tricycle from the Airport

    There is no bus from the airport to the town, only tricycles, fixed price for 50 Pesos to the center, or if you don't have much luggage you can walk 50 m to Rizalstreet a get a shared tricycle 10 Pesos.

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  • Tricycle from the Airport

    There is no bus from the airport to the town, only tricycles, fixed price for 50 Pesos to the center, or if you don't have much luggage you can walk 50 m to Rizalstreet a get a shared tricycle 10 Pesos.

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Puerto Princesa Shopping

  • WILD CIVET COFFEE

    Palawan is becoming popular for the production of Civet Coffee and you can but coffee from the Palawan Coffee Shop in Palawan which is located in Robinsons Mall at the north entrance. There are now several farms in Palawan where the Binturong - the Palawan Bear Cat, ang Musang - the wild cats can be found. They are still wild and free so they can...

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  • 100 % PURE HONEY

    Many visitors to Palawan bring back to Manila cashew nuts, dried fish or honey, those being the three popular items for pasalubongs (gifts). While you can't go wrong purchasing cashews or dried fish, buying homey is a different matter. Honey is available at some souvenir shops and the market, but much of it has been watered down, sugar added or...

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  • Puerto Princesa's Supermarket

    I believe this is their main supermarket. So if you are on a budget and you wouldn't really plan to buy on the small sari-sari stores, why not go here and buy the stuff you need. THey have all the basic things that you need, and welll most hings that you need.

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Puerto Princesa Local Customs

  • A MAN'S COCK COULD MAKE HIM A FORTUNE

    While walking around town you may see many roosters kept in cages, usually on the owner's lot or by the side of the road. Keeping roosters for fighting is very popular among the locals who enjoy going to the cockpit on Sundayß to try and win a fortune bybetting orby thprize fighter becoming the champion. The poor use native chickens while the rich...

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  • 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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Puerto Princesa Warnings and Dangers

  • Stray Dogs

    I have lived in Puerto Princesa for 21 years and until 5 years ago i used to come across the city dog catchers at work. They would drive around in their vehicle and catch stray dogs, take them to the city pound which was around 12 kms from town. If the dogs were not claimed in a few days they were taken to the crocodile farm and fed to the...

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  • COOPERATIVE HOSPITAL

    We own several apartments in Puerto Princesa and unfortunately we had a call from one of our guests at 4.30 am the other morning, informing us to organise an ambulance as one person had collapsed in his bedroom. After calling several numbers we were unable to get an ambulance so my wife and i went on our motorbike to the Cooperative hospital and...

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  • motorbike riding in Palawan

    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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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
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

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Puerto Princesa Off The Beaten Path

  • THE HEALING CROSS

    Anyone religious may want to take a short hike to see the Healing Cross which is located near km 17 marker on the highway north. There is a small path near 3 houses by the side of the road, so just stop and ask any of the locals the way. It should only take you 15 minutes to reach the cross where you will be rewarded of the view of the surrounding...

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  • SAN CARLOS TOURIST PARK

    I had passed by this junction on many occasions but never took the time to ride down the road and see what was there until today. The turning is between km 20 and km 21 markers on the National Highway going north where you take a right and follow the dirt road for 1.5 kms until you reach the river and can go no further. I was surprised to see that...

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  • DISCOVER REMOTE AREAS, YOU WILL SEE FEW...

    This review is mainly for the adventurous traveler who wants to rent a bike (preferably off-road) and ride to areas that are rarely frequented by tourists. You cannot find this map online but if you go to the Admin Office at the Capital Building and ask for a detailed map of a particular part of Palawan they will gladly print one for you...

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Puerto Princesa Sports & Outdoors

  • KAYAK THRU' MANGROVES ON THE BACUNGAN...

    I can recommend this as it is in a beautiful area only 20 kms from Puerto Princesa. Take the highway north and you will see the sign "San Carlos Tourist Park" on the right between km 20 and 21 . To get there you must higher a tricycle, rent a motorbike, or get any northbound bus to drop you off at the junction and walk the remaining 2 kms. The dirt...

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  • KITE BOARDING COMPETITION

    I visited Blue Palawan today which is a resort at the end of BM Road. My reason for visiting was to take a look at the kite-boarding competition which claimed to be the first international event of its kind held in the area. Apparently there were 32 competitors from 12 different countries and the event was running from 13th - 20th of January 2015....

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  • LET'S DIVE !!!

    This dive shop was recently opened up by the same guys that run live-aboard trips to the magnificent Tubbataha reefs during the season, March to June. it is also the best stocked dice shop in town with experienced staff. The equipment can be rented or purchased, so if you want to dive make this your first stop. The shop is located on the other side...

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Puerto Princesa Favorites

  • HAVE YOU EVER EATEN A WORM ??? I HAVE...

    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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  • ART, MUSIC, CINEMA , BEER & SNACKS

    I already have a review of Casa Nieves as a nightlife tip where sometime there is a band playing, but since it opened up two years ago the whole building has been turned into an art center where one can buy arts and crafts from locals. Downstairs there are many seats outside where you can enjoy a beer or bring your own snacks. Sometimes they will...

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  • THE BEST OF PUERTO PRINCESA

    I have written somany reviews of he city I have decided to make an overview with what I consider is best recommendations, so here goes.THINGS TO DO1. Island hopping at Honda Bay---Take a boat for the day and visit three destinations such as Pambatu Reef, Panran Island and Cowrie Island. Cowrie Island has a wonderful luncheon buffet for only 200...

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