For many travelers, the capital of the island of Palawan is more of a transit station than a place to stay on Palawan. No wonder: what you are looking for in Palawan will be difficult to find there. Because Puerto - as the locals call it - can hardly keep up with the breathtaking nature of the rest of the island. Nevertheless, take enough time to get to know this side of the island and look forward to the hospitality of the locals! In our Puerto Princesa Guide we reveal everything you need to know about the place.
The easiest way to get there is by domestic flight from Manila to Puerto Princesa in the center of the island or to El Nido in northern Palawan several times a day. Alternatively, you can also take the ferry from Manila to Puerto Princesa or El Nido. The crossing is cheaper, but the journey takes about 30 hours. In addition, the ferries have so far operated rarely and rather irregularly. So I recommend anyone who doesn't have that much time to get on a plane. If you want to travel to Palawan from the Visayas, it is best to use a domestic flight from Cebu or Boracay (Caticlan).
Once on the island, you can move comfortably for short distances with a scooter or tricycle, which you can borrow directly on site. If you want to cover longer distances, I recommend transfer by van or bus or renting a car on the island of Palawan.
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There are plenty of hotels in Puerto Princesa. Hotels in every price range can be found, so that there is guaranteed to be something for every requirement. Attached you will find a top selection of hotels in Puerto Princesa that are currently also on offer. Do not miss the hotel deals in Port Parton.
In Puerto Princesa and the surrounding area there are only a few beaches that are recommended. The city is suitable as a starting point, but not for a pure beach holiday. For this you should visit the other places on Palawan such as Coron, El Nido, Sabang or Port Barton. Nevertheless, we present two beaches which you can visit in El Nido.
Nagtabon is a lovely tropical beach easily accessible from Puerto Princesa city. It features 5 miles of pristine coastline, where you'll find yourself sharing the beach with only people. It's quiet atmosphere invites you to unwind and listen to the waves crash gently on the shores.
Honda Bay is a bay on the eastern shore of the island of Palawan near Puerto Princesa City in the southwestern Philippines. Numerous small islands are scattered in the bay, including Arrecife Island which is home to an upscale resort. The bay is used for both subsistence and commercial fisheries and recreation. Boats can be rented for the day and used for travel to nearby islands, many less than 45 minutes from the shore by boat. Honda Bay is ideal for snorkeling. Starfish are commonly found near islands such as Starfish Island. Puerto Princesa is the nearest port city, and is accessible by plane.
Have you seen enough of Puerto Princesa? Would you rather do something different? No problem either, as there are plenty of activities and tours in Puerto Princesa, where there is definitely something for everyone. Please find attached the most beautiful and best tours in Puerto Princesa.
In Puerto Princesa there are some activities and tours that you can definitely visit. If you don't feel like exploring Honda Bay on your own, you can also book a tour there. Even if the offer is a bit modest, you can usually always find something to do.
Puerto Princesa itself does not necessarily have the flair and charisma for which visitors to Palawan would choose the capital Mimaropa as a priority travel destination. The city, which is home to around a quarter of the population of Palawan, currently around 240,000, suffers from heavy traffic and is in no way inferior to Cebu City in this regard. Still, we list the best of the things to do in Puerto Princesa.
The Puerto Princesa Baywalk is a picturesque amusement park framed by the harbor and the city market. Here there are good opportunities to end the day with the enjoyment of sumptuous fish dishes and other seafood. The hobby photographer has the most beautiful motifs, especially at sunset.
PUERTO PRINCESA SUBTERRANEAN RIVER NATIONAL PARK
The Underground River, located on the northwest coast in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and only accessible from the sea, is the longest underground river on earth at 8 km.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CATHEDRAL
In contrast to the usual gray-brown, Puerto Princesa's neo-Gothic church shines in bright white.
PALAWAN HERITAGE CENTER
Here, Filipino history and culture is presented in a very entertaining way using modern museum education.
IWAHIG PRISON AND PENAL FARM
About 25 km northwest of Puerto Princesa is this flagship liberal prison system. Over 2000 convicts live and work on the huge site.
PALAWAN BUTTERFLY ECOLOGICAL GARDEN AND TRIBAL VILLAGE
8 km south of Puerto Princesa, butterflies and moths in all the colors of the rainbow flutter around in the complex, which is very popular with tourists.