here is a TRAVEL GUIDE ON PUERTO PRINCESA that I hope will help you on your next trip to the city.
TAKE NOTE: All the recommendations of accommodation, attractions, restaurants and food that I included here are only those that I personally experienced. I am sure there are more that one can add to the list but I can only attest to the ones here based on my experience.
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Our first time in PPS was in 2009 and Dangkalan was where we stayed. I don't know what the staus of this place is now but I heard it is still in business. It's a small resort located in the quieter side of the city. What I like most about it is that it is next to a small beach. I love going out at night, sitting by the huts on the seaside and feeling the breeze before going to bed. You will also look forward to waking up early in the morning to see the sunrise.
Marianne Home Inn
Marianne Home Inn is located at the heart of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It's only 5 minutes away on foot from Baywalk and the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. From the airport, it takes around 8 minutes on a tricycle.Marianne Home Inn has 17 air-conditioned rooms, each with private bath and hot and cold showers.It opened in March 31,2011 so it's relatively new. That means you have little to worry about sanitation. This was where I stayed with other bloggers during a familiarization tour of PPS. Try their dormitory room if you are travelling on a budget. I am sure you will like it. ^^
Marianne Home Inn
Quezon Street Extension Barangay Tagumpay
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Philippines
Read Full Story >>>here
We had a very short stay at HOTEL CENTRO but it definitely left a mark on us. It is a top notch hotel with a pool that is the envy of others. It was our third time in the city and we were set to go to El Nido but decided to spen the first night in PPS because of this hotel. The pool is really lovely at night so mapapa-swimming ka talaga kahit ganu kapa kapagod. It is perfect of business and leisure travelers.This is also great for the locals as they don't have to travel far to get the good accommodation they deserve.
HOTEL CENTRO PALAWAN is located at
San Pedro National Highway, Puerto Princesa City Palawan Philippines
Phone Number: (48) 434 1111
READ Full Review>> here
Banwa Pension House
One of my favorites in the city. Unfortunately, it was destroyed y fire only a few months after my visit. Really saddened by the news. I still included it here with the hope that they can rebuild the place soon.
Banwa Art House was destroyed by a fire on the 7th October 2014.
As a consequence we are unable to accommodate any backpackers.
If you had pre-booked, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The latest accommodation in PPS that I have tried. I haven't actually written a separate post on the place because it has been less than two weeks since we came back. Like Dangkalan, it is a bit off the city center but the commute back and forth downtown is worth it, sooooo worth it. Visit their website and the photos there will make you visualize a relaxing weekend retreat. I drooled over the photos there and I was suddenly imagining my vacation. Seeing it in person is another level. I call it "feel-good-place". A silent sanctuary in a city.
I can't wait to tell you about the whole experience. Soon. For now I would to say that I found a new favorite place in Puerto Princesa!
Read Full Review >>>here
Libis, Angel Cabanag St, Puerto Princesa, 5300 Palawan
LANDLINE: +63 (2) 850-1142
MOBILE: +63 (917) 800-8117
Fersal and thier upscale brand Hotel Elizabeth have always been close to my heart since I have worked with them on a project in 2012.
I have literally blogged all Fersal Hotels in Manila >>>here
and Hotel Elizabeth >>here
Fersal Palawan is the latest in their growing portfolio (I heard they are planning a Hotel Elizabeth branch in San Vicente Palawan) so I wanted to write about it. I feel privileged my courtesy call to the hotel was warmly accommodated I can finally introduce it to my readers.
And many will surely like the place. I was surprised at how this branch in PPS is a fusion of Fersal and Hotel Elizabeth in many aspects, epecially the rooms. I have actually mistakenly called it Hotel Elizabeth couple of times because it really felt like one. The Executive and Junior Suites will surely appeal to business travelers while their standard and deluxe rooms will surely lure backpackers and those who go here on a budget. They have couple of spacious function halls for corporate events too.
One major advantage of Fersal Puerto princesa is its location. What better address than a few blocks from the city's airport terminal. Yes, it is only a few meters away from the airport. Ilang tumbling lang nasa lobby kana ng hotel. haha!
Read Full Review >>>here
Fersal Hotel Palawan is located at
Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn
Another accommodation I am soooo looking forward to to try when I return to PPS is Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn. It is a quaint and cozy 10-room inn in a quiet neighborhood in the city and the winner ofTripAdvisor's 2014 Traveler's Choice Award for the B&Bs/Inns category of Puerto Princesa. Only 25 inns in the Philippines received this award.
This Inn is not just photogenic, it is an eye candy in person. Every angle is beautiful and colorful. Women will love it because it feels like being in a life-size doll house. Men will love it because it is neat and fully functional. Families will love it because it makes people feel like home and groups will enjoy it because rooms are available for sharing. Will write a full review soon.
Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn
296 Manalo Extension Puerto Princesa City
Puerto Princesa and the Underground River are synonymous to each other. PPS has capitalized on this UNESCO World Heritage Site and made it a brand out of it and I admire how they developed the place while keeping it protected. The underground river is in the opposite side of the city with the airport and downtown on the Eastern Coast while the Underground River is on the Western side facing West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). This means more than an hour ride if you are staying downtown. That's how big Puerto Princesa is. Tours are all standardized and are well regulated by the city government and The Department of Tourism.
Sabang is the set-off point to this attraction. From there you have to take a pump boat for around 20 minutes. You will dock to a beach next to the underground river, walk a few meters through the forest then ride a paddle boat to get into the Underground River.
I have been here three times. The first experience was "wow" for me. The 2nd time was more of a routine, seen this, seen that. The 3rd time, I thought "nakakasuka na" but surprisingly, I enjoyed it! That was two weeks ago and tourist arrivals in PPS is just starting to pick up and we came early in the morning so we got to enjoy the stillness inside the cave. Less the noise, I got to appreciate the place again.
Underground River Booking Office
No. 350 Rizal Avenue, Bgy. Bancao-bancao
Puerto Princesa City Philippines
Telephone Number: +63(48)7230904 (Sabang)
E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.orgFor more information: http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/
For some reasons, locals and even guides discourage swimming here. Jellyfish and strong waves are some of the reasons they say. But one can stroll the wide beachfront and enjoy having a tan. A few resorts dot the beach and this is where lunch buffets included in the tours are usually setup. There are also some shops if you feel like buying souvenirs. Some locals approach you to sell their goods and if you are lucky, you might come across a vendor of tamilok which is an exotic food in PPS.
At the Northern end of Sabang beach is another alternative attraction-Mangrove Forest. Literally
a forest of bakawan and you see deep into it because of the river which cuts through the mangroves. very similar to the orientation of underground river except that this one i9s above ground.
A separate fee of 200php per person is all you need for a 45minute boat ride. Don't worry so much about the cost coz I guess it's worth it. 80% of that amount will go to the volunteers who maintain the area, and the boat paddlers of coarse. Along the way, you get lecture from your boatman. Expect lots and lots of humor too. The boat paddlers even sing songs about the environment during the final stage of the tour. Both educational and entertaining.
Honda bay is in the Sulu Sea side of Puerto Prinsesa City. It takes 20-30 minutes from the airport to Sta. Lourdes where there is a small port. From there, you will take the boat for another 15-30 minutes depending on your island of destination . Tour is for 1, 100php per head. That would include 3 areas. It's up to you if you want to request for another island to hop in, comes with an additional charge of coarse.
I loooove Honda Bay! The islands are mostly flat characterized by sand bars and mangroves. The flatness could mean boring landscape if you are in the middle of nowhere but the towering mountains of mainland Palwan makes for the dramatic background appeal. Snorkeling, fish feeding, swimming the clear waters of Honda Bay is bliss.
BINUATAN Weaving Creations
Plaza Cuartel is a restored ruin of an old garrison where, in the evening of December 14, 1944, Japanese soldiers burned around 150 American Prisoners of war in a tunnel found beneath the park's portals, which now stands as a grim reminder of World War II astrocities. The remains of those who died where buried at St. Louis Country, Jefferson Barracks, National Cemetery, Missouri, U.S.A in 1952. Only 11 prisoners survived to tell the story. >>source
Baywalk is Puerto Princesa's answer to Manila's boardwalk except that here the crowd is smaller and the breeze coming from the sea is fresher. I looove strolling here at night. It serves as a therapeutic activity after a long day around the city then wrap things up by having a good meal and a few bottles of beer at one of the stalls along the walk. Nice.
In a few minutes of tour, I learned so much about fireflies than my entire years on earth prior to going here. One cannot take pictures as it is prohibited because it will disturb the fireflies but you will surely bring wonderful memories. Something that you will not post on social media but in your heart.
WHAT AND WHERE TO EAT
Our latest discovery in PPS. The restaurant wing of Purple Fountain Courtyard Inn consistent with the lovely appeal of the Inn. It's cozy and intimate especially at night, thanks to the artsy interior. Tastefully interiored as tasty as the food they serve. Try their version of Nasi Goreng, Honey Glazed Chili Wings (my favorite), Smokey Backyard Burger, Tomato Basil Parmesan and Carrot Cake among others. Yum, Yum, Yum!
Will write a full review soon.
Seafood Green Curry
HEAVENLY DESSERTS By Dorothy
Dulce de Leche Cheesecake
And finally, this noodle house may look like an ordinary karenderya but don't underestimate it. I never knew about until two weeks ago when our shuttle driver from Palo Alto pointed it to us. And this is what they mean when they say good number of Vietnamese asylum seekers who lived in PPS have assimilated with the Pinoy communities, opting to live outside Viet Ville, setting up noodle houses and selling jewelries in markets and commercial spaces. A noodle house downtown. Finally! Authentic tasting Vietnamese noodles at very affordable price.
Try Beefstew with noodles, Pork buto-buto with noodles SBS, French bread longganisa and Yakult shake. Yan palang solve na solve na! ^^
Will write a full review soon.