What to do in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Newsbreak spent 4 magical days in Puerto Princesa, Palawan this weekend–exploring the subterranean river, white beaches, corals and various destinations within the city.

(Large land area, low population. Tourism sustainable at the moment.)

The flight to Puerto Princesa from Manila takes just 45 minutes. You can spend as low as P3,000 for everything in Palawan, including lodging, trike rides and pasalubong.

FOOD

The food is spectacular. Seafood is abundant.

The best restaurant we ate at (in my opinion) is Kalui, an artsy bungalow-type resto that serves great seafood dishes and fruit platters. Our feast:

Kilawin – P150
Hot Clam Soup with Ginger – free! (yummy!)Shrimps Halabos in Garlic Butter – P170

Grilled squid – P175

Puerto Pinakbet – P150

Calamares – P175

Stingray in Coco Cream – P150

Palawan Seafood Sisig – P170 (This is a must-try!)

Green Mango with Ginger – P60

Tubbataha Salad – P165
Fruit mix with brown sugar served in a coconut bowl

We also ate at a great place called Badjao, which is like a huge tree house couched within a beautiful mangrove area. It’s accessible by a long, covered wooden bridge and they serve great chili crabs and other fresh seafood.Another good place to try is the restaurant in Viet Ville, Puerto Princesa, a former settlement for Vietnamese refugees who escaped from the Vietnam War.

The restaurant serves authentic Vietnamese dishes like spring rolls and lemongrass-infused soup. Their specialty rice include Vietville rice, topped with egg strips, and Vietnamese fried rice, which is topped with roast pork strips. French bread, made smaller (Viet-style), is baked fresh every day.

WATER ACTIVITIES and other places to go

You can’t leave Palawan without visiting the following:

Starfish Island. At certain times of the year, starfish congregate along the shore of this island of pristine beaches and a smattering of wooden huts.

It’s a nice place for eating lunch or lounging around.

Snake Island. This is usually full of people. A section of the beach is cordoned off specifically for those who want to snorkel and feed fish. You can buy packs of bread for P20 and feed the fish you see when you snorkel. The fish are fat, presumably because of all the carbs they eat.

You could also ask the boatman to bring you to a turtle hut in the middle of the ocean for some snorkeling. It’s P50 for an hour of snorkeling and looking at all the beautiful corals.

Crocodile Farm. This is where a 17-foot crocodile skeleton is housed. The croc’s skin is hung on the wall. It was one of the few documented crocodiles that ate humans in the area. It died from stress when it was captured.

You can pose with a baby croc for P30 for 3 shots, but the handlers are lenient with how many shots you take. There are other animals in the nature preserve, including ostriches, parakeets and turtles.

Baker’s Hill. It’s a private area that was converted into a park and kiosk. It has a souvenir shop, bakery, snack bar, aviary, 2 restaurants, and a playground. Aside from the Palawan peacock, the popular attractions are actually the statues of cartoon characters and famous figures.

Palawan Subterranean River. This is one of the finalists of the New 7 Wonders of the World contest. Marvel at what millions of years of flowing water could have carved from a huge chunk of rock. The boatmen are trained to crack jokes too, so it’s worth the ride.

More next time! Palawan, I’ll be back!

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6 thoughts on “What to do in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

  1. Carmela seems to have enjoyed your trip, it's great you guys have those 😉 We know no such thing as an out-of-town vacation at my workplace, lolHeard something about your future plan, babe. Hope we can all meet for coffee soon, or mebbe something more fun 😉

  2. Yeah I was trying to keep that a secret for a while 'cause I'm sad/happy/depressed/excited about it. Haha. 🙂 When you free to catch up? We can meet halfway, like Tomas Morato.Haha!

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