Quick Guide: Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Puerto Princesa is one of the independent cities in the Philippines. The city is geographically located at the heart of the island province of Palawan and it is the seat of its provincial government but is not administered by the province itself. It is the country's second largest city in terms of land area and the country's least densely populated city, an implication that most of the city is not covered by urban areas but by lush green forests.

Having its natural wonders preserved despite being a city makes Puerto Princesa apt to be nicknamed "city in a forest". It has been acclaimed several times as the Philippines' cleanest and greenest city. The city also has a paramount historical importance during the World War II. Those facts make Puerto Princesa a perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts and history buffs.

We took advantage of an airline's promo so we were able to get a great discount on our airfare. Months before the trip, we availed a 3D/2N tour package at Villa Fuerte Bed and Breakfast for 3200.00 pesos per person (original price is 3400.00, they gave us a 200-peso discount for a reason I never bothered to ask, hahahaha!). The package is inclusive of hotel accommodation, airport transfers, daily breakfast, a buffet lunch, Underground River tour and City tour.

Boarding at Air Asia
Summer is actually over during our trip. Luckily our flight was not cancelled.
At Puerto Princesa Airport
Arrived safe and excited at Puerto Princesa Airport
At Villafuerte Bed and Breakfast
We were hosted by Villafuerte Bed and Breakfast

Day 1: A Taste of Puerto Princesa

First thing we did? Tasted the flavors of the city! We took our late lunch at Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant and our dinner at Bona's Chaolong, both located just a few blocks away from the hotel. And nothing much happened on our first day since we arrived late in the afternoon.

To kill some time, we hopped at Angela's Pool Resort which is about 15 minutes away from the hotel. For 70.00 pesos entrance fee and an umbrella cottage for 100.00 pesos, we enjoyed the cool waters of the pool and we had ourselves freshened up.

Angela's Pool Resort
Killing some time at Angela's

After a refreshing dip at Angela's, we then filled our tummies with one of Palawan's must-taste.

A popular diner among tourists and locals, Bona's Chaolong, happened to be a 5-minute walk from the hotel. They serve chaolong, a Vietnamese-style beef stew noodles that comes with a plate of calamansi, basil leaves, bean sprouts, and chili paste. The bean sprouts taste like a singkamas (Mexican turnip) that it made me eat them alone, not putting them on the noodles. Chaolong is also best paired with their buttered garlic French toast. A must-try dish for 65.00 pesos for a regular sized bowl.

Bona's Chaolong is located along Manalo Extension in Puerto Princesa City.

Bona's chaolong

We concluded our first day by catching up with each other's fun-filled stories alongside a can of beer.

Day 2: Puerto Princesa's Natural Wonders

On our second day, we had an adventure-packed nature trip at Ugong Rock Adventures and Puerto Princesa Undergroud River.

Ugong Rock and Underground River

Day 3: Around the City in 5 Hours

And for the last leg of our getaway, we roved around Palawan's capital city and learn about its historical importance and environmental excellence.

Puerto Princesa City Hall

Summary of Expenses

  • Airfare (round-trip): P2100
  • Tour Package: P3200
  • Angela's Pool Resort (tricycle, entrance fee, cottage): P100
  • Spelunking at Ugong Rock Adventures: P200
  • Food (Dining at Balinsasayaw, Bona's Chaolong, Baywalk, Airport): P500
  • Pasalubong/Souvenirs (Baker's Hill hopia, Crocodile meat sisig, shirts, key chains, etc.): P1000
  • PPS Airport terminal fee: P150

Palawan map
Puerto Princesa, Palawan map
Puerto Princesa City, Palawan 
Maps by: Wikipedia

Must-try Activities

  • Spelunking at Ugong Rock Adventures: P200
  • Zip lining above farm and karst forests at Ugong Rock Adventures: P250
  • Rapelling from the view deck of Ugong Rock Adventures: P250
  • Zip lining above the waters at Sabang, near Underground River: P500
  • Honda Bay island hopping: hotels offer a tour package at around P1300 per person
  • City tour: hotels offer a tour package at around P600 per person
  • Navigating the Puerto Princesa Underground River: hotels offer a tour package at around P1500 per person

Must-taste Dishes

  • Pho, authentic Vietnamese noodle soup. Available in Vietville.
  • Chaolong: P65 per regular sized bowl
  • Tamilok, wood worms harvested from the barks of mangrove trees: P100 - P150 per plate
  • Crocodile meat sisig: P150 - P180 (we bought ours in Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center at P150)
  • Baker's Hill hopia: P50 per box

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