Sitting on the coastline of Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa City is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, limestone caves, lush forests and majestic mountains. From rock climbing and scuba diving to island hopping, there are plenty of ways to explore this pristine natural playground.
Things to do in Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa City is a gateway to the renowned Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Take a 45-minute canoe journey to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, where you’ll float along the underground river through limestone caves and view native wildlife and bio-diverse landscape along the way.
Nagtabon Beach spreads across the north section of the island, boasting sugar-white sand and gentle swimming waters. Part of the fun is getting there on Jeepneys or motorbikes, which you can rent yourself or hop on with a tour guide. Feeling even more adventurous? Hook up with experienced outdoor professionals for spelunking, ziplining or hiking.
To really appreciate the island’s commitment to nature, visit Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. They’ll give you a 30-minute tour, during which you’ll meet hundreds of crocodiles. Next, head over to Honda Bay for island-hopping trips to the Starfish, Cowrie, Luli and Pandan islands.
Back in Puerto Princesa City, enjoy fresh seafood on Rizal Avenue, including Palawan oysters at La Terrasse. Indulge in Balinese specialties at Kalui restaurant, decorated with cultural masks, sculptures and artworks. Pick up some local baskets and clothing from Binuatan Creations, where you’ll see the weavers at work.
Getting around Puerto Princesa
Puerto Princesa International Airport lies just outside the city centre, where you can pick up a rental car. It’s also possible to find motorbike and car rentals on Rizal Avenue. Multicabs offer rides across the island.