PUERTO PRINCESA TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 (Budget + Itinerary)

A few days stay in PUERTO PRINCESA, Palawan trip is all it takes to set your heart racing.  There are plenty of things to do in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan that will make one’s trip here truly unforgettable. Thankfully, it has managed to preserve its splendor over the years despite the crowd it brings.  Puerto Princesa, Palawan has long been a magnet of sun-worshippers and pleasure seekers.  Thanks to the island-studded Honday Bay, sprinkled with golden and white sand tropical beach clichés that are ideal for swimming, snorkeling and picnic.  Meanwhile, Puerto Princesa ‘s subterranean river was once the longest underground river in the world and hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, a must-visit when traveling to Puerto Princesa.  Here’s my Puerto Princesa Travel Guide to help you plan your trip.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT PUERTO PRINCESA

 

Like the rest of the Philippines, Puerto Princesa enjoys a wet and dry season.  The best time to visit Puerto Princesa is during the summer season – April to June.  Heavy rains are expected around August to October, but the nice thing about off-peak season is, hotels and flights can give discounts as much as 50% off.  I suggest you check the weather updates before proceeding.

 

WHERE TO STAY IN PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

 

Puerto Princesa City is booming, once you arrive in the city center, it’s hard to see why it’s dubbed as one of the cleanest and greenest city in the world due to concrete buildings sprinkled everywhere and annoying traffic jam.  But despite that, the city center is a good place to base yourself if you want to explore the top attractions in Puerto Princesa because most of the Puerto Princes budget hotels and mid-raged hotels are concentrated here and everything you need for your vacation, can be bought here.

Here’s a list of some of the best budget hotels in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

 

BEST PUERTO PRINCESA BUDGET HOTELS

 

Budget

 
AGODA CLEAN VILLA

Cleon Villas Pension

Pineda Road, Lot 1, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

Deep Forest Garden Hotel

agoda deep forest

Gabinete Road Bancao-Bancao, Jacana, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

CHECK ROOM RATES

 

 

 Subli Guest Cabins

agoda subli

55 Socrates Road, Barangay San Pedro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

CHECK ROOM RATES

 

Blue Lagoon Inn & Suites

Rizal Avenue Interior, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

BEST PUERTO PRINCESA MID-RANGE HOTELS

 

Palawan Uno Hotel

National Highway Bgy San Pedro, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

CHECK ROOM RATES

 

 

Canvas Boutique Hotel

agoda canvas hotel

North Highway Brgy. San Miguel, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

 

Acacia Tree Garden Hotel

agoda acacia hotel

Victan Compound Manalo Extension,

Barangay Bancao- Bancao, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

 BEST HIGH-END HOTELS PUERTO PRINCESA

 
agoda sheridan

Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa

Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

CHECK ROOM RATES HERE

 

 

 HOW TO GET TO PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

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There are plenty of ways to get to Puerto Princesa from major cities in the Philippines like Manila, Clark (Pampanga), Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

 

BY AIR

MANILA TO PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

 

There are several airlines flying between Manila and Puerto Princesa such as Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Airasia.  You can book a flight for as low as PHP 1,499 (USD 30 / EURO 26 / SGD 41/ MYR 127), one way, if you book a couple of weeks before your flight.  It can go lower during seat sale and travel mart.

 

 

CLARK (PAMPANGA) TO PUERTO PRINCESA

 

Philippine Airlines now flies to Puerto Princesa from Clark, Pampanga.  Lowest regular fare is roughly PHP 2,343 (USD 46/ EURO 40 / SGD 63 / MYR 198) if you book about a month ahead.   Expect much lower fare during seat sale and travel fare.

 

ILOILO TO PUERTO PRINCESA

 

Philippine Airlines flies between Iloilo and Puerto Princesa, regular lowest fare is around PHP 4,000 (USD 79/ EURO 69/ SGD 108/ MYR 383).

 

CEBU TO PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Airasia fly between Cebu and Puerto Princesa.  Direct flights can go as low as PHP 1,715 (USD 34/ EURO 29/ SGD 46/ MYR 145).

 

 

DAVAO TO PUERTO PRINCESA, PALAWAN

 

Cebu Pacific and Airasia has direct flights to Puerto Princesa from Davao, regular fare can go as low as PHP 1,499 (USD 3 / EURO 26/ SGD 41/ MYR 127) if you book about a moth ahead.

 

BY FERRY

 

MANILA TO PUERTO PRINCESA BY FERRY

2Go ferry travels between Puerto Princesa and Manila.  See fare table below. Fare is inclusive of VAT + Taxes and fees.

 

2GO FARE TABLE (Manila – Puerto Princesa)

 

CLASSFARE
Super Value ClassPHP 1,363  (USD 27/ EURO  34/ SGD  37/ MYR 115)
Tourist ClassPHP 1,363  (USD 27/ EURO  34/ SGD  37/ MYR 115)
State Room for 3PHP 6,921.85 (USD 119/ EURO 137/ SGD 187/ MYR 585 )
Cabin for 4PHP 2,529.99 (USD 50 / EURO 43/ SGD 68 / MYR 214)

 

 

2GO FERRY SCHEDULE (Manila to Puerto Princesa)

 

DAYDEPARTUREPIERDAYARRIVALPIERVESSEL
Tuesday1:30 PMPier 4Wednesday9:00 PMPuerto Princesa PierSt. Augustine Hippo
Friday1:30 PMPier 4Saturday9:00 PMPuerto Princesa PierSt. Augustine Hippo

 

2GO FERRY SCHEDULE (Puerto Princesa to Manila)

 

DAYDEPARTUREPIERDAYARRIVALPIERVESSEL
Wednesday11:59 PMPuerto Princesa PierFriday7:30 AMPier 4St. Augustine Hippo
Saturday11:59 PMPuerto Princesa PierMonday7:30 AMPier 4St. Augustine Hippo

 

 

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PUERTO PRINCESA TO CORON, PALAWAN BY FERRY

 

From Coron, you can take the 2Go Ferry to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  See the fare table (inclusive of VAT, Tax and fees) and ferry schedule below.

 

2Go Ferry Fare Table (Coron- Puerto Princesa)

CLASSFARE
Super Value ClassPHP 434.39 (USD 8.57/ EURO 7.47/ SGD 11.75/ MYR 36.74)
Tourist ClassPHP 960.70 (USD 19/ EURO 17/ SGD 26/ MYR 81)
State Room for 3PHP 5,316.59  (USD 105/ EURO 91/ SGD 144/ MYR 450)
Cabin for 4PHP 2,394.80 (USD 2,395 /EURO 41/SGD 65/ MYR 203)

 

 

2Go FERRY SCHEDULE (Coron – Puerto Princesa)

DAYDEPARTUREPIERDAYARRIVALPIERVESSEL
Wednesday6:00 AMCoron PierWednesday9:00 PMPuerto Princesa PierST.AUGUSTINE HIPPO
Saturday6:00 AMCoron PierSaturday9:00 PMPuerto Princesa PierST.AUGUSTINE HIPPO

 

 

2Go FERRY SCHEDULE (Puerto Princesa – Coron)

DAYDEPARTUREPIERDAYARRIVALPIERVESSEL
Wednesday11:59 PMPuerto Princesa PierThursday3:00 PMCoron PierST.AUGUSTINE HIPPO
Saturday11:59 PMPuerto Princesa PierSunday3:00 PMCoron PierST.AUGUSTINE HIPPO

 

 

HOW TO GET AROUND PUERTO PRINCESA PALAWAN

 

Tricycle and jeep/multi-cab are the main mode of transportation in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.  Take note that there are airport tricycles and regular tricycles.  Airport tricycles usually charge PHP 50 (USD 1/ EURO .86/ SGD 1.35/ MYR 4.23) to get to Puerto Princesa city center.  Regular tricycle fare is PHP 10 (USD .20 / EURO .17/ SGD .27/ MYR .85).  Because Puerto Princesa City is sprawling, if you hail a tricycle, you will be asked where you are headed, and depending on the tricycle’s route at that time (for example, there’s already a passenger inside the trike), you may or may not be allowed to ride if your destination is out of the way.

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TOP THINGS TO DO

 

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Puerto Princesa Underground River is situated in St. Paul Mountain Range.  Hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, this emerald green river is fringed by stunning limestone formations and verdant forest. Puerto Princesa Underground River was once th longest subtarrenean river in the world passing through caves with major formations of stalactites and stalagmites before it meets the West Philippine Sea.

 

BOAT TOUR AT THE PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER

CHECK UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR PACKAGE HERE

 

 ISLAND HOPPING IN HONDAY BAY PALAWAN

 
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Honda Bay In Puerto Princesa, Palawan is hugged by scenic coast line peppered with tropical palm-fringed islands that are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, picnic and kayaking. A popular tour in Puerto Princesa for first-time tourists is the Honday Bay island hopping.  The tour usually includes a stop to the following islands: Pambato Reef (good forsnorkeling), Luli Island (sandbar that is good for swimming and kayaking), Star Fish Island and Cowrie Island (great for picnics).

BOOK HONDA BAY TOUR HERE

 

 

 PAMBATO REEF

Pambato Reef Entrance Fee: PHP 50 (USD 1/ EURO 0.86/ SGD 1.35/ MYR 4.23)

LULI ISLAND

Luli Island Entrance Fee:  PHP 65 (USD 1.28 / EURO 1.11/ SGD 1.75/ MYR 5.50)

 

COWRIE ISLAND

Cowrie Island Entrance Fee: PHP 75 (USD 1.48 / EURO 1.28/ SGD 2/ MYR 6.34)

Cowrie Island Buffet Lunch: PHP 200 (USD 4/ EURO 3.42/ SGD 5.40/ MYR 17)

 

PUERTO PRINCESA SIGHTSEEING

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Puerto Princesa City has a wealth of attractions to flaunt.  One of the top activities for tourists traveling to Puerto Princesa is the city tour.  You can either join a group tour in a comfortable van with a tourist guide or rent a tricycle  for  PHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 ) , good for 2-3 persons, to show you around. Here are the list of attractions usually included in the tour:  Puerto Princesa Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel, Promenade/The Baywalk, Souvenir Shops, Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Farm), Mitra’s Ranch, Bakers Hill and Binuatan Creations (Weaving Loom Center).

 

CHECK PUERTO PRINCESA CITY TOUR  RATE HERE

 

 

 

PUERTO PRINCESA FIREFLY WATCHING

 

If you’re looking for what to do in Puerto princesa at night, then head to Iwahig River for the firefly watching tour.  This eco-tourism site is managed by the Iwahig Community Eco-Tourism Association.   Your jaw will drop upon watching fireflies congregate along Iwahig River, illuminating the river at night.

 

BOOK  FIREFLY WATCHING TOUR HERE

 

HIKE UP MT. MAGARWAK

 

Soaring at only 301 MSK, Mt. Magarwak is located along the north road to Sabang and Puerto Princesa.  If you are an adventurer looking for a mountain to climb in Puerto Princesa, then hiking Mt. Magarwak is recommended.  The summit offers pleasant view of Honda Bay and Puerto Princesa Bay.

 

BOOK MT. MAGARWAK CLIMB HERE

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN PUERTO PRINCESA

 
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KINABUCH

Address: 369, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Open Hours: 5:00 PM – 1:00 AM

 

KALAUI

PP FOOD 2

Address: 369, Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Open Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM – 10:30PM

 

 

BONA’S CHAO LONG HAUS

 

Pp food

Address: Manalo St, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Open Hours: 24 hours

 

BADJAO RESTAURANT

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The view rivals the food in Badjao Restaurant. Set amidst verdant mangrove forest by the bay, Badjao Restaurant boast of a lovely setting while you are enjoying your seafood platter.

Address: A.M Abueg Road, Puerto Princesa

Open Hours:  10:00 AM –11:00 PM

 

 

BAKER’S HILL

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Address: Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Open Hours: 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM

 

 

PUERTO PRINCESA PALAWAN ITINERARY WITH EXPENSES

 
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It is possible to explore Puerto Princesa’s top attractions in 3-4 days. Here’s my sample Puerto Princesa itinerary for a 3 day 2 night stay.  If you have more days to spend in Palawan, I suggest you travel to El Nido from Puerto Princesa after.

 

 

SCHEDULEEXPENSESACTIVITIES
DAY 1 PUERTO PRINCESA CITY TOUR + FIREFLY WATCHING TOUR
08:05 AM ETD to Puerto Princesa from Manila
09:25 AM ETA Puerto Princesa
09:50 AMPHP 50 (USD 0.99/EURO 0.85/SGD 1.35/MYR 4.23)Ride tricycle to hotel
10:15 AMPHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 )Check-in at Hotel. Freshen up. Rest
11:30 AM Lunch
12:30 PMPHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 )Start of Puerto Princesa City Tour : Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

Plaza Cuartel

Promenade/The Baywalk

Souvenir Shops

Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Farm)

Mitra’s Ranch

Bakers Hill

Binuatan Creations (Weaving Loom Center)

04:30 PM End of City Tour
05:00 PMPHP 1,300 (USD 26/EURO 23/SGD 35/MYR 111)Pick up for Iwig River Firefly Watching Tour
06:30 PMDinner
08:00 PMFirefly Watching Cruise
09:30 PMBack to hotel
10:00 PMFreshen up. Sleep.
DAY 2PUERTO PRINCESA UNDERGROUND RIVER TOUR
06:30 AMBreakfast
07:00 AMPHP 2,300 (USD 46 / EURO 40 / SGD 62/ MYR 197 )Pick up for Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour. Van ride to Sabang Wharf.
08:30 AM Boat transfer  Puerto  Princesa to Underground River
09:30 AMGuided paddle boat to Puerto  Princesa to Underground River
10:30 AMEnd of paddle boat tour
11:00 AMRide outrigger boat back to Sabang Wharf.
11:30 AMLunch in Sabang Wharf
02:00 PMReturn drive to Puerto Princesa City
04:00 PMBack to hotel. Freshen up.
05:00 PMShop for souvenirs
06:30 PMDinner. Socials.
09:00 PMPHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 )Back to hotel. Sleep
DAY 3 HONDA BAY ISLAND HOPPING
06:30 PMBreakfast.
07:00 PMPHP 1,650 ( USD 33/ EURO 29 / SGD 45/ MYR 141)Pick up for Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
04:00 PM Back to hotel. Freshen up. Head to airport.
06:55 PMPHP 150 (USD 3 /EURO 3/SGD 4/ MYR 13)ETD Puerto Princesa.
08:20 PMETA Manila
TOTALPHP 7,250 (USD 145/ SGD 177.35 / MYR  619.23) 

 

*Food not included.  Budget is good for solo traveler.  If you are traveling in a group, this could be lowered as you will share the expenses.

 

PUERTO PRINCESA PALAWAN BUDGET

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Here’s a list of possible Palawan trip expenses.   You will not encounter all of them. This is just to give you an idea of how much you will possibly spend on each activities.

 

EXPENSESACTIVITIES
PHP 1,300 (USD 26/EURO 23/SGD 35/MYR 111)Iwahig River Firefly Watching Tour
PHP 2,300 (USD 46 / EURO 40 / SGD 62/ MYR 197 )Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
PHP 1,650 ( USD 33/ EURO 29 / SGD 45/ MYR 141)Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour
PHP 750 (USD 15 / EURO 13 / SGD 20/ MYR 64)Puerto Princesa City Tour by van
PHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 )Tricycle Tour (Puerto Princesa Tour), good for 2 persons
PHP 150 (USD 3 /EURO 3/SGD 4/ MYR 13)Puerto Princesa Airport Terminal Fee
PHP 50 (USD 0.99/EURO 0.85/SGD 1.35/MYR 4.23)Trike from Airport to Puerto Princesa City
PHP 50 (USD 0.99/EURO 0.85/SGD 1.35/MYR 4.23)Trike from Puerto Princesa City to Airport
PHP 600 (USD 12/EURO 16/ SGD 10/27/ MYR 51 )Budget hotel per night
PHP 150 (USD 3 /EURO 3/SGD 4/ MYR 13)Rice Meal

 

 

HONDA BAY ISLAND HOPPING ENTRANCE FEES

 
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If you’re going to do a DIY Tour of Puerto Princesa’s attractions, here’s a list of entrance fees.  If you’ve booked a tour, usually entrance fees are already included in the package.

 

PHP 65 (USD 1.28 / EURO 1.11/ SGD 1.75/ MYR 5.50)Luli Island Entrance Fee
PHP 50 (USD 1/ EURO 0.86/ SGD 1.35/ MYR 4.23)Pambato Reef Entrance Entrance Fee
PHP 75 (USD 1.48 / EURO 1.28/ SGD 2/ MYR 6.34 )Cowrie Island Entrance Fee
PHP 200 (USD 4/ EURO 3.42/ SGD 5.40/ MYR 17)Cowrie Island Buffet Lunch
PHP 50 (USD 1/ EURO 0.86/ SGD 1.35/ MYR 4.23)Starfish Island Entrance Fee

 

PUERTO PRINCESA TRAVEL TIPS

 

Prepare PHP 150 (USD 3 /EURO 3/SGD 4/ MYR 13) for terminal fee when flying out of Puerto Princesa.

 

ALSO READ:

EL NIDO TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 (Budget + Itinerary)

CORON TRAVEL GUIDE 2018 (Budget + Itinerary)

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY ATTRACTIONS

 

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Comments

  1. Thanks for all the travel tips. We will spend our honeymoon in PPS and ElNido by the 1st week of November.

  2. I noticed that you were able to check-in at 10:30 am in your hotel.
    Just wondering which one as most of the hotels I see got 2 pm as check-in time.
    I’d like to follow your day 1 itinerary for puerto princesa.

    1. You can talk to the hotel, sometimes they will require extra payment or you can just leave your luggage at the reception.

  3. Thanks for this! i am planning to go to puerto princesa by the end of november 2018.

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