Puerto Princesa in Palawan has been enjoying the limelight ever since the Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature. The town is the gateway to this natural wonder, which has attracted local and foreign tourists alike.
Hotel Centro serves a mean buffet breakfast that includes rice and a selection of viands, which is a standard Filipino breakfast. The menu vary but guests have a good chance of tasting local delicacies such as lamayo (dried fish) in the buffet.
Hotel Centro – San Pedro National Highway, Puerto Princesa; (048) 434-1111
While it’s early, book a city tour with a licensed tour guide. The tour includes a visit to the following places: Crocodile Farm, Baker’s Hill, Mitra’s Ranch, and Iwahig Penal Farm, among others.
For those who have time to spare, go island hopping in Honda Bay to get a glimpse of the beautiful beaches in Palawan. A typical tour would take you to Starfish Island, Snake Island and Pandan Island.
Sample local cuisine in Badjao Seafront, a restaurant by the bay. While you take in the wonderful view of the mangroves and landscape, fill your belly with delicious seafood such as fish, crabs, shrimps, and squid.
Badjao Seafront – Abueg Road, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; Telefax: (048) 433-9912; [email protected]
A must while in Puerto Princesa is to take an adventure tour to the Underground River, which includes transportation to Sabang (the jump-off point to the subterranean river), lunch, and all the necessary permits. Visitors will have fun taking the guided boat ride where the boatman would share trivia about the place. Be amazed with the different rock formations inside the underground river.
Reserve a table at KaLui where one can take pleasure in local specialties, whilst dining in the midst of a charming atmosphere. Guests are required to leave their footwear by the door.
KaLui – 369 Rizal Avenue, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan; (048) 433-2580;
Hang out in Kinabuchs Grill and Bar to have a few local servings of the local beer and unwind. You can even get a taste of tamilok (woodworm) there.
Kinabuchs Grill and Bar – Rizal Avenue, Brgy. Bancao, Puerto Princesa, Palawan