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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Puerto Princesa City Travel Guide (Palawan Philippines)

Puerto Princesa City is located in the western midsection provincial island of Palawan, Philippines.   It is bound to the east by the Sulu Sea, to the west by the South China Sea, to the north by the municipalities of San Vicente and Roxas, and to the south by the municipality of Aborlan
It is has an area of 2,381.02 square kilometers 919.32 sq mi making it the second largest city (next to Davao City) in the Philippines.  Despite the wide land area, it only has a population of 222,673 people making it the least densely populated city in the Philippines.

Originally, the place was named after Princess Asunción, born in 1864 to Queen Isabella II and her consort, Francisco de Cádiz.   But, when she died, it was changed to Puerto de la Princesa and it was later on, shortened to its name today.


Since it was founded by the Spanish Colonizers, it has been the center of activities in Palawan
The City has gained the distinction of being a beautiful model city in terms of cleanliness,
environmental protection and conservation, and local governance in general.  It is one of the first carbon-neutral city in the Philippines as the carbons are absorbed by its vast forests.
It's natural environment and promotion for ecotourism is the key to the economic development of the city.  Being the eco-tourism center of the Philippines, it has lots of hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and a mall (Robinsons Place Palawan).  It also has a lot of banks and ATMS available. 

Puerto Princesa City Map


Climate
Puerto Princesa has a tropical wet and dry climate. It is usually wet from June to December and with very little rain from February to May.   Although generally, warm and humid all year round, it is warmest on March to May and coldest on November to February.

Puerto Princesa City Trip Budget
The Budget for a Puerto Princesa City Trip  ranges from 3,500 php to 15,000 php.  Your Puerto Princesa City Trip Budget should include allocations for the following:

  • Accommodation (Where to Stay in Puerto Princesa City) - Around 450-10,000 per person
    • A&A Plaza Hotel (National Highway cor. Wescom Road) (048) 434-2274 | frontdesk@aaplazahotel.com
    • Abelardo's Pension (D. Manga Street) (048) 433-2195
    • Albon Pension (Lacao-Carandang Streets) (048) 434-8582
    • Aldo's Residence (Rizal Avenue)  (048) 433-2195
    • Amelia Pensionne (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-7029  
    • Aniceto's Pension (Reynoso Street) (048) 434-6667
    • Astoria Hotel (North National Hi-way Brgy. San Rafael, Honda Bay) (048) 433-9744 
    • Audissie Pension (Malvar Street) (048) 433-4153 
    • Aziza Paradise Hotel (BM Road, Brgy. San Manuel)
    • Badjao Inn (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2761
    • Balai Felicisima (Rizal Avenue Ext. Brgy. Bancao-Bancao) (048) 433–0143
    • Banwa Art House (Liwanag Street) (048) 434-8963 - destroyed by fire on Oct 2014
    • Baragatan Inn (Junction 1, Brgy. San Miguel) (048) 434-5289
    • Bulwagang Princesa (Brgy. Tiniguiban) (048) 433-6079
    • Bundal Inn (Brgy. San Miguel) 
    • Casa Fuerte (Libis Road Brgy. San Pedro) (048) 434-1885 
    • Casa Linda Inn (Trinidad Road, Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2606
    • Casis Pensionne (New Buncag) (0920) 513-2946
    • Casitas de az Pension (Valencia Street cor. Bonifacio (A. Abueg) Street, Brgy. Bagong Silang) (048) 434-1945
    • Cecilia's Comfort Inn (PEO Road) (0906) 506-7218
    • Circon Businessman's Inn (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2738
    • Color Mansion (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-9406
    • Citystate Asturias Hotel (South National Highway, Brgy. Tiniguiban) (048) 433-9744 
    • D' Lucky Garden Inn, Apartelle & Suites (PEO Road) (048) 433-6576 | (048) 433-2719 | luckygardeninn@yahoo.com
    • Dallas Inn and Cafe (Carandang Street) (0919) 967-8558
    • Dangkalan Inn (BM Road Brgy. San Miguel) (048) 434-9207 
    • De Loro Inn (PEO Road Brgy. Bancao Bancao)  (048) 434-8408 
    • Deep Forest Garden Inn (Abueg Road Brgy. Bancao Bancao) (048) 434-1702
    • Dolce Vita Hotel (Wescom Road) (048) 434-5357
    • Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
    • Duchess Pension (E. Valencia Street) (048) 433-2873
    • Edgardo's Place (Rizal Avenue)  (048) 434-2365 
    • EJ Pension (PEO Road Brgy. Bancao Bancao)  (0919) 342-6225
    • Empire Suites Hotel (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-2290
    • Felix Pension (Rizal Avenue) (0918) 488-3856
    • Ferzal Hotel Palawan (Rizal Avenue Extension, Brgy. Bancao Bancao)
    • Garcellano Tourist Inn (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2314
    • GoHotels Puerto Princesa (Puerto Princesa North Road, Brgy. San Manuel) (0922)464-6835
    • Grande Vista Hotel (Malvar Street) (048) 433-6537
    • Hibiscus Garden Inn (Manalo Extension) (048) 434-1273
    • Holiday Suites (North National Highway, Brgy. Tiniguiban) (048) 433-2526
    • Hotel Centro (San Pedro National Highway) (048) 434-1111 | customercare@hotelcentro.ph
    • Hotel Fleuris (Lacao Street)
    • House of Big Brother (Manalo Extension) (048) 723-5088 
    • House of Rose (Abueg Road) (0916) 721-1926
    • Irenea's Country Inn (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-8581
    • Irma Maria Pension (Manalo Extension) (0915) 980-4971
    • Jeshiela Guesthouse (Malvar Street) (048) 433-4157
    • Jilian Tourist Inn (San Pedro National Highway) (048) 434-2627
    • Kim's Hot Spring Resort & Restaurant (Main Road Brgy. Sta. Lourdes) (048) 723-1608
    • Kokaaburra Travel Lodge (Abueg Road) (048) 434-1580
    • Kuhl-In Pension (Libis Road Ligaya Street, Brgy. San Pedro) (048) 433-3420 | marlonns@yahoo.com
    • La Charica Inn (Abad Santos) (048) 434-2088
    • Legend Hotel Palawan (Malvar Street)
    • Liberty Park Pension (Liberty Road) (048) 434-9782
    • Lola Itang Pension (Roxas Street) (048) 433-2990
    • Mabini Pension (Mabini Street) (048) 433-3311
    • Manggahan Pension (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-5286
    • Mary The Queen Apartelle (Taylor Road, Brgy. Tiniguiban) (048) 433-4013
    • Matutina Pensionne (Taft Street) (048) 434-2496
    • Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Puerto Princesa (Brgy. San Jose) (048) 723-0977
    • Moana Hotel (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-4753
    • Niko's Cabanas Inn (Rodriguez Road, Brgy. San Jose) (048) 434-9876 
    • One Rover's Place (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-1338
    • Oro Bonito Place (National Highway Brgy. San Miguel) (0923) 722-2123
    • Pagdayon Traveler's Inn (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-9102   
    • Palawan Village Hotel (048) 434-4436
    • Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast (Kawayanan Street, Libis Road, Brgy. San Pedro) (048) 434-2159
    • Payuyo Pension (Manalo Street) (048) 434-3363
    • Princess Inn (Malvar Street) (048) 433-4218
    • Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa
    • Puerto Pension (Malvar Street) (048) 433-2969 | (048) 433-4149
    • RAQ Pension (Malvar Street) (048) 433-2533 
    • Rengel Hotel (Valencia Street) (048) 433-2584
    • Royal Crown Inn (Dacanay Road, Brgy. Maningning) (048) 434-1193    
    • Royal Oberoi (South National Hi-way Esteban Road, Santa Monica) (048) 434-5502
    • San Juan House (Taft Street) (048) 434-1207
    • Seaport Inn (Bgy. Bagong Pag-Asa) (0917) 558-8284
    • Seasons Guesthouse (Roxas Street, Brgy. Kalipay) (048) 434-3388 | (0917) 850-0928 | info@seasonsguesthouse.com
    • Sheena's Cottages (Libis Road) (048) 433-23693
    • Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa (Sabang)
    • Sikad-Sikad Pension (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-5286
    • Skylight Apartelle (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-4872 
    • Sunlight Guest Hotel (Malvar Street)
    • The Legend Hotel Palawan (Malvar Street) (048) 434-4270 | (048) 433-9076
    • Tropical Sun Inn (Manalo Street) (048) 433-6493    
    • Venture Ville Pension (Manalo Street) (048) 433-2843
    • Vian Pension House (Brgy. San Miguel) (048) 433-5289 
    • Villa Leonora Beach Resort (National Highway, Sitio Dacutan, Brgy. San Rafael) (0999) 413-3247
    • Vim Pension (Fernandez Street) (048) 433-3190   
    • White View Paradise Hotel (Manalo Ext.) (048) 433-5526 
    • Willy's Pension (BM Road, Brgy. San Manuel) (048) 433-3454  
    • Ysabelle Mansion (Abad Santos Extension) (048) 723-0992
  • Activities
    • Art and Culture Appreciation
      • Galeri Kamarikutan
      • Palawan Museum
      • Palawan State University Museum
    • Dolphin Watching
    • Festivals
      • February 14 - Love Affair with Nature
      • March 4 - Balayong Festival
      • April 1 - Pangalipay sa Baybay
      • April Full Moon - Kamarikutan Pagdiwata Arts Festival
      • April 3rd week - Seafood Festival
      • May 1st week - Karagatan Festival
      • June 3rd week - Feast of the Forest and Baragatan Sa Palawan
      • December 8 - City Fiesta
    • Watersports
    • Kite Boarding
    • Sailing
  • Food (Around 150-400 php per meal)
    • Restaurants:
      • Avegon Bakeshop & Restaurant (048) 433-4344 | (048) 433-2166
      • Badjao Restaurant (Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 433-2761 | (048) 433-2380 | (048) 433-2180
      • Badjao Sea Front (Circumferential Road) (048) 433-3501 | (048) 433-3503
      • Balinsasayaw Grill & Restaurant (Manalo Street/Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-5804
      • Baker’s Hill (Mitra Road) (048) 433-3501
      • Bilao at Palayok (Rizal Avenue) 
      • Bistro Cabalen (Quezon Street) (048) 433-2817 
      • Bona's Chao Long Haus
      • Bulwagang Princesa Restaurant (Sta. Monica) (048) 433-6079
      • Cafe Arturo (San Jose National Hi–Way) (048) 433-4146
      • Café Loreto Trihouse Restaurant (Libis Brgy. San Pedro) 
      • Captain’s Table (San Miguel)
      • Casa del Jardin Spanish Restaurant & Tapas Bar (0916) 727-8857
      • Chef Tan’s Kitchen (Villarosa Road) (048) 725-3191
      • Coffee Exchange (Asturias Hotel) 434-3851; 3747
      • Club 54 (Malvar Street)
      • Dang Maria’s Bancao (Bancao & Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-6576
      • Divine Sweet (Valencia Street)
      • Dolce Vita Hotel & Restaurant (San Pedro) (048) 434-5357
      • Edwin’s Food Palace (Valencia Street) (048) 433-2338 | (048) 433-4567
      • Elmer’s Pares (Malvar Street & San Pedro) (048) 433-2401
      • Giacomino’s Pizza House (Lacao Street) (048) 434-3036 | (048) 434-3037
      • Haim Chicken Inato (Manalo Extension) (048) 433-2261
      • Hillside Resort Restaurant (Sandiwa) (048) 433-7318
      • Ignacio’s Restaurant (Burgos Street) (048)433-2617
      • Ima's Vegetarian Restaurant (Fernandez Street) (0939) 916-1524 | www.imas-vegetarian-restaurant.com
      • Innerdance Kafe Vegetarian Restaurant (Hagedorn Road Extension, Brgy. San Pedro) (0908) 139-1139
      • Itoy’s Coffee Shop (Rizal Avenue)
      •  Jam's Canteen
      • Ka Inato (Rizal Avenue)
      • Kalui (369 Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 433-2580; (048) 433-4840 
      • Kamarikutan Kape at Galeri (Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 433-5182
      • Karaenan (Dos Palmas) (048) 434-3118
      • Kawayanan Resort (Abaa Road Brgy. San Pedro) (048) 434-7078
      • Kim's Hot Spring Resort & Restaurant (Sta. Lourdes) (0921) 580-1997 | (0926) 709-5769
      • Kinabuchs Grill & Bar (Rizal Avenue)
      • Leslies (Mitra Road) (048) 434-1437
      • Loid Vegetarian and Raw Food Resto Vegan Restaurant (National Highway, Brgy. San Manuel) (048) 723-0025 | www.vegetarianpalawan.com
      • Lola Itang (Roxas Street) (048) 433-2712; 2990
      • Mccoy’s (San Miguel) (048) 434-4239 
      • NCCC Fast-food (048) 433-2620 | (048) 433-2630
      • Neva’s Place (Taft Street) (048) 433-2575
      • Nokinocs Savoury House (048) 723-2500
      • Ong’s Maki House (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-2999
      • Palawan Adventist Hospital Vegetarian Restaurant (National Highway)
      • Pescados Asturias Hotel (048) 434-3851 | (048) 434-3747
      • Phoenix Seafood Restaurant (Abrea road) (048) 434-5689 
      • Pizzito (Rizal Avenue Extension)
      • Puerto Pension Restaurant (Malvar Street) (048) 433-2969
      • Rancho’s Grill (Rizal Avenue Extension)
      • Rene’s Restaurant (Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 434-5255
      • Rizal Park Coffee/Honey’s Anker Bar (Rizal Avenue) (0921) 433-4661
      • Royal Oberoi (Esteban Road, Sta. Monica) (048) 434-4920
      • Sari’s Baryo (Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 433-4899 
      • Skylight (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-7176
      • Suma Ching Hai Vegetarian Restaurant (Cor. Burgos & Manalo Street) (048) 433-6910
      • Sweet House (Malvar Street) (048) 433-2618 | (048) 433-4218
      • Taberna Luna Bistro (Dagomboy Village)
      • Tanglaw Restaurant (Legend Hotel) (048) 433-9076 | (048) 433-9080
      • The Lotus Garden (Rizal Avenue Extension) (048) 434-1132
      • Tiki Bar (Rizal Avenue)
      • Tita Nene’s Restaurant & Catering Services (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2168
      • Tom Tom Club (Manalo Extension)
      • Tropical Sun Inn Restaurant (Manalo Street) (048) 433-8288
      • Vegetarian House (Burgos Street) (048) 433-9248
      • Vietville Restaurant (Bgy. Sta. Lourdes) (0920) 220-8694
      • Warehauz 45 Bar (Rizal Avenue)
      • We Be Sushi Bar & Restaurant (Hotel Fleuris) (048) 434-4338 
      • Zaturn (Malvar Steet)

  • Souvenirs (Pasalubong)
    • Baro at Regalo Boutique (Rizal Avenue) (048) 434-6014
    • Cokyroms Souvenir Shop (Rizal Avenue)
    • Culture Shack (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2566
    • Footluckers (Valencia Street)(048) 434-2015 | (048) 434-2016
    • Foostep (Rizal Avenue) (048) 433-2255
    • Kamantian Handicraft (Rizal Avenue)
    • Lilyhill (Valencia Street) (048) 434-5091
    • LRC 908 Market Mall
    • Mozo Shellcraft (Lacao Street)
    • Palawan Treasure Shop (Airport Compound) (048) 433-5157
    • Rengel Department Store (Valencia Street) (048) 433-7218

Transportation

Public Transportation
  • To and From Puerto Princesa City
    • By Air
      • Manila (Daily flights with Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific, Zest Airways and Philippine Airlines - travel time: less than an hour)
      • Busuanga/El Nido (3 times a week with South East Asian Airlines)          
      • Cebu (Daily flights with Cebu Pacific)
      • Davao (Daily flights with Cebu Pacific)
      • Iloilo (Daily flights with Cebu Pacific)
      • Kota Kinabalu (Malaysia)
    • By Sea
      • Manila (Once a week with Superferry and Negros Navigation - travel time: 18 to 22 hours)
      • Coron  (Daily with Superferry - travel time: 10 hours)
      • Cuyo/Iloilo/Cebu (Once a week with Montenegro Shipping)
  • Within the Puerto Princesa City
    • Bus
    • Jeep/Multicab (Minimum Fare is 7-8 php)
    • Tricycles/Trike (Minimum Fare is 20-40 php/person)
    • Mini Van
    • Shuttle Service in San Jose Terminal
      • Brooke's Point (200 php bus; every hour - travel time: 1 hour)
      • El Nido (300 php bus; 5am, 7am and 9am - travel time: 9 hours)
      • Port Barton (160 php jeep; 10am - travel time: 5 hours)
      • Quezon (150 php minivan; hourly 7am 6 5pm - travel time: 3 hours)
      • Roxas (120 php jeep/156 php bus; 5:30am, 6:30am, 12pm, 1:30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm - travel time: 2 1/2 hours)
      • Sabang  (150 php jeep/250 php minivan; 7am and 9am - travel time: 3 hours)
      • Taytay (230/237 php bus; 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, 12pm, 2pm - travel time: 5 hours)
    • Van for Hire

Puerto Princesa City Itinerary
There are two options in making your Puerto Princesa City Itinerary:

1. Avail a tour with a planned out itinerary from travel and tours companies
2. Plan you DIY itinerary

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