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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Travel Around the City - Day Tour

You can't leave Puerto Princesa without navigating the city's various tourist spots. Puerto Princesa is considered as one of the largest city in the Philippines based on land area and you surely need to take a day off for your city tour.
Palawan Bearcat
Palawan Bearcat

Just hire a tourism accredited tricycle which costs PHP 600 good for 5 persons, and the driver will bring you to almost all destinations. We're kinda lucky to have our tricycle "Lannie" and our driver Kuya Bernard because he's so kind and very accommodating to us.

Other than the Underground River, there are still more go-to-places around Puerto Princesa. Here's a rundown and let me know if I missed out something or other tourist-worthy spots that should be included on my list: Crocodile Park, Mitra Ranch, Baker's Hill, Plaza Cuartel, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, and Baywalk.

Crocodile Park Puerto Princesa Palawan
Crocodile Park

Starting from the farthest destination from the city center and around 30 minutes travel time by tricycle, the Crocodile Park houses some of the largest species of crocodile in the Philippines and also breeds young ones. They also have a small wildlife part where wild but equally adorable animals are found.

Crocodiles at Crocodile Park

I really am not fan of reptiles, special mention are snakes and geckos, maybe because of the influence of movies like Anaconda, Lake Placid, etc., where reptiles are the antagonists / killers. That's why I also had second, wait third thoughts when one of my friend was very interested to have a picture-taking together with the baby crocodile. Intense!

Baby Crocodile at Crocodile Park Palawan

Well, I survived and the photo above is my living proof; though I'm only holding the tail part and not the long snout. The first time my fingers touched the crocodile's skin, the feeling was weirdly creepy. But then as time went on, I felt more relaxed. Picture-taking with the crocodile costs PHP 225 so I need to pose my best smile together with the reptile.

They sell crocodile meat in Crocodile Park so if you're interested to try one, it's the perfect place to be. Entrance Fee to the Crocodile Park is PHP 40 and it already includes a walking tour with the tour guide.

Moving on to the next destination is the Mitra Ranch which is a perfect spot overlooking the city proper. For people that want to unwind and just enjoy the calm breeze, Mitra Ranch may take your interest. The heat might be pretty intense though so be sure to bring a hat or sarong with you. They have a zipline adventure here by the way if you want to try out.

Mitra Ranch Palawan
Mitra Ranch

Next stop, Baker's Hill. And as the name speaks for itself, they sell here several breads and pastries and this is the place where you can find the best hopia in Puerto Princesa. They have around 3-4 variations which include monggo, ube, and baboy. A box of ten costs PHP 45 which I believe is already a good deal. Buy some drinks and find a comfy place at Baker's Hill and just enjoy chit-chatting with your friends while eating.

Baker's Hill Puerto Princesa Palawan
Baker's Hill

At the city center, you can find the Plaza Cuartel, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, and the Baywalk. There are no entrance fees on these three destination so find time visiting these as well. Plaza Cuartel to me is like a fortress, very relaxing in the morning because of the lush trees, but very eerie at night time probably because of the history that encapsulated it because during the World War, a lot of soldiers were burned and eventually died at this place.

Plaza Cuartel Palawan - History

Plaza Cuartel Monument
Plaza Cuartel

TRAVEL TIP: Plaza Cuartel does not allow visitors past 5:30 PM because of safety reasons. The places is relatively small but not well-lit. Be sure to take note of the visiting hours of the places you want to visit.

If the weather permits, ask your tricycle driver to bring you to the Baywalk. Not much to look at actually but it's just nice how the local government developed the place so people have a hang-out place with friends. Here you will see the big peacock ornamented with colorful light as this is official symbol of Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa Baywalk
Baywalk

Last but not the least, the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. We, Filipinos, are famous for our devotion on our Christian Faith thus we have a place of worship in almost every place. The belief we usually have as Catholics is that always visit the local church of the city / municipality during the first visit and allot some time to pray. Seek God, repent for the sins committed, and ask for guidance.

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral
Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

Well, that concludes a very tiring city tour around Puerto Princesa. Although the city was quite big, we still conquered every place one step at a time. The earlier you start the tour, the better so you'll have some extra time in-between destinations to grab some snacks!

Below is a summary of our city tour expenses:


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4 comments:

  1. Hi! Where did you find the tricycle driver to take you around town? :)

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    1. Hi Jesse! There are actually a lot of tricycle driver around town and most of them offer tours so no worries with the price. Haggle down the best price you can.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

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  2. HI Dan question private Van they have? thanks

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    1. Hi thina! I believe they do have private vans for rent.. its recommended for big groups as it is more convenient.

      keep traveling!

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