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How to plan a Puerto Princesa Trip

Information and activities to plan your holiday in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Palawan. Here you can find some useful information about when to go and where to stay.

We hope that this article will help you to plan an enjoyable trip to Puerto Princesa:

When to go:

Puerto Princesa can be visited all year round.


High Season

The Amihan (dry season) coincides with the peak travel season from November to early May.

The Amihan season is dominated by the trade winds, which are experienced in the Philippines as a cool northeast wind. This season is characterized by moderate temperatures, little or no rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the east.

During the biggest holidays of the year, Christmas, New Year and Easter, hotels in Puerto Princesa have the higher occupancy rates.

If your trip coincides with these major holidays it’s best to have accommodations pre-booked well in advance. If you book last minute, you might find available only mediocre hotels or hotels in lousy locations.


Low Season

Low season is between June and October.


Bad Weather

The Habagat (southwest monsoon) occurs between June and October. The habagat season is characterized by hot and humid weather, frequent heavy rainfall, and a prevailing wind from the west. The habagat is also the typhoon season in the Philippines.

Puerto Princesa is rarely hit by typhoons.

Generally, the wettest months are July and August

Average rainfall days in Puerto Princesa, Philippines

  • Rainfall days

Attractions You Should Consider Visiting:

  • Underground River
  • Honda Bay
  • Immaculate Conception Cathedral
  • Princess Eulalia Park
  • Plaza Cuartel
  • Baywalk
  • Baker’s Hill
  • Nagtabon Beach
  • Napsan Beac
  • Crocodile Farm
  • Iwahig Prison
  • Butterfly Farm
  • Iwahig River

Classic Puerto Princesa Tour Options:


  • Day Trip Underground River: the most popular excursion in Puerto Princesa. The Underground River is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.


  • Day Trip Honda Bay: Go island hopping and explore some of the tropical islands scattered in the bay such as Luli Island, Cowrie Island and Starfish Island.


  • Puerto Princesa City tour: a perfect introduction to Puerto Princesa’s highlights and the best way to start your vacation in Palawan Island.

Suggested 4-day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Puerto Princesa – City Sightseeing
Day 2: Underground River tour
Day 3: Honda Bay island hopping
Day 4: Departure Puerto Princesa

Where to stay

Among several accommodation options in Puerto Princesa, the best hotels are those located in the city centre near the Rizal Avenue, short distance from restaurants, bars and shopping malls.


Luxury: Princesa Garden Island Resort & Spa

Conveniently located 5-minute drive from the city center, Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa boasts a large outdoor pool and rooms, suites and villas with free WiFi. There is a fitness centre, 3 restaurants and on-site water sport facilities for guests to enjoy. Each room, suite and villa has a flat-screen cable TV, safe, seating area and a private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries.


Mid-range: Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel

Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel is located along the Rizal Avenue, the most famous and busy street in Puerto Princesa. The hotel has a fitness centre and indoor pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. All rooms are air-conditioned and comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom comes with a shower and free toiletries.

What to bring along:

This is our beach packing list to help you pack everything you will need for a great trip to El Nido.

  • Swimsuit
  • Shorts
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Loose Pants
  • Flip Flops
  • Beach Bag
  • Beach Pareo
  • Beach Towel
  • Sunhut
  • Sunscreen
  • Watershoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Refillable Water bottle
  • A good book/Kindle
  • Waterproof camera
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat


How to pay:

Many restaurants in Puerto Princesa accept credit cards.

There are several ATM machines in Puerto Princesa. These can be found outside the banks along the Rizal Avenue or at the shopping malls.



Puerto Princesa city has the best internet in Palawan and many hotels, restaurants, and bars has Wi-Fi. Internet connections in Puerto Princesa are often faster than El Nido, Coron and Port Barton.


Buying a Sim Card:

You can buy Smart and Globe that are both active in Puerto Princesa, although Globe has a better coverage.


There are many restaurants in Puerto Princesa, mostly located along the Rizal Avenue. There are many fast food restaurants (Jollibee, MacDonald, Chowking and Inasal). Fast food restaurants are a popular choice among locals and budget travelers.

The most popular restaurants along Rizal Avenue are: Kinabuchs Grill and Bar (Filipino and International food), KaLui Restaurant (seafood dishes), KaInato Restaurant (grilled food and native delicacies), Balinsasayaw Restaurant (grilled food) and La Terrasse Restaurant (Filipino and International food).

Among the most famous and yummy food to try in Puerto Princesa there is Chicken Inasal, Pork belly Lechon Liempo, Chicken adobo, Grilled Seafood, Sinigang Soup, Halo Halo dessert and Leche Flan dessert.