Puerto Princesa

Aptly called “A City in the Forest”, due to this City’s attractions that have a lot to do with its world-class natural wonders and the commitment of the people in it to the environment.

Puerto Princesa City, located at the World’s Most Beautiful Island Palawan, has been named as the “cleanest and greenest city” and has also been recognized globally for its environmental excellence.


History

Plaza Curatel

Legend has it that the name “Puerto Princesa” was coined because of a princess-like maiden who in the early day is said to have roamed around the place on certain nights of the year.

Others, on the other hand, attribute the name of the city to its geographical advantages as a seaport that is naturally protected throughout the year and is endowed with a depth that can accommodate any size of shipping.

In the past, Spanish colonizers saw Puerto Princesa as a royal refuge for sea vessels which made historical accounts attribute the name as a tribute to Princess Eulalia, daughter of Queen Isabella II of Spain.


Culture

Years later, waves of various migrants from other provinces in the Philippines and even from other countries have turned Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of varying cultures. Among the original inhabitants are the Cuyunons who possess rich legacy of folklore and traditions. Aside from them, Bataks and Tagbanuas were also one of those who first set foot on the promising island of Palawan.

Street Parade

These groups of people who have unique cultures, traditions and practices served as the foundation of the rich culture visible in the city during festivities and other events where their rich native culture and arts are being exhibited.

Each group of people has their own distinct dialects but they can also speak the native tongue which is the Filipino language. Until now, there are still some members of the Bataks and Tagbanuas who practice their traditional rituals and would sometimes let tourists have a live presentation of their culture.

The best time to visit Puerto Princesa is during its many festivals where you can witness colorful Street Dances and Parades with magnificent floats. Some of them are Baragatan sa Palawan Festival which celebrated the foundation of Palawan’s civil government; the City Fiesta that commemorates the Immaculate Conception of Mary; and the Balayong Festival that is usually being celebrated on the month of March when the pinkish flowers of the Balayong or Palawan Cherry start to bloom.


Attractions

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

At present, Puerto Princesa serves as the main gateway to the island of Palawan. Just like any other city, Puerto Princesa has hotels, resorts, restaurants, inns and other comforts. Puerto Princesa also serves as a venue for many conferences and meetings and has satisfying adventures in any trip and tour. Aside from that, structures, establishments, and other activities in this city is perfect for family holidays and for exploration of cultural treasures.

Some of the must see places in Puerto Princesa includes; the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, a unique angular-structured edifice; the Baywalk, where one can have leisurely walks at sunrise to get the chance to see the glorious illumination of the sun over the waters of the bay; and the Plaza Cuartel, a historical place left with the restored ruins of an old garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 143 American soldiers who have become prisioners of war inside a tunnel and until now, the area serves as a grim reminder of World War II atrocities, only ten soldiers were able to survive to tell the tale of what happened inside that tunnel.

One of the strangest things that someone could do in Puerto Princesa is visiting the Iwahig Penal Farm, a penal colony in the city where inmates live, work, and roam freely, and despite the almost non-existent security measures in the area, attempted escapes are surprisingly rare which is probably due to the fact that the prisoners are allowed to live with their families. Those who lack qualifications are given the opportunity to specialize in one field including agriculture, fishing, making handicrafts, and carpentry. Visiting the Iwahig prison will definitely be a good experience.

Baker’s hill Puerto Princesa

Baker’s Hill is another Puerto Princesa City landmark to discover. With various structures, floras, and faunas, this landmark became popular to both tourists and the locals of the city.

Baker’s Hill has a playground for kids and benches for parents who are looking after their kids and for those who just feel like relaxing. It also has a restaurant and a bakery where guests could buy their food in case they get hungry while looking at the landscapes and a view of the Honda Bay. There are also statues that entertain the eyes of guests and would usually be subjects for picture takings.

The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center also known as the Crocodile Farm is also another major landmark in the city. Hundreds of crocodiles are housed in this wildlife reserve, right from the newly hatched ones up to the full-grown giant’s people usually see on TV and in zoos. Aside from crocodiles, the center also gives shelter to other animals including some that are already considered “endemic” in the island of Palawan.

You can visit Puerto Princesa with Puerto Princesa City Tour 


Getting There

From El Nido

-Public Transportation: There are several shuttle van companies that offer a direct link between Puerto Princesa and El Nido Corong Corong Terminal.
Shuttle vans are daily and run almost every hour from 6.00am until 6.00pm. The journey from El Nido to Puerto Princesa usually take around 5-6 hours.
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-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from Puerto Princesa to El Nido.
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-Flight: Air Swift operates a direct flight from El Nido Lio airport to Puerto Princesa. The flight takes less than one hour, and the airplane directly lands to the Puerto Princesa International Airport which is near the city centre.

From Coron

-2GO Ferry: 2GO Ferry operate twice a week sailing from Coron to Puerto Princesa and vice versa.

-Flight: Air Juan operates a direct flight from Busuanga Coron to Puerto Princesa. The flight takes less than one hour, and the airplane directly lands to the Puerto Princesa International Airport which is near the city centre.

From Manila, Cebu, and Boracay

-Flight: Air Juan, Skyjet, Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines and Air Asia operates a direct flight to Puerto Princesa via Manila, Boracay, and Cebu.

-2GO Ferry: 2GO Ferry operate twice a week sailing from Manila to Puerto Princesa and vice versa.

From Port Barton

-Public Transportation: There are several shuttle van companies that offer a direct link between Port Barton and Puerto Princesa.
Shuttle vans are daily and run almost every hour from 7.30am until 6.00pm. The journey from Puerto Port Barton to Puerto Princesa usually takes around 4 hours.
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-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from Port Barton to Puerto Princesa.
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From Taytay

-Public Transportation: Shuttle vans from El Nido to Puerto Princesa can pick you up from Taytay Terminal, upon request.
Shuttle vans between El Nido/Taytay and Puerto Princesa are daily and run almost every hour from 6.00am until 6.00pm. The journey from Taytay to Puerto Princesa usually takes around 5 hours.
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-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from Taytay to Puerto Princesa.
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From Sabang

Public Transportation: Lexxus operates a daily shuttle van service from Sabang to Puerto Princesa.
The journey from Sabang to Puerto Princesa usually take around 2 hours.

-Private Transfer: Private van is the quickest and least hassle way to get from Sabang to Puerto Princesa.
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