Day 5: Puerto Princesa City Tour
We stayed in Princess Armicha Pension House which was just a walk away from the Provincial Capitol. They offer great deals and they also offer city tours. They best thing is that the inn is just a walk away from different restaurants and “karenderia”. Also, right beside the inn is the humble Ima’s Vegetarian Restaurant.
Right after we had our breakfast, we looked for a motorcycle or jeepney or whatever that we can charter to get us to the attractions within the city. Luckily, the owner of the inn was there and offered us a city tour on a private van for a very low price since it was an off-peak season. We then started our city tour around 10 AM and got back 4 PM. After that, we went to their baywalk to spend the rest of the afternoon.
Here are the places we went to:
- Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (formerly known as Crocodile Farm)
- Rancho Sta. Monica / Mitra’s Ranch
- Baker’s Hill
- City Baywalk
When we got back to the inn, we decided to get into the city’s lively park, where there are live bands, street vendors, and basically parties on every corner. It was actually a week of their annual Baragatan Festival where Palaweños, from all corners of Palawan, converge into their capital city, which is Puerto Princesa. We were able to witness their fireworks display too.
Day 6: Puerto Princesa Island Hopping
Getting ready by 6 AM, we headed to the main roads where we can ride jeepney to their famous “Honda Bay” port for another island hopping experience. Upon arrival, we saw a board where all their island hopping rates are posted. We got ourselves a 3-island package tour. The tour was quite expensive.
The weather did not cooperate with us. It was gloomy and drizzles from time to time. Nevertheless, we continued with our tour and hopped on to our designated motor boat.
There are separate entrance fees on each islands ranging from 50php to 100php, which is unappealing to tourists. Anyway, we decided to end the tour by noon, since there was nothing else left to do on the islands, and the weather was another down-dragging factor.
So here are the islands we went to:
- Starfish Island
- Cowrie Island
- Pandan Island
When we got back to the inn, we burned our remaining time by strolling on the city roads and chilling in Itoy’s Coffee Haus. The city gets livelier by night, we went on to every street shops to look for souvenirs. We saw this shop selling Civet Coffee for a specially low “festival” price. We got ours for 450php / 250 grams.
As the night continues we went on to have our taste buds experience “Chaolong”, which is a hand-made Vietnamese rice noodles. Finding it in Puerto Princesa is not hard since there are plenty of restaurants and food shops offering and claiming the authentic preparation of the food. By midnight, we went back to the inn and prepared our backpacks for our return to Cebu before we turned the lights off to sleep.
Day 7: Back to Reality
Though reluctant to leave the wonderful Palawan, but all journey must come to an end, and our budget can’t hold it anymore. All bags packed and ready to go, we checked out from the inn near noon and went to their famous Kalui restaurant to have our early lunch and as our celebration for a wonderful week together. The place has the native Filipino “kubo” ambiance and so cozy. The foods are great for typical restaurant pricing.