|On our Way to Underground River
It features a limestone mountain landscape with an 8.2 km navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly to the South China Sea. It is located about 50 kilometres north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa. This park is also known as St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River.
The Underground River in Puerto Princesa is a real wonder. I have seen this extraordinary beauty, and this is the reason it won a spot as one of the Seven Wonders of the World's provisional winners. It is not final. Underground River got the sixth spot. The Swiss foundation will announce the 7 countries in 2012. It's about time to blog about the Underground River. The government under Mayor Edward Hagedorn deserves a commendation for taking part in this very challenging competition. He has turned the city into a source of pride for Palawan.
The entrance to the river is a short hike from the town of Sabang.
Address: Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Boats of Puerto Princesa
My trip to Puerto Princesa reveals the different boats I saw on my way to island hopping. It is good to know that this city has a lot of different boats plying around that contributes to a progressive city.
Address: Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Direction: Puerto Bay to Honda Bay and Underground River
I had the chance to have the best adventure of island hopping in Honda Bay. Consisting of several islets with white sand beaches and magnificent landscape. Visitors will surely enjoy swimming, diving, snorkeling, and dolphin watching. Seeing corals of different colours is breathtaking! I also had the chance to hop Pandan, Starfish, Lu-li, Senorita islands, and the popular Dos Palmas Beach Resort.
Honda Bay is the perfect experience and one of the most beautiful places in the Philippines and the best place around the city of Puerto Princesa.
|A Pod of Dolphin
Another adventure aside from snorkeling is to search and wait for the dolphins come into view. There is nothing as exciting as seeing the dolphins occasionally leap above the water surface and sometimes perform acrobatic figures. I have seen and took photos of the long-snouted Spinner Dolphins leap and play at the waters of the island. They swim in groups. I cannot set my eyes on one particular dolphin because there's just so many to choose one. They were so fast until one or two dolphins shoot up above the water and dives back again taking you by surprise. The experience in seeing these creatures out in the wild open is definitely memorable and meaningful.
Some people who visits Palawan miss seeing the garden maybe because of its size, but small as it is, it could be a nice way to spend a sunny day with butterflies dancing above your head. I decided to visit the garden as this is only around 20 minutes drive from the city of Puerto Princesa.
You will find the Palawan wildlife around 35 minutes from the city centre. Formerly called the Crocodile Farming Institute and still referred to as the Crocodile Farm. You will have a chance to join a guided tour of the crocodiles of different sizes. In this conservation centre, you will also find Palawan's endemic species of wildlife . I am not into wild animals but it is worth seeing and deserve my support.
Church in Puerto PrincesaThis is the cathedral of the Immaculate Concepcion, the patroness of Puerto Princesa, one of the tourist spots in the city. You can find easily the blue & white angular structure across the Plaza Cuartel. Most of the time these two places are part of the city tours. I have visited the church a couple of times as it is very close to the pension house I stayed.
Address: Rizal Avenue, Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
|Iwahig Penal Colony Post Exchange
Thirty minutes drive from the city centre is this good example of a true correctional institute. It is different from all other prison in the world. You will treat the people not as inmates as they are living normal lives with their families. Most of them are allowed to toil their farms or make mahogany handcarving and other handicraft which is a good buy for the tourists. It becomes the prisoner's source of income and one way to earn a living.
|Room in Puerto Pension
I like the atmosphere in this pension house, as it has a homey ambiance. Only ten minutes drive to and from the airport and very accessible as it is situated between the pier and the main bus and jeepney terminals. It is convenient to stay here being near the city centre.
Rooms at the Puerto Pension are air-conditioned which is comfortable. Enjoy the hot and cold shower, cable coloured television and mini bar amenities. You can go out of your room, into the balconies just outside your door; sit and eat on the wooden tables and chairs provided outside each unit.
You will be surprised with the pension's reasonable room rates that includes breakfast. There are lot more information about Puerto Pension, but if you want to stay outside the city, there is a bunch of other beautiful pension houses and hotels few kilometres away.
|Puerto Bay - Puerto Princesa
A panoramic scene of the bay at night and during the day was very pleasant. These are visible from the roof deck bar and cafe of Puerto Pension. Puerto Bay is a good place to relax and stroll along the boardwalk especially at night to watch the spectacular view of the stars. Enjoy Puerto Bay and find reasons of coming back.
Ka Lui RestaurantIt is one of the best restaurants in the city of Puerto Princesa. Your tour is not complete if you haven't visit this place. The place is made of wood and bamboo and has cozy ambiance. It is well-kept and you would not mind to walk barefoot . The staff are friendly and accommodating. This is a popular restaurant serving variety of menu especially in Filipino dishes. You can reach the restaurant by tricycle.