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Fun-filled 4-day Puerto Princesa Itinerary for Families

Puerto Princesa is Palawan’s capital city and is the jump-off point to several other destinations such as Nacpan Beach, El Nido, or Coron. Even then, Puerto Princesa is a breathtaking destination itself that should not be overlooked.

It is home to the Underground River which is one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, there are hidden waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, and something for everyone to enjoy! Take time to explore Puerto Princesa with your family using this itinerary.

Puerto Princesa Itinerary

Day One

  • Breakfast at Eighty Nine Cafe Palawan (P500) – Start your day right with their Hangover French Toast (scrambled eggs, bacon, chicken fillet, cheese, and tomato on french toast) and their instagrammable drink, Unicorn Tears.
  • Puerto Princesa City Tour (P600) – Visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, Mitra’s Ranch, Bakers Hill, Binuatan Creations, Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village and more.
  • Free time and Coffee Break (P300) – Head over to Mayad Cafe Palawan to rest and recharge over a delicious slice of calamansi cake and a frappe.
  • Puerto Princesa Firefly Watching Tour (P1,090) – Enjoy a buffet dinner before taking a boat into the lush mangroves of Iwahig where thousands of fireflies light up the dark sky.

Estimated Total: P2,490
 

Day Two

  • Quick breakfast at hotel.
  • Full-day Underground River Tour (P1,570) – Head over to the Sabang Wharf which serves as your jump-off point to the underground caves, river, and limestone formations. You can also go bird watching.
  • Dinner at Kinabuch Grill & Bar (P800) – Don’t let the adventure end with the river tour and try out Tamilok (raw shipworms with vinegar, chopped chili peppers, and onions). You should also give the Crocodile Sisig and Kalderetang Kambing a go.

Estimated Total: P2,370

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Puerto Princesa Daily Itinerary

Day Three

  • Quick breakfast at hotel.
  • Full-day Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (P1,390) – Enjoy a full day of exploring Honda Bay: go exploring, sunbathing, and snorkel on the islands of Cowrie, Luli, and Pambati.
  • Dinner at Badjao Seafood Restaurant (P1,000) – Order one of their comida meals which can serve a family of up to four (assortment of seafood, meat, rice, and dessert).

Estimated Total: P2,390

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Day Four

  • Breakfast at Sweetcorner Cafe (P400) – Treat yourself to either a Salmon Croissant, an Avocado Sandwich, or to Eggs Benedict (all of which are best sellers!)
  • Aqua Park at Kamia Bay Resort (P1,788) – Spend the afternoon at what’s been dubbed as Asia’s biggest inflatable park! Not only that, you can also enjoy a sumptuous buffet lunch and cap the day off with a bike ride down their trails.
  • Freshen up and head to airport.

Estimated Total: P2,188
 

Accommodation in Puerto Princesa

After a busy day of water activities, tours, and food tripping, it’s important that you get a good night’s sleep for the next day’s adventure. Here are some of our top picks of hotels in Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa Itinerary Where to Stay

1. Microtel by Wyndham – Puerto Princesa
2. Canvas Boutique Hotel
3. Balai Princesa
4. Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel
5. Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa
6. Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa
7. Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa
8. Hotel Centro Palawan
9. Panja Resort Palawan
10. Ponce De Leon Garden Resort
 

Food to Try in Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Itinerary Food to Try

1. Tamilok – Usually found in wood immersed in sea water, Tamilok (shipworms) is part of a group of saltwater clams with naked, soft, and long bodies. Enjoyed kinilaw-style (raw but marinated with lime juice or vinegar, chopped chili peppers, and onions), Tamilok is said to taste like smooth oysters.

  • Price: P135
  • Where: Kinabuch Grill & Bar

2. Crocodile Adobado – Bite into a serving of crocodile meat stewed in coconut milk, seasoning, and spices.

  • Price: P300
  • Where: Kinabuch Grill & Bar

3. Danggit Lamayo – A Visayan favorite, sliced rabbitfish is partially sundried, lightly salted, and is then marinated in vinegar, garlic, and pepper. It is then fried, making the head and the fins extra crispy. This is usually enjoyed at breakfast with tomatoes and a runny egg.

  • Price: Varying prices
  • Where: Can be bought at local markets

4. Honey Nougat – Made with Palawan nougat, wild honey, and whole cashew nuts – this sweet treat is a must-eat when in the area. It is also something that travelers buy as “pasalubong” for family and friends back home.

  • Price:  P360 per 100g
  • Where: La Terrassee Cafe

5. Lato Seaweed – Also known as sea grapes or green caviar, this local favorite is best served with fried dishes and is usually eaten with either salt or vinegar.

  • Price: Varying prices
  • Where: Can be bought at local markets

6. Creamy Halo Halo – Time and time again, customers have said that the halo halo from Nokinocs Savory House may be the best that they’ve ever had! It comes with shaven ice, condensed milk, creamy lecheflan, bananas, red beans, corn flakes, cassava, jack fruit, and ice cream.

  • Price: P85
  • Where: Nokinocs Savory House

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Breakdown of Expenses

This breakdown is an estimation based on food prices, hotel bookings, activities, and entrance fees for one. These prices could go lower or higher depending on the amount of people in your group.

Puerto Princesa Itinerary Breakdown + Tips

  • Food – P3,000
  • Hotel – P9,000
  • Flight – P5,000
  • Activities – P6438
  • Roundtrip airport transfers – P100/2pax for tricycle
  • Miscellaneous – P2,000

Total: P25,538
 

Know Before You Go

  • Bring a reusable water bottle – You may find yourself getting thirsty several times within the day, so stay hydrated with your reusable water bottle. This way you take care of yourself and spare the environment of unnecessary plastic bottles.
  • Bring insect repellent – Keep yourself and loved ones protected from mosquito bites with insect repellent, especially when hiking or island hopping.
  • Stay somewhere strategic – If you’ve booked a tour for you and your family, then most will offer pick-up and drop-off services, so best to be somewhere that’s easily accessible.
  • Don’t spend all your money – Make sure that you have P200 for the Puerto Princesa Airport terminal fee.

 

Discover more adventure in Puerto Princesa to complete your family trip. Visit during the Baragatan Festival and join the festivity.

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