Puerto Princesa is located on the southern tip of the Philippines and is known as the Eco-Tourism Center of the Philippines.
It is also coined as the City in a Forest as this biodiverse paradise is home to awe-inspiring natural wonders and boasts of its pristine beaches that attract visitors of all ages, making it a must-visit destination known all over the world.
As one of the best islands in the world, Puerto Princesa offers more than just the nature trip. Here are 10 fun things to do in Puerto Princesa.
1. Cruise through the Underground River
Hailed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a journey through the world’s longest navigable underground rivers will leave you captivated. Witnessing the spectacle of stalactite and stalagmite formations is highly fascinating.
The tour guide’s stories behind these formations will also leave you amused until the end of the 45-minute underground river tour.
2. Go island hopping in Honda Bay
Swim and snorkel to your heart’s content in the clear blue-green waters of Honda Bay wherein islands, limestone cliffs, and sandbars are abundant. Hop from one island to another such as Pandan Island, Starfish Island, Cowrie Island, Snake Island, and Luli Island to name a few.
3. Slow down at Mitra’s Ranch
The Mitra Ranch is the former residence of the late Senator Ramon Mitra’s and is one of the stops you can check out during a city tour. Located on a higher ground and surrounded by greenery, this stopover is perfect for winding down. There is also a view deck where visitors can get a breathtaking view of the city.
4. Admire the night lights at the Iwahig Firefly Adventure
Don’t miss the serene and magical cruise along Iwahig River and take in the view as thousands of fireflies light up the adjacent trees and mangroves. The Iwahig Firefly Watching is only one of Puerto Princesa’s ecotourism projects and supports the local livelihood.
The river tour is nothing short of insightful as your boatman will guide you through this enchanting and one-of-a-kind experience.
5. Try Ugong Rock Adventures for thrill-seekers
Puerto Princesa caters not only to the beach-lovers but to adventure junkies as well. Ugong Rock Adventures is another one the city’s community-based sustainable tourism destination, and it’s the tour stop for those looking for some adrenaline-pumping activities such as spelunking and rock climbing, with an option to zipline as your way descent.
If that is not enough to get your blood pumping, you can try base jumping from a cliff or the bamboo zip bike ride.
6. Get up close with the crocs at the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center
The Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center is formerly known as the Crocodile Farm, and here you can get the opportunity of close encounters with a variety of endemic crocodiles starting from their hatchlings stage up to fully-grown adult ones.
The wildlife reserve is also home to some animals such as the Palawan Bearcat and other endemic birds. By the end of the tour, you can opt to get a hold of a baby crocodile and have your photo taken with it.
7. Have your fill at Baker’s Hill
Another one of the city tour stops, Baker’s Hill started out as a humble bakery that grew into a tourist destination.
Its landscaped grounds is surrounded by gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and Instagrammable installations where visitors can hang out and take pictures while enjoying snacks from their restaurant and bakery. Don’t forget to take home boxes of their famous hopia and other baked goodies.
8. Get your hands to work at Binuatan Creations
You can try weaving first-hand at Binuatan’s showroom or just observe the local workers as they skillfully weave products from indigenous materials like buri or abaca and transform them into export-ready goods such as table runners, placemats, handbags, gadget sleeves, and a lot more. Don’t forget to take one home for yourself or as a pasalubong.
9. Experience the Philippines’ first Microbrewery Tour
Ayahay! Right in the heart of Puerto Princesa, drop by the Palaweño Brewery as they offer the first and one-of-a-kind microbrewery tour that will give you a glimpse of what makes an excellent craft beer.
10. Dare yourself to eat exotic
If you’re up to the challenge, get your hands on some crocodile meat and see how it fares on your taste buds. Most will tell you that it tastes just like chicken, but we’ll let you do the judging.
Indulge further and try to gulp down a Tamilok. The Tamilok or woodworm is a white, slimy, and elongated mollusk harvested from mangroves. It is best enjoyed fresh and raw and dipped in a concoction of vinegar, lime, onions and some chili. Would you dare?
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