Puerto Princesa – Palawan
Puerto Princesa is the city you arrive in when you fly to Palawan. The large island of Palawan has been recently voted as the most beautiful island in the world , and it always ranks in the top 10 best islands on the planet. It has been said that Palawan is the last frontier in the Philippines, because it still has largely unspoiled, virgin land that has been spared from over-development and commercialization. It is a real treat to visit this fresh and clean Philippine island.
Here’s a map of Palawan. Puerto Princesa is on the east coast about in the middle of the island.
I visited Palawan about a year ago, and prior to going, I did a lot of Google research to decide which places I would like to explore there. Puerto Princesa was the first place I wanted to tour, and in particular, I wanted to go island hopping in Honda Bay right off the shores of the city. I went on this Palawan trip with a good filipino friend of mine. It’s a big plus having a native travel along with you when exploring a foreign land.
I became acquainted with a Philippine lady prior to coming to Palawan, and she set me up in an inexpensive hotel (pension) in Puerto Princesa that really went far beyond my expectations. The name of the hotel is Lola Charing Pension, and it’s about a 30 minute trike ride from the airport. The room I got cost a mere 850 pesos per night, and breakfast was also thrown in! This place was an extremely well-maintained property with manicured grounds – simply lovely. Here is their Facebook page:
And here are some pics of the place…
The day after we arrived we wanted to explore Honda Bay and go island hopping there. An employee at the hotel told us where we could go to the bay and hire a boat and driver to cruise us around. We procured a boat and crew for 1,400 pesos for an island hopping trip for as long as we like. We cruised around for about 4-5 hours and visited 4 islands, and after that, it was enough for us.
By the dock where we got the boat…..
Here’s a short clip I took at the dock…..
Also at the dock there was a husband and wife team with a booth selling fruit shakes. I got a wonderful one made from fresh avocado, mango, and guyabano – it was delectable and highly nutritious. Yum! …..
The 2 filipinos on the left were the crew for the boat we went out on…..
And some photos of the islands…..
And a clip taken on Isla Pandan…..
So Puerto Princesa and Honda Bay was the starting point of my journey to Palawan. It was truly a thrilling and wonderful experience in this enthralling and exotic land. I highly recommend visiting Palawan for anyone who wants to view perhaps the most beautiful island in the world. If you have any questions about this post, or should you like to send us a message, you may do so with the form at the bottom of this page. We will gladly answer any queries you may have! Thanks.