Explore the Paradise of Puerto Princesa in Palawan
Puerto Princesa, officially the City of Puerto Princesa, (Cuyonon: Siyudad i’ang Puerto Princesa; Hiligaynon: Dakbanwa sang Puerto Princesa; Filipino: Lungsod ng Puerto Princesa; Spanish: Ciudad de Puerto Princesa), and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a 1st class Highly Urbanized City in the Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 255,116 people.
It is a city located in the western province of Palawan, and westernmost city in the Philippines. Though the seat of government and capital for the province, the city itself is one of 38 independent cities within the Philippines not controlled by the province in which it is geographically located and is therefore an independent area located within Palawan.
It is the least densely populated city in the Philippines. In terms of land area, the city is the second largest geographically after Davao City with an area of 2,381.02 square kilometres (919.32 sq mi).Puerto Princesa is the location of the Philippines’ Western Command headquarters.
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Today, Puerto Princesa is a popular tourist city with many beach resorts and seafood restaurants. It has been acclaimed several times as the cleanest and greenest city in the Philippines.
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Puerto Princesa city owes its title to its natural wonders. Kids will definitely enjoy travelling here with all the adventures and biodiversity the place has to offer. Anyone would lose track of time once you set foot in the cleanest and greenest city as well as the longest, navigable underground river in the world. This is truly one of the best family friendly destinations in the Philippines.
Allow your kids to witness the beauty of nature’s wonders within the national park where the underground river is located. Go island-hopping, as the city is also the jump-off to commercial and secluded fine white sand beaches nearby. From Honda Bay, boats can take you to snorkeling sites and nearby islands where you can have family picnics and snorkeling activities. Indeed, it is touted as a “city in a forest” for good reason. This is truly an adventurous vacation for your kids at the country’s “last frontier” without worrying about losing modern conveniences. Everything in it seems to have a modern, rustic appeal.
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How to Get There:
The Puerto Princesa Airport is the main gateway for all arrivals and departures. It is located a few minutes from the city. Cebu Pacific, Philippine Airlines, AirPhil Express and Zest Air all offer direct flights from Manila to Puerto Princesa. Average flight time is 1 hour and 15 minutes if coming from Manila.
If you choose to travel by sea, you can inquire at 2Go Travel, a ferry managed by Aboitiz Super Ferry that docks directly at Puerto Princesa from Manila.
How Much It Costs:
family friendly, family room accommodations can range from 1,500 to 3,000 pesos per day. A city tour in Puerto Princesa would cost around 600 per person, and the nature-adventure tour costs around 1,100 per person. Dining can range from 100 to 200 pesos for a dish.
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