Puerto Princesa is Palawan’s capital and is known for the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where boats run along an underground river through vast caves. Off the east coast is Honda Bay where numerous small islands are scattered in the bay and dotted with resorts. Farther out in the Sulu Sea, Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park has reefs teeming with marine life.
Things to do
Visit Subterranean River National Park. This 8.2 km navigable underground river is famous for its amazing stalagmites, stalactites, and large chambers, and is home to unique flora and fauna.
An island hop at Honda Bay is a must, taking in Snake Island, a naturally
S-shaped sandbar that snakes across the water. Do not miss the stunning white sand beaches on Starfish and Pandan Island.
For an awe-inspiring and surreal experience, visit Iwahig River before dark to see dazzling lights of hundreds of fireflies floating around you in a mesmerizing sight.
Go on a city sightseeing tour for in-depth look at the history and development of the city.
For adrenaline-rush chasers, try out extreme adventures like zip-lining, rock climbing, or ATV adventure.
How to get there
Domestic and international flights to Puerto Princesa are available almost daily. Cebu Pacific and PAL Express fly daily from Manila, travelling time just over an hour. There are also flights from Clark (Pampanga), Iloilo, Cebu, and Davao.