Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa Expenses and Contact Persons

Here’s a breakdown of our expenses from our Puerto Princesa trip. Amount is per person:

Airfare: Php1899.85

GoHotel: Php706

Underground River Tour Package: Php1540

DIY Honda Bay + City Tour = Php865.8

TOTAL (per person): Php5,011.65

The total amount does not include terminal fees, breakfast, lunch (except for the one included in the Uderground River Tour Package), dinner, and pasalubongs.

CONTACT PERSONS:

Kuya Jun (for package tours and van rentals): 09175414366

Tricycle Driver: 09482475241

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Where to Eat at Puerto Princesa

There are several recommended places to eat in Puerto Princesa from the blog searches that I’ve made. Most recommended would be Kahlui, Kinabutch, and Balinsasayaw. However, we had limited experience with the food in Puerto Princesa. We had a buffet lunch in our first day and brunch at Pandan Island in the 2nd day. We had dinner at Bona’s Chaolong in our Day1 and Kahlui in our Day2.

Bona’s Chaolong

We’ve heard of Vietnamese cuisine proliferating in Puerto Princesa. We asked about it and were told of Bona’s Chaolong. We rode a tricycle (Php20 each from gohotel) and on our way there, the driver told us that there’s a bigger Vietnamese restaurant. However, locals tend to eat at Bona’s (where we’re headed) and I thought I’d rather eat where the locals eat. And we made the right choice.

It’s my first time to try out a Vietnamese cuisine. I’m not even sure if it’s authentic but it’s still something new for me. At first, I thought the noodles will not satisfy my hunger but as I finish my food, boy, was I full! I loved the yakult shake and I crave for it until now.

beef stew w/noodles + cheese french bread + yakult shake = Php110

Food is very affordable and good but don’t expect much ambiance.

Kahlui Restaurant

I was pretty excited to try this restaurant after reading reviews which basically say that it’s pricey but has great ambiance and it’s a must-try. So, just like what I’ve read from other blogs, we booked a reservation for Kahlui the night before as they get filled up every night, which is true.

They will have you remove your footwear upon entering the resto. I guess it’s part of their uniqueness or trademark. The orange-colored lights, wooden floors, and all-native surroundings make up their ambiance.

They have limited menu and yes, they’re a bit pricey. In short, we were all disappointed with all the fuss for this resto when there’s nothing special with their food. For a meal and a drink, we paid around Php315!

grilled tuna

TIP: Don’t forget to ask for dessert. It’s for FREE but you have to ask for it. They might offer you their naughty dessert, here’s what it is:

Naughty dessert

Good thing we’re done eating when they served this. -_-

My take, nothing to lose if you skip this in your itinerary.

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DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

You can get a City Tour package of Puerto Princesa for Php600 or more. Ours we got for only Php100/head! We asked a tricycle driver to tour us in the city. There are a lot of places to visit but what we just wanted to see were the Crocodile Farm and Baker’s Hill.

Crocodile Farm

Entrance Fee: Php40/head

You will be given a briefing by a guide before you start the tour. The guide will bring you to the area where crocodiles are kept after which you will be given the time to explore their nature park. Not really much to see if you’ve been to Avilon Zoo.

As you exit the place, there is an area where you can have your picture taken with the biggest baby crocodile, Kiko. Taking a picture with the baby crocodile costs only Php30 and the print out of your picture (if you want to have it) costs Php150 each.

Baker’s Hill

We wanted to see this place because it’s one of the places where you could buy goodies (pasalubong) that you could bring back home. Much to my surprise, it does not only sell pastries but it also is a dining place. The ambience is great and I could imagine how wonderful it is at night. Too bad we already had a reservation at Kahlui’s.

Other places to visit during the city tour includes Mitra’s Ranch, Penal Colony, and Butterfly Garden.

Photo credits to Gelo Quebral

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

GoHotel Puerto Princesa

DIY Honda Bay Tour

Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

 

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DIY Honda Bay Tour for less than 1k

I decided to have a DIY Honda Bay Tour simply because it’s cheaper. We’ve been offered the tour for Php1000plus per head. But, according to my research, we could get it for around Php650 per head.

We asked a tricycle driver to pick us up at the hotel at 6:30am. We had to pay him Php500 to bring us to the market to buy food for our lunch and pick us up back from the port after our tour. He brought useful items for us to bring during our tour like cooked rice, cooler, paper plates, utensils, etc.

We dropped by the public market and bought the following:

1k tuna for Php90

1k liempo for Php180

other ingredients Php32

ice, match, cups, etc Php 80

After going to the market, we went to the wharf and registered and paid for all the fees.

Boat ride Php1300 (good for 6-8 people; boatmen will cook your lunch and bring you to all the islands you wanted to include in the tour)

Environmental fee Php40/person

Terminal Fee Php27/5persons

Entrance Fee to Pandan Island Php100/person

When we’re all set, we were accompanied to the boat that will take us to the Honda Bay Tour. We were told that Snake Island was not open (much to my disappointed as I planned to stay more time there after reading that it was a sandbar) so we told the boatmen that we intended to go to Pandan Island mainly and if we have time to spare, we’d go to Starfish or Luli Islands. I was not so much in to Pambato Reef since I don’t like to snorkel.

It took a while (almost 2 hours) before our boat sailed since several boatmen were not allowed to sail by the coastguard because they forgot to sign out the day before. Good thing the delay did not affect the time we spent enjoying the islands.

We spent a lot of time in Pandan island. We took a wooden table beachfront! It costs Php300. Cottage costs Php500. We stayed there for 3 hours and decided to go to Luli island (and skip Starfish Island too) when the waters became rough  since it’s closer to the wharf.

The entrance fee for Luli island is Php50. There’s an area where you could dive and my friends quite enjoyed the thrill it gave them. The name Luli Island came from “Lulubog, Lilitaw” since part of the island is submerged in water at certain times of the day.

Our DIY Honda Bay Tour cost us Php713.8/person – still cheaper than the package tour of php1000plus per head.

 

 

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

 

GoHotel Puerto Princesa

 

DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

 

Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

I took a package for our Underground River Tour so I don’t have to go through the hassle of falling in line to get our permits. The agency where you got your package tour will handle this for you. I’m not sure how much it costs for a DIY but it is offered at Php1300 – 1500 when I search online. I got a package for both Underground River Tour (includes all permits, entrance fees, van transfers, boat transfers, and a buffet lunch) and Firefly Watching (which we did not avail anymore) for Php2000 per head. The underground River Tour package costs Php1500. I got the package tour from Kuya Jun which I got from PEx.

We were picked up by Kuya Jun at our hotel at 10am. We had to travel going to the wharf for 1 – 1 1/2 hours. We had our lunch at Sabang. The buffet lunch was nothing special but they served their specialty, I guess. They’re mostly seafood and I’m not much of a fan of seafood that I’m not familiar with. Image

After lunch, we walked to a port nearby and waited for our turn to ride a small boat that will bring us to the Underground River.

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After a short boat ride, we arrived at the Underground River. The place was tranquil with fine sand and huge rock formation. There were also monkeys roaming around freely. We were informed beforehand by our guide NOT to bring plastic bags or bottled water as the monkeys tend to snatch these from you. We walked at the registration area and waited for our turn to go through the Underground River while taking several pictures.

The tour was just 45 minutes. It was a very informative and entertaining tour. The boatman tells you everything you need to know about the Underground River as well as the rock formations found inside.The boatmen obviously have a script for the tour which includes the jokes that they to tell. They speak English to accommodate the several number of foreigners that flock one of the Seven Wonders of Nature.

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It’s definitely a must-see. I felt that our trip to Puerto Princesa is pretty much accomplished after having gone through the river tour. The rest of the activities are just bonus. 🙂

When we were on our way back to the hotel, we decided not to go through the Firefly Watching since the bridge that we must pass thru going there is under construction. We had more free time to settle down and freshen ourselves up since we were not able to check in at once in the hotel.

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

GoHotel Puerto Princesa

DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

DIY Honda Bay Tour

Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

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GoHotel Puerto Princesa

We were able to book 2 rooms for 3 days and 2 nights at GoHotel for only Php1412.  This includes a free van transfer to and from the airport. We arrived at the hotel before 10am and since their check in is still at 2PM, we could either leave our things at a safe place in the hotel for Php50 per locker or we could pay an additional fee for early check in which would cost us more than 1k. Good thing I had our Underground River Tour a package tour so the van will pick us up at the hotel at 10am. We just asked the van driver, Kuya Jun, if we could leave our bags in the van during the tour. 🙂

The room that we reserved has a queen size bed, cable, TV, hot and cold shower, and other bathroom necessities. Pretty much worth what you paid for. I won’t mind staying here again and in their other Gohotels.

*Photo credits go to Angelo Quebral.

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

DIY Honda Bay Tour

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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Puerto Princesa 3D/2N Itinerary

We were able to book a fairly cheap flight to Puerto Princesa. Php1150.33 MNL to Puerto Princesa via AirPhil and Php749.52 Puerto Princesa to MNL via CebuPac. We booked 2 rooms for 2 nights at GoHotel for Php1412.

As I scoured through the internet for places to visit in Puerto Princesa, I came up with the itinerary below. I had to fit most of the must-see places in 2 days since we have a morning flight on our last day. But, of course, that was the plan. Some unexpected things happened and we had to adjust. We decided to forego the Firefly watching as the bridge going there was said to be under construction. Our Honda Bay lacked Snake Island which I was looking forward to spending time bathing under the sun, because it was closed as DENR is doing some conservation activities in the island although some locals say that Willie Revillame had it closed for himself. Our City Tour was just at Crocodile Farm and Baker’s Hill since we were not so much into the other sites for the tour (or maybe we were all just eager to go back to the hotel and freshen up).

Day 1:

9am: Arrive at Puerto Princesa

10am: ETA at GoHotel/settle down and leave for Underground Tour

10am-4pm: Underground River Tour

4-6pm: Travel Time   Back at the hotel

6-8pm: Firefly Watching Dinner at Bona’s Chaolong

8pm onwards: dinner/back to hotel

Day 2:

6am: Breakfast

7:am-2:30pm: Honda Bay Tour

2:30-3:30pm: Travel Time

3:30-5:30pm: City Tour

5:30-7:30pm: back to hotel

7:30pm: dinner at Kahlui’s

Day 3:

10am flight back to MNL

Here are some helpful sites in planning your Puerto Princesa trip:

ambot-ah.com

backpackingphilippines.com

calvinshub.com

geoventurer.wordpress.com

journeyingjames.com

lakas.com.ph

pinoyexchange.com

Other Puerto Princesa Posts:

GoHotel Puerto Princesa

DIY Puerto Princesa City Tour

DIY Honda Bay Tour

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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My upcoming post:Underground River in Palawan

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