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Get to know Puerto Princesa

Geography

pfThe City of Puerto Princesa in Palawan, Philippines is located 306 nautical miles southwest of Manila, 205 nautical miles from Panay and about 250 nautical miles from Zamboanga. It is bounded on the North by the Municipality of San Vicente and Roxas and on the South by the Municipality of Aborlan. Its western side faces the South China Sea while in its eastern coast lays the Sulu Sea.> read more

History

cathedral.jpg Legend attributes the name "Puerto Princesa" to a princess-like maiden who in the early days is said to have roamed around the place on certain nights of the year. On the other hand, practical people attribute the name to the geographical advantages of the place as a seaport – naturally protected the whole year round and endowed > read more

People

Pretty little Batak girlsWaves of migrants from other Philippine provinces, and even other countries, have turned Puerto Princesa into a melting pot of various cultures. Among the original inhabitants are the Cuyunons who posses a rich legacy of folklores and traditions. Indigenous groups include the Tagbanuas and the Bataks, each group with distinct culture and beliefs.

Climate

The City has two prevailing type of climate. The type that prevails in the west coast has two distinct seasons: six months dry (November-April), and six months wet (May-October) with the heaviest recorded rainfall in September, While the lowest or driest month occurs  in February. Western barangays of the City (New Panggangan, > read more

GHG Inventory

Puerto Princesa's Greenhouse Gas Inventory is carbon-neutral. The City of Puerto Princesa believes that pursuing a low carbon pathway is morally correct. Even if it may be considered relatively insignificant contributor to total greenhouse gas emissions, Puerto Princesa hopes to make a stand against the tendency to wait for others to act before doing ones share, because it is precisely this attitude that has led the world to its current quandary.
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Special Features

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

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A must-see for first time visitors and tourists in Palawan. The longest navigable underground river and reputedly the most beautiful subterranean river in the world. Its main attraction is an 8.2 kilometer Underground River that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea.    
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Honda Bay

Photo: dospalmas.com.phJust a few minutes north of the city proper, hop onto a boat and go island hopping at Honda Bay located in the mid-eastern coast of the city. Take your pick from dozens of white sand beaches. Dive sites abound here, as the entire area is studded with patches > read more

White Sand Beaches

Photo: dospalmas.com.phPristine, powdery white sand beaches are found in almost all islands and and islets in the city. Strands of white sand beaches huge the coves and bays of Puerto Princesa's coastline, providing a scenic contrast to the green canopies and the emerald or blue waters.The islands on the nearby Honda Bay offer beach lovers uncrowded havens so rarely found anywhere else.
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Scuba Diving

Photo: dospalmas.com.phDive sites are located from 5 to 40 minutes away from the beach by speedboat inside Puerto Princesa Bay. The closest dive sites are White Beach and Red Cliff, both located inside Puerto Princesa Bay. These are preferred sites for open water training dives as they offer slopes and walls that begin 20 (7m) feet from the surface. Colorful reef fish are common and various colonies can be observed in one dive. Turtles and rays are usually sighted
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Dolphin Watching

See long-snouted spinner dolphins! These warm-blooded and air-breathing mammals known as "lumba-lumba" are very acrobatic animals with a triangular dorsal fin. Its color is dark gray on the sides and white on the belly. Dolphin watching at Puerto Princesa Bay is the newest water adventure being offered to tourists by the City Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa.
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