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Photo: pcsd.phPuerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Its main attraction is an 8.2 kilometer Underground River that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea.

At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Visitors can also enjoy bird watching, mountain trekking, and exploring the deeper part of the forest .

The park was declared a premier ecotourism destination and has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage lists for its outstanding universal value and ecological significance as a natural site of intense beauty.

 

puerto_bay_area.jpgPuerto Princesa Bay

Located mideast of the city. Tricycles within the city proper can take visitors to the port of Puerto Princesa where one can have leisurely walks at sunrise and catch a glorious view of the bay, or when going to other destinations within the bay area.

The area is a  major entry point by water access to the City of Puerto Princesa. It offers first impressions to the traveler. The site is ideal for  bay  and mangrove cruises. Bayside resorts provide accommodation and dining facilities with a panoramic view of the bay. Others also offer water-based sports activities.
The annual celebration of Layagan, a boat sailing contest and festival that commence from San Rafael off  Honda Bay  culminates at the bay area. Puerto Princesa bay is a major port of call for smaller ships and boats going to Sulu Sea destinations such as the Cuyo islands and Tubbataha Reef, a diver’s paradise.

cleopatra.jpgCleopatra's Needle

About 1,600 meters high, it provides a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. A very challenging climb for mountaineers.

On the way up, trekkers will find rivers and cascading streams, quiet fields, and lush forests.


island in Honda BayHonda Bay Islands

Just 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 of coral and sand. Submerged reefs may be found close to the surface down to 24 meters. Small reef and aquarium fish can also be found here. Among the well-known dive sites here are Pandan Island which has good reefs near small drop-offs, Arreceffi Island  and Panglima Reef where coral boulders and gray reef sharks are found. 


Each island at Honda Bay offers different thrills. Snake Island has a sandbar that slithers on the surface of the sea, much like the critter that bears its name. It is best for  snorkeling, swimming or simply basking in the sand. It can be reached in an hour by pumpboat.  Bat Island, only 20 minutes away from St. Lourdes wharf, is literally teeming with bats which make their way out at sundown to look for food in the mainland.


 Ulugan Bay

Ulugan is a deep channel on the northwestern coast of Puerto Princesa. Tres Marias, a cluster of three islets, stand guard at the mouth of the bay. Inside the bay is Rita Island, another popular dive spot. Mangrove  forests abound in river deltas, while dense vegetation packs gently rolling hills in the distance. Modest lodging is available at the nearby village of Macarascas.


Nagtabon BeachWhite Sand Beaches

Pristine, powdery white sand beaches are found in almost all islands and islets in the province. Strands of white sand beaches hugh the coves and bays of Palawan's coastline, providing a scenic contrast to the green canopies and the emerald or blue waters.

 

 

iwahig_1_1.jpgIwahig Penal Colony

Established by the Americans in 1904 to supply food to other prisons all over the country. Iwahig has since become  synonymous to finely handcrafted bags and other souvenir items. In the prison without walls, inmates tend vast farms instead of idly spending time behind bars.
 

cathedral.jpgImmaculate Conception Cathedral

In 1872, a Spanish expedition proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the patroness of Puerto Princesa. That same year, the first mass was celebrated here. However it took almost a century before the cathedral on Rizal Avenue, going to the pier, was built in 1961 under then Bishop Most Rev. Gregorio Espiga. The angular structure departs from most churches in other parts of the Philippines, providing visitors with an interesting glimpse of unconventional religious structure. 
 

limestone.jpgLimestone and Marble Cliffs/Karst Mountains

These geologically significant landscapes will delight mountaineers, rock climbers and nature enthusiasts.  Trained guides must be available when exploring these sites. St. Paul Park rangers can likewise assist adventurous travelers.

It's located at Baranggay Cabayugan and Baranggay Tagabinet.

Take a jeepney bound for Sabang. Or take a vehicle on hire basis for 2-3 hours.


viet_vill.jpgVietnamese Village

Provides a glimpse of Vietnamese culture and a people’s struggle for freedom. Home to the “Boat People” who first came here in 1979, these Vietnamese asylum seekers live normal lives  and has since brought to Puerto Princesa the flavor of Vietnamese cuisine. Some enterprising Vietnamese are also engaged in silver jewelry making.

Take a tricycle or jeepney bound for Sta. Lourdes for about 30 minutes.

plaza_cuartel.jpgPlaza Cuartel

Taft Street. Plaza Cuartel is the restored ruins of an old garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 143 American prisoners of war inside a tunnel and stands as a grim reminder of World War II atrocities. Only ten prisoners survived to tell the story about what happened inside that tunnel.


museum2.jpgMuseums

Palawan Museum. The Museum is the repository of Palawan relics and artifacts including those from Tabon Cave, where remains of first Filipino were found. The structure that now houses the museum used to be the seat of the City Government of Puerto Princesa.

You may also visit Palawan State University Museum.

Salakot waterfallsWaterfalls

Salakot Waterfalls. A popular tourist spot located midway to Napsan about 50 meters from the road. Three layers of water falls plunge into the deep pools perfect for an afternoon bath after a hot ride in the sun. Rare species of butterflies may be found here. Picnic huts and two sleeping cottages are available for overnight stay.

 

 

 


 

Palawan Cherry / Photo: pcsd.phFlora

Know more about Palawan's rich and abundant plants species. Once a part of the province's vegetation, now endangered or facing extinction due to kaingin (slash and burn farming) and illegal logging. (Source: pcsd.ph)

 

 

Palawan Peacock / Photo: pcsd.phFauna

Learn about the endemic species of wildlife in the province of Palawan found nowhere else in the world. Most of these animals are endangered or faced extinction due to hunting, trading and habitat destruction. (Source: pcsd.ph)
 

 
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