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How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Princesa

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How to Spend 3 Days in Puerto Princesa
As well as enjoying local attractions such as Honda Bay and colonial architecture, three days in Puerto Princesa gives you time to explore farther afield. Whether you want to discover uninhabited islands, cruise the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, or go island-hopping among the limestone towers of El Nido, this 3-day itinerary has it all. 

Day 1: Essential Puerto Princesa 
Spend your first day enjoying the sights of Puerto Princesa proper. Get your bearings on a city tour—which transports you between colonial landmarks and nature parks in air-conditioned comfort—or, if you’ve got kids in tow, spend the morning beating the heat at Palawan Waterpark, for which booking admission tickets in advance is recommended. This afternoon, take a hiking tour to remote tribal villages or the summit of Mt. Magarwak, or opt to soak up some sun on the palm-lined shores of Nagtabon or Hartman beach. 

Day 2: Underground Wonderlands
Devote day two to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, one of the most spectacular natural attractions in the Philippines archipelago. Options for visiting the underground river, about a 3-hour drive from Puerto Princesa, are plentiful, but nearly all tours include round-trip hotel transfers and a boat ride through the underground caverns. Opt for a private tour if you want to customize your itinerary to include a stop in the fishing town of Sabang, or choose an option that includes a zipline adventure from the top of Ugong Rock. Underground-river tours tend to return you to PP in the late afternoon, giving you ample time to enjoy a firefly-watching tour in the evening. Tours take you to the best spots for viewing the natural light show and generally include dinner. 

Day 3: Island-Hopping 
Located at the tip of Palawan, El Nido boasts some of the best beaches in Asia, if not the world. Framed by dramatic limestone rock formations, the bays and lagoons of the area are a must-see, regardless of the lengthy journey from Palawan. Day trips typically last upwards of 15 hours and include an island-hopping tour of El Nido’s most impressive natural formations; if you plan on staying in El Nido, choose a tour that includes one-way transfers to maximize your time in Palawan. If you want to spend less time in transit, opt instead for an island-hopping tour of nearby Honda Bay, where uninhabited islands and secluded coves are ideal for swimming, sunbathing, and snorkeling. 
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Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City

Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City

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Visit the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, and paddle down the Puerto Princesa Underground River on this 8-hour tour. This underground river is one of the longest underground rivers in the world. Board a boat at the mouth of the cave at Sabang Wharf, and stop at the Buenavista viewpoint for views of the Ulugan Bay. You can also choose to upgrade to include a group or private trip to a ziplining experience at Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.98
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$42.98
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Firefly Watching Tour with Dinner in Puerto Princesa

Firefly Watching Tour with Dinner in Puerto Princesa

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Bring the perfect day to the perfect conclusion on a river cruise accompanied by sparkling fireflies and twinkling stars. There’s no need to worry which river to pick, or where conditions are best: your veteran tour guide chooses between the Iwahig River or Sicsican River to ensure the best experience. Finally, relax over dinner, either on the boat or at a nearby restaurant, before your transport drops you home.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.88
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$34.88

Half-day Puerto Princesa City Tour

Half-day Puerto Princesa City Tour

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Become more familiar with Puerto Princesa and its main hangouts and highlights on this 5-hour tour, including round-trip transport from your city hotel. Along your tour route, visit eight destinations, including Plaza Cuartel, Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Baylwalk, Crocodile Farm, Baker's Hill, Pasalubong Center, and Binuatan Creations Weaving Center.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$10.02
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$10.02
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El Nido Tour A From Puerto Princesa

El Nido Tour A From Puerto Princesa

Experience El Nido’s natural beauty with this all-day excursion. After an early morning hotel pickup in Puerto Princesa, explore the island’s picturesque lagoons, enjoy a delicious complimentary lunch, and take advantage of access to free snorkel equipment, beach towels, and a life vest. Return to Puerto Princesa the same day with convenient roundtrip transportation well suited to island hoppers with limited time.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00

Shared Puerto Princesa Bay Cruise with Dinner and Fireflies Watching

Shared Puerto Princesa Bay Cruise with Dinner and Fireflies Watching

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Experience the magic of Puerto Princesa Bay by night on this evening tour. First, enjoy a romantic dinner aboard a floating restaurant in the bay, as you watch the sunset along the coast. Then, cruise around the estuaries in a paddle boat beneath a canopy of glittering fireflies.
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  • 4 hours
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$30.45
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Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour from Puerto Princesa Including Lunch

Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour from Puerto Princesa Including Lunch

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Just north of Puerto Princesa City, the idyllic islands and beautiful beaches of Honda Bay make a perfect destination for an island-hopping cruise. On this tour, visit the islands of Luli, Starfish, and Cowrie (tour itinerary may vary); dive in to swim and snorkel amid schools of colorful reef fish; and enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the beach.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.06
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$42.06

Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa Including Lunch and Boat Ride

Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa Including Lunch and Boat Ride

The dramatic karst cliffs, lush forests, and underground river system of the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park lie around two hours north of Puerto Princesa City. On this tour, enjoy plenty of time to explore the UNECO-listed landscapes, cruise along the underground river on a paddle boat, and spot monkeys and other wildlife in the rainforest, before enjoying a buffet lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 11 hours
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$57.44
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Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

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Enrich your cultural knowledge on a private full-day tour of the Bataka Visitor Center from Puerto Princesa City. A great introduction for first time visitors, this tour takes you on a 1.5-hour jungle hike to a tribal village home to the Batak people, indigenous people of the Philippines. Interact with locals and learn about Batak traditions over lunch and refreshments. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$152.77
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$152.77
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El Nido Tour C From Puerto Princesa

El Nido Tour C From Puerto Princesa

The beach culture of Palawan is rich in both natural beauty and local color. This unique tour will take you over the world-famous beaches of El Nido and to Matinloc Shrine. Your day begins with an early departure to El Nido Pier, where you'll travel to your first stop: Helicopter Island, which earned its name for its unique rock formations that give the island the appearance of a helicopter from a distance. You'll also visit Matinloc Shrine, which is also known as the Shine of Our Lady of Matinloc, a spritual oasis. After learning the stories behind this location, you'll have a delicious barbecued lunch and then head off to the Secret Beach. Hidden away from the shoreline, it's like your own private paradise! There's also the Hidden Beach which is an amazing, cove-like wonder fit for a fantasy novel. Don't miss out on the chance to see and swim in El Nido's finest beaches.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$82.00
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$82.00

Shared Puerto Princesa Firefly Watching

Shared Puerto Princesa Firefly Watching

As night falls on Palawan’s Iwahig River, winged lights begin to glimmer and flicker in the mangroves: fireflies. Witness one of nature’s most gorgeous phenomena on this boat tour, with a friendly guide who’ll introduce the constellations, point out glowing plankton, and maybe even show you how to catch a firefly. To avoid a night drive, your package includes door-to-door transfers from Puerto Princesa hotels: Upgrade to add dinner.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$35.90
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$35.90

Puerto Princesa: Morning Hike to Mt. Magarwak Summit

Puerto Princesa: Morning Hike to Mt. Magarwak Summit

A hidden gem among the many wondrous spots in Puerto Princesa. Mt. Magarwak is a series of hills and mountains located just a short drive outside the city-center. If offers stunning views of Honda Bay and the surrounding landscape, making it a perfect activity for those looking for a different kind of adventure in the city. You'll leave the city at around 4 AM and will start your ascent to the summit by 5. The hike is about an hour long and should get you to the top just in time to see the beautiful sunrise. Your guide will prepare a nice meal of bread and coffee while on the top. When you're ready to head back down, you can just tell the guide so he can advise your driver to wait for you. Also, you have the option to top this trip off with a nice dip in the beach or hot spring.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
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$205.13
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$205.13
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Palawan Waterpark Tour (with private transfers, lunch, fees)

Palawan Waterpark Tour (with private transfers, lunch, fees)

This is a day tour in Palawans First theme park the Palawan Waterpark.  This 4000 square meter property in San Rafael Puerto Princesa City Palawan  features a number of attractions and facilities. They have a the facilities such as the "Surfs up Pool ";  "St. Paul river ride"; The velocity aqua slides, giant slides, the 17 cabanas or kubos where you can relax, the ark seafood restaurant; the ascend wall climbing, . The park’s main pool produces waves in 6 varying settings perfect for guests to enjoy for swimming and hours of happy moments with friends and family.  The kids will surely enjoy in kidszone bucket pool with smaller slides for children    This is an ideal place for families, friends and children to spend a one-day outing and have a cool summer outing.  Not just tickets but complete with Van Transportation from Puerto Princesa + Buffet Lunch + Entrance Tickets + Licensed Tourguide + Roundtrip transfers.
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  • 8 hours
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$50.00
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$50.00
Price varies by group size