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My husband Matt and I are both self-confessed workaholics. Although we try to make time for ourselves and our kids, we still end up spending more time at work and come home feeling burned out. And since we’ve never been to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it seemed like the ideal destination for us.

Travel Guide to Puerto Princesa Palawan

At first, Matt wanted a DIY tour, but truthfully we just didn’t have the time to do more work and research. I needed a break from all that! We came across this All inclusive Package Tour from Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa and decided to give it a go. Turned out to be super sulit (worth it) & one of the best decisions we’ve made in a long time!

It’s All In Package - The Puerto Princesa, Palawan Itinerary

Day 1
11:00 AM
Arrival at the Airport
·         Complimentary Airport Transfers
1:00 AM
City Tour
·         Immaculate Conception Cathedral
·         Plaza Cuartel
·         Baywalk
·         Crocodile Farm
·         Binuatan Weaving Creations
·         Mitra Ranch
·         Baker’s Hill
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
Dinner at Tomato and Basil Cucina Italia
Day 2
 6:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast at Rice 
 6:30 AM
 7:00 PM
Dinner at Rice
Day 3
 6:00 AM
Buffet Breakfast at Rice 
 6:30 AM
Honda Bay Island Hopping with Lunch 
Iwahig Firefly Night Tour with Dinner
Day 4
6:00 AM
 Buffet Breakfast at Rice 
8:00 AM
 Sandbar Tour + Non-motorized watersports activities
12:00 NN
All-In cost: P16,300 net/adult

Day 1

We arrived at Puerto Princesa International Airport at 11 a.m.‬ via Air Asia. Thankfully, our package with Princesa Garden Island Resort and Spa included free airport transfer so we didn’t have to haggle the tricycle drivers.

We arrived at the resort 15 minutes later. We were welcomed with drinks and drum beatings!‬‬‬‬‬‬

Since check-in time was still at 3:00 pm, we decided to give the city tour a go.

Our van brought us to the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Plaza Cuartel and Baywalk. According to our tour guide, the Plaza Cuartel was the site of a former penal colony, built sometime in the 1940s. If I remember it right, this was where more than 100 soldiers were burned by the Japanese during war time.

After this, we went to Puerto Princesa’s Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Center. It used to be called the Crocodile Farm, but it’s actually more of a mini zoo featuring other endemic animals.

We also dropped by Binuatan Weaving Creations. It was amazing! We met and talked with the talented weavers, and if only I had the money, I would have probably bought everything there! I couldn’t leave though without getting a couple of lovely placemats and table settings.

Our next stops were Mitra Ranch and Baker’s Hill, both situated along Mitra Road. Mitra Ranch offered spectacular views of Honda Bay.

When we got back to Princesa Garden Island, we check-in and were famishe! The package includes dinner at one of their specialty restaurant, the Tomato and Basil Cucina Italia. We had an amazing dinner there, and in my opinion, they serve one of the best pizzas in Palawan! All their pizzas are wood-fire-baked and made with top quality ingredients. My top pick is their Margherita pizza. I also recommend their hearty pasta dishes!

Day 2

For the second day, we started off with a buffet breakfast. Matt was teasing me that this was the real reason I wanted this tour package. This was quite true, as one of my friends raved about the buffet breakfast here and I wanted to try it myself. And it didn’t disappoint. The spread was a good mix of international and local flavors.

As delicious as our breakfast was, the highlight of our day was touring the Underground River—the famous subterranean river in Palawan that made it to the New 7 Wonders of Nature a few years ago.

When we got to Sabang, we had our complimentary lunch while waiting for our turn to board the boat that will take us to the site where the underground river is located. When we reached the entrance beach, I spotted monkeys and monitor lizards roaming around. It enjoyed being so close to nature, which I had not felt in a very long time! The tour guide told us to secure our belongings, or else the monkeys might actually snatch things from us.

At one point, I think I was in so much awe that Matt had to remind me to close my mouth so I don’t end up finding out what bat poop tastes like.

At dinnertime, the package included another meal at the coffeeshop, Rice, which serves International and Filipino cuisine. Needless to say, we went back to our rooms with very happy tummies.


Day 3

On our third day, we enjoyed another buffet breakfast before heading out for our Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour and Firefly Watching Tour.

After 45 minutes, we arrived at the Honda Bay port, which was brimming with people. I could just imagine how stressful it would have been if we took the DIY route. I couldn’t help but give Matt the see-I-told-you-we-made-the-right-decision look.

We waited only a few minutes to hop on our boat and see the majestic islands of Honda Bay. All had stunning white beaches lined with coconut trees. We visited Luli Island (“Luli” stands for lulubog-lilitaw, as the island disappears during high tide and reappears during low tide), Starfish Island, Pandan Island and Cowrie Island.

We went back to the port at around 4 p.m., just in time for our trip to the site of the Firefly Watching Tour. I have to admit that at first, I was reluctant to go on this tour. I was telling Matt that we can probably head back to the resort after the Honda Bay Tour. I’m just so glad that he was able to convince me otherwise. I didn’t expect it to be breathtaking, but it was.

The river tour, which lasted 30 minutes or so, provided an incredible view of fireflies lighting up trees and mangroves along the bank of the river. Every moment was picture-perfect moment! We didn’t take photos though, as the tour guide said the flash would immediately drive away the fireflies. After the tour, we had a simple but satisfying dinner along the river bank.

Day 4

On our last day, after having another filling breakfast, we spent our last hours in the city enjoying the resort facilities. We went for a walk to their sandbar and was at awe with how serene the area was. The waters were crystal clear waters and the sand was powery white! I wanted to take home a starfish from their sandbar but decided against it, knowing this could harm the island’s delicate eco balance. We checked out at 12 noon‬ and headed to the airport, where we talked nonstop about how great our vacation was while waiting for our flight.‬‬‬‬‬

I don’t have to elaborate much, but obviously, we had the time of our lives. If you're wondering how much we’ve spent, we paid P16,300 per adult (P6,450 per child) for the all inclusive package which included all meals and tours as mentioned. For us, it was worth every penny for the quality of service and top class amenities we have received. Plus, seeing how family-friendly resort Princesa Garden Island Resort is (they have free art activities for kids and even a huge day care center!), I am sure that we’ll be staying there again when we visit Palawan with the kids!

This article was written by Wendi Garcia, one of our contributing writers. All photos were sent by Princesa Garden Island Resort and photo credit goes to its respective owners. No copyright infringement intended. If you own any of these photos and you want it to be taken down, kindly send an email to mervin@pinoyadventurista.com. Thank you very much.

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