Puerto Princesa is the second-largest city in the huge archipelagic nation of the Philippines. The beautiful coastal city is located in Palawan Island and is a good jump-off point for exploring the top attractions of Palawan Island.
Why is Puerto Princesa a Tourist Spot?
The city’s iconic Underground River is popular among tourists for river cruises and this is undeniably the numero uno of all the best places to visit in Puerto Princesa. The other tourist attractions include the picturesque islets, amazing beaches, and mangrove forests.
Exploring Puerto Princesa is easy as you will find several half-day Puerto Princesa City Tours operated by local tour operators.
How do you get to Puerto Princesa?
There are no direct flights to Puerto Princesa (PPS) from the United States but there are a lot of connecting flights with stopover options on this popular route. Have your cheap flights to Puerto Princesa (PPS) from the USA booked with iEagle for huge savings on flights?
1. The Underground River
The Underground River in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park in the quaint village of Sabang is popular for riverboats cruises and must be in your bucket list of places to visit in Puerto Princesa.
Going on a riverboat cruise in the underground river through the limestone cave can be thrilling and a different experience altogether. Be prepared to spot some stalagmites and stalactites as you cruise through the waters inside the huge limestone cave.
2. Honda Bay Island
The Honda Island Bay is another must-visit place in Puerto Princesa and is included in most Puerto Princesa itineraries. The bay area is where you can find some of the best beaches in Puerto Princesa and wonderful islets.
Honda Bay like El Nido and Coron in the Philippines is a perfect destination for island hopping. Our top picks for island hopping to nearby islands are Pandan Island, Starfish Island, and Snake Island.
3. Baker’s Hill
Baker’s Hill is one of the best places to visit in Puerto Princesa. The popular landmark is perched over a hill and is essentially a place where one can feast on the region’s best bakery delicacies prepared by the best bakers of the city. No visit to Puerto Princesa is complete without visiting Baker’s Hill.
4. Go on a food spree
Puerto Princesa being a coastal city is popular for seafood delicacies. Most restaurants in the city serve great tasting Palaweno and Filipino seafood dishes.
Besides seafood, the popular Vietnamese noodle dish, Chao Long also deserves a try during your food tour of Puerto Princesa. Chao Long was introduced by the Vietnamese refugees during the Vietnam War. Our best pick for tasting Chao Long is the popular Bona’s Chaolong restaurant on Manalo St.
5. Puerto Princesa Baywalk
The Puerto Princesa Baywalk is a beautiful promenade and is perfect for a date night with your sweetheart and watching beautiful sunsets. Take a stroll on the Puerto Princesa to admire the surrounding scenic beauty and taste the local Filipino foods from the nearby eateries.
6. Dolphin watching at Puerto Princesa Bay Cruise
Puerto Princesa Bay cannot be missed and is one of the best places to visit in Puerto Princesa. The main highlight of the place is watching the long-nosed Dolphins while taking a cruise in the Puerto Princesa Bay. The cruise will not only let you spot the Dolphins but also give you access to interact with local gypsy tribes known as Badjao Tribe.