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How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Princesa

How to Spend 1 Day in Puerto Princesa

Located smack-dab in the middle of the Philippines' best-known island paradise, Puerto Princesa is the gateway to Palawan’s beaches and natural attractions. If you’ve only got one day in the state capital, it’s best to spend it exploring the city and its surrounding beaches. Here’s how. 

Morning: City Sightseeing

Dedicate the morning to Puerto Princesa’s historic city center, which is rife with colonial churches and Spanish-style plazas. The area is best-explored as part of a tour, which saves you the hassle of car rental and typically includes hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off. Staple sights include the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and the hilltop Mitra’s Ranch, but if you’re a nature lover, opt for a tour that also visits the Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and the Palawan Wildlife Rescue Center. 

Afternoon: Beach Basking

Following a busy morning of sightseeing, reward yourself with an afternoon of relaxation on Puerto Princesa’s renowned beaches. Top picks include the relatively secluded Hartman Beach; Nagtabon Beach, ideal for swimming and surfing; and Honda Beach, from which a variety of island-hopping tours depart. Boat trips typically visit several uninhabited islands and give you ample time to sunbathe, swim, and snorkel. A hearty Filipino barbecue lunch—served on the beach and featuring fresh seafood and lechon (grilled suckling pig)—is a staple of most trips. 

Evening: Firefly Following

The mangroves of Puerto Princesa are replete with fireflies, which emerge after sunset for their nightly light show. Increase your chances of observing this natural phenomenon by opting for a firefly-viewing cruise, during which a guide determines which part of the river yields the boldest and brightest display. The majority of packages include dinner and round-trip hotel transfers and return you to your accommodation before it gets too late, making them ideal for families traveling with children. 

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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
Price varies by group size
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$10.02
Price varies by group size

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
  • Free Cancellation
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$30.45
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$30.45

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