Choosing a summer destination in the Philippines has never been easy. My home country consisting of 7107 islands, where to go? Narrowing down to the well-known islands of the Philippines, everyone voted for Palawan – an island province teeming with pristine white sand beaches. The capital city of Puerto Princesa couples natural wonders with accessibility and outdoor adventures with relaxed city attractions. It was a tranquil place with a variety of activities perfect for our family.

Here’s the 3 days itinerary guide to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Sharing all the details that might help you – from travel dates, airline, hotel, food, tour, activities all include the cost.

Basic Details

  • Date of Visit: May 18 – 21, 2015
  • Airline: Cebu Pacific | 7 person cost  PHP 18595 – roundtrip (there’s a promo fare when I booked)
  • Stayed at: Aziza Paradise Hotel, 10 minutes drive from Puerto Princesa airport. Read hotel review here. Cost for 2 rooms: 1 Family room (5 people) and 1 Superior room with breakfast for 3 nights PHP 28952
  • Tour Cost (per person): Underground River tour PHP 1300, Honda Bay Island hopping PHP 1200 – includes lunch and transportation in a private van
  • Travel Agency: we avail for the tour only Pal Ecotours (not recommended, know why)

Day 1 – Honda Bay Island hopping

  • Additional Expense: We rented snorkeling gears for PHP 150 each pair. You don’t really need the boots as your feet will not reach the corals. But it’s comfy to walk with these on hot surfaces.
  • Travel Time: 30 minutes ride from Aziza hotel to the Honda bay area, another 15 minutes boat ride to Pambato Reef, 10 minutes to Luli Island, another 5 minutes to Cowrie Island
  • What You Need: Don’t forget bringing the basic things when going on an island hopping tour. The most important one, Other things may include towel, sunglasses, camera (underwater one like a GoPro preferred), snorkeling gears, swimming wear, drinking water, and food.

Pambato Reef

Pambato is a marine sanctuary home to a lot of underwater creatures. There’s a floating platform in the middle of the ocean in Pambato Reef which serves as the gateway to a wonderful underwater paradise where we did our first Palawan snorkeling.

Pambato Reef Palawan

Luli Island

Luli means lulubog lilitaw in Filipino language. It is a sandbar that can only be seen during low tide. There are more fishes here and water is clearer compared in the Pambato Reef area.

Cowrie Island

Not much to see in this island, except for beach activities where you can do kite surfing, paddle boarding, play beach volleyball or simply swim. Unfortunately we haven’t tried any, there was a rainfall right after we had our buffet lunch. Food was ok.

Day 2 – Underground River Tour

The highlight of our Palawan tour is to visit the famous Puerto Princesa Underground River. Undoubtedly, it’s Palawan’s most popular tourist attraction having been named as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature in the World.

Waiting Time to Get There

  • A two hours challenging ride from our hotel to this beauty since the roads are hilly and zigzag.
  • One stopover on your way to Sabang
  • Another 20 minutes waiting at the port’s passengers area before boarding the assigned boat.
  • 15 minutes boat ride to the Underground park
  • a short 2 minutes hike to the Underground River jump off
  • Another 15 minutes for your reservation to be called

underground river palawan

As you can see, it will take you another one hour more before getting to this natural wonder. After it was named among the 7 Wonders of Nature of the World, large number of tourists visits this place each day. The local government implemented a system and limited the number of visitors per day to protect the park and prevent it from becoming overcrowded.

underground river palawan group

my family

Day 3 – Explore the City

Have at least a one day dedicated for exploring the city. You can opt to try the local food or be more adventurous and try the exotic food like the crocodile sisig (Baywok serves it) or buy souvenirs and gifts for your family and friends. Other popular things to do in this city are trying out the Hopia Ube at Baker’s Hill, visiting the Mitra ranch, crocodile farm, plaza quartel and cathedral as shared in this website. We haven’t got the chance to do the last mentioned things since we dedicated the first half day for our departure in Manila then the last half day for leaving Palawan.

crocodile sisig

crocodile sisig

Puerto Princesa is a place made in heaven. It is a real treasure of the Philippines, cared for and protected by the natives to preserve its exceptional beauty and splendor. Visiting this spectacular city will give anyone a one of a kind traveling experience. Hope this will help you on your research about traveling to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.