On our trip to Coron, Palawan, we tried two different ways of exploring the Calamianes group of islands. First, we joined an organized tour via a tour operator. We chose to book with Calamianes Expeditions & EcoTours since it seems to offer relatively cheap island hopping tours. On the next day, we decided to try a DIY (do-it-yourself) island hopping tour of Coron’s islands. Continue reading Coron Do-It-Yourself Island Hopping Tour
On our Puerto Princesa trip, we allocated one day to tour around the city. Travel agencies usually offer Puerto Princesa City tours, which include air-conditioned transport service. We felt it better to do a city tour aboard a tricycle, which is much cheaper and simpler.
Tricycle drivers usually offer tourists their own version of Puerto Princesa city tours. One advantage is you have full control of the time you can spend at a certain tourist spot you are fancy, not like when you join a group of tourists on a day tour where time spent at tourist spots are limited.
We also did our island hopping tour from Honda Bay via tricycle, which made the trip way cheaper. For a half-day city tour, tricycles charge 500. Beyond that time, it’s 700 pesos.
The usual city tour of Puerto Princesa takes tourists to Mitra’s Farm, Baker’s Hill, Crocodile Farm, Viet Ville, and a trip to the souvenir shops in the city.
Mitra’s Farm is located on a hill, thus giving visitors a great view of the city. We didn’t linger much at Mitra’s Farm, instead, we spent more time at Baker’s Hill, which was a very relaxing, restful place. Baker’s Hill offers great-tasting hopia and other baked products. Read more about Baker’s Hills.
Crocodile Farm is also part of typical Puerto Princesa City tours. At the crocodile farm, visitors learn about crocodiles in general, what they eat and how they behave. Tourists also learn about the processes involved in breeding crocodiles for commercial use. At the end of the crocodile farm tour, visitors can take pictures of themselves with baby crocodiles. More on Crocodile Farm in Puerto Princesa.
Puerto Princesa City tours also include a visit to Viet Ville, a community of Vietnamese people, mostly second-generation of those who came to Palawan during the Vietnam War in the 1970s. We didn’t get to visit Viet Ville, but we still got good Vietnamese food treat courtesy of Rene’s Saigon Restaurant, which is in the Puerto Princes city proper.
We ended the day with a visit to souvenir shops in the city. The shops have everything a tourist would look for: affordable souvenir shirts and other clothes, Palawan delicacies, pearls and jewelries.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan is popular for its gorgeous beaches, so one fun way to spend a day in Puerto Princesa is to board a boat from Honda Bay pier and hop from one island to another. Island hopping tours are available from tour operators, but tourists can also opt to hire tricycles to bring them to Honda Bay. Sometimes, the best tour guides are tricycle drivers. It’s best to start island hopping very early in the morning to see the sun rise from the horizon, and also to have more time exploring more islands. Continue reading Island Hopping Via Honda Bay
Although I’m still biased towards Eng-Bee-Tin when it comes to hopia, Baker’s Hill in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, was still a good visit for me. I was much impressed by the homey and relaxing feel of the gardens of this bakeshop. Baked products are good too. Baker’s Hill specializes in hopia, but what I liked most was their pizza. Continue reading On Baker’s Hill, We Chill — Puerto Princesa, Palawan