Category: Palawan

Rice Restaurant Princesa Garden

Rice Restaurant Princesa Garden

 

Rice Restaurant is one of the three restaurants at Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan. It’s the same restaurant where they serve the complimentary breakfast. They also are open for lunch and dinner. We had a pick out of the three and we decided to try this one first. It serves Filipino and International cuisine. Their hotel website says that they show cultural presentations on occasion outdoor but it was not the case when we were there maybe because it was low season.

 

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Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan

Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan

 

Princesa Garden Resort and Spa Palawan is one of the top hotels in Puerto Princesa. It has a top location. Puerto Princesa is just an hour flight from Manila or Cebu. The hotel is a short distance from the airport and the town proper so it’s very accessible but away from the hustle and bustle. The resort has a number of rooms, suites and villas. They also have an in-house spa facility if you like massages. There are three different restaurants in the resort.

 

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DIY Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (Luli Island, Starfish Island, Isla Pandan, Cowrie Island)

DIY Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour (Luli Island, Starfish Island, Isla Pandan, Cowrie Island)

 

This was hands down the highlight of our Puerto Princesa trip and I’m so glad we DIYed it. Doing a DIY Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour for us was more practical and economical. We could go on the islands we choose and we don’t have to conform to what has been set by operators or travel agencies and the rest of the group you get mixed with. The night before, we talked to a trycicle driver to get us to the port and take us back at around 4 or 5pm. I think we agreed on 400 pesos round trip for the 5 of us. We stopped by a snorkeling rental store and rented one snorkel each for 100 pesos.

 

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Ka Lui

Ka Lui

 

Ka Lui is an established restaurant in Puerto Princesa. It’s upscale. You need to make reservations which we did the day before but it’s still casual that you don’t have to dress up or anything. I love the look and atmosphere of the place more than the food. Haha.

 

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Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour – this just magnified my aversion to group tours, never again

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour – this just magnified my aversion to group tours, never again

 

The Puerto Princesa Underground river is one of the must dos for any Puerto Princesa trip. It’s a long stretch of river underneath caves and along the way you’ll see different rock formations underneath. The boatman also serves as the tour guide. This should have been the highlight of our trip but I’m sad to say that the experience was not. That’s not the underground river’s fault but that of the tour operator or tour operators in general and their really inefficient system. We paid about 1,200 per person. I wish we had done the tour ourselves and didn’t go with a tour operator because apparently, you can get a permit even the day before according to our local driver who did our city tour. Our fear was that we wouldn’t get permits since you have to book early or something. It wasn’t busy season anyway so we probably could have done it ourselves and that would have been better.

 

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Puerto Princesa City Tour: Mitra’s Ranch, Baker’s Hill, Plaza Cuartel

Puerto Princesa City Tour: Mitra’s Ranch, Baker’s Hill, Plaza Cuartel

 

After the Crocodile farm, Mitra’s ranch was next on our itinerary. It is located on top of a hill so you would be able to to overlook Puerto Princesa and the sea. We stayed here for about 10-15 minutes. There was also a zip line thing if you like that kind of activity.

 

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Puerto Princesa City Tour: Crocodile Farm

Puerto Princesa City Tour: Crocodile Farm

 

So we met up with manong driver at Balinsasayaw after lunch. I considered doing the tour on trycicle since that would be cheaper but it was so hot, the air-conditioned van was worth every penny. I forgot about the price we agreed to but it wasn’t that bad. It could be on the 1000-1200 range but I’m not too sure. His van wasn’t new but the AC was working very well so no complains from us.

The first thing we went to was the pasalubong center. I think every van drops by here. I’m sure they get commissions but we didn’t mind as long as we didn’t stay there very long. We needed to get a few things anyway like cashew nuts and magnets. Then we went to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center otherwise known as the Crocodile farm. We paid a fee of 40 pesos each. They have tours every 30 minutes. We waited for the next one so we roamed around like at the canteen and found the Palawan Crocodobo.

 

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Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant

Balinsasayaw Chicken Grill and Restaurant

 

Our hotel is actually a block away from this famous Palawan restaurant. It’s on the end of the street of our hotel near the main street. This is actually our landmark and reference to our street. Balinsasayaw means edible nest swiflet. They are the kind of birds that builds nest with their saliva. The bird’s nest is a delicacy and that is what this restaurant is famous for – bird’s nest dishes.

 

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