3 Must-do Activities When in Palawan, Philippines

If you’re going to Palawan anytime soon, it’s best to plan your itinerary ahead of time. This part of the Philippines that is considered the country’s Last Frontier has so much to offer, and organizing your schedule is crucial to make the most out of your vacation. When preparing for your trip, make sure to have room for these activities:

1. Puerto Princesa City Tour

Be immersed in the culture and heritage of Palawan by taking a city tour. You can pre-arrange a tour with a third-party agency or discover the metropolis on your own. Visit Plaza Cuartel, a walled park that was once a garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 150 American prisoners of war (POWs) alive during World War II. While here, drop by adjacent Immaculate Conception Cathedral, a neo-Classical church constructed in 1961. After which, you can head south of the city to Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center (Crocodile Park), which is the haven of the Philippine crocodile as well as other animals endemic to the province, like the bearcat.

Plaza Cuartel Puerto Princesa Palawan Philippines
Plaza Cuartel. Photo by IJVelas (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Continue your city tour with a visit to Rancho Sta. Monica, popularly known as Mitra’s Ranch, and enjoy horseback riding and zip-lining amid the bounty of nature. Then grab some freshly baked goodies at Baker’s Hill. Cap your day by watching the sunset over at Baywalk.

2. Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

Puerto Princesa Underground River Palawan Philippines
Puerto Princesa Underground River Entrance. Photo by Mike Gonzalez (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Located 70 km north of the city, the Underground River (also called the St. Paul Underground River) is situated within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The 8.2-km navigable river is actually found inside a limestone karst mountain that features many formations of stalactites and stalagmites. A clear lagoon at the mouth of the cave and its beautiful rock formations have put the Puerto Princesa Underground River in the lists of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012.

3. Honda Bay Island Hopping

In the mid-eastern coast of Puerto Princesa, some 45 minutes away, you can hop on a boat and marvel at the islands and crystalline waters at Honda Bay. A handful of these islands are open to tourists, the others are either protected areas or privately owned. Among those you can visit during your island hopping adventure are Cowrie Island, a white-sand beach that seems to be the more touristy one among the islands with its rows of cabanas and bars; Luli Island, a sandbar that disappears during high tide and reappears during low tide; Starfish Island, where you can see a multitude of starfishes in the clear waters by the shore; Pandan Island, which has the finest white sand among all the islands; and Pambato Reef, a small protected reef that the locals call the mini-Tubbataha Reef.

Cowrie Island, Honda Bay, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines
Cowrie Island, one of the destinations in Honda Bay. Photo from www.cowrieisland.com

Now that you have an idea on what to include on your Palawan itinerary, the only thing that’s left to do is find a Puerto Princesa accommodation from which you can enjoy all these activities. Good thing there’s Microtel by Wyndham – Puerto Princesa, Palawan, a reasonably priced accommodation that provides easy accessibility to the abovementioned attractions. What’s more, this Palawan hotel is offering the SUPER SUMMER TREAT promo. Just book a minimum 2-night stay and enjoy a half-day city tour, Underground River tour, and Honda Bay tour inclusive in the rate.

Plus, receive free use of the swimming pool, free-flowing coffee in the lobby, and round-trip airport transfers when you get this special deal. But you have to hurry — not only does this promo have limited room availability, it is also offered for a limited time, until May 31, 2016.

Please note that the package rate does not cover environmental fees for the tours, and these will be collected by the city government at the site of the tours.

If you want a hassle-free Palawan tour, just grab the Super Summer Treat of Microtel by Wyndham – Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Visit its website to book online or follow Microtel Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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