"PUERTO PRINCESA, CAPITAL of PALAWAN" Top 5 Page for this destination Puerto Princesa by davidjo

Puerto Princesa Travel Guide: 533 reviews and 1,499 photos

CITY IN THE JUNGLE, LOVE AT FIRST SITE

When i visited Palawan as a tourist i realised i had found a special place. The plane flew over the islands off of the north, over El Nido, Port Barton then across the island over Honda Bay before slowly descending to land on the runway which starts at the sea. From your window you will see mountains, jungle and rugged seashore with idyllic beaches. Ex- Mayor Hagedorn has done so much for the city and is well known for his environmental concerns. The airport is only a 5 minute ride to the city centre, i say city but it's more like a town. Back in 1990 Puerto Princesa really was "The Last Frontier" as after you left town the road north was not surfaced, just a track going north through forest for 280 kms until you reached El Nido. To visit the Underground river you had to take a boat from Baheli or Port Barton, and there were only a handful of cars, the town was quiet and the only traffic going up and down Rizal Avenue were tricycles. There was a choice of a handful of guest houses and people from Manila were frightened to come here as it was known as a wild place, a malarial place and far away from the rest of the Philippines. That first time i saw Palawan in 1990 i knew i would return.

1995 to NOW

I returned in 1995 and opened up a restaurant guest house for backpackers but after the kidnappings in Honda Bay a couple of years later the tourists dwindled so i gave up the business, no point spending my time in an empty building waiting for the occasional visitor when i could be out enjoying myself. so the last years we purchased 10,000 sq. m. built a house and landscaped the area, planting many different types of fruit trees. So now we have our little part of paradise.We often take trips to the beach or ride the motorbike to all points in the island. We usually take a trip to a neighbouring country in S.E. Asia once a year and another domestic trip, but always pleased when i return to the City in the Jungle. we never get tired of the numerous visits to Sabang and trekking the Monkey Trail, or visits to some of the wonderful beaches. I am lucky to be able to settle here.

CHANGES SINCE 1990

I am not sure if all the changes are good as i kind of love nature and not a city man, but where there were rough roads there are now surfaced roads. There used to be one flight a day, now there are 9, and in April Air Asia will also start flying here. There was one department store, now there are a few shopping malls open or being constructed. There were only a few cars, with occasional jeepney and tricycles were the normal way to get around town, now there are many buses,multi-cabs, minibuses and 100's of tricycles with traffic congestion. There were 3 gas stations in Puerto Princesa and now there are 25. There were 4 cinemas, now they have gone, we have countless stalls selling fake DVDs. There was one good hotel, now there are quite a few and over 100 places to stay. But now there is a dramatic increase in the number of tourists due to Mayor Hagedorn's wonderful campaign to introduce Palawan to the world by his successful endeavour in getting the Underground River recognised as one of the NEW 7 WONDERS of the WORLD.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:beaches, jungle, waterfalls, nature, cleanliness and low crime rate
  • Cons:have to go via Cebu or Manila to visit other parts of the country.
  • In a nutshell:COME TO THE LAST FRONTIER---YOU WON'T REGRET IT !!!
  • Intro Updated Apr 8, 2014
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  • KimberlyAnn's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2015 at 7:58 AM

    An impressive home page! The beauty of the natural environment, butterflies, birds, and fresh fish are all enticing.

  • jo104's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Really nice updates :-)

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    I see you had an exciting stay in Puerto Princesa... Thanks for your detailed story!

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Mar 5, 2015 at 2:31 PM

      Thanks for dropping by. Hope you are settled now after the recent troubles. Another 5 months and i will have spent 20 years in PPC

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2015 at 2:42 AM

    Your favorites are looking like interesting!

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Jan 19, 2015 at 2:01 AM

      Thank you, just skipping through my notifications as there are many. We have been in Manila for a few days, came home, turned on my computer, sparks, motherboard gone. Just bought new laptop a few hours ago and trying to get used to it! as it is winndows8

    • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
      Jan 19, 2015 at 7:26 AM

      Sametimes it happens! I hope this laptop will serve properly and very long!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    lots of scenic places there !

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Oct 12, 2014 at 3:21 PM

      the whole island is very scenic--beaches , mountains, rivers, waterfalls, mangroves.............

  • garridogal's Profile Photo
    Jul 18, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    What a great introductory page! Going to check out your tips now...

  • IreneMcKay's Profile Photo
    Jul 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Looks like you live in a beautiful part of the world. I like that there are so many swimming opportunities. Visiting a penal colony sounds interesting too and great that you have baguettes available. I also hate sweet bread and even worse things like sweet sausage in a bun. Yeuk! All the best, Irene

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      Thanks for the compliments. Indeed it is ideal here, been here 20 yrs and hope to make another 20 yrs before i die here!

    • davidjo's Profile Photo
      Jul 9, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      And appreciate your ratings

  • tenluk's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2014 at 1:56 AM

    Just take a look at your great pages

  • EasyMalc's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    It may have changed but it still sounds like paradise David

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    A very thorough and interesting page, you have created here :) Will come back for more.

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