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From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

1. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Sail along the world's largest underground river at Puerto Princesa on a full-day tour. Learn about this incredible structure from your guide, look out for wildlife, and enjoy a restaurant meal.  Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river.  Your guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip, a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan.  After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love.  An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

2. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

Puerto Princesa: Jungle Firefly Watching Boat Tour & Dinner

3. Puerto Princesa: Jungle Firefly Watching Boat Tour & Dinner

Be at one with nature with this one-of-a-kind activity in Puerto Princesa. You will be collected from your accommodation at approximately 4:30 PM and will be driven to a restaurant where you can have your dinner. The food is mostly local cuisine and includes rice, fish, meat, soup, and fruits in season. Other dietary meals can also be requested upon booking. After the hearty dinner, you will be driven to a village 45 minutes from the city center. With fewer lights from the city, you will be able to fully enjoy the night illuminated by fireflies. Board a paddle boat and learn about these majestic creatures and their habitat. Enjoy the romantic atmosphere aboard the boat. Depending on weather and tide conditions, the tour may end anytime between 8 and 10 PM.

From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

4. From Puerto Princesa: Day Trip to El Nido and Island Hopping

Discover the islands around El Nido on a full-day island hopping tour from Puerto Princesa. Explore the area's most picturesque sites, including the Secret and Big Lagoons, and replenish your energy with a sumptuous BBQ lunch. Choose the private option to have your own exclusive experience, allowing for more flexibility and customization.  Begin your tour bright and early with pickup from your hotel in downtown Puerto Princesa at around 4 AM and head straight toward El Nido. Rest during the approximately 5-hour journey, and make a short stop to stretch your legs and buy some food. Upon arrival in the resort town of El Nido, you'll be dropped off near the jump-off point. Have breakfast at one of the several restaurants before boarding your boat, if you like. To fully enjoy the activity, rental of gears and kayak are already included in the package. Set sail on your island hopping activity by 9 AM and make up to 5 stops in all. Depending on the assigned route, you will start with the Secret Lagoon, a secret world hidden in jagged rock walls. Continue on to Shimizu Island, a gorgeous beach with crystal-clear waters. Then, head to Seven Commandos Beach, lined with coconut trees and pure white sand, before making your last stop at the Big Lagoon. By midday, pause your island hopping to savor a lunch of barbecue pork, chicken, and seafood, as well as vegetable salad and fresh fruits. The island hopping activity ends at around 4 PM, at which point you'll be dropped off back at the wharf where you'll head back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. Prior to going back to Puerto Princesa, you can enjoy dinner in El Nido. At 6 PM, get back on the road to your hotel, which you should reach by midnight.

Puerto Princesa: Private Full-Day Tour To Underground River

5. Puerto Princesa: Private Full-Day Tour To Underground River

Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation and travel by land to the famous Underground River. Arrive at Sabang Wharf within approximately 1 hour, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. The surrounding landscape is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan. After a short walk, ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, enjoy a local style buffet lunch and taste some local Filipino cuisine. Other activities you can add to fully-enjoy your day are a zip line flight and a tour of the mangroves on board a kayak.

Puerto Princesa: Half-Day City Tour with Optional Massage

6. Puerto Princesa: Half-Day City Tour with Optional Massage

Spend a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon sunshine and discover the city of Puerto Princesa by visiting some of its famous locations within the city proper. First, visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the heart of Puerto Princesa. Roman Catholicism is an integral part of the lives of the locals. Next, head to Plaza Cuartel where you will find a World War II fort where prisoners of war were imprisoned. Continue to Puerto Princesa Baywalk, a popular spot where locals meet and eat. In the morning, it is full of joggers sweating it out even before the sun rises while in the afternoon families and students spend their leisure time here.  Located just 13 kilometers from the city center, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, home to crocodiles and other rescued wild animals. Continue your journey to Mitra's Ranch, which is the ancestral house of one of Puerto Princesa's prominent politicians, the former House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. Taste the famous Hopia at Baker's Hill, which is a theme park with a lovely garden of larger-than-life statues of well-loved cartoon characters. Visit Binuatan Creations Weaving Center where the locals make a living by weaving. Last but not least, stop at a local shop to buy famous Palawan delicacies and souvenirs to take home to your family and friends. Upgrade your tour to include an optional relaxing 60 or 100-minute full body massage (dry, oil, hot stone, or placenta). You will be dropped off at the massage place and you can also select hotel drop-off service after massage for an extra charge, upon booking.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

7. Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and travel for 90 minutes to Sabang. Upon arrival at the wharf, your tour guide will arrange the necessary paperwork to access the cave. Ride in a motorboat for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the cave entrance. Put on your hard hat and explore the cave with audio guide commentary. Learn about the cave's importance to the local ecosystem on a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.  After the cave tour, head back to Sabang wharf where your lunch will be waiting for you. Visit one of the restaurants lining the beach and enjoy traditional Filipino dishes with vegetarian options available. After lunch, walk along Sabang beach to reach the Sabang X zipline. Be strapped in and enjoy a scenic low-speed zip line ride for 800 meters. Take in the beautiful views of the mountains and the coastline. At the end of the zipline, enjoy a paddleboat tour through the lush mangrove forest, before being returned to Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa: Private Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

8. Puerto Princesa: Private Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour

Experience the magnificent marine life of Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and is home to a wide variety of tiny islands lined with resorts and beaches. Before boarding your private boat, make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once onboard, you will be taken to three different locations, each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. The first is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino "Lulubog at LIlitaw," which means "to appear and disappear on water;" the sand bar disappears when the tide is high and reappears when the tide is low. It is home to long stretches of powdery, cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which are perfect for swimming and relaxing. Next is Pambato Reef, a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay with a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island, where you will spend most of your day and where your buffet-style lunch will be served. The clear waters and fine sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Head back to the wharf at around 2:30 PM for hotel drop-off.

From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

9. From Puerto Princesa: Trek to Batak Tribe Village

Be picked up for your hotel in the morning and travel about 70 kilometers out of Puerto Princesa. Arrive at the Batak Visitor Center, which is located in Barangay Conception. At the Visitor Center, you will find various local products made by the tribe available for purchase. From the Visitor Center, trek across mountainous terrain and cross some rivers to reach the village of the Batak people. The hiking time is anywhere from 75 to 120 minutes, depending on the pace of the group. Upon reaching the village, join in presenting a token gift to the tribe which contains coffee, rice, sugar, and other basic needs. Say hello to the tribe members and see how they go about their daily lives. Your guide will provide information about the history of the tribe and their customs. Afterwards, head back down to the Visitor Center and you'll be driven back to your hotel in Puerto Princesa. An option to include lunch in this activity is also available.

From Puerto Princesa: Port Barton Island Hopping Day Trip

10. From Puerto Princesa: Port Barton Island Hopping Day Trip

Escape the crowds and find unspoiled natural beauty at Port Barton, a small fishing community located some 160 kilometers (almost 100 miles) from Puerto Princesa City. Soak up the peace and serenity as you hop around the islands in the area and swim with the local marine wildlife. Lunch, entrance fees, and snorkeling equipment are included. After pickup from your hotel at around 5 AM in Puerto Princesa, drive for about 4 hours to Port Barton. Meet your guide at the wharf and receive the gear you'll need for the day: life vests and snorkeling equipment. Then, start your exploration in Port Barton's colorful underwater reefs and head to Turtle Spot where you can see wild sea turtles, if you're lucky. Swim and snorkel with the sea creatures before moving on to Exotic or Maxima Island (depending on the weather). Relax and sunbathe on the soft white sand, and have a dip in the pristine water. Make your next stop at Twin Reef, another amazing snorkeling spot full of vast amounts of coral. Finally, head to Starfish Island and see starfish everywhere around the island. Pose for photos with them but don't forget to fill your belly with a local style BBQ lunch too. The tour concludes with a comfortable ride all the way back to your accommodation in Puerto Princesa for some rest. You'll arrive back at Puerto Princesa at approximately 9 pm.

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What people are saying about Puerto Princesa

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 51 reviews

Amazing experience. Pick up transportation from Puerto Princesa to El Nido was smooth, driver picked us up from our hotel at the exact time given and got us there safely after a 5 hour drive. Tour guides Jason and Nathan on the Marielle boat really put an effort in making sure we enjoyed the tour. They were very friendly, accommodating and our family enjoyed our conversations with them.

Amazing and unforgettable excursion. This company was top notch and went above and beyond for our group! We had an awesome time! This is a MUST DO with this company! You won’t be disappointed!

It was a nice trip. The guide is friendly and entertaining. Get to enjoy everything. It was a fantastic trip going in Palawan.

Too much rain shut down underground but we still enjoyed a tour and the guides were great

It was fantastic. And tour guide Jerico/Echo was fun and funny. I recommend.