Puerto Princesa Outdoor sports

Our most recommended Puerto Princesa Outdoor sports

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

1. 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: Half-Day City Tour with Optional Massage

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Puerto Princesa: Private Sunrise Trek at Mt. Magarwak

6. Puerto Princesa: Private Sunrise Trek at Mt. Magarwak

The day begins with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa between 3:00 AM and 4:00 AM, then heads towards the base of Mt. Magarwak where adventure awaits. Arrive at the base, which is just on the outskirts of the city, and listen to a safety briefing about the trek. Once you’re ready, begin the ascent towards the summit, following your guide along the 300-meter mountain trail. As you trek through the mountain landscape, see native flora and fauna along the trail which is surrounded by luscious jungle. After around an hour of trekking, arrive at the summit and enjoy a well-deserved rest while your guide prepares a light breakfast. As you wait for the sun to rise, enjoy your breakfast accompanied by tea and coffee. From the summit, marvel at the transformation of the sky as it is illuminated with light and color when the sun rises. Soak up spectacular views across Honda Bay and watch the water glisten and glow in the sunlight. At the end of an unforgettable experience, begin the descent down the mountain at around 7:30 AM. Back at the base, hop in the van for the return trip to your hotel, or if you selected the optional add-ons visit Nagtabon Beach for a refreshing swim, or relax and unwind in a nearby hot spring.

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What people are saying about Puerto Princesa

Good pick up service, we were ready at 1700 as instructed when we booked then had a message to say it would be 1830 instead but not a problem. Van journey was comfortable and the guide was knowledgeable. The paddle boat guides found us the fireflies and managed to catch a couple for us to hold. We also saw the plankton light up as we returned to the shore. Unfortunately we couldn’t eat in the floating restaurant and went to another one in town. The food was fine but personally I would rather skip that part as it was quite late by the time we got there and the food wasn’t amazing but for the price of the tour it was perfectly acceptable. Overall good value for money activity.

no regrets for choosing this agency..tour was so great and with the group that we meet was excellent.. first booking went so well until the last tour that we book.. and we definitely book Gain..thumbs up

Amazing ung experience. At this time, medjo di pa okay ung mangrooves because of Typhoon Odette. Pero hopefully in the mear future pagbalik ko makakakita nako ng madaming fireflies.

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