Puerto Prinsesa, Palawan – To the island of Gods and Monsters

This is my 4 days 3 nights travel in Puerto Prinsesa to El Nido. We spent 2 days in PPS (1st & 4th) then overnight stay in El Nido. I’ve been to Puerto Prinsesa in 2013. I have seen the Underground River and Honda Bay. Honda Bay tour includes Luli Island, Starfish Island, Panden Island & Cowrie Island.

Luli Island is actually a short term for “Lulubog – Lilitaw”, which means Sink & Rise, which is what the Island does; at high tide the island disappears and at low tide, it reappears. Starfish Island has the greatest population of Star Fish (Sea Stars) in all of Palawan. Cowrie Island is named after the small-to-large sea snail, marine gastropod mollusc called “cowrie”. It is super sulit for a price of 1,300Php/ person. *Inclusive of lunch.

Our flight was scheduled 1:30pm but got delayed. We arrived in PPS around 3:30 pm and we were just tired when we arrived. We decided to just stay first in Puerto Prinsesa  instead of heading straight to El Nido. We stayed in A&A Hotel for 1 night. City tour rate is 600Php via Tricycle. This is recommended if there are 4-5 pax but my sister and I decided to just go to Plaza Cuartel, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, Baker’s Hill & Mitra’s Ranch.

From A&A Hotel, you have to pay 30Php to the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. You get to see the cool ambiance of the place from afar. Also, I saw a lot of Wagwagan (Thrift shops) along the way. From the cathedral just cross the street to see the Plaza Cuatrel. This place has a very gruesome history as seen on the memorabilias placed there. Ride a multicab from Rizal Ave. going to Sta. Barbara (tell the driver to drop you off at Baker’s hill). You have to go down just a bit farther the Butterfly Garden and ride a tricycle to Mitra’s Ranch. Entrance is Php40 for two. Nothing to see here really. Just skip this. We asked the driver to wait for us to finish the quick sightseeing at Mitra’s and then we headed to Baker’s Hill. We paid the driver Php50.

In Baker’s Hill, there is a lot of  displays and beautiful spots that you can photograph. The Peacock area caught my attention. After roaming around Baker’s Hill, my sister asked me if we can go to Robinson’s Mall to check out some pearls. We paid the tricycle Php100 from Baker’s Hill to Robinson’s. It was almost 1:30 when we decided to take lunch. Where’s the best place to take your lunch? KaLui’s!

KaLui’s Restaurant opens 11am to 2pm for lunch then 6pm to 9pm for dinner. Make sure to arrive on time. Sometimes they ask for reservations because according to the locals the place is usually full. After lunch we went to MCA Market to check out some more pearls and souvenir items. We felt tired after this and it was really sunny so we went back to the hotel to rest. That night, we went to Dolce Vita for the van to El Nido.

Again, it is recommended to take the 600Php City tour via Tricycle if there are 4 or more pax. This DIY city tour budget is for 2 pax. This inlcudes the meal we had at KaLui’s.

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  • Php30 Tricycle fare from A&A Hotel to Immaculate Concepcion
  • Php30 Multicab from Rizal Ave. to Baker’s Hill
  • Php50 Tricycle from trike terminal to Mitra’s Ranch then to Baker’s Hill
  • Php40 Mitra’s ranch entrance fee
  • Php100 Baker’s Hill to Robinson’s Place Puerto Prinsesa
  • Php60 RP Puerto Prinsesa to KaLui’s Restaurant
  • Php650 KaLui’s good for 2 seafood lunch meal
  • Php20 KaLui’s to MCA Market
  • Php20 from MCA Market to A&A Hotel

Total is Php1000 for two. Not bad! I bought some things along the way too like the tie-dye shirt for Php400 from the MCA Market and the Ube Crinkles for Php45 from Baker’s Hill.

Day 2 to 3 were spent in El Nido.

Arrived in PPS around 2am. We checked-in A&A Hotel again. I woke up at 7am to eat breakfast. After breakfast, my sister went out to buy pearls. I had the opportunity to upload some more photos! Lol. I also heard of Viet Ville and researched about it. Took our lunch in Viet Ville Palawan. We had Chicken Pho (90Php), VietVille seafood Pho (120Php) and Banh Mi (15Php). Also, one of my best friends, Charlie, had me try Viet Iced Coffee before, so I just have to have one here too. Yummy! Authentic AF!

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  • Php250 Tricycle ride RT from A&A Hotel to Viet Ville
  • Php380 Lunch

Tricycle ride from town proper to Viet Ville is approx 20 mins but it is worth it. The village is a ghost town. I saw less than 10 people there and everyone was in the restaurant. When we arrived we were the only guests but after 15 minutes a foreigner with her 2 children came in to eat too. We went back to Dolce Vita and waited for our shuttle going to the airport.

I spent Php3, 650 in El Nido. Then Php2,500 in Puerto Prinsesa. Airfare that I got is Php2,100 RT via AirAsia. Total amount is Php8,250. I could say that it is worth it because El Nido is just awesome. You can also check out cheaper accommodations in El Nido. If you have been to PPS it is advisable to head straight from PPS to El Nido to save time and money.

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