Travel: Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Underground River Tour)

We had the Underground River Tour during our 2nd day at Puerto Princesa. We had a long 2.5 hr drive from the city going to Sabang, which is the main entry to the Subterranean National Park. The river was said to be the longest underground river in the world and declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.

Palawan Underground River

The Underground River experience was worth every penny. The only thing that I didn’t like was the bumpy road travel. It’s an on-the-road body massage for 5 hours. We’re supposed to go to Maquinit Hot Spring after, but then everyone was too tired from the long travel.

Bumpy Road

It’s a one of a kind experience for the entire family. The sight inside the cave is breath-taking. I can’t help but feel really amazed by the different stone formations inside the cave. It’s just like those you see in discovery channels and science shows. Also, our tour guide was very chatty and funny who likes giving jokes from time to time. Though there are times I feel spooked because it was dark inside and I imagine crocodiles would show up any time. But no, the tour is very safe. No crocodiles according to the tour guide. But he said that the water is deep, almost 8-ft or more. Only the discovered parts of the river are accessible to the tourists.

Palawan Underground River

After the underground river tour, we had a buffet lunch at one of the beaches and they gave us some free time to stroll around. This is to prepare us for another long hour drive back to the city.

Beach in Palawan

It’s almost dinner by the time we arrived the city. I’ve decided to bring them to KaLui Restaurant, one of the must-visit restaurants in the city. I learned about the place from a local TV show. It’s a simple cozy restaurant. And what makes it special too is the concept of barefoot dining. The friendly staff greeted us and asked us to remove our footwear. The shoes and slippers are kept inside small lockers and baskets. And the floors are divinely well-polished, pwede na magsalamin sa sahig. The food is very good too, mostly seafood and vegetables.

KaLui Restaurant

For further details, you can check their websites:

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Travel: Puerto Princesa, Palawan (City Tour)

(Circa 2008) Our first ever major family out-of-town trip happened where else but in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. This is a memorable trip for me because it’s my first time to treat my family for a vacation and it also happened to be in my father’s hometown, so all of us were really excited to go there.

I was in charge of everything – from booking tickets, accommodation and planning the itinerary. We stayed at Liberty Park Pension, a small guesthouse in the city. Some friends recommended the place to me. The place is nice and clean, there’s even a restaurant/bar at the rooftop in case you want to have a videoke session with your friends or family.

Liberty Park Pension House

We had a city tour on the first day. We’re lucky because we’re the only ones in the van when the tour guide picked us up at the guesthouse. Our first stop is Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center. The farm has hundreds of crocodiles in captivity. Other than the crocodiles, there are also other animals such as bear cats, birds and monkeys.

Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Next stop is the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. The inmates and their families lived in the thousand-hectare land to do farming work and other livelihood activities. There’s a store near the entrance area where they sell various souvenirs, most of it made by the inmates themselves.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Next stop is the Palawan Butterfly Garden Farm. You would see many butterflies in various shapes and sizes.

Palawan Butterfly Farm

After that, we went to Mitra’s Ranch, a house owned by the former senator Ramon Mitra. The house sits on top of a hill and the place is cool, breezy and relaxing. I saw families having their picnic at the vast grounds, kids chasing and playing with one another and dating couples, enjoying the overlooking view of Palawan.

Mitra’s Ranch

We then went to Baker’s Hill, a few kilometers away from the ranch. I saw this place featured once in a local television. The place doesn’t look like a bakery on a first glance as you will mistaken it for a house in a posh subdivision. We enjoyed taking pictures beside the colorful statues.

Baker’s Hill

Next stop is Plaza Cuartel, which is across Immaculate Conception Cathedral church. Some American soldiers were killed there during the Japanese occupation. The place was then transformed to a leisure park.

Plaza Cuartel

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral

There are so many beautiful things to see in Palawan. At first day pa lang ito ha. I like the province because of its simplicity. They really make sure to preserved the beauty of Palawan. In fact, there are no major malls such as SM as my father told me. My father is so proud of his hometown. I could see his eyes sparkle every time he mentions about Palawan, or when there’s some good news about Palawan. I hope to bring my family back here again someday.