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Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center

Located in Barangay Irawan, the farm was formerly called the RP-Japan Crocodile Farm. It is both a tourist attraction and a research institute devoted to crocodiles. It is about 30-40 minutes ride from the center of Puerto Princesa; and features a mini-zoo and some of the province’s endemic wildlife species. Entrance fee is minimal.

Dolphin Watching — spend the whole morning just outside Puerto Princesa Bay to witness Grays Spinner dolphins at play. These lovely and very intelligent cetaceans abound in the bay because it is safe from the intrusion of illegal fishers. A tour can cost PhP600.00-PhP900.00 only. Jump off point is the Puerto Princesa Baywalk.

Butterfly Garden

Just 30 minutes away from the center of the city in Barangay Santa Monica is a butterfly paradise — the Puerto Princesa Butterfly Garden. For a minimum amount, get to see the wonders of these colorful flying fairies. The garden was established to educate visitors on how these lovely insects develop in a particular environment. Entrance fee is minimal.

Mitra’s Ranch

When former House speaker Ramon V. Mitra, Jr. run for president, many thought this would become the Malacañang of Palawan. Why not? It’s beautifully situated on top of a hill in Barangay Sta. Monica, and overlooks two bays: Puerto Princesa Bay and Honda Bay. Sunrise is particularly good here; one just have to be patient to wait as it comes up in the horizon. The place does not require entrance fees to welcome visitors. House Rep. Abraham Kahlil B. Mitra just requests that they keep its environment free.

Balsahan River inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

This river is one of the best cooling places in Puerto Princesa during the summer. For an entrance fee of PhP10.00-PhP15.00, you can take a dip in a wonderfully man-made pool surrounded by canopies of trees that are perfect sunshades.

Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm

Balsahan River is located inside the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm (IPPF), known all over the country as “a prison without walls.” The location of the river inside the penal colony is charming; amidst mountains and tree canopies that are perfect sunshades. For P10.00-P20.00, visitors can already have a relaxing day here, and savor the refreshing embrace of the clean river water.

Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The site where the Immaculate Conception Cathedral is located is old Puerto Princesa. It used to be a hill flattened by the Spaniards when they came to the city. The church is adjacent historical Plaza Cuartel. Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is the patron of Puerto Princesa. As such, the church’s exterior is done in blue and white. I don’t know but for some reason, its architecture reminds me of Manila’s San Sebastian Church. I attended the English anticipated mass at 5:30pm on Saturday.

Honda Bay Islands, Barangay Sta. Lourdes

For island hopping junkies, we have Honda Bay to offer. The bay is composed of several islands and islets where you can go snorkeling, sunbathing, diving… or simply just have your day in the sun lazying around.

Historical Plaza Cuartel

Former site of a Japanese garrison, it is a few yards from the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral. 143 American soldiers were burned inside a tunnel during the World War II. It serves as a Memorial Park in honor of local heroes, and American soldiers.

Puerto Princesa Bay Walk

The place used to be a squatter’s area a few years ago. Now, it has been turned into a lovely baywalk, where people enjoy morning walks and a good sunset in the afternoon.



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