5 things you shouldn't miss when in Puerto Princesa

Trishia Billones, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 09 2017 06:18 AM

Palawan is home to one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, whose limestone or karst landscape was described as "spectacular" by the UNESCO.

But during bad weather, tours to the undergound river are usually cancelled due to the big waves and strong winds.

Luckily, the adventures in the city is not limited to this ecotourism site, and here are a few of the things you can do while in Puerto Princesa.

1. Go island-hopping in Honda Bay

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A 45-minute drive up north of the city would bring you to a small pier that can take you to the islets of Honda Bay, which boast of clear water and white sand beaches.

You can take a dip in the sea, snorkel and feed the fish, or even go scuba diving in these islands.

2. Visit the World War II Museum

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History buffs will get their fix here, with photos and memorabilia from the time when Filipinos and Americans joined forces against the Japanese Army.

3. Try out exotic food

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A trip to Palawan is never complete without feasting on local delicacies, such as tamilok (woodworm) and crocodile. Restaurants serve them grilled, fried, and made into sisig. Sounds icky, you say? Hold off judgment before you try it.

4. Refresh with some local beer

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Palaweño Brewery, founded by the first female craft brewers in the country, makes the only craft beer in the entire province. 

Ayahay beers, sold in local bars and available at tastings in their microbrewery, will quench your thirst with their selection that will have you craving for more when you return home.

5. Be awed by the fireflies and the tranquility of the Iwahig River

Photo from Puerto Princesa Tourism website

If you still feel overwhelmed by the busy city, take a step back and go on a boat ride and relish in the quietness of Iwahig River.

You'll be amazed by the luscious mangrove and the fireflies, which locals call their year-round Christmas lights, that you might forget to take photos -- like us.

BONUS

In five years, you may expect the area around the city hall to be filled with thousands of local cherry blossom trees called "balayong." Residents planted about 1,200 seedlings earlier this year and the government said it is also planning to put up water parks, fitness centers, and children's playground in the area.

With these sights to see, it is no wonder a hotel in the Palawan capital would rather you go out and about rather than stay in your room.

Canvas Boutique Hotel, which is a short 2-minute drive from the airport, has everything you would need in an out-of-town accommodation minus the frills to give you the most value for your money.

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They do not offer room service and would rather you go down to its restaurant, The Painted Table, to enjoy food with friends and family.

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A different mural is painted in every room and every floor, telling the story of the island and enticing guests to enjoy the city outside its walls.