Puerto Princesa Travel Guide
Puerto Princesa City is the capital of Palawan and the center for trade and tourism. The city was established by the Spanish in 1872 as a base for exploring the inland. Today it is the third largest city in The Philippines measured by area, but has just over 250.000 residents.
There are a few attraction in the city itself and most travellers tend to use the city as a stopover to other destinations in the island. The immaculation Conception Cathredary and The Palawan Museum, both located on Rizal Avenue are two places worth a visit.
Honda Bay and the Underground River outside of the city are the major attractions. Another interesting day-trip from Puerto Princesa are the Tabon Caves. In 1962 archaeologist discovered human bones that were dated between 22,000 and 24,000 years ago. Some of the stone tools found are even dating back over 40,000 years, making it the oldest human human settlement in The Philippines.
The tropical region of Puerto Princesa has a distinct dry- and wet seasons. The best time to go to Puerto Princesa is within the dry season, which ranges from November to April. January to March are the coolest and least humid months, but accommodation prices tend to rise during these months.
The city of Puerto Princesa is a decent place for money exchange. Most banks with ATM's accepting foreign and local debit or credit cards are found in Rizal Street - the main street of the city.
Tourist visas can be extended up to 16 months. The Philippine Immigration office is located on the airport road, above the Red Needle Tattoo studio. The fee for 29 days extension is Php 1520 and the whole process takes about 2 days. It has offers a convenient express process of more or less an hour that will cost you an additional Php 500.