Puerto Princesa City: My First Impression

We left El Nido last April 20 and travelled overland to Puerto Princesa City to catch our flight back to Manila on the 21st. On my way to the capital city of Palawan, you’ll pass by a lot of beautiful towns in Palawan. The trip from El Nido took us about six hours via public bus and cost us around P350 (it used to be just P300 but they had a price increase).

Puerto Princesa City: My First Impression


Book your tickets straight to Eulen Joy Bus office instead to save a few bucks. Their office is beside Blue Azul, just ask around and you’ll find it.

We arrived before noon at the bus terminal of Puerto Princesa City and asked the directions to Duchess Pension and most tricycle quoted us for a hundred pesos to go there.

A nice multicab driver told us that we could ride a multicab instead (it’s like their jeepney) and pay for only P12 and then just walk a few meters or ride a tricycle instead to the pension house.

We took his advice and arrived in a few minutes in Duchess Pension House. They’re offering P200 for a single fan room and P300 for a double fan room which is a very good deal for backpackers or travellers with a small budget like me. They also have A/C rooms if you prefer that instead.

duchess pension

The rooms are spick and span and the hostel employees including the owner are very nice.

Wifi is not free though but their offering it for a minimal one time payment of P50 for the entire duration of your stay.

We spent the remaining hours walking around and exploring the city on our own.

The Puerto Princesa public market is the best place to buy ‘pasalubong’ or souvenirs. It’s way cheaper than the price that you’ll usually find in Tiangges that targets tourists. If you’re looking for pearls though, the best place to go to is Tiangge Tiangge.

Puerto Princesa-Market

I bought a lot of dried fish to take home with. The market vendors are also fun to chat with.

Generally I really like Puerto Princesa City. It’s clean and some foreigners that I spoke to feels safe to call this place their home. The price of basic commodities seem to be cheaper too compare to Manila.

Photo Credits: Pics by Frameless World


  1. Very much love the beaches. Puerto Princesa is most famously known for being the home of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, that features a spectacular limestone karst landscape with its underground river.

  2. i’ll do a month long, or two, Palawan adventure soon Flip! You are making my decision easier through this post!

  3. Gusto ko rin mapuntahan ang Palawan para makapag-trip. Sana makaluwag sa mga gastusin para makapunta kami pamilya. ๐Ÿ™‚

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