The beautiful city of Puerto Princesa

Having a vacation after a tiring contract on-board the ship is relaxing. When you’re thinking of vacation, I suggest Puerto Princesa as one of your destination. Few of us may know that Puerto Princesa’s name originated from Princess Eulalia of Spain, born in 1864 to Queen Isabel II. When the princess died, the Queen changed the name to Puerto de la Princesa. Later, the name was lessened to Puerto Princesa which is widely known today.

Puerto Princesa’s “Underground River” is still on the top ten of the “New7Wonders” of the world. Once you’ve experience the journey inside the river, you’ll never forget it. Apart from the river, you can go on different location that you would surely enjoy. Before I forget, Puerto Princesa is popular for being a clean city. So don’t even try to throw any garbage on the street or you’ll get caught.

Places to go to?

  1. Honda Bay – consists of several islets with shallow reefs and beaches which are the favorite swimming, snorkeling, and diving destinations of local residents and tourists. These islets consists of:
    • Cannon (Cowrie) Island,
    • Bat Island,
    • Lu-li Island (got from the word “lulubog-lilitaw”, meaning floating and sinking island, is visible only during low tide),
    • Starfish Island (known for its fine white sand and clear water that teems with starfish),
    • Snake Island (an island with a long stretch of time white sand shaped like a snake),
    • Pandan Island, and
    • Señorita Island (the breeding site of Lapu-Lapu fish).
  2. St. Paul Subterranean River National Park – the river flows within a deep cavern under rugged limestone and marble cliffs. Nominated and one of the finalist of the new Seven Wonders of the World (www.vote7.com). It stretches eight kilometers deep into an underground lagoon with crystalline waters within the hallowed recesses. You’ll travel through the tunnel aboard paddle boat outriggers, and at every turn you’ll see stalactite pillars, rock formations and domed amphitheaters.
  3. Irawan Crocodile Farming Institute – its goal is to preserve and further research studies on endangered species of crocodiles. The place also keeps a MiniZoo that features some of Palawan’s endemic animals.
  4. Iwahig Penal Farm – the colony has a 37 hectare scenic farm planted with coconut palm
    Trees, rice and other crops cultivated by the prisoners and their families. The prison has about 4,000 population and many inmates live with their families in so-called rehabilitation areas. Iwahig is like a picture of a modern farm rather than a prison. At iwahig prisoners toil their farms unguarded and are allowed to earn an income by working in the many shops which produces various handicrafts, they are also popular with their hand carved items made from Mahogany wood. The farm is a good tourist destination.
  5. Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa – Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa takes the environment seriously. You’ll have a great island experience during your stay at Dos Palmas. The foods are excellent and the accommodation is great.

These are just a few of the places you can enjoy during your stay at Palawan. If you haven’t vote yet, visit (www.vote7.com). Sign up and vote for “Underground River Puerto Prinsesa”.

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