Palawan has been one of the Philippines’ most visited islands. Noted for its beautiful landscape and mesmerizing waters that surround the bay, Palawan is an island with a small population, yet has a huge standing in the Philippines’ tourism industry. Within Palawan, lies Puerto Princesa City, a favored tourist destination for thousands, with numbers on the rise.
Puerto Princesa City
Puerto Princesa City is located 306 sailing miles to the southwest of Manila, 250 sailing miles from Zamboanga, and approximately 205 sailing miles from Panay. It is surrounded on the North by Roxas and San Vicente and on its South by Aborlan. The western side looks to the South China Sea and the eastern side looks to the Sulu Sea. With a total landscape of around 253,982 hectares, Puerto Princesa is considered to be the biggest city in the Philippines.
Puerto Princesa City mostly has two types of weather: wet and dry. Dry season means there is hardly any rainfall, whereas rainy season implies the weather being wet and humid. The weather changes in 6-month intervals, leaving a lot of time for visitors to come according to their preferred weather. Normally the warmest months in terms of the heat are March, April, and May. The coldest or coolest in comparison are January, February, November, and December.
Things to Do
Among the top things that one must do when visiting Puerto Princesa City are the following:
An absolute must-see for visitors for the first time is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. This park is considered to be the longest crossable underground river and is the most stunning subterranean river in the world. The cental attraction is an Underground River which is 8.2 kilometers long and gusts through a remarkable cave before pouring into the South China Sea. Guests can also relish experiences of mountain trekking, bird watching, and discovering the greater part of the forest. The park was, in fact, acknowledged as a leading eco-tourism destination and has also been mentioned in one of UNESCO’s World Heritage lists for its exceptional universal ecological significance and value as a location of penetrating beauty.
Visiting the sand beaches. The mesmerizing beaches with their crystal white sand next to aquatic, fresh water has a soothing effect unlike any other. The beaches can be found all through Palawan’s coastline and offer some of the most beautiful natural sites. Uncrowded beaches provide a perfect haven for those who need a real get away to soothe their nerves.
Another exciting thing to do while in Puerto Princesa is to have a look at the exotic animals present, such as bats, dolphins, monkeys, and a diverse variety of birds. Snorkeling is an exciting activity for those interested in taking a look at the aquatic life.
Scuba diving is enjoyed by many tourists while in Puerto Princesa. Hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, manta rays, and several other megafauna have been spotted in the waters. Some of nature’s finest marine sights are seen and remembered for life.