Puerto Princesa City Tour

Mar 14, 2011

We went to Puerto Princesa City last March 4-7, 2011 thanks to Cebu Pacific's seat sale. I was able to get a round trip ticket for two, for only P594 so we find it to be a very good deal! We stayed at Audissie Pension Inn and availed of their packaged tours, which include 4D/3N accomodations, Underground River tour and Honda bay tour. We did the city tour on our own instead of paying for an additional P600 each. We rented this tricycle for P600 for a 5-6 hours tour. The driver also served as our tour guide and photographer! The first on our itinerary is the Butterfly Garden. Entrance fee is P25 each. It is a private initiative to conserve native butterflies and part of the eco-tourism in the city.Our next stop was the Mitra's Ranch. I love the view from the ranch where you can see Honda Bay and lush plantation too. We peeked inside the house thru the glass and loved how the house itslef look. We missed a photo op with Cong. Baham Mitra as he was already leaving when we reached the veranda.

Next stop was the Baker's Hill near Mitra's Ranch. We were so hungry by this time that we were not able to enjoy the beautiful sights of the hill. We looked for their main restaurant and had an enjoyable lunch eating Sinigang na Isda sa Miso and Inihaw na Liempo. It was so good! After our lunch, we were too full to look at the bakery items so we missed trying the famous hopia!
Our next stop was the Crocodile Farm and Nature Park at the Crocodile Farming Institute. Entrance fee was P40 each and our driver had to pay it for us so we can join the guided tour that was about to start, otherwise we would need to wait for another 30 minutes.
The reason we had to pay our driver P600 instead of the usual P500 was because we wanted to visit the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm. While we were haggling the price with him, he was saying that the Iwahig Prison was not usually offered as part of the city tour because of the 2km rough road. But that didnt deter s, and since we were already there, might as well visit the prison.

From Iwahig, we traveled for 30-45 mins more going to the city. We first stopped by the tiangge where we bought our pasalubongs but I forgot to take a picture. I was too tired from the long journey! Our driver dropped us off at the Imaculate Concepcion for a quick visit to the church. We also attend mass here the following Sunday. Since we were already thirsty, we decided to buy softdrinks from a nearby stall and saw Plaza Cuartel!

The gate was closed but when I asked the guard if we can come it, he asked us if we were tourists and then allowed us in.
After the visit to Plaza Cuartel, our driver brought us back to the pension where we shook hands on a wonderful tour. To cap off our day and despite the fatigue, I dragged my husband to the Puerto Princesa City Bay Wal hoping to catch a glimpse of the subset. Unfortunately, the sun sets on the other side! Nonetheless, the view at the Baywalk was great and I love how the locals and tourist alike frequent the place!
I will write a separate post on each of these areas we visited and post more pictures too!


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