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Puerto Princesa

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Introduction

Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines

Honda Bay, Palawan, Philippines

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The capital city of the island group Palawan in the Philippines, Puerto Princesa lies in the middle of this very well environmentally-protected island. Palawan is considered as the country's last frontier for maintaining a diverse reserve of flora and fauna.

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Sights and Activities

  • Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park - Home to the world's longest navigable underground river which runs 8.2 kilometres from within the St. Paul mountain and into the sea. It is also officially among the New 7 Wonders of Nature as announced in late 2011.
  • Honda Bay - Home to a diversity of marine life, islands and sand bars, this is a famous destination for tourists that go island-hopping and snorkeling
  • Palawan Crocodile Farm and Conservation Center
  • Batak Village
  • Iwahig Penal Colony - A unique maximum security prison without walls where inmates roam freely to do farming chores.
  • Viet Ville - Once a village built for Vietnamese refugees who fled their homeland during the Vietnam War.
  • Tubbataha Reef - A smaller version of the Great Barrier Reef located in the middle of the Sulu Sea and is home to diversity of marine creatures.

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Weather

The city is among those cities in the country that is seldomly hit by a typhoon. It has two main climates, dry during November to April and wet during May to October. Normally, September has the heaviest rainfall in a year. With this, Puerto Princesa generally has a good climate especially in the summer period of March to May. Temperatures are mostly around 30 °C during the day and around or above 20 °C at night.

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Getting There

By Plane

Puerto Princesa is connected to domestic air travel with the Puerto Princesa International Airport (International Airport Code PPS) with the following carriers:

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Getting Around

By Tricycle

A common mode of transport around the city is on tricycles. These are regular motorcycles with a sidecar and is used like a local taxi where they transport passengers to any destination in the city.

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Sleep

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Albon Pension House60.lacao street 60 Lacao Corner Carandang StreetHostel79
D'Lucky Garden Inn and SuitesPEO Road, Rizal Avenue ExtensionGuesthouse74

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Keep Connected

Internet

There are a number of internet service providers nationwide: PLDT-Smart Communications, Globe Telecoms, BayanTel and Sun Cellular and each have their signal strengths in various locations. Internet access areas of broadband speeds are plentiful in city malls, much less so outside the cities, but are growing at a rapid pace. Internet surfing rates depend primarily on where you surf and the medium used (e.g. WiFi or wired). Internet services offered by hotels and shopping malls are expensive and can go up to ₱200/hour (approximately US$5) but neighbourhood cafes can be as cheap as ₱15/hour (approximately US$0.35).

Public place WiFi services in the Philippines is provided by Airborneaccess.net and WiZ is likely to cost ₱100 (approximately US$2) for up to an hour. But if you want cheaper, there is a internet cafe chain in SM malls called, "Netopia", that has a landline internet connection for around 20P an hour (about 0.46 US). Coffee shops as well as malls usually carry WiFi service some are free to use. Certain areas may also carry free WiFi. The SM chain of malls offer free wifi, so you can sit virtually anywhere in the mall and access free wireless.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company commonly known as PLDT is the leading telecommunications provider. It is also the largest company in the country. There are three major companies operating GSM 900/1800 networks: Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. Your home provider at home should have agreements with one of these providers so check with them before leaving home. Roaming may be quite expensive just as elsewhere however, pre-paid SIM cards of these networks are easy to acquire and cost as little as ₱30 and provide a cheaper alternative.
If you don't have a phone to begin with, a complete pre-paid kit with phone and SIM can be purchased for as little as ₱1,500.The usual cost of an international long-distance call to the United States, Europe or other major countries is $0.40 per minute. Local calls range from ₱ 6.50 per minute for prepaid calls.

Due to the wide use of mobile phones, pay phones are increasingly becoming obsolete. Some malls and public places still do have them and they usually come in either the coin or card operated variety. Globe and PLDT are the usual operators. Phone cards are usually sold by shops which sell cellphone pre-paid loads and cards. Note that phone cards of one company can not be used with the other company's card operated phones.

Post

The Philippine Postal Corporation, or PhilPost, is the provides the postal service throughout the Philippines. PhilPost is pretty reliable, but one can hardly call it fast services. It is fine for sending postcards and letters though, both domestically as well as internationally. Prices for sending postcards or letters within the country start at around P7, while most international post costs at least P20. For sending parcels to and from the Philippines it might be wise to use companies like FedEx or UPS. The opening hours of post offices in the Philippines differ from one place to another. Usually, post offices are open from 8:00am to 12 noon and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on weekdays. And for those that operate on Saturdays, the business hours are from 8:00am to 1:00pm.

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