12 Instagrammable places in Puerto Princesa

Nigar Bayramgizi 09 December 2020 272 views 6 min. read

Have you ever thought about travel to the Philippines? In my opinion, this place should be on your holiday schedule because of its sunny beaches, beautiful islands, warm and kind people, natural wonders, distinctive and interesting entertainment. There are a lot of destinations which I can recommend to you, but in this article, I would like to speak about the Philippines` second-largest city, Puerto Princesa. This is a highly urbanized city in the region of Mimaropa, Philippines. This port city is situated in the western province of Palawan. There are numerous things to do in Puerto Princesa. Visiting outstanding and spectacular places, trying new local tastes, shopping in the boutiques, markets, and shopping malls, obtaining new information about the natural wonders and wildlife of this city and others are among them. Today I will focus on providing you with interesting and useful information about the Instagrammable places of this city including the details such as what to do in Puerto Princesa, the best hotel in Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princesa weather, and others. 

1. The Underground River 

tourist entering on a little rowing boat

When you are planning to travel to Puerto Princesa city, I recommend starting with the Underground River known as one of the 7 Wonders of Nature, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This miraculous river is approximately 2 hours from the city proper and is situated in the quiet coastal village of Sabang. There are diverse flora and fauna, so you can meet a large number of birds, mammals, and reptiles. This Instagrammable area maintains in itself limestone karst formations, pristine forests, big stalactites, and an 8.2 – kilometres long underground river. If you want to explore this natural wonder, you should take underground river tours by paddleboats, and it will be among the most interesting things to do in Puerto Princesa. During the tours you will be provided with a lifejacket, headgear, and audio which will help you to listen to a recorded instructional guide. Besides, the incredible nature of this place will give you a big opportunity to take the most liked Instagram photo.

2. Ihawing River 

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Another river destination in Purto Princesa city is the Ihawing River which is one of the biggest rivers in the city. There are a lot of mangroves and fireflies which magically light up the night sky. And this view for sure will create a wonderful Instagrammable spot. Also, you will able to witness the hypnotizing allure of the fireflies.

3. Honda Bay 

Starfish Island, Puerto Princesa

Honda Bay is one of the Instagrammable places in Puerto Princesa. This place is very impressive with its reefs, white sand beaches, warm water, and beautiful islets such as Luli, Starfish, Cowrie, and Pandan Island. Perfect Puerto Princesa weather, inviting water will be a great condition for your unforgettable rest. Also, if you think what to do in Puerto Princesa, you should relax, as there are a lot of attractions with Honda Bay island-hopping adventures. Also, it would be an interesting exploration for you to contemplate the colourful underwater ecosystem of Starfish Island, which encapsulates coral reefs that break the crystalline water on a stretch of white sand beach. 

4. Baker’s Hill 

bakers hill

Baker’s Hill is a cosy place in Puerto Princesa which you should also visit. It is popular with its freshly-baked and delicious local delicacies, wonderful gifts for friends and family. It maintains in itself wonderful gardens like mini-theme parks. And the marvellous and distinctive landscape of this place can be a great background for your most liked Instagram photo

5. Sabang Waterfall 

The next Instagrammable places which I would like to recommend is Sabang Waterfall. This impressive waterfall is over 50ft high. What makes it an Instagrammable spot is its location right on the beach. There is a rock pool at the bottom, view of the crossing ocean, and mountains on the horizon.

6. Mitra’s Ranch 

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Mitra’s Ranch is among the travel suggestions of Instagrammable places in Puerto Princesa City. This ranch, also known as Rancho Sta, is located near Baker’s Hill.  Monica and owner of this place are former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ramon Mitra Jr. Mitra’s Ranch maintains an admirable view of Puerto Princesa and Honda Bay because of its location on top of a hill. This place offers a wonderful green landscape of the surrounding valley. Also, you can include to your list of what to do in Puerto Princesa horseback riding and ziplining or just walking down a hanging bridge. Besides, you can have a great picnic time there. Considering all these activities, you should think about this Instagrammable place during your travel to Puerto Princesa.

7. Palawan Tribal Village and Butterfly Farm 

Palawan Butterfly Ecological Garden and Tribal Village

There is another alternative proposal for tourists who love nature - Palawan Tribal Village and Butterfly Farm. The tour of this beautiful place is divided into two parts. One of them is the Tribal Village. This section offers a cultural interaction with members of the tribe known as one of the oldest inhabitants of Palawan. The other section is named the Butterfly Eco Garden. This part represents numerous distinctive tropical butterflies, other insects from the southern region of the Philippines, and rescued endemic wildlife in Palawan like the Palawan bearcat and the Palawan peacock-pheasant. Taking beautiful photos of these colourful and wonderful butterflies, obtaining new information about them can be thought of as an option among things to do in Puerto Princesa.

8. Palawan museum 

palawan museum

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Palawan museum can be interesting for the people who like to gain new knowledge about the culture of the place where they travel. Palawan Museum called the Tabon Caves known as the Cradle of Philippine Civilization. It is the essential highlight of this Puerta Princesa escapade. You can learn about archaeological findings which refer to the Tabon Man, one of the earliest settlers in the Philippines. Also, other relics and artefacts can be found in the Tabon Caves in Palawan Museum. At the same time, Palawan is home to different indigenous tribes. One of them is Tagbanuas, an ethnolinguistic group that used syllabic writing before the Spanish colonize arrived in the country. It should be mentioned that the Palawan Museum represents all indigenous people and ethnolinguistic tribes like the Palawans and the Cuyunons. People who visit this museum are never bored because they can participate in the Puerto Princesa excursion to investigate its broad collection of historical and cultural artefacts and libraries.

9. Immaculate Conception Cathedral 

Tourist who visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral

The building of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral can be considered one of the Instagrammable places in this city with its sweet pastel blue paint. This cathedral often is included in a Puerto Princesa package and is also known as a century-old historical landmark in Puerto Princesa City. It was built during the Spanish-era in the Philippines as a small church but was reconstructed as a cathedral in 1961. The magnificent cathedral, Immaculate Conception Cathedral attracts a lot of tourists because of its original Gothic architectural design. Its beautiful construction has symmetrical arches that are reminiscent of Medieval European structures. So its wonderful architectural view can be a great spot for your most liked Instagram photo. Besides, Immaculate Conception Cathedral has historical importance as this cathedral’s significance dates back to 1872 when the first mass in Puerto Princesa was held there. Also, you can see some wood carvings from the Iwahig Prison and Penal Colony displayed in the cathedral. 

10. Sabang beach 

Traditional boats on Sabang beach

Travel to Puerto Princesa cannot be thought without the beach holiday. So, when we speak about the Instagrammable places of this city, we should mention at least one beach’s name. If you are going to this area, choose the Sabang beach. This long and far beach preserve in its one side commercial objects such as restaurants and shake stands, so you can attend any entertainment. At the same time, the other end of this place will give you a beautiful seaside day with sand, sun, sunset in the perfect warm Puerto Princesa weather. In this peaceful atmosphere, you will forget all daily problems, concerns, in other words, you will obtain perfect rest. Also, sunset at Sabang beach will create an opportunity to take the most Instagrammable photo.

11. Princesa Garden Island Resort

Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa

For sure a hotel stay is an important detail in travel preparations. So, I would like to recommend one of the best hotels in Puerto Princesa - Princesa Garden Island Resort. It is located 15 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa International Airport. If you want just to relax and enjoy nature, then this hotel is for you. Princesa Garden Island Resort offers a calm and secluded holiday for a few days. This hotel has a great, beautifully natural, Instagrammable view in addition to its comfort.

12. Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Conservation Center

Palawan wildlife rescue and conservation center

Another place where visitors can spend an interesting time is the Palawan Rescue and Wildlife Conservation Center, also known as the Crocodile Farm. Visitors gain a chance to observe crocodiles and other endangered species in Palawan. You will not only learn about these species but also get an up-close look at them. There are two types of crocodiles protected: saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles. You also can attend the crocodile skeleton exhibit. So, in my opinion, this place can be an appropriate choice for families who travel with children. Also, you can take memorable and very fun photos with your kids. 

In conclusion, I would like to say that if you research Instagrammable places in Puerto Princesa, you will find numerous examples for them, so it is worth spending your holiday in this peaceful and sunny place in Philippines.

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