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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
A 8.2 kilometer Underground River that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave.

Puerto Princesa Bay
The area is a major entry point by water access to the City of Puerto Princesa. It offers first impressions to the traveler. The site is ideal for bay and mangrove cruises. Bayside resorts provide accommodation and dining facilities with a panoramic view of the bay.

Puerto Princesa Cleopatra's Needle

About 1,600 meters high, it provides a panoramic view of Puerto Princesa City. A very challenging climb for mountaineers.

Puerto Princesa Honda Bay Islands
Just a few minutes north of the city proper, hop onto a boat and go island hopping at Honda Bay located in the mid-eastern coast of the city. A dozens of white sand beaches. Dive sites abound here, as the entire area is studded with patches of coral and sand. Submerged reefs may be found close to the surface down to 24 meters. Small reef and aquarium fish can also be found here. Among the well-known dive sites here are Pandan Island which has good reefs near small drop-offs, Arreceffi Island and Panglima Reef where coral boulders and gray reef sharks are found.

Each island at Honda Bay offers different thrills. Snake Island has a sandbar that slithers on the surface of the sea, much like the critter that bears its name. It is best for snorkeling, swimming or simply basking in the sand. It can be reached in an hour by pumpboat. Bat Island, only 20 minutes away from St. Lourdes wharf, is literally teeming with bats which make their way out at sundown to look for food in the mainland.

Puerto Princesa Ulugan Bay
Ulugan is a deep channel on the northwestern coast of Puerto Princesa. Tres Marias, a cluster of three islets, stand guard at the mouth of the bay. Inside the bay is Rita Island, another popular dive spot. Mangrove forests abound in river deltas, while dense vegetation packs gently rolling hills in the distance.

Puerto Princesa White Sand Beaches
Provides a powdery white sand beaches are found in almost all islands and islets in the province. Strands of white sand beaches hugh the coves and bays of Palawan's coastline, providing a scenic contrast to the green canopies and the emerald or blue waters.

Puerto Princesa Iwahig Penal Colony
Established by the Americans in 1904 to supply food to other prisons all over the country. Iwahig has since become synonymous to finely handcrafted bags and other souvenir items. In the prison without walls, inmates tend vast farms instead of idly spending time behind bars.

Puerto Princesa Immaculate Conception Cathedral
A Spanish expedition proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary as the patroness of Puerto Princesa, in 1872. That same year, the first mass was celebrated here. However it took almost a century before the cathedral on Rizal Avenue, going to the pier, was built in 1961 under then Bishop Most Rev. Gregorio Espiga.

Puerto Princesa Limestone and Marble Cliffs/Karst Mountains
These geologically significant landscapes will delight mountaineers, rock climbers and nature enthusiasts. Trained guides must be available when exploring these sites. St. Paul Park rangers can likewise assist adventurous travelers. It's located at Baranggay Cabayugan and Baranggay Tagabinet.

Puerto Princesa Vietnamese Village
Provides a glimpse of Vietnamese culture and a people’s struggle for freedom. Home to the “Boat People” who first came here in 1979, these Vietnamese asylum seekers live normal lives and has since brought to Puerto Princesa the flavor of Vietnamese cuisine. Some enterprising Vietnamese are also engaged in silver jewelry making.

Puerto Princesa Plaza Cuartel, Taft Street.
Restored ruins of an old garrison where Japanese soldiers burned 143 American prisoners of war inside a tunnel and stands as a grim reminder of World War II atrocities. Only ten prisoners survived to tell the story about what happened inside that tunnel.

Puerto Princesa Palawan Museums
The Museum is the repository of Palawan relics and artifacts including those from Tabon Cave, where remains of first Filipino were found. The structure that now houses the museum used to be the seat of the City Government of Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa Waterfalls
Salakot Waterfalls. A popular tourist spot located midway to Napsan about 50 meters from the road. Three layers of water falls plunge into the deep pools perfect for an afternoon bath after a hot ride in the sun. Rare species of butterflies may be found here

Puerto Princesa Flora
Palawan's rich and abundant plants species. Once a part of the province's vegetation, now endangered or facing extinction due to kaingin (slash and burn farming) and illegal logging.

Puerto Princesa Fauna
Endemic species of wildlife in the province of Palawan found nowhere else in the world. Most of these animals are endangered or faced extinction due to hunting, trading and habitat destruction.


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