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From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

1. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip

Sail along the world's largest underground river at Puerto Princesa on a full-day tour. Learn about this incredible structure from your guide, look out for wildlife, and enjoy a restaurant meal.  Start your day with a convenient pick-up service from your downtown accommodation at 7:00 AM. From there, travel by land to the famous underground river.  Your guide will provide information about the area and Puerto Princesa City in general along the way, ensuring you get to learn as much as you can about this wonderful location. During the trip, a stop will be made at Buenavista, a delightful viewpoint where you can get a glimpse of Ulugan Bay. Arrive at Sabang Wharf at approximately 8:00 AM, and board a pump boat to the mouth of the cave. This place is home to Monitor Lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other forms of wildlife, some of which are exclusive to Palawan.  After a short walk, you'll ride a paddleboat to the underground river and marvel at this natural wonder. Once back at the wharf, lunch will be served at one of the restaurants in Sabang. Get to enjoy local cuisine and sample the taste Filipinos love.  An optional side trip to Ugong Rock Adventure Zipline and Spelunking is available after the Underground River Tour so that you can make the most of your day. Once back in the city, you'll be dropped off at your hotel. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

2. Transfer between Puerto Princesa and El Nido

Enjoy a hassle-free journey between Puerto Princesa and El Nido. Sit back and relax inside a modern air-conditioned vehicle as your professional driver takes you to your destination. Choose between a shared or private transfer.  If your upcoming holiday has a laid-back schedule, try the shared transfer with time slots available throughout the day. If you would prefer a readily available transfer, you can book a private van. Enjoy the spacious interior that will fit up to 13 people.

Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

3. Puerto Princesa: Honda Bay Island Hopping & Optional Massage

Experience the beauty of marine life in Puerto Princesa. Honda Bay is located on the eastern shore of Puerto Princesa and hosts a variety of tiny islands with resorts and beaches. It is also home to a wide variety of fishes, corals, and giant clams. Begin your 30-minute journey from the city to Barangay Sta. Lourdes, where the Honda Bay Wharf is located. Before boarding your boat, you will make a stop to rent your snorkel, aqua shoes, and swimming fins. Once on board, you will be taken to 3 different places each with its own unique attractions and characteristics. First is Luli Island. This sand bar got its name from the Filipino 'Lulubog at LIlitaw', which means to appear and disappear on water. The sand bar disappears when the tide is high and appears when the tide is low. It has powdery cream-colored sand and clear blue water, which is perfect for swimming and relaxing. There is a cocktail bar where you can sample the local mixes. There is a dive platform where you can take a jump into the water.  Next is Pambato Reef. This reef is a famous snorkeling site in Honda Bay. It has an average depth of 13 meters and covers an area as wide as 16 hectares. It has a thriving community of branch and ear corals and schools of fish including lapu-lapu (grouper), parrot fish, and spadefish. Finally, head to Cowrie Island where you will spend most of your day. Your buffet-style lunch will be served on this island. The clear blue waters and powdery sand are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sun bathing. There is a massage center where you can treat yourself to a relaxing massage. Your day will end at approximately 2:30 PM. You will head back to the wharf and your driver will meet you there to return you to your accommodation. If you want a relaxing end to the day, select one of the massage options. Hotel drop-off after the massage can be provided with an extra charge, which can be booked as an add-on upon checkout.

Puerto Princesa: One-Way Transfer To/From El Nido

4. Puerto Princesa: One-Way Transfer To/From El Nido

Experience easy and efficient transfers between El Nido and Puerto Princesa City! Sit back and feel at ease as your professional driver takes you from one place to the other in a relaxed and modern air-conditioned vehicle. With this peaceful and convenient transfer, you'll be able to appreciate your trip to Palawan without worrying about finding public transportation - everything will be set and organized for you! With 10 seats and multiple schedules available, the shared transfer option can give you a ride on your preferred time.

The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

5. The Philippines: eSIM Data Plan

Make your trip to the Philippines hassle-free with your convenient eSIM. Stay connected on your travels with high-speed coverage in the Philippines. Purchase and install your eSIM anytime and anywhere, and choose from a variety of data packages, validity options, and coverage in additional countries. Simply scan the eSIM QR code to access all your essential apps on your trip. Avoid the trouble of managing multiple SIMs with this zero-waste solution. Get one eSIM per device and top up by simply buying and activating additional eSIM plans as you go. Once activated, your coverage will begin according to your selected duration. All iPhone model launched beyond iPhone XS can support eSIM. For Android, if you are unsure, please check with the guideline photo for eligibility. If you can not connect to the internet after install this eSIM, please follow the Self Help Troubleshooting Guide in your GYG voucher. Data plan information- APN (Access Point Name): internet Local operator: Globe

Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

6. Puerto Princesa: Underground River, Zipline, Paddleboat Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puerto Princesa and travel for 90 minutes to Sabang. Upon arrival at the wharf, your tour guide will arrange the necessary paperwork to access the cave. Ride in a motorboat for approximately 20 minutes until you reach the cave entrance. Put on your hard hat and explore the cave with audio guide commentary. Learn about the cave's importance to the local ecosystem on a tour lasting approximately 45 minutes.  After the cave tour, head back to Sabang wharf where your lunch will be waiting for you. Visit one of the restaurants lining the beach and enjoy traditional Filipino dishes with vegetarian options available. After lunch, walk along Sabang beach to reach the Sabang X zipline. Be strapped in and enjoy a scenic low-speed zip line ride for 800 meters. Take in the beautiful views of the mountains and the coastline. At the end of the zipline, enjoy a paddleboat tour through the lush mangrove forest, before being returned to Puerto Princesa.

Puerto Princesa: Firefly Watching Bay Cruise with Dinner

7. Puerto Princesa: Firefly Watching Bay Cruise with Dinner

Delight in an unforgettable sunset experience looking towards Puerto Princesa Baywalk at dusk with glittering fireflies decorating the night sky. Learn fascinating facts about these creatures and the surrounding nature with your guide, and savor a delicious local buffet dinner. Start your romantic journey with pickup from your hotel and head to the water to board a motor boat to a floating restaurant. Enjoy your dinner while taking in stunning views from the sea. Once the sun sets, you'll be able to see the city lights in the distance. After your meal, hop back on the boat to the middle of the bay. Switch to a smaller boat to get closer to the mangroves where fireflies love to hang out. See the water lit up by the bioluminescent plankton living in the river. Once you've toured the estuary, head back to the wharf from where you'll be taken back to your hotel.

Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

8. Puerto Princesa: Underground River and Firefly Watching Tour

Begin the day with hotel pickup from downtown Puerto Princesa or the airport and head to Sabang Wharf, arriving around 8:00 AM. Board a pump boat and cruise into the mouth of the cave, home to monitor lizards, monkeys, snakes, and other wildlife, some of which is exclusive to Palawan. Following a short walk, ride a paddle boat to the Underground River and marvel at this unique natural wonder. Grab an audioguide and sail through the narrow waters, past stone walls with hundreds of years of history. Keep an out for interesting shapes and colors in the caves and on the walls. Upon return to the wharf, lunch will be served. Savor a feast of local cuisine and then set off on the optional excursions, either a zip-lining adventure or a peaceful mangrove paddle boat tour. Return to your hotel for some downtime before heading back out for the evening portion of the tour. Drive to an offsite restaurant for your dinner before heading on to a river located some 30 kilometers from the city center. Aside from the fireflies and the stars, you'll also see the water light up by the bioluminescent plankton. Following the tour of the estuary, return to the wharf and then to your hotel.

From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Guided Day Trip

9. From Puerto Princesa: Underground River Guided Day Trip

Experience one of the longest underground rivers in the world on this full-day trip to the UNESCO-listed Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Admire pristine natural areas, verdant old-growth forests, and biodiverse wildlife. Learn about this incredible area with the help of the included audio-guide. Be picked up early in the morning from the city of Puerto Princesa and relax in air-conditioned comfort on the transfer to the Sabang Wharf. Hop aboard a boat and take in the stunning views and feel the breeze in your hair. Let your guide show you a full mountain-to-sea ecosystem which provides a significant habitat for distinct wildlife and plant life. Capture pictures of the largest and most valuable limestone forest in Asia. Have the option to stop and purchase a tasty lunch along the way. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon or early evening with unforgettable memories of this unique area.

Puerto Princesa: Half-Day City Tour with Optional Massage

10. Puerto Princesa: Half-Day City Tour with Optional Massage

Spend a couple of hours in the morning or afternoon sunshine and discover the city of Puerto Princesa by visiting some of its famous locations within the city proper. First, visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which is a Roman Catholic cathedral in the heart of Puerto Princesa. Roman Catholicism is an integral part of the lives of the locals. Next, head to Plaza Cuartel where you will find a World War II fort where prisoners of war were imprisoned. Continue to Puerto Princesa Baywalk, a popular spot where locals meet and eat. In the morning, it is full of joggers sweating it out even before the sun rises while in the afternoon families and students spend their leisure time here.  Located just 13 kilometers from the city center, visit the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, home to crocodiles and other rescued wild animals. Continue your journey to Mitra's Ranch, which is the ancestral house of one of Puerto Princesa's prominent politicians, the former House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. Taste the famous Hopia at Baker's Hill, which is a theme park with a lovely garden of larger-than-life statues of well-loved cartoon characters. Visit Binuatan Creations Weaving Center where the locals make a living by weaving. Last but not least, stop at a local shop to buy famous Palawan delicacies and souvenirs to take home to your family and friends. Upgrade your tour to include an optional relaxing 60 or 100-minute full body massage (dry, oil, hot stone, or placenta). You will be dropped off at the massage place and you can also select hotel drop-off service after massage for an extra charge, upon booking.

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4.3 / 5

based on 398 reviews

Transferring from El Nido to Puerto Princessa was nothing short of exceptional. What truly impressed me was the professionalism and skill demonstrated by our driver throughout the journey. Despite the winding roads and sharp curves along the route back to Puerto Princessa, our driver navigated easily and confidently. I was amazed at how smoothly and efficiently he maneuvered the vehicle, ensuring a safe and comfortable ride for all passengers. Despite the challenges posed by the terrain, our driver's speed and efficiency were remarkable. He managed to maintain a brisk pace without compromising on safety, ensuring that we arrived at our destination in Puerto Pricessa right on schedule. Overall, my experience with transport transfer service was nothing short of excellent. From the moment of booking to the final drop-off, every aspect of the journey was handled with professionalism and care. I recommend their services to anyone needing reliable and efficient transportation in the El N

Great ! The river is magnificent. We waited quite a while to take the boat to get there though. An audio guide is provided (included in the price of the excursion) and available in all major languages. Decent buffet meal. We were dropped off at our hotel around 4:30 p.m.

Mr John is an excellent tour guide for Angkor Wat tour . he was very knowledgeable architect and Hugh knowledge about history and excellent photography skills for touring around Cambodia and Angkor . great tour guide high recommend.

Really a must-see when in Puerto Princesa! Our guide V was the best, so sweet and helping. Recommend!

Incredible experiences, excellent guide and driver!