This was hands down the highlight of our Puerto Princesa trip and I’m so glad we DIYed it. The night before, we talked to a trycicle driver to get us to the port and take us back at around 4 or 5pm. I think we agreed on 400 pesos round trip for the 5 of us. We stopped by a snorkeling rental store and rented one of each for 100 pesos.
Ka Lui is an established restaurant in Puerto Princesa. It’s upscale. You need to make reservations which we did the day before but it’s still casual that you don’t have to dress up or anything. I love the look and atmosphere of the place more than the food. Haha.
The Puerto Princesa Underground river is one of the must dos for any Puerto Princesa trip. It’s a long stretch of river underneath caves and along the way you’ll see different rock formations underneath. The boatman also serves as the tour guide. This should have been the highlight of our trip but I’m sad to say that the experience was not. That’s not the underground river’s fault but that of the tour operator or tour operators in general and their really inefficient system. We paid about 1,200 per person. I wish we had done the tour ourselves and didn’t go with a tour operator because apparently, you can get a permit even the day before according to our local driver who did our city tour. Our fear was that we wouldn’t get permits since you have to book early or something. It wasn’t busy season anyway so we probably could have done it ourselves and that would have been better.
After the Crocodile farm, Mitra’s ranch was next on our itinerary. It is located on top of a hill so you would be able to to overlook Puerto Princesa and the sea. We stayed here for about 10-15 minutes. There was also a zip line thing if you like that kind of activity.
So we met up with manong driver at Balinsasayaw after lunch. I considered doing the tour on trycicle since that would be cheaper but it was so hot, the air-conditioned van was worth every penny. I forgot about the price we agreed to but it wasn’t that bad. It could be on the 1000-1200 range but I’m not too sure. His van wasn’t new but the AC was working very well so no complains from us.
The first thing we went to was the pasalubong center. I think every van drops by here. I’m sure they get commissions but we didn’t mind as long as we didn’t stay there very long. We needed to get a few things anyway like cashew nuts and magnets. Then we went to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center otherwise known as the Crocodile farm. We paid a fee of 40 pesos each. They have tours every 30 minutes. We waited for the next one so we roamed around like at the canteen and found the Palawan Crocodobo.