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Puerto Princesa and around

The provincial capital PUERTO PRINCESA is the only major urban sprawl in Palawan, with just over 250,000 residents, a third of the total population. There are a few sights around Puerto Princesa, but hardly any in the city itself (it was founded by the Spanish only in 1872), which is why most visitors treat it as a one-night stop on the way to or from Palawan’s beaches and islands.

There are several attractions around Puerto Princesa that you can easily visit in a day or less, including Honda Bay and the Underground River. All the hotels in the area sell essentially the same tours taking in the nearest sights for around P600 per person in a minivan, or P500–700 per tricycle (Honda Bay and the Underground River are more expensive). You can also try to negotiate with tricycle drivers in the street, but you are unlikely to get much of a discount.

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