puerto princesa

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Spectacular Scuba Diving in Honda Bay with Cooper’s Beach Resort

Posted on December 27, 2015

On our tour of northeast Puerto Princesa, one of the resorts we visited was Cooper’s Beach Resort. I was surprised to discover that they offered scuba diving in Honda Bay, as I’ve gone snorkeling a few times before on the popular island-hopping excursions to Pambato Reef and Luli Island, which left me unimpressed by the visibility, condition of the corals and variety of marine life found there. So I assumed long ago that Honda Bay doesn’t offer great diving, perhaps due to itsRead More

67th Heaven Holiday Resort: The Finest Beach Retreat in Northeast Puerto Princesa

Posted on December 23, 2015

After the festivities of the Puerto Princesa Underground River Day, the Puerto Princesa Tourism Office took me and the other bloggers who remained after the media tour to the less-visited northeast coast of Puerto Princesa, along Honda Bay. Named after the kilometer marker where it is situated, 67th Heaven Holiday Resort is one of the more prominent beach resorts that sparsely dot this desert shoreline. A cluster of native-style bungalows, rattan hammocks and, curiously, a Swedish-style sauna make up the resort grounds, frontingRead More

Canvas Boutique Hotel: Avant-Garde Art Hotel Opens in Puerto Princesa

Posted on November 20, 2015

A bright four-storey structure tucked between mango, santol and acacia trees, Canvas Boutique Hotel truly makes a statement right along the Puerto Princesa North Road in Barangay San Miguel, just north of Junction 1. Currently on its soft opening phase, the 49-room hotel opened only last November 15. As the first blogger invited to stay in Canvas, I was excited to experience this avant-garde art accommodation that took three years to materialize. Don’t be put off by the word “avant-garde”, however, becauseRead More

Blue Palawan Beach Club: Beachfront Casitas in the Heart of Puerto Princesa

Posted on November 19, 2015

During the “Bonggang Bakasyon sa Puerto Princesa” tour in celebration of Puerto Princesa Underground River Day, I stayed with two contest winners and their companions at Blue Palawan Beach Club, one of the newer resorts located at the heart of the city. I was looking forward to my stay at this beach resort, which only opened early this year, as it boasts of being the only one situated along a white-sand beach within the city proper of Puerto Princesa. InRead More

Celebrating Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Day 2015

Posted on November 18, 2015

Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) or Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has received renewed global attention in recent years after having been chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature in 2011. Home to about 800 plant and 233 animal species —including 15 kinds of endangered birds only found in the Philippines— PPUR was also protected under the internationally-recognized Ramsar Convention on “Wetlands of International Importance” in the same year.Read More

Puerto Pension Bed & Breakfast: An Eco-friendly Guesthouse in Puerto Princesa

Posted on July 1, 2015

One of the pioneering accommodations in Puerto Princesa, Puerto Pension Bed & Breakfast has been around for almost 20 years, offering native-style  rooms that are not only easy on the pocket but also on the environment. Akin to Palo Alto Bed & Breakfast, Puerto Pension exudes a rustic atmosphere with its use of indigenous building materials like native hardwood, bamboo and woven pandan. Common spaces are furnished with indigenous decor and photographs of Palawan’s landscapes hang on the walls, completing theRead More