Puerto Princesa, Palawan

how we got there. buses make a daily run from 7/8/9am from El Nido to Puerto Princesa. don’t expect a luxury bus, though, else you will be in for a shock. it’s an 8 hour journey along very dusty roads in an old, rickety,no a/c bus. they make 2 rest stops along the way for food and toilet breaks. we book our seats a few days before at the bus terminal in el nido. they would require full payment and give you the tickets. it is possible that they change the schedules and the time on the signs outside is not always correct, so make sure to ask. and yes, sometimes the bus failed to arrive and/or breaks down.

Bayan (town). Puerto Princesa is quite a huge place. but the town is quite small and everybody seems to know everybody else. it’s pretty laid back here. and nightlife is dominated by going to restaurants. there are quite a few good places to eat here, but we do find ourselves the only customers in some of them.
found 1 cinema, though it looks pretty rundown. no big malls, but they have NCCC (a grocery and department store) as well as a few well-known stores in Rizal St. (Jollibee, Chowking, Bench, Penshoppe).

Princesa Inn. P650/night. Probably one of the cheapest places with a/c. Basic, but comfortable enough.

Island Divers. We spent much of our time in Puerto Princesa getting our open water scuba diving licence. They are one of the pioneers in the area and runs live-aboard tours to Tubattaha. Very patient instructors and you can be assured that you are getting the correct training. Took us 5 days to complete the course. I ran into most difficulties because I do not know how to swim, and was quite afraid of the open sea (so what am i doing scuba diving?). They supply all gears and boat transfers and sometimes transfers to and from your hotel and lunch whenever applicable. You’ll be exploring the local waters – white beach, putol na ilog. and see a great variety of corals, fish, and sharks!

Baywalk. It is trying to be like baywalk in Roxas Blvd., Manila, with a few food stalls and local entertainment and those fancy street lights. Worth looking into if there is some local event going on.

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