Puerto Princesa, Palawan Day 1 of 3: City Tour (Itinerary and Expenses)

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Since we were scheduled to go to Underground River and Honda Bay on our 2nd and 3rd day here in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, we decided to go for a city tour on our first day. I browsed the Internet and luckily found one blog post where the writer recommended Kuya Jeson, a tricycle driver who can tour you around the city for a very affordable price. I tried to reach him via SMS prior our trip and he immediately accommodated my inquiry. We paid him Php 600  for the city tour which is, by the way, not inclusive of entrance fees.

Puerto Princesa, Palawan Day 1 of 3: City Tour (Itinerary and Expenses)
Puerto Princesa, Palawan Day 1 of 3: City Tour (Itinerary and Expenses)

He also offered us Underground River tour package for Php 1200 only, but sadly, I already availed the same type of package from another travel agency for Php 1500. Anyway, if you want to contact Kuya Jeson, here's his mobile no. +639183661103.

The Puerto Princesa City tour includes the following destinations: Crocodile Farm, Rancho Sta. Monica, Baker's Hill, Butterfly Garden Pasalubong Center, Baywalk, New Plaza Cuartel and Puerto Princesa Cathedral

Note: All photos are captured using Huawei G8 & Cherry Mobile Flare Mate 8. :) Enjoy!!

Crocodile Farm



Our first stop was the Crocodile Farm, also known as Palawan Wildlife Rescue Center, located at Puerto Princesa South Road. He brought us here first because we had to catch up with the tour schedule that started at 11AM. 

Baby crocodiles
Baby Crocodiles
Old crocodile
Old Crocodile
Angel holding a real crocodile at Crocodile Farm
This is me holding a crocodile. Yeah, it was scary!!

The Crocodile Farm has an entrance fee of Php 40 only. As for the photo op session with a real crocodile, if you want a printed photo as a souvenir, you will have to pay Php 180 or Php 250, depending on preferred photo paper size.

Since this was my favorite part of the Puerto Princesa city tour, I created a separate post about it. To know more about our Crocodile Farm experience, head over to this link (Click Here!).

Location: Puerto Princesa South Road, Puerto Princesa, Philippines

Rancho Sta. Monica



Next stop was the Rancho Sta. Monica (also known as Mitra's Ranch), a property owned by a pure Palaweño, named Ramon Mitra Jr. In this ranch, you can do several activities such as the following: birds feeding, zipline, visit Ramon Mitra Jr.'s house and horse back riding.

Rancho Sta. Monica Birds Feeding
Birds Feeding Activity: We're trying to feed the birds!
Birds Feeding at Rancho Sta. Monica
Bird feeding successful!
Ramon Mitra Jr.'s House
House of Ramon Mitra Jr.
Zipline
Ranch Zipline - We did not try their zipline because we planned to do this activity at Sabang Beach
Horse Back Riding Activity

Baker's Hill 


Just in time for lunch, our next stop was the Baker's Hill. :) We had lunch at Baker's kitchen and tried their exotic Crocodile Sisig.


Baker Hill's Products
Baker's Hill Signage
Entrance of Baker Hill
Entrance of Baker's Hill
Baker's Hill Chef
Upon entering the Baker's Hill, you will be greeted by this Chef! :))
Baker's Hill Love Tree
Love Tree??
Our picture with Marilyn (hahaha!) :)
Fruit Shakes
We had lunch at Baker's Kitchen. Here's a copy of the menu.
Crocodile Sisig
Liempo with Rice 

Butterfly Garden


After having lunch, our driver lead us to the Butterfly Garden. You'll be asked to register and pay for Php 50 before you can enter the place. I'll create a separate post about this because we have a lot of good pictures to share with you. Stay tuned! 

Meanwhile, here are some of our photos inside the Butterfly garden. :)

Butterfly Garden
BUTTERFLY!!
Gecko
Gecko
Palawan Natives
Palawan Natives
Butterfly Garden
Feeling butterfly (hehe)

Pasalubong Center

I know it was too early to purchase pasalubong during our first day of stay here in Puerto Princesa, but since we were already here, might as well buy something for our families and friends. Price starts at Php 5.00! :)


Puerto Princesa's Delicacies
Scarf
Accessories
T-shirts and many more


Baywalk

From the Pasalubong Center, we then went to Puerto Princesa City's Baywalk. It pretty much reminded me of Manila's baywalk. 

Puerto Princesa's Baywalk

Since it's just walking distance from the hotel, we decided to go back here for dinner. :)

Puerto Princesa Bay
Carnival

Street food!!
Grilled Squid, Ensaladang Talong and Barbeque

Plaza Cuartel

The Plaza Cuartel is located near the Wharf of Puerto Princesa and just opposite the Puerto Princesa Cathedral. This plaza is very historical because of what happened here during World War II.

As indicated on the photo below, "Sa pook na ito na dating tanggulang militar noong ikalawang digmaang pandaigdig naganap ang pagsunog ng mga sundalong hapon sa humigit kuulang 150 amerikanong bihag ng digma noong 14 Disyembre 1944. Ilang nakaligtas ay lumangoy patungong iwahig. Ang mga labi ng mga nasawi ay dinala at inilibing sa St. Louis County sa isang panlahaang libingan sa Jefferson Barracks Nation Cemetery, Missouri, Estados Unidos, 1952".

About New Plaza Cuartel
About Plaza Cuartel
Plaza Cuartel
This presentation told us about the stories of Plaza Cuartel

New Plaza Cuartel

New Plaza Cuartel Sculpture
This sculpture depicted how they abused the prisoners

View of the sea from the Plaza Cuartel
View of the sea from the Plaza Cuartel

Location: Taft St., Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines


Immaculate Conception Cathedral


Before we ended our Puerto Princesa "city tour", we had a chance to visit the Immaculate Conception Cathedral to pray and be thankful for all our blessings. The cathedral is located at Rizal Avenue, just near the New Plaza Cuartel.

From afar, we actually thought that it looks like the San Sebastian Church in Manila. By the way, the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of Puerto Princesa.

Location: Rizal Avenue, Barangay Liwanag, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Facade of Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Immaculate Conception Cathedral's Facade
Inside Immaculate Conception Cathedral
Inside Immaculate Conception Cathedral

City Tour Expenses Breakdown: Php 740

Transportation (tricycle; up to 4pax): 600 / 4 = 150
Crocodile Farm's Entrance Fee: 80
Souvenir: Printed photo c/o Crocodile Farm (optional; availed it): 180
Rancho Sta. Monica: Bird Feeding: 10
Rancho Sta. Monica Zipline (optional; did not avail it): 500
House of Ramon Mitra Jr. Entrance Fee: 20
Lunch at Baker's Hill: 1000 / 4 = 250
Butterfly Garden: 50
Note: Other city tour destinations don't have an entrance fee

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