For this accidental DIY walking tour, I only spent Php14.00 for the multicab rides to and fro the PPS City Hall. It is to some extent, a breather to the 3 organized tours that I took the days before. I think I lost a few pounds in the process but I also gained a raw and personal perspective of Puerto Princesa City.
The CT (City Tour) was my first organized tour in Puerto Princesa. It is half-day long and has five stops. I requested a friend of a friend to book one for me during my first day in PPS.
I would not have made it to Honda Bay (HB) if not for a surprise birthday gift from a good friend. I actually crossed off HB from my budget-constrained itinerary in Puerto Princesa because I am not a beach person.
The PWRCC or the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center is informally known as 'Crocodile Farm' as it primarily breeds crocodiles and sells them for their prized hides.
Before heading for the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), our group decided to stop by Barangay Cabayugan for the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour (Php200).
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) covers not only the world-famous Palawan Underground River but also the 'sleeping dragon' mountain, pristine forests, limestone karst landscapes, mangroves and white sand beaches.
The gate in the picture is the only physical barrier at the Iwahig Prison and Penal Farm in Puerto Princesa. Other than this structure, you could see no fences or barbed wires that would secure the perimeter of the 38,000 ha. facility.
The chaolangan in Puerto Princesa could be one of the most enduring legacy of the Vietnamese refugees. They are the 'boat people' who once sought and then found a temporary (which became permanent later on) home in Palawan.
But the universe seemed to conspire for me to go to Palawan despite the seemingly unfavorable circumstances at the onset. A few weeks before the scheduled trip, two non-working holidays (one was local and the other was national) were declared.