City Tour in Puerto Princesa
Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
21Trip End Jan 17, 2013
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ARRIVAL. Landed at 1200H and Kiko communicated us. I booked Audissie Pension,owned and run by Kiko's family, a budget but a comfortable hotel within the city for P800 per night. We miscommunicated Kiko for he requested a van to pick up us from the airport but we already hired a tricycle to bring us to the hotel which cost 60 pesos for two person
The people in the city are so warmth. The tricycle driver offered us for a city tour in the afternoon. We agreed for 600 pesos for the half day tour. If the city tour booking was through travel agencies, it will cost 600 pesos per head.
PUERTO PRINCESA TOUR. The tricycle picked us from the hotel at 1400H and we headed directly to a travel agency to inquire if there is still available slot for the Underground River tour by tomorrow but sad to hear that all was fully booked. We then booked a Firefly Watching for the night for P1000 per head. We're on the way to Crocodile Farm when Kiko called me and informed that he found us a vacancy for an underground tour. We then asked him to book for us and we'll pay him when we back after our city tour.
Back to Crocodile Farm, we made it to the entrance which costs P20 per head and saw crocodiles before the rain fall. We visited the small crocs nursery and the adult pond. We also toured all cages but we found those animals and birds hidden because of heavy rain.
Less than an hour, we left the farm and proceed to Mitra's Ranch on where the provincial governor mansion situated and sighted islands in Honda bay. There are so many local tourists on that site having fun with series of zip line
NIGHT WATCHING. They picked us from the hotel and brought us to Baywalk which I noticed is just at the back of our hotel. We met Edison, our firefly watching tour guide. At 1800H, together with other groups, we boarded to a big boat and sailed to the mangrove site. There the group divided into two, comprises of 10 people each group. Us, the first group will continue sailing further using the small motorized boat on the river at the mangrove site. The other half will take their dinner in the big boat.
There we are, we transferred to the small boat and sailed toward the river deeper on the mangrove. While in the river, Edison asked us to put our hands in the water to notice that the water is luminous and glowing because of the abundance of the organism called plankton. Deeper on the river, we saw mangrove trees decorated with hundreds of fireflies. Not all trees has fireflies. The cruise is very educational for Edison explained briefly details about fireflies and mangroves.
After 30 minutes, we went back to the boat in the sea to give way to the next group. We took our dinner in the boat. They put wood on the top of the seats to serve us our dining table. Everyone are tired and enjoyed the seafood meals. (I really don't enjoy when there's crab or shrimp because I'm very lazy on selecting and picking its meat!)
We back in the city at 2100H. We arrived in the hotel at 2200H because the driver forgot that we're just staying at Audissie pension House, a few minutes away from the Baywalk. Anyway, a night city tour as I called.
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