City Tour in Puerto Princesa

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
Trip End Jan 17, 2013

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Audissie Puerto Princesa
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

TRAVEL. Departed Davao City to Cebu at 0845H by Cebu Pacific Air and landed in Mactan, Cebu after an hour. We took our luggage immediately and directly headed for check in to Puerto Princesa. I was confused why this airline didn't accept us as transfer passengers even our connecting flight was with the same airline company. We had then to rush after landed, took our checked in baggages, transfer from arrival to departure hall, and again check in. Anyway, we made it and have little rest in pre-departure area of the airport waiting for our flight to Puerto Princesa City at 1100H.

ARRIVAL. Landed at 1200H and Kiko communicated with 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 did a miscommunication with 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 costs 60 pesos for two persons.
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 was available slots for the Underground River tour by tomorrow but it was sad to hear that all was fully book. We then booked a Firefly Watching on 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 after our city tour.
Back to the Crocodile Farm, we made it to the entrance which costs P20 per head and saw crocodiles before the rain falls. 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 of Honda bay. There were so many local tourists on that site having fun with series of zip line. Anyway, we didn't stay there for so long, we headed to Baker's Hill which is few minutes away from the ranch. We toured the bakery and the park. It was my first time to see real and alive peacock! We stayed there for few minutes. Before leaving, we bought freshly baked breads from the bakery and all tastes delicious especially the ube hopia. We need to come back in the hotel because we will have butterfly watching activity which will start at 1700H.

NIGHT WATCHING. They picked us from the hotel and brought us to Baywalk which I noticed was 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. 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 was 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 was 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 didn't enjoy when there's crab or shrimp because I'm very lazy on selecting and picking its meat!)
We're 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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