2. Honda Bay
Photo by Anthony Peu00f1a
3. City Tour
While some city tour sights may vary depending on the tour organizer, the usuals are the Crocodile Farm, the Butterfly Garden, Baker’s Hill (yes, they sell breads there), and Mitra Ranch, which offers a view of green treetops and blue sea.
Crocodiles big and small abound at the Crocodile Farm
From the Butterfly Garden, you can already walk to the neighboring Tribal Village, where the Palaw’an indigenous people hold cultural shows on their hunting, music, and other practices.
At the Butterfly Garden, you will see not only butterflies but also their brightly-colored coocoons
4. DIY City Proper Cultural and Historical Tour
There are many beautiful sights you can already see in the city, all less than 10 minutes away, and for a tricycle ride of just P8 to get to each attraction. The provincial capitol building alone is very pretty, with its white stone facade and its marble staircases and domed ceiling. Then just walk a little to the Palawan Heritage Center, where you will find cultural artifacts and information on the early people of Palawan, especially the indigenous tibes.
The provincial capitol building has marble staircases and a nice domed ceiling
There is another museum a tricycle ride away, the Palawan Museum, which further gives information on each group of the indigenous peoples of the area. Then there’s the World War II Memorial Museum, with weapons and missiles used or reserved during the war.
Weapons and missiles abound in the World War II Memorial Museum
Visit Plaza Cuartel too, also a World War II garrison where American soldiers were burned alive but which is now also a park with a view of the sea.
Plaza Cuartel, site of a bloody past, is now also a leisure park, though the markers are there as reminders
From here you can already walk to the city’s cathedral. Then end the day with a walk along Baywalk, and perhaps a meal in one of the seafood “paluto” restaurants there.
Relax at the Baywalk after your cultural and historical tour
During your visit, you have the option to stay in the city proper or go outside. For a relaxed stay in the city with a view of the Baywalk, stay somewhere like the Sunlight Hotel.
Staying here means being right in the city, and with a view of the Baywalk
If you want to have some quiet time away from the city but still relatively close to it, you could stay at Microtel. The hotel-resort has its own quiet beach, too.
Microtel is around 20 minutes away from the city and already has its own beach
If you want to stay overnight near the Underground River for a more leisurely travel pace, as it’s a bit of a ride from the city, check in at Daluyon, an eco-friendly beachside resort powered by solar panels (the lights and heating, at least) and rainwater used for doing laundry and other chores.
A beachside resort near the Underground River, Daluyon engages in environmental practices in operations
You can also stay at Sheridan, another beachside resort. This has a large, beautiful pool which runs well across its grounds.
Swim at Sheridanu2019s beautiful pool while looking out at the mountains
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Claire Madarang is a writer, traveler and seeker. Her wanderlust takes her on adventures like backpacking for 7 weeks straight. Her seeking leads her to different wellness practices like meditation and healthy (mostly vegetarian) eating. Follow her adventures, tips and epiphanies at her blog, Traveling Light.