Travel Budget for Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa City, Philippines

How much does it cost to travel to Puerto Princesa?

How much money will you need in Puerto Princesa? ₱732 ($14) is the average daily price for traveling in Puerto Princesa. The average price of food for one day is ₱360 ($7.03). The average price of a hotel for a couple is ₱591 ($12). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    732
  • One Week Per person
    5,121
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    10,241
  • One Month Per person
    21,946
  • One Week For a couple
    10,241
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    20,483
  • One Month For a couple
    43,892
How expensive is Puerto Princesa?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    296
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    360
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    33
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    10
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    11
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    190
Last Updated: Aug 8, 2017
Puerto Princesa flights, hotels, and rental cars
Puerto Princesa On a Budget
Dining on crab in Palawan, Philippines Dining on crab in Palawan, Philippines
The island of Palawan is known the Philippines' last frontier and its capital, Puerto Princesa, is considered the greenest city in the Philippines. With plenty of land that has yet to be explored and inundated with tourists, Puerto Princesa, also known as "The City of the Living God," is a nature buff's dream. Whether you want to swim with starfish, walk among the mangrove treetops, or visit the world's largest saltwater crocodile at the Palawan Nature Conservation Center, Puerto Princesa and its surrounding area offers plenty of opportunities to get into the great wide open.

Though green and clean, Puerto Princesa has fewer amenities and conveniences compared to larger cities. Be prepared ahead of time or withdraw enough cash to last you during your visit to Palawan in Puerto Princesa, as there aren't many ATMs or banks outside of large resorts throughout the island and even those available may charge you a pricey commission.
Sights
Most travelers don't visit Puerto Princesa for the city itself, as there's not much to do here. While Puerto Princesa does have White Beach (the only beach in town) to explore and a few good diving spots, it's more often used as a transit hub to get to other towns in Palawan. Still, if you have the time, Puerto Princes may have enough to keep you busy for a day or two before you go on to other trips around Palawan.

Within the city, you can check out the main street, Rizal, which is the most bustling in the area. Most points of interest are local, including Robinson's Mall, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which was built in Romanesque style with twin towers. The Palawan Museum will give you a glimpse into the history and culture of the island through old tools and fossils. Next door is Plaza Cuartel, which is dedicated to the 143 soldiers burnt alive during by the Japanese Army in 1944.

Irawan Eco-Park offers forest canopy tours, the world's longest canopy zipline, and butterfly farm, not to mention the opportunity to check out many species of Palawan's endangered birds.

Activities
Most travelers don't visit Puerto Princesa for the city itself, as there's not much to do here. While Puerto Princesa does have White Beach (the only beach in town) to explore and a few good diving spots, it's more often used as a transit hub to get to other towns in Palawan. Still, if you have the time, Puerto Princes may have enough to keep you busy for a day or two before you go on to other trips around Palawan.

Within the city, you can check out the main street, Rizal, which is the most bustling in the area. Most points of interest are local, including Robinson's Mall, and Immaculate Conception Cathedral, which was built in Romanesque style with twin towers. The Palawan Museum will give you a glimpse into the history and culture of the island through old tools and fossils. Next door is Plaza Cuartel, which is dedicated to the 143 soldiers burnt alive during by the Japanese Army in 1944.

Irawan Eco-Park offers forest canopy tours, the world's longest canopy zipline, and butterfly farm, not to mention the opportunity to check out many species of Palawan's endangered birds.
Food and Dining
Within the city, there are numerous restaurants between the airport and the main street, Rizal Street. Head to the 4th District Tiangge for a cluster of stalls which sell inexpensive meals and beer including Vietnamese noodles.

KaLui serves fresh seafood on daily fixed fixed menus and lovely ambiance and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. Be sure to make a reservation, especially for dinner.

For a more local experience, head down to White Beach around the huts, where locals often buy and bring their own beers and cook fresh seafood right at the tables. Don't forget to pitch in for drinks.

If you're feeling saucy or just have an adventurous palate, you may want to try Tamilok, a local delicacy that is also a woodworm found in wood that is submerged seawater, such as Mangroves. Tamilok is prepared much like ceviche, marinated in lime or vinegar, onions and chopped chili peppers.

For a shop that caters to all palates, head to the famed Baker's Hill and try the local favorite, Hopia Ube, a pastry filled with purple yam, reminiscent of Chinese mooncakes, originally introduced by Fujianese immigrants.
Transportation
Fly into Puerto Princesa's tiny airport via Cebu Pacific, Air Asia, Philippine Airlines, Zest Air, and Air Philippines, which fly in on the daily from Manila. From the airport, take a tricycle into the city center, which is very close.

If you're interested in an ocean voyage, take a 29-hour ferry by 2GO Travel from Manila into Puerto Princesa with one stop at the halfway point in Coron.

Within Puerto Princesa, take a tricycle or multicab to get around. Tricycles may not be able to go long distances, so be sure to ask the driver before boarding. Don't be shy to haggle with tricycle drivers. Jeepneys are also available for standard routes. If you are going to tour, arrange transportation with a jeepney or air-conditioned van as public transport may not be reliable.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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