Palawan is clearly the “Last Frontier” of the Philippines primarily because it is home to lush virgin forests, spectacular dive sites, and a host of endangered animals that are not found elsewhere in the world. Getting around Puerto Princesa, the capital city, to the many other spots of Palawan like its many amazing beaches and natural wonders to the southern and northern parts, is easy and inexpensive.
First of all, getting to Puerto Princesa from the two major Philippine cities of Manila and Cebu is convenient since there is a number of flights every day. Going there by boat may not be as convenient, though, since there are only two Puerto Princesa-bound ferries a week
In Puerto Princesa, getting around on land is fun on a tricycle, a popular form of transport in all Philippine provinces. It is a regular motorcycle with a sidecar and can carry 3 to 5 passengers to any specified location. Another form of transport is the jeepney, an open taxi that can ride 10 to 14 passengers. It is more spacious and comfortable but its fixed route is more limited than that of the tricycle. Fare is only P7.00 per person to anywhere in the city. Both tricycle and jeepney may be hired for private use when going to popular tourist spots within the city or at the outskirts.
One of the most popular beach resorts is El Nido and it is a bit from the capital city. The best way to get to this island paradise is by plane direct from Manila. From Puerto Princesa, one may take a bus or shuttle van that leaves once in the morning and then again in the afternoon before 2:00 PM.
Buses and shuttle vans regularly leave Puerto Princesa from the main (and only) bus terminal to other tourist destinations to the northern part of the island. These destinations include Cuyu, Coron, and Honda Bay. Visitors may then hop from one of these tourist destinations to another by boat.
The two most popular destinations in Palawan are the Underground River Park and Tubbataha Reef Marine Park, both of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and have been nominated as among the New 7 Wonders of the World. The Underground River (also referred to as Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park) may be reached on land via a rented jeepney or van (not by tricycle). This is a very popular destination that is said to be generating an annual tourism income that is about US$ 120,000. On the other hand, Tubbataha is way farther off, about 10 to 12 hours by boat. The reef is, in fact, about 181 km southeast from Puerto Princesa to the middle of Sulu Sea.
Palawan offers so many unique attractions. While almost all the major destinations are outside Puerto Princesa, the capital city offers restaurants, local events, and festivals that are worth the time of guests and visitors. There are also nearby tourist attractions such as the Iwahig Penal Colony, Butterfly Garden, and Crocodile Farm. Getting around Puerto Princesa and the rest of Palawan to all these destinations is easy and affordable. Jeepney and tricycle operators are open to haggling and bargaining with tourists.