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Puerto Princesa

Getting there & away

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Land

Car

If you've got the cash, hiring a car or van and a driver is certainly a good way to get around the island. With a big enough group, this is certainly a reasonable option - and it beats waiting for a jeepney driver to finish his siesta!

El Mundo Sports (433 4878; elmundo@pal-onl.com; National Hwy) is a reliable car-rental agency with good drivers and spacious vans.

Bus & jeepney

All buses and jeepneys operate from the San José terminal, 7km north of Puerto Princesa city centre off the National Highway (there is a signpost that reads 'New Public Market'). It's a 10- to 15-minute tricycle ride from the city centre, and it costs P40 per person if you're alone and P10 per person if you share with three or more people. Once you get there, the easiest thing to do is simply ask around for the first bus or jeepney headed to your intended destination.

Routes, operators, departure time and fares change all the time in Palawan, so the following is not an exhaustive list. Northern destinations, fares, travel times and departure times include: Sabang (P150 jeepney/P250 minivan, three hours, 7am and 9am); Port Barton (P160 jeepney, five hours, 10am); Roxas (P120 jeepney/P156 bus, 2½ hours, 5.30am, 6.30am, noon, 1.30pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm); Taytay (P230/237 depending on bus company, five hours, 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am, 9am, 10am, noon, 2pm); and El Nido (P300 bus, nine hours, 5am, 7am, 9am).

Southern destinations, fares, travel times and departure times include: Quezon (P150 minivan, three hours, hourly 7am to 5pm) and Brooke's Point (P200, four hours, six daily 6am to 5pm).

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Boat

SuperFerry and Negros Navigation operate ferries between Manila and Puerto Princesa. The SuperFerry sails via Coron. Milagrosa Shipping has a ferry that sails once a week between Iloilo and Puerto Princesa, via the Cuyo Islands.

SuperFerry(434 5734, 02-528 7000 in Manila; www.superferry.com.ph; Rizal Ave) has several agents and offices in Puerto, including one on Rizal Ave. The WG&A and Aboitiz Express offices on Rizal Ave also handle SuperFerry tickets.

Negros Navigation (434 4735, 02-244 0408 in Manila; www.negrosnavigation.ph; Malvar St) has an office down by the pier.

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Air

PAL, Asian Spirit and Air Philippines all offer daily flights to and from Manila; Cebu Pacific operates four flights weekly while SEAIR flies thrice weekly. SEAIR also offers flights to and from El Nido, Busuanga and Cuyo.

SEAIR (434 5272; Rizal Ave) and Air Philippines (433 7003; Rizal Ave) have offices or agents on Rizal Ave.

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