Top things to do

Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa

Badjao Seafront Restaurant

Perched over the water at the end of a raised boardwalk over mangroves, Badjao's sea and mountain views are truly mesmerising. A long lunch gnawing on whole grilled fish and other seafood (crabs, shrimp, squid etc) …
Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa


Kalui has a lovely Balinese ambiance – wooden floors, colourful paintings, sculptures and masks adorn the walls, and there’s a general air of sophistication. Choose from a few varieties of seafood, all served with v…
Top Choice International in Port Barton & Around

Jambalaya Cajun Cafe

A homey and quirky vibe and a great beachfront location makes Jambalaya the place to hang in Port Barton. Yes the signature seafood jambalaya (P350) and gumbo (P300) are expensive, but they just about feed two. Deli…
Top Choice International in Coron Island

Bistro Coron

A mouth-watering French bistro on one of the Philippines’ most isolated islands? Works for us. The tiger prawns are one of the best meals we’ve had in the Philippines, and the huge pizzas are top-notch. Pack a fine …
Top Choice Bar in El Nido

Pukka Bar

The most happening bar in El Nido features live reggae, buckets of Red Horse and bands of drunken backpackers spilling onto the beach. It also offers five small, well-kept backpacker rooms (fan/air-con P700/1700).
Top Choice Restobar in Puerto Princesa

Kinabuchs Grill & Bar

This is where a good chunk of Puerto goes at night. It’s a large open-air property with several billiard tables, big-screen TVs and an extensive menu (mains from P100), though most people come for the cheap beer and…
Top Choice Italian in El Nido

Trattoria Altrove

This Slovenian-owned place does the best pizza in El Nido, made with imported mozzarella in the street-level brick oven. A dozen types of pasta (P230, from Italy), plus T-bone steak and other meat dishes on the menu…
Museum in Puerto Princesa

Palawan Museum

Housed in the old City Hall building adjacent to Mendoza Park, this museum has two floors of ageing exhibits about the ethnological and archaeological significance of Palawan, most with interesting accompanying expl…
Gardens in Puerto Princesa

Palawan Butterfly Eco Garden and Tribal Village

An outdoor space near Santa Monica village where you can see different species of fluttering butterflies. Before entering, you can watch a short video that explains the life cycle of these delicate creatures. Now 't…
Wildlife Reserve in Puerto Princesa

Palawan Wildlife Rescue & Conservation Center

This wildlife reserve is a complex of concrete buildings and outdoor pens that house hundreds of crocs, from newly hatched to scary behemoths. Guided tours leave every 30 minutes. Towards the back, in a densely fore…