Top things to do

Top Choice International in Puerto Princesa


The Scottish owner calls the style here 'obscurity'; it basically consists of anything he fancies. The menu is a best-of-the-world affair, where tikka masala mingles with Mexican, Indonesian rendang, sloppy joes, gi…
Top Choice Filipino in Puerto Princesa


An institution, this shoes-off eatery has a lovely Balinese ambience – colourful paintings, sculptures and masks adorn the walls, and there’s a general air of conviviality. Choose from a few varieties of seafood, al…
Top Choice French in Puerto Princesa

La Terrasse

This is a sophisticated open-air dining room with a small menu of pasta, seafood and grilled or stewed meats (including duck rendang). Attention is paid to organic and locally sourced ingredients. Palawan oysters ar…
Top Choice Brewery in Puerto Princesa

Palaweño Brewery

Producer of Ayahay craft beers, Palaweño offers free tours and has an attractive tap room for tasting and lounging. A glass costs P150 to P170 or it's P400 for a five-beer flight.
Top Choice Arts & Crafts in Puerto Princesa

Binuatan Creations

This colourful pasalubong (gift) shop employs local weavers to make baskets, clothing, place mats and other products using indigenous materials. The selection is beautiful, and you can observe the weavers in action …
Plantation in Puerto Princesa

Iwahig Prison & Penal Farm

About 15km from Puerto, this penal colony invites visitors to drop in and mingle with the prisoners. In the gymnasium of the central compound, inmates sell souvenirs and perform flamboyant dance routines for tour gr…
Museum in Puerto Princesa

World War II Museum

This is an interesting, privately owned museum set up by Eugenio Mendoza, whose father was a member of the Fighting 1000, a group of local guerrillas who fought the Japanese (his father was ultimately beheaded). The…
Historic Site in Puerto Princesa

Plaza Cuartel

Behind the Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral (c 1872), this restored WWII garrison is the site of an open-air war museum and shrine to American prisoners of war burned alive here by the Japanese on 14 December 1944 – …
Museum in Puerto Princesa

Environmental Enforcement Museum

In the Pasyar Travel & Tours complex, this is a worthy and important museum that displays confiscated chainsaws, boats, dynamite and (sometimes) animals such as civets.
Food Hall in Puerto Princesa

Aloeha Mercato de Runway

You'll find a nice variety of stands at this open-air food market – the best of several in the immediate area. Highlights include Crystal Sands Bar & Grill, which serves burgers, Mexican and cheesy baked clams; …