Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Part 1 of 4)

On February 23, 2010 by Mrs C

My first self-funded trip was a local destination for me: Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines.

I went with my boyfriend and our couple friends. We booked a PALakbayan tour package from Philippine Airlines, which included airfare, accommodations, airport/hotel/airport transfers, some meals, and guided tours. The only expenses we incurred outside of the package were dinner meals and transportation to those restaurants.

Unidentified island, en route to Puerto Princesa, aboard the Philippine Airlines


We went to Puerto Princesa during the first few days of March, which was perfect because there were very few people. It was the perfect getaway.

The PALakbayan tour package had a default 3 days / 2 nights inclusion. The tours offered were additional cost. We decided to avail of an additional 1 night, and spend 4 days / 3 nights in Palawan so that we can do all the activities available. Here is our itinerary:

  1. Arrive in the morning, City Tour in the afternoon
  2. Underground River tour (whole-day)
  3. Honda Bay Island Hopping tour (whole-day)
  4. Depart Puerto Princesa in the morning


PALakbayan offered several options for accommodations. In our case, we chose Hotel Fleuris. It was a nice, affordable place to stay. In keeping with the name, there’s a huge flower at the building’s facade. We had welcome drinks. Free breakfast was also included.

Hotel Fleuris - At Night

Hotel Fleuris - Reception

There’s a lounge where our friend Carlo played the piano, and brilliantly at that. Some hotel guests even hung around while he was playing.

Hotel Fleuris - Lounge

There was also a swimming pool which we were not able to dip in. Why swim in a pool when you have white sand beaches to go to?

Hotel Fleuris - Swimming Pool

Hotel Fleuris - Swimming Pool (blurred). I have such shaky hands

Although I was not able to take a picture of the hotel rooms, they were nice and clean. We had cable TV, A/C, hot/cold shower, and a minibar. It was roomy enough and comfortable. As to be expected, there were not a lot of amenities, as this is not a five-star hotel.

Hotel Fleuris - Hallway

I will be writing more about each day in separate articles. Keep posted!

3 Responses to “Puerto Princesa, Palawan (Part 1 of 4)”

  • Monica Tara B. Comandante

    Do you guys have a contact number? We’re planning to have a Palawan tour this coming May and we’re looking for a hotel accommodation and tours. We’ll be staying in Palawan Puerto Princesa for 3nights and 4days. We’ll be glad to hear a feedback. Thanks

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