Palawan Hotels – Get Cozy in Puerto Princesa

Asturias Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan

Asturias Hotel Puerto Princesa Palawan

If you wish to find cozy and very comfortable hotels in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, you might want to check out the Asturias Hotel along the South National Highway in Tiniguiban. Many guests have described this hotel as “Just like coming home to an elegant villa.”

This hotel has a total of 60 rooms in 3 types of accommodations to suit various budgets. It is quite affordable considering the comfort you will experience staying at this place. It is located in the city but is close enough to Puerto Princesa’s top beaches and places of interest.

There is a swimming pool for guests and lush greenery in a well-landscaped garden. The plants and trees in the garden will let you think that you are not in the middle of a city. The landscaping also adds to the coziness of the ambiance. It is an ideal place to stay if you are planning to hold a convention, wedding or conference in Palawan.

Banquet Hall Asturias Hotel Puerto Princesa

Banquet Hall Asturias Hotel Puerto Princesa

The in-house restaurant called Pescado’s offers international and local cuisine. It also has a bar, a coffee shop and KTV lounge. The banquet halls can accommodate up to 350 guests and is an excellent venue for either small or large meetings.

Only a few hotels in Puerto Princesa Palawan can offer the best of both worlds: modern amenities for business needs or special events and close proximity to Palawan’s best beaches.The Asturias Hotel in Palawan is one of them.

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Palawan Activities – Dolphin Watching Tour

palawan dolfin watching puerto princesaIn Palawan, there are a lot of other activities and tours you can enjoy aside from island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking the famous Underground River Tour. You might want to go dolphin watching for a change.

The Dolphin Watching Tour is a seasonal Palawan activity where you can watch dolphins swim, play and jump next to your boat. The best time to have this adventure is from April to October when dolphins visit the Puerto Princesa Bay.

Why do you think dolphins jump out of the water?

Scientists who have studied dolphin behavior have different theories as to why dolphins jump out of the water. Some theories include:

  • Dolphins save energy jumping through air as it takes less effort to move through air than it does for them to swim through water.
  • Dolphins may get a better view of distant things such as food by jumping over water. They can see seabirds feeding or hunting for food above the surface to identify areas where there is abundant food supply.
  • Other scientists think that this is a way for dolphins to communicate with others in their pod.
  • There are also some theories that suggest jumping is a way for these sea animals to get rid of pests clinging to them.
  • Then again, some researchers think that it is just their way of having fun.
Balayong Pension - Budget Palawan Hotel in Puerto Princesa

Balayong Pension – Budget Palawan Hotel in Puerto Princesa

There are other Palawan Tours and Activities in Puerto Princesa such as the Firefly Watching Tour and the Irawan Eco Adventure and Zipline Tour.

An economical way to go on a Dolphin Watching Tour is to be located close to the activity venue. Consider the numerous budget Palawan hotels and mid-range accommodations in Puerto Princesa.

Palawan Hotel – Puerto Princesa City Tour

palawan crocodile farm

Crocodile Farm, Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa in Palawan is better known for its white sand beaches and tropical rain forest, but the city also has something to offer.

Before heading to the beaches of Palawan which are only an hour away from the center of town, you can spend part of your day roaming around the city for a short tour. If you plan to see more of the city, consider booking a hotel in the heart of Puerto Princesa city.

One of the best hotels in Puerto Princesa is the Sunlight Guest House. This is a 4-star Palawan hotel located in the center of the city. It is close to key establishments for dining and recreation. It’s a fully equipped hotel with its own ATM machine, business center, and other standard amenities found in typical 4-star hotels.

Deluxe Room, Sunlight Guest Hotel, Puerto Princesa

Deluxe Room, Sunlight Guest Hotel, Puerto Princesa

It offers a breath-taking view of the Puerto Princesa Bay and the ocean. It’s the perfect place to stay if you wish to take the Puerto Princesa City Tour.

For this Palawan Tour, you will be taken to the Baywalk, Immaculate Conception Church, Plazaz Cuartel, and a souvenir shop if there is still time left in the 4-hour expedition.

Exciting parts of the tour include a visit to the Crocodile Farm, a mini-zoo, and the Research Institute for the study of crocodiles. You will visit the Binuatan Weaving Creations where you will see weavers create products that you may also purchase.

Mitra’s Ranch is a large property with a log cabin where you can see scenic terrain or just relax in the veranda. Another stop will include a visit to Baker’s Hill where you can indulge in sweets, pastries and freshly baked bread.

Butterfly Garden Palawan

Butterfly Garden Palawan

You can also add an optional side-trip to your city tour by stopping by the Butterfly Garden. The entrance fee to the garden is not included in the tour package. Here, you can feast your eyes on the beautiful colors of butterflies indigenous to Palawan and other places in Southeast Asia.

The Puerto Princesa City Tour can take 4 hours or a little longer if you drop by the Butterfly Garden. If you plan to stay the night at a Palawan hotel in the center of Puerto Princesa, you will still be within driving distance to some of the best beaches in Puerto Princesa.

Honda Bay Palawan Tour – Your Gateway To The World’s Best Island

Honda Bay Palawan Tour

Honda Bay Palawan Tour

It’s not surprising that Palawan has made it to the top of the T+L list of the world’s best islands. The island’s stunning beaches and clear waters have gained quite a reputation with global travelers. The best way to see Palawan is to go on several tours.

Palawan tours offer various activities for vacationers in 3 major destinations — Puerto Princesa, El Nido, and Coron . In recent years, 2 more towns, namely TayTay and Sabang have also gained significant recognition as major tourist destinations.

One of the most popular activities includes the Honda Bay tour in Puerto Princesa which includes visiting Starfish, Luli, and Cowrie islands. With the Honda Bay tour, you will get to visit 3 stunning islands. You can go island hopping, snorkeling, scuba diving and swimming. Those who do not wish to scuba dive can experience the same thrill by snorkeling. Many coral reefs in Palawan are visible from the surface.

Aside from seeing coral reefs, you will often find colorful tropical fish in the area. Starfish Island has large numbers of Star Fish; the orange 5-armed type is quite common in the area. Luli Island is short for Lulubog-Lilitaw (Sink-Rise) because the island disappears during high tide and reappears at low tide. Cowrie Island is picturesque and was recently opened to Palawan tour operators to supplement the crowded beaches of nearby Panden Island.

dos palmas island resort and spa palawan

Dos Palmas Resort and Spa

If you plan to visit this Philippine province, you should consider looking for Palawan hotels near the area of your preferred tour. You have 5 major destinations to consider – El Nido, Puerta Princesa, Coron, Taytay and Sabang. Honda Bay is located in Puerto Princesa which is also the province’s gate to the outside world. From Puerto Princesa, you can hop to other tourist destinations within Palawan.

* The islands included in the tour may change regularly to reduce the impact of visitors on surrounding corals and marine life. It is not always possible to visit specific islands.

Palawan Hotels – Balay Tuko Garden Inn

Deluxe Double Room

Deluxe Double Room

Balay Tuko Garden Inn is an affordable hotel located in Brgy San Miguel which offers you privacy and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of Puerto Princesa’s city proper.

This Palawan hotel is themed after a tropical garden and named after the Tuko (Gecko). It is family run and offers 15 clean and comfortable rooms furnished with air conditioning, bathrooms with hot and cold shower, and flat screen TVs with a satellite dish.

Indoor Swimming Pool

Indoor Swimming Pool

Balay Tuko offers activities such as swimming in it’s indoor pool, ping pong, badminton, billiards, and biking. The hotel also offers scuba diving lessons, kite surfing, hobie cat rentals, and bird watching tours.

This Palawan hotel is equipped with its own power generator, has a bar and a coffee shop. Laundry and room service, free internet, massage services and Palawan tours are also offered by Balay Tuko Garden Inn. Other services include airport transfers and housekeeping.