Puerto Princesa International Airport serves Puerto Princesa City in Palawan, Philippines. It is one of the country’s big-ticket airport projects. Despite its status as an international airport, it currently serves only one foreign destination: Kota Kinabalu of East Malaysia. It serves mostly domestic flights, including those to and from Manila. Interestingly, the Airport is developed by a Korean contractor. It houses a modest number of cafes, shops, and nearby eateries.
The Airport is located only 16 miles from the city center of Puerto Princesa. Historically named after Princess Eulalia of Spain, “Puerto Princesa” also refers to the legend of the princess-like maiden who roams around the region on certain nights, and to the city’s geographically-ideal position – regal grounds for a seaport. It is home to a population of locals and migrants.
As Puerto Princesa Airport is situated immediately outside the city center, a trip can be easily made. The most prevalent and inexpensive mode of travel is the tricycle, which can be flagged from any main road.
Puerto Princesa Underground River
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Nature, this attraction is the must-visit when in Palawan. Stretching about five miles, it is the longest subterranean river in the world that can be navigated, and is reputedly the most beautiful. This amazing tributary snakes through an enchanting cave and empties out into the South China Sea. Visitors also come here for its forest and mountain trails and to catch a glimpse of its exotic wildlife.
Honda Bay Islands
There are many captivating beaches in almost every region of the Philippines, and Palawan is not one to lose out. Take a ferry from the pier just minutes from Puerto Princesa City and go island hopping at Honda Bay. Lying on the mid-eastern coast, the Islands are home to stretches of quiet white beaches and spectacular diving sites. If you’re up for the thrill, visit Panglima Reef, where gray reef sharks can be sighted.
Puerto Princesa Bay
Prefer to watch marine creatures from a safe distance? Puerto Princesa Bay offers a dolphin-spotting tour, where you can witness long-snouted spinner dolphins flipping their fins in the sparkling bay. Your best chances of spotting them are on a calm day when the seas are flat.
Puerto Princesa Airport handles flights to Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah in East Malaysia. Tourists flock to this island paradise for its coral reefs, tropical rainforests, and the famous Mount Kinabalu. Kota Kinabalu is located on the tropical island of Borneo, just one and a half hours away by air.
To take your adventures a little farther, hop on a flight to Manila’s Ninoy Aquino Airport, and transfer to any international flight from there. One top destination is Australia’s capital city Sydney. Behold the iconic landmark, the Sydney Opera House, up close, and visit Bondi Beach, one of Australia’s most loved shores. Or rent a jeep and go on a journey through the country’s sprawling outback.
Etihad Airways from Ninoy Aquino Airport can take you to the great Middle East, fronted by the United Arab Emirates’s capital, Abu Dhabi. Be immersed in a completely different culture of excitement, and discover the region’s love for the extravagant. You won’t want to miss Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park and home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster, the Formula Rosa.
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