Puerto Princesa

Puerto Princesa, officially City of Puerto Princesa and often referred to as Puerto Princesa City, is a city located in the western provincial island of Palawan, Philippines.

puerto princesa aerial shot 2014

photo credit – puertoprincesa.ph


Legend attributes the name “Puerto Princesa” to a princess-like maiden who in the early days is said to have roamed around the place on certain nights of the year. On the other hand, practical people attribute the name to the geographical advantages of the place as a seaport – naturally protected the whole year round and endowed with a depth that can accommodate any size of shipping – a royal heaven for vessels or a virtual princess of ports as thus indicated by Spanish Colonizers on the country’s map.

Historically, the place was named after Princess Asunción, born in 1864 to Queen Isabella II and her consort, Francisco de Cádiz. When the princess suffered an untimely death, the Queen changed the name to Puerto de la Princesa. Eventually, the name was reduced to Puerto Princesa as it is known today.

Source: Official City Puerto Princesa website

Related: 16 Amazing and Interesting Facts About Palawan 

How to Get There

via Plane

The Puerto Princesa airport is served by all domestic airlines, and is slightly more than an hour away by plane from Manila.

Air Philippines and Cebu Pacific also operates flights to and from Puerto Princesa to other major cities such as Davao and Cebu City.

via Ferry

2GO Travel has a weekly ferry to Puerto Princesa from Manila. The ferry trip is about 29 hours long.