A coastal city on Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa is known for its broad range of attractions including resorts like Dos Palmas Island Resort and Spa, white-sand beaches, wildlife reserves, limestone caves, and the famous underground river of the biodiverse Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park.
At Dos Palmas alone, you may already feel that Puerto Princesa is truly a nature lover’s paradise. Facing the long stretch of Palawan’s mainland, this 20-hectare resort holds a wealth of unspoiled ecosystems and a diversity of thriving wildlife. For years, this has been a favorite beach destination of honeymooners, diving aficionados, and families on vacations.
However, because of the COVID-19 enhanced community quarantine in Luzon which includes MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), traveling anywhere has been officially put on hold. We can only hope that this pandemic situation ends soon so we can book our trips.
To ease your mind and keep you inspired and focused on your travel goals, here are a few things you can do in and around this premium value island destination in Palawan:
1. Engage in marine sports
Dive sites are dotted around Puerto Princesa Bay, which is home to long-nosed dolphins, turtles, and rays. In Dos Palmas, you can try snorkeling or diving and get to discover the teeming marine life of Palawan. The island is home to more than 300 species of fish, corals, mollusks, and crustaceans.
This Palawan beach resort is also a nesting site and feeding ground for three species of sea turtles. Dos Palmas’ Marine Sports Center has a complete line of equipment for water activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, and diving. Learn PADI courses ranging from introductory to divemaster levels.
2. Explore a mangrove trail
It’s important to note that Puerto Princesa has been acclaimed several times as the greenest city in the country. Dos Palmas vouches for this recognition. This resort is an ecological haven set amidst pristine natural surroundings.
A short walk into the mangrove forest will lead you to a hut on stilts where you can relax and enjoy breathtaking views of the sea. Explore the island’s diverse mix of resident and migratory birds and even some endangered species in the surrounding mangroves as early as five in the morning.
3. Pamper with a revitalizing spa
Unwind in complete comfort at this island resort in Palawan, Philippines. The spa experience here will leave you feeling fresh. Choose among a selection of traditional Filipino treatments that definitely will rejuvenate your mind and body. Massage services can be done in an open pavilion or even in the comfort of your own villa.
4. Get some recreation
Every pursuit and desire is addressed by Dos Palmas. Having a wide array of facilities and activities to offer, the resort encourages you to be active even during your vacation. This Puerto Princesa resort has basketball and tennis courts, billiards, table tennis, darts, and board games. There’s also a playground where kids can have fun in the swings, monkey bars, and slides.
The resort also features a palm-fringed infinity pool, a lap pool where you can get some early morning or late-night exercise. There are a seafood restaurant and bar and a videoke room. If you wish to explore the island, you can use a bicycle for free.
5. Shop for souvenirs
This Palawan beach resort has also created its own arts center to introduce its guests to the contemporary art and culture of the Palaweños.
6. Crave island adventures
Dos Palmas is situated in a private sanctuary that is officially called Arreceffi Island. Being surrounded by the tropical waters of Honda Bay, this eco-friendly resort affords travelers easy access to some of the province’s most beautiful attractions such as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park and Isla Puting Buhangin. Luli and Starfish Island are just two of the island hopping destinations you may want to see, only 20 minutes from the resort.
7. Get a taste of the best restaurants
When you’re in the paradise of Palawan, food is definitely not something you want to miss out on. One food-hopping trip in Puerto Princesa is more than enough to convince you to stay or explore for more. Here are couple dozen must-try Puerto Princesa restaurants that will surely tantalize your taste buds.
Let’s all be hopeful that the threat of this pandemic will soon be over. Look forward to seeing the outdoors and traveling again to our heart’s content. In the meantime, keep safe at home and remain vigilant. We’ll get through this!