Salakot Falls | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
|Open:||Open daily, 8am - 5pm|
|Address:||TSI Rd., Brgy. Bagumbayan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan|
More popularly known as "Mother Tree," this attraction features an immense ipil tree that is more than 100 years old. It is about 60 to 80 feet high, with the diameter of eight people armstretched around the tree. Getting here requires a guide from Sitio Bualbualan for approximately P250 per group. From that village, guests are led up a one-hour gradual ascent to the location of the tree. Guests are advised to bring water and snacks as the trek can be warm and physically taxing.
There are only seven penal colonies in the Philippines, and the largest in the world is the Iwahig Penal Colony and Farm in Puerto Princesa City. The colony represents a more decent approach to "paying one's time" without being incarcerated behind bars. Established in 1904, the open complex consists of several American heritage buildings in various states of repair. Fortunately, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines is scheduled to rehabilitate them before the year ends. Open from 8am to 5pm, visit is free, but it is encouraged to extend a donation. On the way in, security prisoners in brown uniforms can be seen working on the adjacent farms. Inside the Recreation Hall, which was built in 1924, several crafts and souvenirs made by the inmates are also on display and are being sold.
The one-hour banca cruise along the pristine Iwahig River provides an enchanting encounter with thousands of fireflies. These fragile insects only thrive in healthy environments, away from pollution and noise, and usually come out at around 7 o'clock in the evening. Given the site's remoteness (roughly 45 minutes away from the city proper), far from the blinding city lights, the guides also take the time to tell travelers to look up and admire the starry sky, and even help them in identifying various constellations. The boat tour costs P600 and accommodates three people aside from the tour guide. Furthermore, there are souvenir shops, a modest buffet restaurant, and a big parking space on site. The operation of this low-impact, educational activity is handled by the locals of Barangay Iwahig as another Community-Based Sustainable Tourism initiative of the city.
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Dedicate a day experiencing rich Palaweño culture, and enjoy a hearty lunch in the middle. This full-day Puerto Princesa tour will bring you to several landmark Palawan museums, the biggest and oldest Catholic Church in the city, and the enchanting Butterfly Garden and Tribal Village. Here in Explora, our partner travel and tours are screened to deliver the top services we can find in the Philippines. Secure your slots in advance for these can soon become fully-booked!
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