Mitra's Ranch | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
|Open:||Open daily, 7am - 8pm|
|Address:||Mitra Road, Brgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan|
Tourists would travel the distance just to be able to bring home a box of hopia (P50) from this famous bakery. But, there is more to Baker's Hill than yummy pastries. Their charming garden has also become a favorite hangout place, offering a great spot for stopovers during the city tour. The garden features a playground for kids, an aviary with peacocks, and a deck with an amazing view of Honda Bay and its islands. Next to the garden is a restaurant, which serves well-prepared, yummy Filipino dishes at affordable prices. The park is best visited in the evening when night lights transform the whole place into a romantic garden.
The butterfly garden is designed to broaden travelers' appreciation and knowledge on the most beautiful insects there are, the butterflies. It houses a wide range of butterfly species, as well as other interesting and rare insects such as the stag beetles and stick insects. Other animals such as scorpions, geckos, and millepedes, as well as endemic ones such as the Palawan bear cat, Philippine saltwater crocodile, Palawan peacock pheasant, can also be sighted here. At the back part of the garden is a special area dedicated to one of the oldest inhabitants of the island of Palawan, the Palaw'an indigenous people. In this man-made village, travelers are educated about this group's ancient language (Palaw'an paleograph), traditional musicology, and modes of hunting animals in the forest—their accuracy in using poisoned blow darts is very interesting. A souvenir shop nearby allows them to sell some of the local handicrafts they make such as baskets, mats, and other woodworks.
One of the oldest and highly esteemed traditions in Palawan is crafting colorfully designed hand-loomed products. Over the centuries, the tradition has been passed on from one generation to another, and can be witnessed firsthand in this workshop. Local craftsmen are happy to teach visitors how to manually loom indigenous fibers such as abaca, tikog, and vetiver grass as part of continuous rolls of mats, which are later shaped into useful products. Visitors can also try out weaving themselves using the foot-treadle floor loom. It's a physically and mentally engaging experience that requires coordination of the eyes, hands, and feet. Next to the workshop is a souvenir shop selling various handwoven products such as handbags, laptop bags, purses, sleeping mats, slippers, and folders. Other unique products sold here include civet coffee, which is considered the world's most flavorful coffee, and rice coffee and turmeric tea.
Things to do nearby
WILD Expeditions in Palawan is a local tour operator that specializes in nature-themed activities from simple trekking tour to more complex expeditions trips and wildlife documentaries including birdwatching, marine mammals search, herpwatch, wildlife photography (macro, birds, mammals, etc.), remote wildlife expedition trips and more.
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!
Light up your evening with a spectacle of fireflies at Puerto Princesa's Bay Cruise! Then, go back to a delicious dinner already prepared for you. 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!
Where to stay
Unwind and get close to nature at this lodge in Puerto Princesa. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Puerto Princesa City. This place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Balay Tuko Garden Inn has a modern Zen design with a touch of colonial style and Balinese shingles on the roof. The garden is landscaped with local flora to enhance the tropical feel of the place. If you wake up early then you could see squirrels, butterflies and a variety of birds from the acacia and tamarind trees on the property.
Getting there and around
Mitra Road, Brgy. Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, PalawanGet directions