|One of the ferry boats that cross the|
Puerto Princesa bay to Mangingingisda pier.
From there you can take your motorbike to the
National Highway south. Most of the road is
paved except for the the first 4 KMs from
the pier to the highway south.
Whether you are a tourist or local, the nice alternatives are the ferry bangkas heading out every hour and a half or so from Baywalk fisherman's pier (or Puerto Fishport), to Mangingisda Pier. It's 35.00 php for people and same for your motorbike one way and only takes 35 to 40 minutes depending on which ferry you get. Our daughter is 4 years old and her fare was 10.00 Pesos. Just ask any trike driver to take you to the fishport and they know where that is.
From the Pier you take the road to the National Highway. If you turn left you can tour the southern part of Palawan or head back to Puerto through several tree covered lanes. The Crocodile farm and Irawan Eco park Zip lines are just near the area before the bridge or raft going back to town. You can tour those then go ahead take the raft just one way to town.
|Sleepy little Port of Mangingisda. Nothing to do there but you can swim with the locals off|
the pier. The waters are green like El Nido in the summer months.
|This is in the summer. The water is shallow near the mangroves and the water is warmer as well, for the cold blooded like me. It's at the very tip of Mangingisda Pier.|
|One of the ferry boats that will go to the Fish Port at Baywalk, downtown Puerto Princesa at sunset at Mangingisda Pier.|
|Ferry bangka approaching the Mangingisda pier. It's just passing a charter boat called M/YSakura. If you call in advance, and have a larger budget, you can hire it to take you on a tour of the waters here. They have a list of day tours to Turtle Bay or Dolphin watching and seasonally, swim with the whale sharks.|
|Our electric passenger trike. Not for hire but|
would be happy to give you a free ride if we
are aren't too busy!
If you are not inclined to dive off the pier at Mangingisda, and want more privacy, ask the local trike driver to take you to Puting Buhangin beach which is also on the Mangingisda peninsula. Remember, these places are for those seeking gentle adventures and again, there are no services there at all. Just a quiet small cove with white sands and clean water. Only the locals know about this place so far. We go there a lot in summer.
|Puting Buhangin Beach (White Sand Beach) in Mangingisda is a local resident favorite. But there are no services so bring everything you think you will need.|
|Buting Buhanging beach in Mangingisda has white sands and clear water. It's a local favorite and yet undiscovered by most tourists|
|Crystal Paradise Resort and Spa in Narra, southern Palawan. A very quiet and tranquil place. This is Villa number 1, I believe. It has a bedroom loft upstairs with two or three beds aside from|
the master bedroom downstairs.
For instance, if you head back to Puerto Princesa to the National Highway from Mangingisda pier, you will come across a sign to Napsan. It's on the left pointing to a large graded dirt road. If you go down that road (on a dirt bike or sturdy vehicle) there are pristine forests, rivers and waterfalls to be discovered, and at the end of that road there is Napsan Beach (where we haven't been yet). Before that, approximately 33 KMS from the National highway is one of our favorite haunts called Salakot Waterfalls.
Inside Turtle Bay:
|A cool looking jelly fish with tiny fish swimming with it in Turtle Bay|
|The ubiquitous mangroves which are so prevalent here in Puerto Princesa and protect our shores and many other species of marine animals.|
|This is a resort they are building inside Turtle Bay. I can't wait till it is open. I hope they have a restaurant there one of these days!|
|View of Thumb Peak from the bay|
|A cool fiddler crab on the muddy shore of one of the coves inside Turtle Bay|
|This looks like a nice little beach for a picnic inside Turtle Bay. We will go there when the weather gets better!|
|Clear waters around the bend from Mangingisda Pier and heading towards Turtle Bay.|