Picture Feature(d): Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Excerpt from Secret Places by Ces Rodriguez for InFlight October-November 2011

Jo Mitra, our insider guide for Puerto Princesa  said, he recommends the Marina de Bay as a place to more than just park your bags. Twenty minutes from Puerto Princesa Airport, Marina de Bay has 12 air-conditioned villas surrounded by mangroves and landscaped gardens. Each room has a balcony with a view of the Puerto Princesa Bay. There are eight executive villas (P2,780/day). Two of the executive villas are suitable for families as they have lofts with three additional single beds. Junior suite villas (P2,180/day) have one queen-size bed with a pull-out and a single bed. All rooms have a TV and WiFi access. The resort is known for its cabana on an overlook, a “nice spot where you can have afternoon tea while watching yachts in the distance,” Jo says.”

Marina de Bay’s T-house

“If you’re feeling adventurous, stay overnight on Starfish Island, one of several small islands that are part of the Honda Bay Island Hopping Tour. On his honeymoon, Jo and his bride spent the night in a hut on the island. “The accommodation is rustic,” he says. But what makes the stay both romantic and adventurous is the fact that at high tide, the island submerges, leaving only the hut and the stilts it’s perched on visible.”

Away from it all: Jo Mitra and his wife spent their honeymoon night on Starfish Island

InFlight's cover story spread page designed and layout by Jocas A. See

KaLui specializes in fresh seafood, says Jo. It’s an informal sort of hangout, where shoes are checked into lockers at the entrance to keep the highly-polished wooden floors the way they are. KaLui serves only seafood and vegetables and the menu varies according to the catch of the day. Possibilities include sashimi, tempura, shellfish soup, sinigang (a hot and sour soup) and baked mussels. There’s also a vegetarian option.”

KaLui’s season best seller fresh tuna made into a scrumptuous salad

InFlight's cover story spread page designed and layout by Jocas A. See

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About battlefield_man

Jocas A. See. Visual journalist. Visual communication designer. And a casual tourist

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