If you’re looking for Palawan flight deals from New Zealand, then you can find flights from different airports such as Auckland Airport (AKL), Wellington Airport (WLG) and Christchurch Airport (CHC). The quickest flight duration from Auckland to Puerto Princesa International Airport (PPS) is 19h 55min, while from Christchurch, it’s 22h 45min and from Wellington, it’s 23h in total. The faster flights are not very regular, but there are other flights available that have longer transit times, such as between 38h-45h.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights currently available to Puerto Princesa Airport, Palawan Island, from New Zealand. However, there are a few flight options available that include two or three stopovers. You can find these deals if you check them out through Cheapflights, with flights from popular New Zealand hubs like Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. If you want to fly from Auckland, you can fly with Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong Airport (HKG) for a 1h 10min stopover, before connecting to Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL) with a 3h 30min wait, until flying with Philippine Airlines to Puerto Princesa Airport, resulting in a total flight time of 19h 55min. Cheaper flights from Auckland only take around 7h more in flight time, with three short stopovers at Sydney Kingsford International Airport (SYD), Hong Kong Airport (HKG) and Cebu City Mactan International Airport (CEB). From Wellington, you can catch a 23h flight via Auckland, Hong Kong, and Manila, flying with Air New Zealand and Cathay Pacific then changing to Philippine Airlines in Manila. This flight route includes only 6h 40min of stopovers. And finally, from Christchurch, you can fly the same route with the same airlines but with a slightly shorter flight duration of 22h 45min.
Puerto Princesa Airport in Puerto Princesa City is only 1.24 miles from the city centre, so feasibly you could walk to the city without any issues in around 15-20min; however, if you’re carrying a lot of luggage then it’s best to hire an Airport Shuttle. They cost around ₱ 80 (NZ$ 2.30) for the 5-6min drive to the centre. Alternatively, you can also hire a tricycle style taxi, which costs approximately ₱ 50 (NZ$ 1.45). If you’re travelling with a group you can also arrange an airport transfer directly to your hotel for a much higher price of around ₱ 1000-1400 (NZ$ 28.50-40).
There are plenty of places to visit on the small paradise island of Palawan, with its stunning beaches and clear waters being some of the most beautiful in the region. There’s swimming in the crystal waters of Kayangan Lake on Coron Island, just off the north coast of Palawan. Popular beaches include Nacpan and Bacuit Bay, while you also have the world’s longest underground river in Cabayugan River. You can also go wreck-diving in Coron Bay, where you can explore six shipwrecks. The impressive 18th-century fort at Taytay Bay is also definitely worth a visit.
If you’re travelling from New Zealand to Palawan, Philippines, then you must present a valid passport that has at least six months validity. For New Zealand citizens, if you plan to stay in the Philippines for longer than 30 days, then you must apply online for the Philippines eTA (electronic travel authorization). In order to do this, you must also have proof of hotel reservations, proof of sufficient funds and return tickets to New Zealand or another country.