I love traveling so as much as possible i am saving experiences and adventures by going on places. November 2011, me and my friends planned a visit to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River Park (Puerto Princesa City Palawan Underground River). Currently the river park was declared as one of the seven wonders of Nature.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometres (30 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. The river is also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. The national park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The park is also known as St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park, or St. Paul Underground River. The entrance to the Subterranean River is a short hike from the town of Sabang.
In 2010, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a huge cave dome, measuring 300 meters above the underground river, incredible rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, marine creatures, and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.
January 2012, I packed my suitcase and Flew 8500 Miles. The budget as per planned including the tour packages, Plane Transportation and Accommodation(exclusive of food, some transportation not included in the tour, and the souvenirs).
Whoops. Its expensive but we’ve manage to push through. So the day of the trip came. We are about 14 people going on the trip. Divided in 2(two) groups. Group one boarded via AirPhil. As Usual we are delayed and we need to ride a bus from NAIA Terminal 3 to get to the Plane. Well, Am kind of scared because the Plane looks crippling old. Group one came in first, The van from the tour company picked us from the airport and we headed to the hotel Ysabelle Mansion. The tour starts.
Day 1 of Tour: Island Hopping
We went island hopping from 11 am to 5 pm, We drove first to get to Honda Bay where the hopping starts. Listed our names and hop on the boat to start. Well unluckily, the waves were not that friendly during and after the Island Hopping and one boat flipped. The people on that boat eventually survived See some shots.
Day 2: City Tour
The Second Batch came in from a delayed flight via Cebu Pacific. Just like before a van picked them up. Headed to Ysabelle mansion and started our City Tour.
Day 3: Puerto Princesa Underground River
So basically that’s it. The trip all in all is concise, Tiring and enjoyable. We were just out of time to do all stuffs especially on our main purpose there. The visit to the underground river. The boatmen from the beach and the guide where rushing us from the time we rode to go to the underground river and when we get back to eat lunch. Well, i guess that’s the disadvantage of getting on a tour package, you don’t own your time. I wanted to ride the zipline, swim on Sabang beach, mountain trek. Definitely i will be back sometime to experience other adventures.
Before i forgot, We also tried the best restaurant in PP. Here are some.