Sem-break is more fun in Palawan! (Part 2)

Wonderful, wonderful spring we are having here in Denmark right now. After months of wearing thick dyne-jakke (bubble jacket), I finally manage to go out in an ordinary jacket today.. and no more socks! Beautiful flowers have begun to bloom, and animals have started to stir the quietness of the surroundings and fill it with both music and noise. 🙂

And now it’s time to continue my Puerto Princesa escapade. Sadly, I started this blog too late and I’ve plenty of entries to write. But little by little, I will be able to share tiny bits and pieces of my travels and wanderings. Bear with me.. 🙂

READ: Sem-break is more fun in Palawan! (Part 1)

Here is Day 2’s itinerary in Puerto Princesa.

Day 2: Puerto Princesa Underground River (The longest navigable underground river in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the New Seven Wonders of the World.), Ugong Rock Adventures, Kinabuchs Grill and Bar

A trip to Palawan won’t be complete without visiting the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River (PPUR), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. The underground river is more than 24 kms long, but only about 4 kms is navigable by boat. Still, it’s the longest underground river in the world which can be explored by boat.

We were picked up early from the inn by our tour guides, and so we set forth to the national park. The ride was fun, and we even had a small stop-over.

At Baranggay Tagabinet
At Baranggay Tagabinet

It was a long ride and the road was winding, zigzagging from time to time. But it was never boring because of the green scenery.

Beautiful farm
Beautiful farm

You will really get awed by the beautiful rock/geographical formations in Palawan, some are very, very old and resembles animals and things.

After a while, we finally hit the beach! The beach with a perfect view you wouldn’t mind waiting for your turn to ride the boat going to Sabang beach, where the hike to PPUR starts. You will also find many local restaurants here, so it’s time to grab something for brunch! How about some local dishes matched with fresh buko/coco juice? Yum! 😛

Let's go to the beach, each!
Let’s go to the beach, each!
Waiting for our 'sundo'/service boat
Waiting for our ‘sundo’/service boat

Now it takes about 15 minutes to get to the beach entrance. The queue is long, but the wait is worth it! Nice boat ride to Sabang Beach.

Row, row, row your boat..
Row, row, row your boat..

Here we go: the Sabang beach!! Remember, the beach is preserved, so no swimming allowed! For the eyes only 😉

Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach
Sabang Beach
Welcome to the PPUR!
Welcome to the PPUR!

To get to the underground river, one needs to take a 5 minute walk along a wooden trail. Be careful with the monkeys! They.. steal. 😀

Green everywhere!
Green everywhere!
Abu? Is that you?
Abu? Is that you?

Are you ready to get awed by stalactites and stalagmites? And to surround yourself with the refreshing smell of “bat shit”! 😄 Filipinos are really creative. They wove stories behind the formations in the cave. For example, “The Titanic”, and some formations revolving around religious themes. The cave can be very creepy though. 😄

The PPUR
The PPUR
A scale
A scale
The entrance
The entrance

For an ultimate experience, take the front seat and volunteer to hold the flashlight! 😀 The photo below was taken in 2012, and you’ll see the bracelet my mom gave me. Surprisingly, I am still wearing it today. Never took it off.  😉

Flashlight ready!
Flashlight ready!
Lezz go caving!
Lezz go caving!

It took about 30-40 minutes to explore the 4 km tourist path. Of course, it could go on, but only professionals like geologists are allowed to go further.

Inside the PPUR
Inside the PPUR
Into the outside world
Into the outside world

It was such an amazing experience, something that would linger for weeks!

Going back to the city, we dropped by Ugong Rock Adventures where you will see awesome limestone formations. Here you can also try this 350-meter  scary zip line, the fastest zip line in the country, or do some caving for an hour.

Welcome to Ugong Rock Adventures!
Welcome to Ugong Rock Adventures!
Ugong Rock
Ugong Rock

Another fantastic day in paradise!! On our second night, we tried some really delicious dishes in Kinabuchs Grill and Bar. 😛

Are you ready for Day 3? 😉

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