Puerto Princesa Underground River


Your Palawan trip will never be complete without a tour in the Puerto Princesa Underground River, 1 and a half hour away from the city proper. The tour includes a 30-minute boat ride from Sabang port and a buffet lunch after the tour. A very good tip is to book a tour guide. Your tour guide will do everything for you to make your trip hassle free – booking, transportation and food. What also makes the tour fun is the lively and funny bangkeros who’ll accompany you inside the cave.

IMG_4125From the docking area, we hiked inside a forest. This  trek is called the Monkey Trail where Macaque monkeys can be found around the place. You will be briefed beforehand to avoid bringing plastic containers as the monkeys associate it with food and will sneakily grab it from you. It was drizzling that day, so we didn’t get to see any monkeys in the forest, well except for one monkey that literally stopped beside me and looked at me for a good few seconds, too bad I didn’t get to take a photo. IMG_2674IMG_4129IMG_4130IMG_4133We rode a canoe that can accommodate up to 10 people.  IMG_4136IMG_4137

The entrance. Once you enter the cave, an aromatic smell of bat poop and pee will welcome you hahaIMG_4146It’s really dark inside, but don’t worry, the bangkero brings a torch light to let you see the formations inside the cave. IMG_4162

Bats everywhere.IMG_4163

Here is what they call the Cathedral. IMG_4168

This is the eerie formation called The Holy Family. I literally had goosebumps as I saw this.

Now this is what they call the Market. These formation resembles vegetables and giant mushrooms. IMG_4165

Mushroom. IMG_4176

Corn.IMG_4177IMG_4185Cacao. IMG_4179IMG_4191IMG_4182

This one resembles a head of a snake. IMG_4193

The river is actually 8.2 kilometers  but only 4.2 kilometers is navigable. Tourists are only allowed until 1.2 kilometers, the rest for geologists and researchers. See the black crosses on the formations? Those mark the end of the river tour. IMG_4198IMG_4200

The Cathedral. IMG_4206

This one is called the Sharon Stone. It resembles a body of a woman, backside. All in all, the tour was reflecting, mesmerizing and refreshing. The Underground River really deserves being in the 7 Wonders of the World. So, what do you think of this post?

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