Palawan: Underground River

So many things on my plate (but this ain’t a complaint), hence the lack of updates on my blog. Another “problem” that resurfaces whenever I come back from a semi-hiatus is the nagging thought of changing something design-wise (mostly fonts).

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

One of the New Seven Wonders of the World!

Anyway, here’s another overdue entry for the Palawan 2013 series which began two months ago (!!!). The chart-topper of the Puerto Princesa trip: the underground river.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Such beautiful scenery! <3 [/caption] This is one of my favorite photo sets EVER. Click more to know why.

Those who plan to go here, keep your plastic bags inside your bag, else you risk the chance of a Temple Run-ish encounter. Years ago, tourists would hand monkeys food. Nowadays, this practice is discouraged to let the animals be independent by hunting food in the wild on their own.

[caption width="650" align="aligncenter"]Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan The short walk to the monkey trail

The Puerto Princesa Underground River clearly deserves the title. The view is straight out of a tourism campaign/postcard.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Get what I mean? :)

We had to wait for 10-15 minutes for our turn. The actual time spent in the underground river is close to an hour. Tourists cannot go beyond 1.5 kilometers. If one wishes to explore the entire 8.5 kilometer stretch of the underground river, a special permit is required. Also, it will take 3-4 hours, so if you are claustrophobic, the tourist-friendly version of the tour is more than enough.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Some explorers left their marks on the cave

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

View from the boat, seconds before we entered the underground river

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Blue + Green

Initially, I thought that it would be an ordinary paddle boat ride. But as the darkness descended upon us, I felt very uneasy. I can also dip my fingers in the water which was centimeters away from the edge of the paddle boat. All my fears quickly faded away when the tour guide/boatman started talking. His witty commentaries easily distracted me from my fears.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Darkness

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

On their way back

Three things you will see in the underground river: stalactites, stalagmites and bats. Yes. BATS, lots of them.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Somehow I managed to take a portrait of a bat haha

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

And a class picture too

I won’t go into the descriptive details of stalactites and stalagmites, so I’ll just show a couple of pics with captions.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The “mushroom”

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The “Cathedral”

I was relieved to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Savor the sound of waves echoing inside the cave

This attraction is one for the books. Don’t miss it if you find yourself in Palawan.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Hello, Mr. President.

Puerto Princesa Underground River, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

PPUR–definitely a must-visit

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