Palawan (Part 1): The River Under The Mountain

Palawan, known as Philippines’ final frontier and The World’s top island. It’s a pleasure to visit this wonderful province/ island in the western part of the Philippines. At least once in your life, you should visit this island. For this summer, me and college friends’ destination is this wonderful island paradise.
 

Colllege Friends: Me, Amor, Ehlaine, Lara and Doreen

  

Early Morning Flight: Manila’s City Lights

 

Started our journey to very early in the morning, 04:30AM to be exact. We booked the earliest flight to Palawan. It would only take a little more than an hour plane ride from Manila to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

The agenda is to enjoy the beach in El Nido but before we do so, we have decided to take a day tour to one of the New Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or more popularly known as “The Underground River”.

It is fascinating to know that even after less than 2 hours drive from Puerto Princesa city center, the Underground River is still part of Puerto Princesa. And believe me, two hours worth of drive in Palawan is a long drive as we never experienced traffic in that place. The journey to the Underground River is an experience as well as you will pass by some of the most fascinating natural wonders. From cliffs, seaside view, etc. If I would describe Palawan in one word, I will use the word “head-turner”.
 

Just A Pitstop to PPUR

         

If you are planning to visit the Underground River, make sure that you have secured a permit. They only limit a number of people each day to visit this place. Believe me, never attempt to go there as a walk-in tourist, you will just waste your time. Anyways, a lot of legit travel agencies can help you book your tour to the Underground River including transfers, permits, entrance tickets and food.
  

Aside from the van transfer, you will also ride a boat to the mouth of the Underground River.

 

Boat Transfer

  

Touchdown Underground River

 
    

Considering that we have visited Palawan while summer is in it’s early stage, a lot of people are visiting the area (Filipinos and foreigners alike).
 

Komodo Dragon?

  

Paddle Boat Group

    

The Group Before Ours

  

Entrance

 

Also make sure that if you will ride the paddle boat to tour the Underground River, take the front seats just like we did. My only problem is, “Are there crocodiles here?”. Fortunately, there were none but still I cant help to think that some random moment, something is snaking or swimming beside the paddle boat. Scary thought but that never happened. The hired tour guide for the Underground River is hilarious. So make sure to listen attentively to what the guide is saying. Though some says that next year, they will use audio guides (the ones you use while touring museum in other countries) instead of live tour guides. Honestly, I don’t know if that is a good idea or not but hopefully that will not affect the livelihood of the tour guides.
 

The View

   

Full tour of the The Underground River will last a whole day, so make sure to a lot a day for this tour and I guarantee that it is a must see!

  

This is just part 1 of our Palawan trip. Next stop: El Nido!
  

‘Til the next pose & post!

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