One of the reasons why we chose Palawan the second time around was to experience the newly international recognized underground river in Puerto Princesa. As part of World’s New 7 Wonders of Nature, we can’t miss to see this as we will travel Palawan. So as planned, we set aside a day to experience this once n a lifetime cruise on Palawan’s crown jewel of tourism.
Bye El Nido, See you Puerto Princessa!
We passed by the elephant Cave! Smile!
From El Nido, we will ride again back to the capital in for about 4-5 hours, by the time we reach near Sabang area, we will have our quick lunch on Taraw Buffet. Then off to the Sabang Port and ride to the Puerto Princesa Underground River.
Sabang Beach front!
Taraw Buffet, Yum yum!
Trish is so hungry!
The Tamilok Challenge
In Palawan, the Shipworm is called Tamilok and eaten as a delicacy. It is prepared as Kinilaw, raw and cleaned marinated with vinegar, dished out with chilli and onions. It tastes like oyster actually and believe to be an aphrodisiac. So for travellers like us, one of the must try is this delicacy! 🙂 yum yum! try it for 100 pesos! (I think Mic, Allison and I finishes what Trish can’t. solve! )
Tamilok, closer view
Mic and Tamilok, we won!
view from the Sabang Port! Off to the underground river! Yalla!
One of the things that admire most with the trip is how Puerto Princessa’s government organized the tourism of their area. Before going to the Underground river, you need to schedule your trip and organize boats to avoid long lines and queues. And the best part of it, maximizing the trip with adventure and seeing the genuine smile of the locals! The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 kilometres (30 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princessa. 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. (PP, website)
serene view of the underground river.
all smiles! ready to go!
Off inside the cave!
Mushrooms, Cave like edition
Fellow boat riders inside the cave. 🙂
Group pose at underground river! 🙂