On our way back to the town after the adventure in underground river, our tour guide told us that there is another tourist spot that we can pass by between Sabang area and Puerto Princessa, which is called the Ugong Rock. It was not part of our original itinerary of the Palawan get away and our tight budget. But since we joined a tour van with a couple (in their 60’s, I guess) from US whom are very much delighted to see the place. So during that time we have no choice but to see it too. ( or I guess me?) The Adventure begins.
I honestly don’t know anything regarding Ugong Rock since I heard the name, so no clue what I can see or do. And another thing, I am not really fond of itinerary surprises –cause we are on a tight budget — hence, Budget woes. I am afraid that it will just be like old HS days of field trip of rocks like a project in your science laboratory. So when our Tour guide promised to just take a look and see it and have some pictures, well I told myself – lets give it a try.
When we reached there, I am stunned with it and was amazed that It was not just a cave hunting or whatsoever but an activity to offer – spelunking and ziplining! *music played in my ears*
Welcome to Ugong Rock!
There was a mini orientation before you decide if we will have the activity or not, during that time we listened and learned that this tourist spot was a community based tourism sustainable development managed by Tagabinet Community Tourism Association, Inc and was initiated by ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikassan. This alone made me decide to try the activity as it will help more people living in the area.
Ugong Rock is a 75-foot limestone formation in the midst of farmlands and karst forests or forests growing on limestone substrate in Barangay Tagabinet, a community of indigenous people from Palawan. Our tour guide informed us that the word “ugong” stands for the reverberating sound that stalactites produce inside of Ugong Rock when hit or pounded with the knuckles or the hand.
inside the ugong rock!
The activity includes spelunking with tour guide and you’ll end the tour with the sharp zipline from the top of the rock downwards. All costs 550 Pesos. Funny as it may seems, the couple whom initiated to see the tour didn’t go for it and us four grab the chance to experience this once in a lifetime activity.
with our tour guide!
Allison’s Signatured pose in Ugong rock! Yalla!
mini rest stop inside the cave. Photo Opportunity!
Climbing stairs: More fun in the Philippines!
The last part of the trip was the Ziplining. We decided that I will take the first one to go, then Trish and Mic and Allison would be the last. I have this tense fear of heights especially in cable cars, but for ziplining or cave jumping, nah.. I feel that my fear is gone easily if the activity requires me to do it fast or for a fast time frame. I cave jumped in Hundred Islands before with intense height and this would be my 3rd Zipline, so I am not really frightened with this activity. And I really enjoyed the view! There was a video that Allison took for us three, I’ll post it too in this blogsite. 🙂
Birthday boy doing the Zipline for the first time!
Allison’s turn to have the Ugong rock zipline experience!
After this event, I now pledge that some things not planned on your itinerary are sometimes the best part of your travel too. 🙂