Day three deserves a post of its own. It’s the day we went to the Ugong Cave, Underground River and Firefly Watching.
We started the day early. We were picked up by our tour guide at 7am. It was going to take 2hrs to get to Sabang where we’ll be taking a short boat trip to the mouth beach going to the cave. The tour guide told us that our permit was for after lunch, which meant we had a lot of time in our hands. We were given an option to visit the Ugong Cave.
The gang of course said yes!
Why do they call it “ugong”? The cave is actually a limestone rock formation and when you hit certain parts of it, it echoes… hence the name. It’s 75 feet high and when usually takes 20-30 minutes to get to the top. This was a joint project of the local government, the local tourism and also ABS-CBN Foundation promoting eco-tourism and at the same time, sustainable livelihood for the residents. Our guides and all who work there are locals.
It took us longer than that because we would stop and take pictures of everything! And it’s quite a challenge to squeeze in the different nooks and crannies of the cave.
There was a portion we had to climb with harnesses. It was just a couple of meters but a challenge for us not so physically fit!
Our reward when we get to the top is to see this magnificent view!
It’s so beautiful! You really feel God’s presence with all the nature surrounding you.
After that trek, we were given two option: go down through the caves or zipline. We decided to zipline, after all we wanted the whole experience. We were again given two options: superman style or sitting down. They told us the sitting position takes less than 30 seconds and the fasted so far in the Philippines. The superman frees your hand so, if you prefer to take pictures or selfies… this is the better position. Hubby and I did the superman style!
The first drop is the scariest but after that, it’s fun! fun! fun! I’m glad hubby is adventurous enough to try this.
After the visiting Ugong Cave, we went on our way to Sabang for lunch and then Underground River. During lunch, we decided to try the tamilok…
Yummy! Haha… like I said before. It was like eating oysters, which I love. So, eating this was no problem for me. After lunch we waited for our turn to get into a boat to bring us to the cave entrance. When we got there we were number 85… but serving number 53… that’s how much many tourists go there!
After a couple of hours, it was finally our turn to ride the boat! Our boatman was also our guide. He pointed out all the noteable formations. It was breathtaking! According to our guide we were only traveling a kilometer and a half, which is 45 minutes worth. The whole cave is more or less 8 kilometers.
We finished in Sabang at around 4pm and returned to Puerto Princesa to freshen up for our dinner and firefly watching at Iwahig River.
We were warned of insects, good thing we came prepared with bug spray and patches. We were not allowed to take pictures while on the tour to prevent disturbing the animals.
I loved the ride! Our boatman was telling us stuff about the mangrove, the animals that lived there and even the constellations! We could see every star and every planet because the sky was so clear. The boatman said that fireflies are first to go when there’s an imbalance in nature like pollution. There were lots of it in the trees along the river. Goes to show that Palawan is as clean as can be.
Next post is our city tour and our last day in Puerto Princesa.