Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Day 2

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River, being one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, has proved to be one of the top destinations in the Philippines for local and foreign tourists. According to my research, it was known to be the longest underground river in the world until the discovery of a longer one somewhere in Mexico in 2007. Regardless, it has been enticing hundreds of tourists every day of the year!

If you're planning to visit PPUR, it is very much advisable to book your schedule at least one week in advance so that you will not ruin your prepared itinerary, like what happened to us. We were supposed to visit PPUR on our Day 1, but it turned out that all slots were fully booked for the day. It is because they only accept a maximum of 900 visitors per day so as not to disturb the bats and other life forms in the cave beyond their tolerable level. Although we did not get our expected schedule, we're still lucky enough to visit on our second day.

Visitors are expected to register first and secure a permit at the Booking Office (please see address at the end of this entry). They strictly follow a No Permit, No Entry rule. There are already lots of tour agencies which offer PPUR tour packages. They will guide you throughout the registration process, provide and arrange land and water transportation and settle park fees as well. All you've got to do is follow and enjoy yourselves. Less hassle! But you can still do all these stuff all by yourselves without availing services from tour agencies for a lesser price, of course.

We were fetched at around 7:00am by our guide. We had the whole van to ourselves. The ride to Sabang takes two hours from Puerto Princesa City proper.

Sabang Port.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Puerto Princesa, Palawan

Day 1

Before, whenever I was asked which place I would want to go to in Philipppines, I would always answer Palawan. It was just an automatic answer for me - if three minus two is one, the best place to go to is Palawan! Haha! I am not sure where did I get that idea but it had always been inside my head for years. So when I already started working and had enough resources to finance my own trip, I and my good college friends went there on November 2012.

Palawan is a province in Luzon and is composed of a long and narrow mainland and numerous other islands surrounding it. It is probably the only province I can quickly point out in the Philippine map. Yes, I am a geography noob like that. Haha! Puerto Princesa is its capital city - the home to Puerto Princesa Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. El Nido and Coron are also two of the most well-known tourist destinations in Palawan.

Since I visited Palawan almost two years ago already, my stories will just be based on fragments of my memories. I will try my very best to remember all the little details and our experiences, with the assistance of the pictures of course. And oh, speaking of pictures, I would like to thank my friend John Carl for almost all of the pictures here. I didn't have a DSLR back then so I was just using a digital camera. In addition, I wasn't the one who planned this trip so I might not be very informative about things such as our accommodation, from where or whom did we avail the services, etc.

The obligatory we've-just-landed picture!
(L-R) Yours truly, Cyhsi, John Carl.