On the day of our trip, there was typhoon in Puerto Princesa but our adventurous attitude was more profound than our fear of being stranded in the midst of the storm.
It was great that the road was paved that made our three-hour road trip more bearable. Halfway through, while traversing the mountainous road and our vehicle beaten with gusty wind of 150 kph, Ces and I were praying for better weather and were being optimistic. Our companion told us that if there would be no motor banca available to take us to the site due to the bad weather, we would be traversing what they call as the “monkey trail”. It is an alternative route to get to the Underground River but one has to walk about 1-2 hours to get there. It sounded more exciting but we didn’t think we could take the chance to push our luck further at a stormy weather.
It was an answered prayer that when we arrived at Sabang pier, the weather was clearer and there were motorized outrigger boat to take us to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park.
until we arrived at the site where other tourists were waiting for their turn to get inside the cave. As it would be another boat ride, we were told to put on appropriate clothing gears first, a hard hat and a life vest which were mandatory to be worn by every passenger.
We had an orientation while waiting for our turn and took pictures of almost every spot. The guides told us about what to do and not what to do inside the cave.
So off we went inside the world-famous Underground River…
it was too dark inside the cave and the only light we had were those on our hard hats. We were greeted with “Good Evening” by American tourists on another boat we met along the way.
I just can’t explain the feeling I had while inside the cave. It was more like I was taken inside an unknown dimension. Our boatman explained every detail of the rock formations we encountered, the stalactites and stalagmites, and even scientific details on acidity factors affecting the formations of those rocks. Whew…I was amazed of all the knowledge he imparted to us that reminded me of geology in high school.
|water dripping...one reason we need something to protect our heads|
|my cam caught a bird creature..obviously not a bat which is aplenty inside. But this one, I can't tell what exactly it was|
|just one of those astounding rock formations|
Cecil and I were too thankful that we were given the opportunity to visit one of the seven wonders. An amazing design of nature that every Filipino should truly be proud of.