Travel Blogs from Puerto Princesa
Flew into Puerto Princessa from Cebu and found our digs, a family run homestay, clean room , cold shower only but with tv and aircon and the family are really good. It is out of the city and in the sticks but we were picked up at the airport and people seem to know where it is so all good.
We went on a day trip to the longest underground river in the world and on the way stopped to do another cave ...
... a couple of hours until we reached Sabang. We then had to join the line of people waiting for the trip. I was baking hot so I stayed in the shade with the rest of the group. It amazed me to see just how touristy this place was. I hadn't even heard of this place before coming to the Philippines.
I got talking to some of the people on my bus who were all really nice. They were from Australia but the mother was from the Philippines. She ...
... how quickly the water got very deep. One minute there is a large coral reef below us and the next, it tapers off to total blackness. So, we quickly turned back towards all the activity. Being in the water with all those fish and different plants in the middle of the Sulu Sea in the Philippines was an experience we hope to never forget!
Our next island was Luli island. It took only 20 minutes by boat to get there. 'Luli' comes from the Filipino words meaning ...
... friends ( the Kiwi and Finnish couple left us after Sagada). After, we walked around and explored the various things that had been set up for Friday night. There was a Queen of Queens competition (something I've never seen before, even after all my time in Southeast Asia), and a really odd outdoor casino set up. Richard gambled 40 pesos ($1) away in a weird game while I laughed at the ...
... nearby. It was a neat place,
the customers were mainly Filipino so it felt like a bit more of an authentic
experience. The food was good, the portions were huge. Needless to say we left
with full belly's ready for bed after a long day.
July 11, 2013
The Filipino government only
allows a certain number of people to enter the Under Ground River each day, in
order to visit you must apply for a permit.