Basic as it gets.

Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
Trip End Dec 24, 2012

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The Underground River

Flag of Philippines  , Mimaropa,
Monday, November 28, 2011

Arriving in Puerto Princesa we didn't really know what we were doing or where we were going. We stopped off in a cafe to get away from the hustle and bustle that is the taxi area at the airport. After a drink we found out we needed to get to the bus station, where we would be traveling to Sabang.

Got to the bus station fine, probably ripped off by another taxi but hey ho we are use to it by now!
We had a few choices to choose from with price, time and whatever one look the safest as factors.

With a vehicle chosen we had half hour to burn just hanging around, we got chatting to a Czech couple. A little bit older than us but they seemed fine, we managed to bag a row just for us 4 at the front. Good thing as the rest of the bus looked packed but because our row was hard to get into nobody wanted to!

The trip was long and uncomfortable but it got us there, Sabang the home to a Seventh Wonder of the World. The Underground River has just been put into the new list of Seven Natural Wonders along with The Amazon Rainforest, Halong Bay and Table Mountain to name a few.

We now had to find accommodation, there were a couple I had seen in the Lonely Planet but talking to some people in a bar when we got there they didn't recommend them, they didn't really have a good word for many of them except the Hilton and another flash resort but they were out of our price range!

I can't remember the name of the place we decided to stay at, it was nice. We had a little wooden cabin just off the beach in the trees, had a veranda with a hammock and a little ginger cat to boot.

This was the first place on our travels that we had limited electricity, no sockets in the cabin and the power went out for everyone at 10pm till 6am.... except for them flashy resorts that had their own generators! Not jealous.
Once we were settled we went looking for dinner and a drink, it was pretty dead everywhere except for The Hilton which had the 'Miss Filipino' competition... think I missed something here when looking for accommodation!!

We had dinner in a small restaurant which I thought looked busy but it was actually the family having dinner, they stilled served us but wish we looked for other places now. They had Queen's greatest hits on the TV which then they pointed out I looked like Freddie Mercury due to my Movember tash, it made them laugh.

We went back to the accommodation and had a San Mig at the reception/restaurant/bar but had an early one as we were getting up the crack of dawn to get the boat over to the Underground River.

Up bright and early we made our way down to the office where you book your boat trip, little bit of a hiccup. Them blinking good looking Filipinos booked up all the boats, so there was none till the afternoon. We did have one other way to get there, a 3 hour jungle trek!

We burnt an hour or so whilst deciding whether to do the trek or wait till the next day. We went for a walk to a hidden waterfall and chilled whilst doing the Movember water photoshoot!! We decided to do the trek as it would be a waste of a day if not.
We packed our water and snacks and we were off, a nice beach stroll before we hit the trees. There was a zipline which I got confused with as I thought it let us fly down towards the Underground River but it didn't. So much for an easy ride, it did look like fun but we wouldn't be coming back that way so a no go.

Halfway threw the trek, realized that I had left the 1.5l bottle of water on the desk at the boat office... doh!
We made it, finally. Elle was thinking about turning back 3/4 of the way threw but that was just silly thinking! We didn't really know how long we had left and how far we had gone so it was better just to power threw.

There were moniter lizards as we entered the tourist area, bit scary as it was the first thing we saw before other people.
We made our to the boat tours and hopped on. Front row gets a big torch, bit gutted we didn't get there as it was a pain for the guide having to ask 3 times to the couple who didn't speak any English which way to point the torch.
The tour was good, some of the caves aka 'rooms' were huge and the formations were crazy. There was more to see, walls like diamonds and other formations but them bloody models were really getting in our way now, the further tour was closed for an event.

We managed to get a boat back to our beach which was a bit easier on the legs and we also booked our travel onwards to El Nido. This time was better, a little 8 seater minibus... with air-con!!

On our way to El Nido we met a lovely German fella, Hardy.

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