Caving is not new to me, but caving on a canoe is a completely different story, thats why visiting the Puerto princesa underground river is quite an experience. Now I’m about to give you a walkthrough of my PPUG experience.
It started at Sabang port, the jump off point to the PPUG. We kinda arrived there intentionally late so that we can skip the long lines of waiting in the morning when most of the tourists flock together. So we basically started with our lunch, Its a part of the PPUG tour package that I booked through klook.com although I think its really included in all tour packages regardless of wherever you may have booked your tour from. It was a very satisfying lunch, great food especially seafoods.
After having lunch, we immediately went to the dispatching area and hopped on the boat that will bring us to the other part of sabang which at first I thought was a separate island because why do we need to take a boat ride? Right? But I learned that its actually still part of the main palawan island just that its really hard to reach by land because of the moutain ranges which naturally isolates the PPUG from exploitation keeping it away from those who plans to ruin it. So moving on, we reached the area of the PPUG, it was like the facade because we still have to walk through a forest which is very nice actually. The facade I’m telling you about is where the pictorial always happen because the view here is stunning with the nice beach and the limestones in the background.
After the forest, we reached the PPUG dispatching area, we were then given audio guides, put on some safety gears and finally hopped on to the canoe. Everything was really organized.
Into the river…. it was nothing like any other, we saw numerous stone structures which the audio guide will talkabout as you go through the river cruise, the audio guide by the way makes the experience better because there is a background music kind of thing that you will be listening all through out the cruise. We were amazed by the massive chambers within its cave system, they were chambers identical in height to ceilings of cathedrals which really shows the massive size of the cave. Every area has a name depending on the rock formations that are seen there, like for example there was a market where rock formations shaped like vegetables could be seen, the cathedral because of its really high ceiling and stone formations that forms like mary, jesus, and even the holy family. In addition to that, another must see inside are the flocks of bat flying everywhere or just hanging on the walls and ceiling of the cave. Disclaimer about them though, they stink! Lol. Also, for hygienic purposes, the earphones are given to you after using it.
Explorations of the cave has unearthed fossils from millions of years ago, newly discovered minerals, more rock formations and rich biodiversity. Note that of many years of explorations done in its cave system there are still untouched areas because of the complexity of the cave. So who knows? There could be fossils of human bones in their, or rare animals, rare crystals and minerals etc. there is no limitation of possibilities.
The PPUG was a unique experience that showcases the best of what nature had done, what it is still doing and what could it still do in the next generations. Indeed it was one of nature’s wonder.