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Monday, January 6, 2014

Puerto Princesa Underground River or Subterranean River National Park through Floral Travel and Tours

After our Ugong Rock Adventure and quick stop at Karst Mountain Elephant Cave, Floral Travel and Tours arranged our lunch buffet at Gusto Grill which was very delicious!

puerto princesa underground river
We booked and paid Floral Travel and Tours, two months prior our trip for 1,240 php/head.  Their service included our pick up from our hotel, taking us to Ugong Rock Adventures and Karst Mountain Elephant Cave as well us our lunch buffet at Gusto Grill.  Thus, we were spared from the hassle of obtaining a permit.


puerto princesa underground river
While waiting for our bought number to be called, I spotted the old Australian couple and had a chat with them. I found out that they were headed off for El Nido after their Underground River to meet their sons and daughters.  Our Spaniard tour mates where headed for El Nido the next day too.  I think we can deduce that a lot of tourists only pass by the Underground River and go for El Nido.

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Our tour is already inclusive of the boat ride.  But if your doing DIY style, note that the minimum number of person per boat is 5 and the maximum is 8.  The rates are: 6 people - 700 php, 7 people - 800 php and 8 people - 900 php.  We were only four on the tour and four on the boat though.

puerto princesa underground river
Our boat number was called and we got on board.  We wore the compulsory life vests. 

puerto princesa underground river
It was a short and windy boat ride to an island.  It had a scenic view.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
When we arrived, we immediately saw the Underground River sign.

puerto princesa underground river
 We followed the way path.
 
puerto princesa underground river
Here are the park rates in case you're doing DIY.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
There are lots of informational boards and maps.

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Be careful with your snacks and sparkling things because it attracts the monkeys.

monitor lizard bayawak

monitor lizard bayawak
We also spotted a monitor lizard.

puerto princesa underground river
While waiting for our both number, we just took our time with this scenic view.  Our companions felt like swimming but there's a big sign "No Swimming".

puerto princesa underground river
We were provided helmets and life vests and boarded when our boat number was called.  Again, we were only four passengers with two guides. 

puerto princesa underground river
Our Spaniard companions were given the task of pointing the flash light.  While the tour guide shares some jokes and information about the rock formations.

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

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puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
There are bat pees and poops so I'd avoid opening your mouth. =p

puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
You can use your imagination to appreciate the formations.


puerto princesa underground river

puerto princesa underground river
Once we reached the part with a cross mark, we headed back.

We Travel Tripsters had a fun and memorable experience. It's more of a scenic view rather than an adventure though.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Address Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa
Palawan, Philippines
Budget Per Person 1,200 Puerto Princesa Underground River Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours Monday to Sunday:
8:00 am- 4:00 pm
Reservation Required Yes
Contact

Friday, January 3, 2014

Ugong Rock Adventures and Karst Mountain Elephant Cave in Puerto Princesa Palawan

Two months before our flight, we already books our Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour with Floral Travel and Tours.  We were told that we will be picked up at 6 am.  So we were already panicking when we were still at our hotel by 8 am.  At around 8:30 am, a van came to pick us up.  We also passed by another hotel to pick up two other guys from Spain.  When we arrived at the Permit Office of the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour, it turns out that we don't have any permits yet.  Floral Travel and Tours requested that we have a ticket and we were granted but the time slot is for after lunch.


ugong rock adventures
To kill some time, we were brought by our driver to Ugong Rock Adventures.  The two Spaniards were not up for it but we were.

ugong rock adventures
We paid 200 php for the entrance and 250 php for the zipline per person.

ugong rock adventures
We then headed to a hut were they check for blood pressure if you're old.

ugong rock adventures
But, we skipped that part and we were given our gloves and helmet.

ugong rock adventures
We were then oriented with a group.  But, this guy volunteered to tour us so we can leisurely take our time.  He explained that the Ugong Rock is a 75-foot limestone formation.  It is amidst the farmlands of Brgy, Tagabinet.  He explained that some rocks create different sounds.

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This one sounded like a bell.

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This formation reminded me of Sumaging and Lumiang Cave in Sagada but this is dry.

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There is a very easy rappelling course.  There were a lots of staff to assist you so I didn't find it challenging at the very least.

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Rock formations are entertaining like this boxing glove and then eagle.

ugong rock adventures
This looked like a long-necked dinosaur.

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And, this one to me looks like a raptor. 

ugong rock adventures
There were parts were we played and swang on vines too.

ugong rock adventures
Once you reach the top, you have the option to climb back or zipline.

ugong rock adventures
Of course, we ziplined because it was the easier way.  After that, we headed to Karst Mountain Elephant Cave.

karst mountain elephant cave
We just made a short photo stop by Karst Mountain Elephant Cave.

karst mountain elephant cave
Use your imagination and you're see somewhat of an elephant form.

Overall, for beginner searching for a little adventure, you might as well go for the Ugong Rock Adventures.  As for Karst Mountain Elephant Cave.... well only if you're passing by and you have the time.

Ugong Rock Adventures and Karst Mountain Elephant Cave
Address Brgy. Tagabinet Puerto Princesa 
Palawan, Philippines
Budget Per Person 550 php Ugong Rock Adventures and 
Karst Mountain Elephant Cave Map
Payment Options Cash

Operating Hours
8:00 am-5:00 pm
Reservation Required No
Contact