On the second day of our trip, we left the hotel at 6:30am for a two hour travel to Sabang River. From there, we had to take a boat to the underground river site which is considered to be one of the seven wonders of nature.
This was the sight that welcomed us as we arrived in the island 20 minutes after. I can’t even begin to explain the kind of overwhelming serenity that washed over me when I saw this.
We had to cross this bridge that leads to the cave. We were told that monkeys often roam these areas and we were warned that some of them tend to snatch things away from passers-by. We didn’t get to meet any monkey during our short trek . I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing.
The little girl is so working her hardhat and life vest
On the boat with the other touristsEntering the cave. The husband volunteered to hold the rechargeable lamp. During the 45 minute cruise, he took directions from the boatman on which parts of the cave he had to focus the light on. Some of the unusual rock formations inside the caveBats and bat poop. The boatman told us to make sure our mouths were closed otherwise we might end up with bat poop in our mouths. I made sure that my pie hole was shut like lead for the entire duration of the cruise. LOL. This looks like a humongous cob of cornThis looks like a mushroom.
There were actually tons of other interesting rock formations…some of them took the form of dinosaurs, fruits, people, even the holy trinity. I kid you not. You know how when you stare at the clouds long enough they start taking on different shapes and images? Well it’s kind of like that. Everywhere you turn, the rocks start looking like certain familiar everyday objects. Thanks to the wonderful boatman who happened to be a splendid storyteller, each one of us got to use our imaginations to the fullest while we were inside the dark cave. Crosses were marked on the rocks because back in the day, it was believed that these caves were home to some evil spirits. I know, creepy.
It was an amazing experience. These photos don’t do justice at all. After our rivercruise, we took another boat ride back to Sabang River where we had a full lunch by the beach.
The underground river cruise was definitely the best part of the Palawan trip bar none. I wish I could have shown you more photos of what we saw inside the cave but it was too dark and the flash of the camera couldn’t quite capture the majestic rock formations that we saw.
I heard the island hopping in Honda bay is an equally amazing experience. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to do that as we had an early flight to catch the next day. At least we have something to look forward to when we come back 🙂