The Philippines last frontier
Puerto Princesa Travel Blog› entry 26 of 47 › view all entries
In typical backpackers fashion I met a new travelbuddy in the guesthouse in Manila (Matthias from germany) as we were both takingh the same flight to Palawan, the long island roughly strecthing from Luzon towards Borneo. It was the 2nd time I took a trip on Cebu Pacific Air for a few eurocents + tax, wonder how they keep flying.
Sabang was the 1st stop, a small fishing town with a few places with cottages on the gorgeous beach. It took a 4 hour ride in a jeepney crammed full of people (including 10 people on the roof and kids sitting on the front wheel guards) to get there but the place is a small paradise. As in all paradises that includes the occasional yellow striped snake slithering by on the beach :).
The underground river here is the longest in the world, I took a 15 min boatride (and was taken for a ride as I inadvertently chartered the whole boat, darn, I thought I had more experience than that :-D). The river is impressive, you take a small outrigger boat in there, it's full of bats and guano (bat shit) and magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations. Sometimes the usual jokes of the guide were ammusing ("this stone outcrop looks like a naked lady, so we call her Sharon Stone") but it's too much the standard stuff, would have been better to hear some more real information. I walked back on the Monkey Trail along the coast and spotted some! By this time I was paranoid about snakes (a few had been spotted by people doing the trail the day before) but luckily didn't step on anything that would bite me and kill me within the hour.
Mary's cottages were a great place to stay, on the far edge of the beach, cheap and a lot of cool people, some of them staying for weeks to enjoy the silence I guess. Bonfires and booze, this was a pretty nice place to hang out. Had an unwelcome visitor in my hut though, some starving rat had had a go at my bag of peanuts, a pack of smokes and my earphones...