Underground river & goodbye Philippines!

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Sabang, town at the beach

At the westcoast of Palawan there is a river that had considerable trouble in finding the sea. Too many mountains obscured the view, in particular a mountain shaped like an elephant. So in the end the river just dived under the mountains to the sea. Palawan is very proud of its Sabang Underground River of about 8 kms.

 

From the sea one can take a boat into the cave of the underground river, which looks like a hungry monster. It is a very entertaining ride, but a bit chaotically organized by the Filippinos. But perhaps it was an extra busy day because it was Philippine independence day. We had to wait for three hours, but that was not as bad as it sounds because we could take a dive into the warm waters of the South China Sea, against a beautiful pacific background of palms and cone-shaped mountains.

 

The cave of the river lies inside a natural park.

light at the end of the tunnel
Here you can find monkeys and monitor lizards up close. A guide takes you 1.5 kms inside the cave with a little boat, while he is cracking jokes. He also shows you interesting rock formations, such as the Cathedral, the Fruit and Vegetable store and Sharon Stone. Bats are flying right past you and you will see the mountain of guano that they have produced. It is quite an impressive ride, as if you’re sailing through the ribs of the mountain.

 

By now the Sabang Underground River is almost elected as one of the new 7 wonders of nature, but that is perhaps too much honor.

 

Well, this is the end of my stories from the Philippines. I hope they entertained you. I have certainly entertained myself in the Philippines. Before I left Holland, I was under the impression that the Philippines would be the least interesting country of Southeast Asia, but I was wrong! My own adventures and the reactions of my fellow travellers led me to believe that the Philippines is a heavily underrated country and great discoveries await the traveller!

 

I hope that one day I will get another chance to live in another country for a while. It was an amazing experience and left a deep impression on me!

simsing says:
Very nice blog!
Posted on: Feb 22, 2013
darlenemartin says:
*Thank you, come again* :D
Posted on: Jun 11, 2010
abubu says:
Thanks so much for the nice comments about the Philippines! Have a safe trip back home and do come back to see more of the other islands. :)
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009
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Sabang, town at the beach
Sabang, town at the beach
light at the end of the tunnel
light at the end of the tunnel
El Nido
El Nido
Smile!
Smile!
beach of Sabang
beach of Sabang
Monitor lizard
Monitor lizard
entering the cave
entering the cave
Into the belly of the beast
Into the belly of the beast
Underneath the mountain
Underneath the mountain
Sabang
photo by: kremheild