Keep your mouth closed, there's bats up there

Trip Start Feb 20, 2014
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Trip End Mar 14, 2014


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Flag of Philippines  , Mindoro,
Sunday, February 23, 2014

We loved our short stay in Puerto Princesa.. Our guest house Sabli cabins, was a great welcome into the Philippines, with a cute little cabin, delicious breakfast , and the most welcoming staff, for the reasonable price of $28.
This main city of the island was just a stopover for us before venturing out to some more remote, but talked about spots in this region.
Our first destination was the famous Underground river. So popular in fact that its limited to 600 visitors only a day, regulated by the national park service, and you need a permit.. In advance. As organized as i am, planning the what I'm doing when i get there isn't one of them. I usually just make those plans when i get there, especially because its cheaper , you can change your plans when you font have a plan, and that's always a good idea when traveling in a third world country. Things font always go as planned .
Our amazing staff at Subli, took us down to the national park office in town to apply for a last spot permit.. Success.
The journey there was two hours by mini van. The Underground River in Sabang is said to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Hmmm, I am not sure about that. I don't remember it being on the list. At least the locals think so.  It is an amazing underground river that cuts through the limestone cliffs for 8.2 km before emptying out into the south china sea. The caves are naturally lit, ranging from low ceiling passages to stadium like caverns. And they are also filled with bats. I know you are absolutely cringing right now Sarah.  In some areas, over 40,000 of them can be seen hanging from the ceilings up above. It is common for most to gaze up with amazement, gasping at the site of them clinging to the ceilings as you pass by in your  canoe below. " It is best to close your mouth while looking up" our boat guide explains to us. " that may not be water dripping down on you...especially if its warm" Good to know...I have no intention in adding bat urine to my list of things I want to try in my lifetime.
On our way to the famous underground tour, we had some time to kill since our "slot" of when we could cast off into the cave wasn't until 2:30 pm according to our permit.  Our tour guide asked if we wanted to stop off at Ugong Rock, a large limestone rock formation that entails climbing through its ladders and walkways up to a large platform and then zip-lining back to the ground below. That sounds like so much fun...I'm in. I love climbing..especially rock climbing. The trail was full of these inspirational signs , which was a nice touch. Another thing you will notice right away about the Philippines is how clean everything is. You would be hard to find  a piece of litter anywhere. In fact there are hefty fines if you do. What a pleasant change from traveling in Cambodia, where the trash and  garbage everywhere will break your heart.
The accommodations in Sabang is very simple. In fact the town is not much more than a dirt road offering only about 7 different guesthouses and a couple of local shack stores selling sundries and " I Love Sabang" t-shirts.  The beach  bungalow Christine and I got for the night was the best they offered at Blue Bamboo Guesthouse.  It came with a nice ocean view deck, a decent bed, a cold shower, all for the bargain price of $13 a night. It was just what we needed after a long day of touring and travel. In most of this island, Electricity is only from 6-10 pm, so you have to plan the charging of your electronics accordingly, and it might take you a few stops to find a little store that has a ice cooler that keeps its beers cold since the power is off all day.
Christine and I shared a large Red Horse Beer for sunset, and made it to bed before the lights were out at 10 pm. Not a karaoke bar in site.
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Oascale on

Sounds amazing. Looking forward to your next entry!!

Sarah on

Ziplining and bats!!! Wow Mom! I would be so scared but Josh would probably convince me to do it. I am glad you got a permit to go! Love the pictures.

Christine on

Ah nice you stayed at Blue ...I looked at the place too - liked it :)....but stayed with some peeps I met elsewhere.

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