Spying Underground River and Caving in Ugong Rock

Trip Start Oct 24, 2011
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Trip End Jan 17, 2013


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Where I stayed
Audissie Puerto Princesa
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Ugong Rock Adventure

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

THE ROAD. Our tourist guide named Ernie picked us in the hotel at 0700H. On the way, we picked us a couple, and a family with four members. All of us have the same status as explained by Ernie. Booking in Underground River should be done a month before of planned vacation. Our group just booked yesterday so this local guide gave us chances to visit underground. Anyone can justify that it is illegal but I proudly say, he gave justice to our vacation itineraries. We occupied those names who booked but confirmed that they wouldn't come. We're just an undercover agents having different identities. Me and my wife having names of Mr. and Mrs. Narciso Lopez with matching identification card. Very clever!
The underground river is in Sabang, two hours away from Puerto Princesa. As we traveled, we passed those roads categorized on how its name implied. The zig zag road, roller coaster road, massage road, and the rocky road. Ernie also surprised us as he is also a puppeteer. He managed to entertain us using his monkey puppet.

UNDERGROUND RIVER. We arrived in Sabang and we enjoyed ourselves taking beautiful shots while Ernie registered us to Sabang Park, the entrance of the river. After 30 minutes, we boarded a boat going to Sabang Park where wild alligators are freely roaming around. They said that there are monkeys too, but we saw nothing during that time.
We headed to the river entrance where we put on our life vests and helmets. Then a paddled boatman whom our underground tour guide arrived to pick us and started the tour inside the longest underground river which was now included in the Seven Wonders of Nature. I'm seated in the front seat so I'm maneuvering the spot light of the boat. .I clearly saw stalagmites and stalactites in vegetation, animals, and biblical forms. Also, the entire cave is with foul smell because of bats and cave birds.The paddling tour took 45 minutes.
We back to Sabang beach with the same boat which waited for us in the park. In the beach, our buffet lunch was served as part of Underground River package tour which costs P1,500 per head. The lunch is so delicious because of pork liempo and chicken adobo. Tamilok, edible sea worm, in vinegar also served here for P100. After our lunch, we went ahead for our next stop is more adventurous.

UGONG ROCK ADVENTURE. "The villagers here are nature destroyer. Before", nicely explained by Ernie. The money earned from every tourist visiting Ugong Rock contributes and helps the villager to do other livelihood instead of damaging nature.
At the tourist receiving hall, they asked us if we like to do caving, spelunking, and zip line. Caving costs P200 while zip line for P250 per head. "What is spelunking?". It is a climbing technique during caving by pulling yourself with rope. Everyone in the group agreed to do caving but nobody assure to do zip line. We put on helmet and gloves as required to avoid contact with the growing stalagmites and stalactites. So the group started caving Ugong Rock which its name derived from the humming sound when knocking rocks seen in this cave. Ugong Rock Adventure is merely a mountain climbing activity. The final destination is on the top of the mountain.
At first, the caving is more fun for its just normal cave. But when we went higher, the steeps, channels, and slopes are getting more exciting. We need to enter in side view, climb stairs, and spelunking until reaches the summit for more than 30 minutes.
After sweaty caving, we took a rest at the shade on the top of the summit. How can we go back downside? Only two options, by going back through the same channels we had passed through or by 11 seconds zip line. Even the eldest in our group preferred  zip line for he felt his knee trembling. Besides, going down is more difficult than climbing up.
I go ahead for this is my first time to do zip line and almost numb while closing my eyes when started the frictionless motion of the rope. In the middle, I adjusted, relaxed and really enjoyed the ride.
We left the Ugong Rock with a smile for most of us are first timer. We arrived in Puerto Princesa at 1630H.

DINNER AT KA LUI. The most suggested restaurant by locals. This restaurant didn't accept walk in costumers, so we are advised to book it early. We asked the hotel receptionist to book us a table in Ka Lui and we are schedule for 1830H dinner. The place is natively decorated and entered the place without shoes.
The foods are excellent especially the Trubattaha salad. They served the food orderly from soup to desserts so our table never full of serving plates. The best thing here, the food price are cheap though its well known restaurant.

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