Saturday, November 5, 2011

Tour at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World -- Underground River Puerto Princesa, Philippines

I had a great weekend last three weeks ago with hubby because we had our very first trip ever as a couple; a trip to the capital of the Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa.

We had our complimentary air fares from Philippine Airlines as a reward by HSBC thru its Mabuhay Miles promo. The flight to Puerto Princesa has lesser turbulence than the return to Manila. The view at the plane’s window is captivating not to mention it’s my first airplane ride! You’ll see the Taal Volcano passing through the Batangas province. It’s a nice experience at the plane.

We had our accommodation at the Microtel Resort Hotel which is 20-30 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa airport. The resort is very nice! It’s clean, the staffs are helpful and kind, the beach view is relaxing! The rooms are very comforting too. The white sand beach is quite unusual for me because there are Mangroves in it. It’s not the swimming type though if you’re courageous you can swim through it at few meters more. The resort has its own pool and restaurant.

Hotel Lobby


On our first day, we had the Underground River tour and it took us two hours or more to reach the Sabang beach. There is one stopover along the way if you need to pee or have a snack; there are also some views to see -- the traditional dwellings of their natives and the Carst Mountain. Upon arrival at the Sabang beach, we had our buffet lunch which is inclusive in the tour package. The food is good. The beach has white sand and the waves are huge. We took a lot of pictures there. After an hour of rest, we headed at the Sabang pier which just 5 mins from the lunch venue. From the pier, it took us 20-30 mins boat ride to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park which is the entrance to the Underground River. From the shoreline, it will take another 10-15mins trek to see the mouth of the river. Just be careful with the monkeys along the trek. There are lots of tourists when we arrived there; 10 boats passed by before our turn. We were geared with life vest and helmet. It’s very dark inside the Underground River; we only have the spotlight as a source of light. There are bats flying around inside the river which might cause the foul odor. The view inside the cave is amazing; it’s huge! You’ll be amazed with God’s creation! It’s definitely a new wonder of the world; so register your vote now at www.new7wonders.com or text PPUR at 2861.

above: Sabang Beach

above: mouth of the Underground River


After that long trip, we had our first dinner at the resort’s resto and we ordered Charcoal Grilled Suran and Garlic rice. I love the Suran, it’s a new fish meal discovery!

On the following day, we explored the city’s tourist spots. We went to the following: Puerto Princesa Bay, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, Plaza Cuertal where the 143 American soldiers were burned by the Japanese colony, Tiangge-tiangge where you can shop for souvenir items, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center where you can see the crocodile farm and the Nature Park where you can experience the wildlife, Mitra’s Ranch where you can see the landscape of Puerto Princesa, Baker’s Hill which is known for its freshly pastries and breads, and lastly, the Binuatan Creation Showroom where you can experience handloom weaving.

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral


Plaza Cuertal


view at Mitra's Ranch


We definitely enjoyed our stay in Palawan and a chance to encounter with its priceless nature!

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Tour at one of the New 7 Wonders of the World -- Underground River Puerto Princesa, Philippines

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I had a great weekend last three weeks ago with hubby because we had our very first trip ever as a couple; a trip to the capital of the Palawan Island, Puerto Princesa.

We had our complimentary air fares from Philippine Airlines as a reward by HSBC thru its Mabuhay Miles promo. The flight to Puerto Princesa has lesser turbulence than the return to Manila. The view at the plane’s window is captivating not to mention it’s my first airplane ride! You’ll see the Taal Volcano passing through the Batangas province. It’s a nice experience at the plane.

We had our accommodation at the Microtel Resort Hotel which is 20-30 minutes away from the Puerto Princesa airport. The resort is very nice! It’s clean, the staffs are helpful and kind, the beach view is relaxing! The rooms are very comforting too. The white sand beach is quite unusual for me because there are Mangroves in it. It’s not the swimming type though if you’re courageous you can swim through it at few meters more. The resort has its own pool and restaurant.

Hotel Lobby


On our first day, we had the Underground River tour and it took us two hours or more to reach the Sabang beach. There is one stopover along the way if you need to pee or have a snack; there are also some views to see -- the traditional dwellings of their natives and the Carst Mountain. Upon arrival at the Sabang beach, we had our buffet lunch which is inclusive in the tour package. The food is good. The beach has white sand and the waves are huge. We took a lot of pictures there. After an hour of rest, we headed at the Sabang pier which just 5 mins from the lunch venue. From the pier, it took us 20-30 mins boat ride to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park which is the entrance to the Underground River. From the shoreline, it will take another 10-15mins trek to see the mouth of the river. Just be careful with the monkeys along the trek. There are lots of tourists when we arrived there; 10 boats passed by before our turn. We were geared with life vest and helmet. It’s very dark inside the Underground River; we only have the spotlight as a source of light. There are bats flying around inside the river which might cause the foul odor. The view inside the cave is amazing; it’s huge! You’ll be amazed with God’s creation! It’s definitely a new wonder of the world; so register your vote now at www.new7wonders.com or text PPUR at 2861.

above: Sabang Beach

above: mouth of the Underground River


After that long trip, we had our first dinner at the resort’s resto and we ordered Charcoal Grilled Suran and Garlic rice. I love the Suran, it’s a new fish meal discovery!

On the following day, we explored the city’s tourist spots. We went to the following: Puerto Princesa Bay, Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral, Plaza Cuertal where the 143 American soldiers were burned by the Japanese colony, Tiangge-tiangge where you can shop for souvenir items, Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center where you can see the crocodile farm and the Nature Park where you can experience the wildlife, Mitra’s Ranch where you can see the landscape of Puerto Princesa, Baker’s Hill which is known for its freshly pastries and breads, and lastly, the Binuatan Creation Showroom where you can experience handloom weaving.

Immaculate Concepcion Cathedral


Plaza Cuertal


view at Mitra's Ranch


We definitely enjoyed our stay in Palawan and a chance to encounter with its priceless nature!