If there’s one thing that compelled me to say yes to a last minute out-of-town beach trip, it was the invitation to go to a UNESCO World Heritage Site – Puerto Princesa’s Underground River. Sheridan Palawan’s arrangement for the Underground River tour was very convenient! Everything went smoothly, and we couldn’t be happier with the service.
The 15 minute boat ride from the port to the Underground River was a breath of fresh air in itself, and I half-wished it were longer so I could enjoy the view better. My parents and I took one of the earliest tours available since the resort wanted us to not have to fall in line too long. After being included in the new 7 Wonders of the World, the crowds have apparently gotten bigger and bigger. There’s also relatively new direct flight that goes to Puerto Princesa from Taiwan, and I saw a lot of Taiwanese tourists on the path going to the Underground River entrance. Even if it’s difficult, I recommend waking up extra early if you don’t want to fall in line. It was a blessing in disguise for us because it rained so hard that afternoon! This is what I get for going to the beach in June, I guess.
The whole tour takes about 45 minutes to an hour, and covers the first 1.5 kilometers of the Underground River cave. I won’t spoil some of the tour’s secrets but I definitely understand why some people consider it a spiritual experience. I cried at one point of the tour because it was breathtaking. One of those moments when you realize how amazing Mother Nature truly is! I had to keep myself from saying “wow” out loud out of fear of bat guano dropping straight into my mouth, lol.
The cave is almost pitch black but the boat man syncs and directs his helmet light to what the audio guide is referring to at that moment. It’s really, really hard to take photos inside, but I saw it as an opportunity to test my camera’s high ISO settings. Not bad at 32,000 ISO!