April 9, 2015

Puerto Princesa, Palawan, The Philippines

What Lonely Planet said: The capital of Palawan is more than simply the jumping-off point for excursions elsewhere on the island. ‘Puerto’, as locals call it, has a thriving restaurant scene, and day trips abound, offering everything from island-hopping to remote beaches to drives through stunning countryside. However, though cleaner than other Filipino cities, owing to an admirable and strictly enforced no-littering law, it’s no tropical paradise. Despite the fact that it’s hyped as the ecocapital of the country, tricycle traffic jams and concrete buildings abound.

I was there: March 18, 2014 - March 19, 2014

Camera used: LG Nexus 5

Sunset at Puerto Princesa

The children were throwing stones at a jellyfish

A young couple at the waterfront

A cathedral in Puerto Princesa

View of South China Sea on the way to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

Karst landscape at Palawan Island used as a location in The Amazing Race

Beach just beside the jetty for a boat ride to the underground river

Another view

The boats that will take visitors to the famous cave system

The boats are really, really noisy

Good thing I brought earplugs

Karst limestone in the area of the national park

Caves are typically prevalent at limestone region

There are no jetty in the Puerto Pricesa Subterranean River National Park

Feet WILL get wet. No one told me and my shoes got wet :(

The entrance to the cave after a very short walk from the beach


The subterranean river flows out to the sea here 

Visitors explore the underground river in paddle boats

Me and fellow visitors


Inside the cave system

I held the spotlight and told to point at interesting formations as the boat operator explain the features

It is really dark in here so usable pictures are very few

Other than cave formations there were plenty of bats

Coming out of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

The ride was brief but definitely worth the price of the tour

The cave system is the only reason why my travel partner and I took a detour from the Luzon island to Palawan island

A tree that provide shades for visitors waiting their turn to go into the caves

There was a blackout on the last night in Palawan