Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Cruising the Underground River

Day 3, January 09, 2013 was the big day. Fittingly the last. It's time to go spelunking and river cruising at the same time. And finally, the grand view of what is considered one of the 7 new wonders of the world will be ours to experience!

The Underground river is a 2-hour long drive from the city proper of Puerto Princesa. Its location is in Barangay Sabang.

We left the city at 8am. Halfway through, we passed by the elepahant cave.

We arrived in Barangay Sabang around 10:30 am because we had 2 short stops: snacks and picture taking. Something that we love doing!

The wharf is along this shoreline. We had buffet lunch first before we went to the other side of the island. That is where the mouth of the Undeground River is.

The boat ride was quite fast, around 15 minutes, and it was a bumpy ride. I was partially soaked with seawater.

This shoreline is the gateway to the mouth of the Underground River.

The mouth of the Underground River. Fish can be seen by the naked eye.

A closer view.

All gears ready and a smile. Here we go!

I was the one tasked to hold the one and only flashlight for our tour. So I was seated in the front row.

It was very dark inside. So our only source of light came from what I was holding. So that gave me the privilege to see what I wanted to see. Although sometimes, instructions were given by the boatman/guide in cases of spectular formations inside the cave. There was a Nativity scene, a burning candle, mushroom, okra, Mary, Jesus, etc.

Drops of water were everywhere. We were told not to open our mouth when we look up. Our boatman further said that it is luckier to feel a cold drop of water than a warm one. Haha!

The Underground River cruise took 45 minutes. And it is truly majestic! I lost count of my Wows! I am so proud I am a Filipino!

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