Puerto Princesa

I only spent three days in Puerto Princesa since there wasn’t too much to do.

My hostel was the Bamboo Nest Guesthouse. It’s located near a military compound so the only way to get in and out was through a dirt road. The dorm had no AC and the first night was very hot. I ended up changing to Mongki’s Pension House on the last night so I can get some AC.

I didn’t do much in Puerto Princesa except going to the Baywalk Park. I spent yesterday going on the Subterranean River Tour that’s one of the new seven wonders of the world. The tour was 1900 PHP, adding a 150 PHP environmental fee, and a 350 PHP tour of the mangrove forest, the total was 2400 PHP, or about $44, the most I spent on a tour. I was the first to be picked up at 6:30 AM and the last to be dropped off so the tour was especially long for me.

The subterranean river is about two hours away in Sabang by van. Then we took a boat to the cave site. The tour itself was only about 45 minutes long on a smaller boat. We had an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch before the mangrove forest tour. By the time I came back I was tired. It was a full day.

The tour is the only thing to do in Puerto Princesa according to many people I’ve talked to. I feel three days is more than enough.

I’m at the airport waiting to board the flight to Cebu. I’m not sure what I will do in Cebu. I’m kind of tired of traveling so I might stay the whole ten days in Cebu. But then again, I might get bored and want to do something else. I’ll have to see.

Military tension between China and the Philippines is strong.

Going through Chinatown

A battleship on the Baywalk

Going to the Subterranean River

Beautiful day for the tour

Going into the cave

Entering the subterranean river cave

Looks like a dinosaur head

"The candle" inside the cave

Interesting sharp rocks

More explorers coming in

Exit the cave

One of many monkeys by the subterranean river

Going on the mangrove forest tour

Mangrove tree roots are amazing!

Spotted a lizard

Mud skippers that look like fish with arms.

Mangrove tree seedlings