UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its natural importance.Puerto Princesa, MIMAROPA, Philippines
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The adventure begins long before you enter the cave. The drive from the city proper is filled with many scenic spots, peppered with interesting facts (and corny jokes) from your guide. The ride ends at Sabang beach where yo'll marvel at Nature’s artistic side as it presents you with crystal clear waters and an enchanting landscape. And with the cave yet to be seen at this point, you can’t help but wonder if Nature plays favorites because it has showered Palawan with so much beauty. The river cuts through a cave that is filled with cave formations from the many stalactites and stalagmites that are strewn inside this massive natural structure. The guides have affectionately given names to many of the more recognizable structures and the stories behind these give the 1 hour boat-ride more flavor. The calm interiors cannot help but punctuate how awe-inspiring and humbling it is to witness Nature’s majesty at its finest.February 23, 2012 Like Add a Comment
It was like the last five seconds of a rollercoaster ride, just before the car hits the dropzone. You want to back out as soon as you see how large the cave really is, just as you're about to enter the mouth of the Underground River.. Surely, the dinosaurs that swam inside when the meteors were falling are still hiding among the stalactites. Bat dung warnings? I was bracing for Godzilla. The Cathedral alone was a staggering 65 meters high chamber, and could fit four T-Rexes on top of each other. But I relaxed somewhat upon seeing some of the most interesting karst formations, including what looked like the three kings in a nativity scene. And it certainly feels like Christmas all year-round at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, with the local communities and government agencies banding together to protect eco-tourism at one of the official Seven New Wonders of Nature and the simple, natural beauty of this biodiversity hotspot.February 7, 2012 Like Add a Comment