Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Underground River Tour

Sabang, Palawan

i admit it, i am slightly claustrophobic. i have been left inside a freezer (it was turned off, don't worry) for hours as a kid when we were playing hide and seek. well, i was told to stay put no matter what and that's just what i did. masunuring bata. part of our childhood games with my siblings was crawling through a rolled mat (banig) but everytime i'd get to crawl through they would trap me inside and it's just so dark and i could hardly breathe! *shudders*

till now, thinking of being in an enclosed dark place still gives me the shivers. i'd most often find myself gasping for air when a room has no windows or the curtains are fully drawn.

this is one reason why i haven't really tried going inside caves or any more enclosed places.

this is one exception though. i've been to Puerto Princesa several times and though i have shunned the idea of braving the Underground River tour i knew i must have to try it out somehow. i'm not getting any younger after all.

located in Sabang, about 2 hours from the Puerto Princesa proper, the Underground River also known as St. Paul's Subterranean River National Park has about 8 kilometers stretch of underground navigable river.

a paddle boat will take the tourists inside for a 40 minute round trip up to the designated stretch and back to the cave mouth.

it is totally dark inside save for the the spotlight provided by each boatman. nothing is heard but light splashes of water, the low murmurs of each tourist and the booming voice of the boatman who also serves as the guide.

i had to breathe more deeply and deliberately and tried to calm myself down as i listened to the guide. he would point to us different rock formations like the holy images, some vegetables and animal shapes. and he would constantly remind us not to raise our heads and open our mouths lest droppings from numerous bats on the ceiling would find it's way to it.

there is nothing but mystic serenity inside the cave. but i could not help but heave a big sigh of relief when we could finally see the mouth of the cave again. ahhh, open air!

we are once again greeted by the lush scenery of blue skies, deep blue and green waters and heavy forest.

at least i can finally say i've been to one majestic cave my entire life and a World Heritage Site at that!

next stop, Sumaguing Cave in Sagada???? Let me think about that a thousand times over hehehe....

Sunday, February 07, 2010

splendid Coron!

let each photo be a testament.

waiting for the sunset at La Sirenetta Bar and Restaurant.

finest white sand and the clearest blue waters at Banol Beach

from the Kayangan viewdeck, one can see this majestic view of limestone cliffs and deep greenish-blue waters.

the very clean and serene Kayangan Lake.

the marine park of Siete Pecados.

The Lambingan Bridge.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Darayonan Inn

Coron, Palawan

i have stayed here years before which is why i looked this up at once when i knew i'm supposed to go back to Coron.

i stayed at their standard room accommodation which is located in the main house where the lobby, office and kitchen is. i guess the owners live there as well

rate is at 800 for two persons including breakfast. it has an aircon which i rarely use since it's a bit cold already and the electric fan could suffice. it has hot and cold shower too.

there's free wi-fi in the area which could reach up to my room as well. they also offer unlimited water and coffee refills.

there are newer rooms in the area. the compound also has a restaurant and a bar.

i love it here, it's so homey and comfortable and food is good enough even for the most discriminating palates.

contact info:

Fax (Manila):
(632) 7004519
Contact Person:
Francisco P. Fernandez Jr.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

rediscovering coron

there is now a certain charm these small planes have for me. it gives me the promise of being able to explore un-popular, less developed destinations. it may feel a bit cramped inside the plane, i could almost hear its groans and whines as we slowly cruise towards unchartered territories.

Coron reminds me of Batanes, rustic yet heavenly, and i feel like hearing tribal beats resounding in the air as i face the prospect of more adventures.

this is the cheaper version though especially when the airfare that i got only costs around 2500 roundtrip from PAL Express. ;)

Coron beckons!