It was not a very sunny day when we arrived but this is what I wanted. Personally I am all excited as ever because years back I thought it’s not very doable for me to go here.
|Finally - @ Puerto Princesa Airport|
|Upon arrival and upon seeing my name outside the airport :)|
|The buffet lunch - pics grabbed from Sol|
|And we will never forget a group shot. - pic grabbed from Sol|
|Another heaven for beach bummers|
|With fine sand too!|
|Mean girls exploring Sabang beach :p|
|And try to eat "Mr. Protein Rich" inside the "Tamilok 4 Sale" bucket.|
|It's not very obvious in this picture but there are lots of boats waiting.|
|And us too...|
|The tour guide asked us to look for an image in the mountain |
- a male face; did you see?
|And it was big waves, scary boat ride|
|While standing on the entrace...|
|Another, almost group shot.|
|Seats for tired, waiting, picture taking, chatting, re-touching guests :p|
|And so we go...|
|Even this is such an amazing sight already|
|Then they go...|
|We didn't fit to 1 boat so we were divided into two|
Our guide told us a lot of stories and will also sting your imagination to what image the stalactites and stalagmites resemble.
|On our way inside...|
|Some of the equally "okay" shots inside.|
|Even without imagining what they are look like, the formations are beautiful already.|
You can see below how dark inside the cave. There are lots of bats nesting here that produce a quite foul smell of their "poops" on your way inside but will be gone once your inside. And also you can see here the Balinsasayaw (Swiflets) - a kind of bird that you can only find here in El Nido. It was famous because their nest is made out of their own saliva and it is being used to create the famous but rare Nido soup. (And it is expensive!) Just a trivia: There are different species of Balinsasayaw but only 5 kinds of them can create nests out of their saliva - some called them edible-nest swiflet.
|While waving to another boat and saying "Hi", the bats and the Balinsasayaw captured by the shot.|
|Opening of the cave... - pic grabbed from Sol|
|Kuya caught an injured Balinsasayaw and promised to take care of it. -pic grabbed from Sol|
I will all let the stories be hidden until you go there and experience the tour. I am awed by its beauty and knowing that our tour inside is just part of the underground river and you need to get a special permit to be able to access or see the depth of the cave further. No wonder that the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park was included to the world’s “New 7 Wonders of Nature.” Aside from the government, it’s also our responsibility to help protecting and promoting our most precious gift.
Visit their site for more information about the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
"We cannot command Nature except by obeying her."