Sabang Underground River
Posted On May 8, 2013
We left El Nido by mini-van which was slightly more expensive than the big Roro-bus we had taken to get to El Nido but was also about twice as fast. About five hours later we arrived in the little town of Sabang.
two luxury hotels there were plenty of simple bamboo huts along the
lovely beach and so we settled for the night. The town only had
electricity from 6 to 11 pm but provides a lot of mosquitoes 24/7 (and
they are even free). For some unknown reason they also seamed to like
Hazel much more than Kevin and so in now time she was quite badly
The next morning we decided that we needed and a hut
with a mosquito net and therefore moved to Mary’s Cottages which was
just in a quiet spot at the end of the beach. It was like our little
piece of paradise.
Thursday and Friday we spent relaxing, reading and hiding from the afternoon showers – once more life was quite perfect for us.
Saturday morning it was finally our turn to visit the Underground River
– one of the New Seven Natural Wonders of the World (in the meantime we
found out that this is based on some kind of online voting). A boat
brought us the five kilometers to the entrance of the river where we
picked up some “Bob-The-Builder-Helmets”. Afterwards a small boat
brought us upstream into the cave where the river flows through.
whole cave is more than five kilometers long but only the first
kilometer is open for tourists. It was really an astonishing sight (but
hard to capture on pictures). Some parts of the cave were huge (we guess
more than 30 meters in height) and for sure we saw a lot of stalactites
and stalagmites (we leave it to you to google which one is which ;)).
With a bit of fantasy and the inputs of the guide one also could “see” a
lot of animals and figures carved out of stone. Really impressive were
also markings left by explorers in the 1930s (one would have thought
these markings were all but gone due to erosion but they were still
clearly visible). There were also a lot of bats and swallows inside the
cave (and also their poop). All in all really a very unique experience –
Later in the day we were heading back to Puerto Princesa where we stayed one more night before heading to Luzon.