I’m not quite done with the Philippines yet…
Before heading to Thailand to hang out with mom & dad for a while, I came to Palawan to see some sights I’ve been dying to see for some time now.
You all know Meagan by now I hope. She did the same program as me and was placed in Puerto Princesa for her internship. So I popped over here to see her. We thought we deserved some beach time before our busy week of diving. So we headed out to El Nido!
About a 5 hour van ride away from Puerto Princesa and we were there. It’s a beautiful little town surrounded by limestone cliffs and the greenest trees you’ll ever see. Not to mention the powdery white sand beaches. While it was a little pricier than what I’d been used to in reference to booze and food, it was still such an amazing place and relatively inexpensive.
One of the best views. We spent two awesome days just laying here in the sun. So relaxing! Of course I got horribly sunburnt. But any who.
To split up our beach bum days, we decided to join island hopping Tour A which took us to Big Lagoon, Secret Lagoon, Small Lagoon, Shimizu island and 7 Commando Beach. My personal favourite?
We got to kayak our way into the lagoon, have a swim and enjoy a bit more peace and quiet than we’ve had the last 6 months and earlier that day with the crowded beaches.
The water was the most beautiful colour of blue…
After another day of beaching, we headed back to Puerto Princesa. Meagan’s co-worker and filipina bestie, Karen, was sweet enough to book me into a tour group so I could go see the Subterranean River.
This is a National Park that was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1999 and was also declared one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature in 2012. Needless to say, I HAD to see it before I left the Philippines.
We took a lil pit stop at Ugong Rock on our way to the Underground River so we wouldn’t be waiting in line forever. This is a small little tour company that hosts zip lining and spelunking adventures! You climb your way through this random rock in the middle of farmland, all the way to the top where you biplane your way down!
Fun little side adventure on the way to the main event!
The tour company was amazing. The boat operators were so respectful of the landscape and of the people on their tour. So that you can enjoy your boat ride through the caves, they give you an audio device to listen to the tour in the language of your choosing. I learned so much and it was an incredible experience!
I was so impressed with the organization of the tour and the tour itself. Relaxing tour with tons of info!
My time being a tourist in Palawan quickly came to an end. Meagan & I began gearing up for our live aboard dive trip to Tubbataha Reef! Now THIS was a dream come true!
Thanks for reading & read on for more adventure stories!