11.04.2012 - 14.04.2012
Hello dear friends,
In the last few days we have been staying in the most wonderful and surprising Sabang in the Palawan island. This story actually start before Sabang, in Puerto Princesa - we we wanted to get a permit to go and see the underground river in Sabang (I wrote about this in the previous post). We have found out that we can get the permit only in Puerto Princesa, but the ticket office was closed. We decided to try and so to Sabang, and get the permit there. We got on a jeepney at 7:00 AM, and headed for Sabang. When we got there, this is what we saw:
Sabang, unlike other cities we have been to, is rather small with beautiful beaches. It hosts the dock from which bangkas (small boats) leave for the underground river, but other than that, nothing else really, which was great for us. We are spending a long time at the wonderful beaches. They are so much fun, and the water is so clear and warm.
Sabang also has a very luxurious resort called Sheridan, which we didn't stay in, but we did dine in:
Again, to the permit issue. We couldn't get the permit in Sabang. We tried and tried, but nothing. So, unexpectedly, we decided to go without the permit via trekking to the underground river, unlike most people who go there by bangka.
The start of the trek looked very promising with this view:
We had to bypass some ranger stations and "not see" some permit signs...
After a while, the trek (which is called the Jungle Trail) starts to look like a jungle, and became very humid. Water was pouring from us by the liters...:
At the end of the trail, we encountered a group of monkeys, which were very hostile in the beginning. We were almost ready to head back from where we came from, and forget about this whole underground river thing, but a few tourists who walked from the other direction gave the monkeys some food, and we were able to pass.
After the short monkey adventure, we got to the underground river:
It's a river that goes under huge rocks. Looks very impressive, even though we couldn't enter at the end. There were too many people there. This site has 800-1000 visitors a day (!)
After we have left for the outgoing boats port, some Filipinos wanted to take a picture of us, so we did the same:
It was weird and funny. Apparently, they don't see a lot of foreigners. When we told them that we were from Israel ("The land of Jesus"), they got even more excited.
In a day or two we will be leaving for the next town, Port Barton.
All the best,