Puerto Princesa, Palawan | A City in the Forest

This a trip of “firsts” – first time to travel with my college friends, to ride a plane, to overcome my fear of heights and my fear of drowning.
We decided to travel after graduation to reward ourselves and to enjoy life before entering the “real world”. The entire 3D/2N trip costs 5,000 php each (inclusive of roundtrip airfare – zestair, accommodation – GOHOTELS, tour & meals).
puerto princesa is a step closer in becoming a manila-like city  – from malls, uprising condominiums, public transportation and resto/ fast food chains.
they are still preserving (most) of their mountains, trees and natural resources, albeit urbanization. 527945_429446510400212_151687399_n
Baker’s Hill – home of the best Hopia! (okay, what’s hopia in English? Meat pastry?). the complex has an aviary, playground, park, bakeshop, restaurant and houses – it’s like a compound turned into a tourist attraction.
crocodile farm – puerto princesa is known for producing crocodiles for its skin and meat. if you want to have a taste of the famous sizzling crocodile meat, better try it at KINABUCH.
We also discovered species of animals and insects at Puerto princesa butterfly garden. with a reasonable entrance fee of php 20, you can explore the garden for the entire day.
574637_429495610395302_249748160_nspelunking is more fun at ugong rock adventures – from crawling to climbing and “sucking in” your stomach. but don’t worry, there are people who will assist you until you reach the top. if you are tired to climb-down, you can take the zipline for a fee of php300. 541087_429757860369077_1946468514_nwe had an island hopping tour at honda bay, luli island and pambato reef. the beach at honda bay was beautiful – white sand, blue crystal clear sea (i think it is better than boracay). we also snorkeled at pambato reef.
i must admit that i almost chickened out because i don’t know how to swim and i’m really afraid of drowning. but thankfully, we were assisted and were equipped with proper snorkeling gears and floaters. it was really nice to see different kinds of fishes and coral reefs (i also saw nemo!)



154538_429500477061482_1619043148_nNext stop- puerto princesa underground river. it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The 8.2-kilometer river, said to be the longest navigable underground river in the world, winds its way underneath a mountain range, through the St. Paul Underground River Cave, and then goes out into the South China Sea. The journey through the cave system alone is 24 kilometers long. The entire area where the Underground River is located is actually a national park and a model of biodiversity. More than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species call this area home. (facts based on the official website of department of tourism)rrrit was really dark inside, our only source of light were two flashlights. the boat ride was as fast as the current of the river. we were really impressed with the boat man/ tour guide because his lecture was entertaining. each rock formation has a name and description (although, some seems different to my eyes). our tour only lasted for around 40 minutes.
we were very thankful that we saw this impressive scenery (for me, art) created by our mother nature. Hope that this will be preserved so that our future generations could also witness the beauty of Puerto Princesa

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