Rio Tuba Things to Do
SEE THE LOCAL LIFE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
Take a trip off of the main road and within a few kilometers you will be transported to a different world as there will be no cars, just the occasional jeepney, a few tricycles and motorbikes, but more likely the farmers and their water buffaloes (Karabaw) pulling a wooden cart will be wandering along at a slow pace. You will see a few concreted compounds which is used for drying the rice before it goes through the machine to remove the husk. Occasionally you will see vulcanisers as the road is in such bad condition you won't go far without a flat. If your bike breaks down out here you are on your own and you will have to organise someone with a pick up to come and collect it for you. Many place don't have electricity yet so the people will play cards by candlelight in the evening and rise early for work. There are a few sari sari stores that sell every day necessities to the locals. You may see a delivery van now and again which will pass by all the small stores where they will sell their products.
And how can you see these places---either rent a motorbike from Puerto Princesa or just catch a jeepney to Sikud, but be warned you may be stuck there for a night so you will have to catch the return jeepney the next morning. I did see one Traveller's Inn at Sikud. Sikud is probably 50 kms from Rio Tuba.
POLICE OUTPOST and TRANSPORTATION...
Should you have to visit the police station you will find the local outpost in the middle of town by the national highway. You can't miss it as the police patrol trike will normally be parked outside. Next to it is a tricycle terminal where the trikes wait for the shuttle vans arriving from the north.
SATURDAY MARKET AT THE PIER AREA
The weekly market takes place each Saturday in the Pier area and vendors line the side of the streets selling goods from their stalls or even on a sheet of plastic at the side of the road. Locals come in from the surrounding area with their vegetables and fruit. In the rainy seasons conditions are atrocious as the streets are muddy, and in the dry season the streets are dusty---either way it is not very pleasant.
Rio Tuba Transportation
GOING TO RIZAL
If you wish to travel to Rizal which is around 75 kms away on the west coast be prepared for a long day. There are jeepneys that leave Rio Tuba to Sikud and others that leave Sikud or Rizal but i would think that the journey would take at least 5 hours. We did it on an off road motorbike and it took us the best part of two hours as the road is unsurfaced and there are many hills to cross on the way. the scenery is particularly beautiful and well worth doing if you can rent a motorbike in Puerto Princesa.
Just as you enter Rio Tuba you will see a wonderful airstrip on your left but don't get excited as you will have to return to Puerto Princesa by road as this is a private airstrip that is owned by the mining corporation.
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