clean beach, tours well organised, improved quality of accommodation and better quality food available
Too many people due to the popularity
Truly deserves to be new natural wonder
After the boat ride, there is still a bit of a hike going to the entrance of the river system so it was also a great way to enjoy the surrounding flora which was magnificent!So take your time to take in the natural beauty around you as you still need to wait before you can board another boat to get inside the river/cave system. It is worth the wait...more
This world heritage site is the main attraction in Sabang. There is a P250 entry fee which buys you a trip down the river. Plus, a extra P40 fee. Alternatively, you can buy a P1200-1500 tour from any travel agency in the area.If you decide to go solo, you can only buy tickets for the Underground River tour in their office in Puerto Princesa as that...more
Before entering the river system, we had to wait for our turn to get into another boat to get us inside with a tour guide explaining and giving information about the river system.So we had enough time to soak in the beauty around us and so enjoy the photos! Even without getting inside, you can still enjoy the verdant hills, flora and fauna around,...more
All boats out of Sabang are subject to weather conditions. When we got there, it just rained so it was a bit muddy and wet of course, but not too hot.According to the Sabang Wikipedia page:There are about 45 Park Ferry Service boats registered for transporting tourist on a 5 km (20 minute) voyage from the Sabang Pier to the Underground River and...more
You must report there with your booking reservations that you would have arranged in their office at Puerto Princesa, they will check I.D.s of the persons on the list, pay 700 for the boat and you will be directed to a table on the pier that will assign you a boat(this may involve a short wait depending how busy they are). Then you will be taken to...more
About 30 minutes before you arrive in Sabang the shuttle van (if you are on a tour) will probably stop at the view deck just after Buenavista which gives you a wonderful view of Ulugan Bay with the three small islands called Tres Marias. There is the usual souvenir shop to buy the usual products that all the others sell, and a few snacks are...more
Imagine a zipline thats built across clear blue water..along a coast of a white sand beach..and a backdrop of mountains and limestone formations..need i say more? Sabang x Zipline provides this diffrent zipline experience for only p550..and since its the longest zipline in the country thats built over a body of water..this zipline last for a good...more
One of the reasons why we wanted to go to Puerto Princesa is to see for ourselves the Puerto Princesa Underground River which is the Philippines’ official entry for nomination to the New Seven Wonders of Nature. Its main attraction is an 8.2-km underground river winding through an awesome cave before joining the waters of the South China Sea. The...more
First things first! All tourists going to the Underground River are required to log in/register at the UGR Office at Sabang Port. We booked a tour so everything was taken care of by our guide. Before reaching Sabang Port, our guide already got our IDs. (Yes, the ID is required, so be sure to bring your ID.) Upon reaching the Port, our guide...more
After our UGR Tour, our guide brought us to the territory of the monitor lizards. Known locally as "bayawak", the monitor lizards freely roam in the virgin forest, but mostly at the area near the Underground River Ranger Station. We were lucky to see 3 of them near the pathway for tourists. Our guide cautioned us to watch them from a safe distance...more
Our guide said that during peak months, the queue to the UGR Tour is very long. Numerous boats bring in tourists almost all at the same time so waiting time is sooo long. As an optional activity and for an additional fee of P150/pax, he brings interested tourists for a Mangrove River Tour. It is a 45-minute guided boat tour of the mangrove forest....more
I forgot to time our boat ride from Sabang Port to the St. Paul Subterranean National Park because I was so fascinated by the calm blue sea and the karst/rock formations on the way. We got excited as we finally saw the beach where the colorful pumpboats docked while waiting for the tourists. As our feet touched the beach, we were awed by the fine...more
What could be more special than having lunch at a restaurant in the beachfront?After a tiring tour of the Underground River, we looked forward to our buffet lunch at Taraw Restaurant. There were already so many people in the cottages and buffet table when we arrived, but a place has been reserved for us by our guide. We eagerly lined up for the...more
There is a booking office just by Green Verde restaurant and Lodge which offers boat trips to Port Barton, Coconut Garden Resort (Cacnipa Island) for 1,200 pesos. The boat will reach Cacnipa island before Port Barton so you may decide to get off there to stay at Coconut Garden Resort where there are well built bungalows, sandy beach, snorkelling...more
There are a few ways to get to Sebang. For exampleto/from Puerto Princesa:-- Most people will visit using a packaged day tour from Puerto Princesa for ~1200P.-- Otherwise, there are jeepneys for 150P leaving Puerto Princesa's "San Jose New Market". Any tricycle in Puerto can take you to San Jose Market. First jeepney is ~5am and the last one leaves...more
escape the rigid package tours from puerto to sabang which costs you 1,200p per head when you can do the tour alone sans their help for less than 500p. it's not a problem going there at your own pace. bus leaves to and from puerto at 10am, 12noon, 2pm in that interval.going back to puerto is not a problem either. in addition to the bus which locals...more
It was hot, humid, wet and so we had to get more supplies- like more comfy footwear like flip flops at this store..It has a substantial supply of all sizes and styles of flip flops for all ages. So we got one pair each for me and my two sons. They were reasonably priced too but if you could help it, try to buy in the town centre where I think it...more
We had fun buying some pearls from the ladies who pound up and down the beach selling their pearl jewelry. After an hour of friendly negotiations we settled on a price which satisfied us and the seller. The range in price of jewelry is from a few pesos to tens of thousands of pesos and if you know anything regarding pearls you can get a real...more
Hubby and I are usually adventurous when trying local cuisine, especially their version of seafood “kinilaw” wherever we go. However, I let pass the opportunity of tasting Palawan’s “kinilaw na tamilok”. Much touted as an aphrodisiac and energizer, “tamilok” doesn’t cease to excite tourists. But why didn’t I try it? Mind you, I wasn’t squeamish at all, its appearance simply scared me. I have this phobia and I’m scared to wits when I see worms or worm-like creatures. I don’t know why, but it’s just that I feel a tingling sensation of fear when I see their wriggly, slimy bodies. No matter how much our guide coaxed me to try tamilok, I didn’t accede to his challenge. He said it tasted like oysters, but though I like the taste of oysters, I still can’t stand its worm-like appearance… but that’s just me. If you are more daring, you can try it.
“Tamilok” looks like a worm but it isn’t a worm. It tastes like oyster (some vouch it even tastes better than oyster), perhaps because it is a mollusk. It is a mangrove-boring mollusk. According to our guide, it is sometimes called sea/ship termite although it isn’t a termite. It is called such because it bores into the hull of ships/boats. Eating “tamilok” was the locals’ creative and practical of making revenge against pests; eating them was better than being pestered. Today, restaurants serve “tamilok” in different ways as exotic food. The best way is “kinilaw” where “tamilok” is marinated in local vinegar with spices.
Our guide has an interesting story about how it got its name. According to him, two American tourists are credited for the word “tamilok”. When one saw the locals eating the worm-like creature, he started calling his friend and said, "Tommy, look! Tommy, look!” The locals then referred to the creature as “tamilok”…True or not, the story amused us.
More than one bangka (outrigger boat) has capsized on the way from Sabang to the Underground River and the passengers had to be rescued, so if you suspect the sea is too rough or a storm appears to be approaching it is best to avoid getting in the boat. I have met some of the survivors who have lost their camera, passport and other valuable items,...more
The long stretch of Sabang Beach, especially the part at the northern side of the port is so enticing for people who love to swim and feel the waves on their bodies. Be forewarned that there is strong undertow when the seas are rough. Heed the warning signs along the beach to know the areas prone to undertow. Some of our companions went for a dip...more
When I went to the comfort room, there was no light, the floor was wet and slippery, most of the cubicles cannot be locked, and there was no hook to hang my bag (at least in the cubicle I used). It was not only dangerous, as one could slip on the wet floor in the semi-dark room. I believe the poor condition in the CR was also an embarrassing sight...more
One of the highlights on a visit to Sabang was the great experience of walking through the park to reach the underground river. There were wooden steps and walkways erected as the trail meandered up and down over hills,and along the beach. You would often see monkeys but unfortunately the trails are closed now and are overgrown. It seems that the reason for this is to force you to take a boat so the boatmen can earn more money. Such a pity i think.
Luggage and bags:
Dry gear bag to stash everything while on a boat ride
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: dri-fit (dry fast) t-shirts & hiking pants/shorts, sandals or aqua shoes, hat, mini umbrella, shades
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: anti-motion sickness medicine if you're prone to nausea, wet wipes, tissue paper, hand sanitizer, first-aid/maintenance medicine
Photo Equipment: digicam or videocam, waterproof case for camera (if you don't have, you can just rent at the port)
Miscellaneous: sunblock, mineral water
Sabang is a village that time almost forgot. There is only electricity between the hours of 6pm ~ 10pm. After that, you will most likely be the only person awake, so best if you bring a flash light.
There is no blacktop, pavement or electricity in the town. Therefore, do not expect there to be any banks or shops that take credit card. Sabang is a cash-only town, so come prepared.
Another point of fact is that unless you stay at the new ritzy-hotel style place on the north side of town, A/C and hot water are luxuries that were left in the cities.