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    Sharp Edges of Stairs @ Pambato Reef

    by cyndymc Updated Apr 14, 2011

    I can't forget my first snorkeling experience in Pambato Reef during the Honda Bay Tour... not only because of the thrill of seeing marine life, but because I had a gash in my leg. I was going up the floating platform after snorkeling when I bumped the side of the stairs. I felt the pain but I didn't realize I was bleeding until I stopped for a souvenir shot. I felt warmth on my shin, then saw the the blood flowing down my leg. I panicked at the sight of the blood! Our boatman was alert; he brought me to the Pambato Reef First Aid Station. A man cleaned my wound near the knee bend, put antiseptic and band-aid.

    Lesson: Climb up the platform slowly and carefull, avoiding the sharp edges of the stairs.

    My Souvenir Gash Near Knee Bend ;(
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    Tug-of-war With Monkeys!

    by cyndymc Written Apr 14, 2011

    Be forewarned that monkeys freely roam the St. Paul Subterranean Park, popularly known as Underground River Park. There are signs warning tourists not to feed the wild animals because it might affect their normal behavior. The Park Administration is asking our help to thwart aggressive action of monkeys like grabbing food or drinks, or anything in plastic bag. Our guide said the monkeys have been conditioned in the past to get chips or cookies from tourists who enjoyed watching then open the wrappers themselves and eat the snacks. The monkeys also learned to drink bottled water and juices in tetra packs. Now that tourists have been warned not to feed them, monkeys have become aggressive and approach tourists. When you see the monkeys, notice their eyes; they are on the look-out for exposed food or drinks or anything in plastic. Hide your snacks in your bags. Hold on tight to cameras in waterproof plastic bag/case. There were reportedly incidents of cameras wrapped in waterproof plastic bags grabbed by monkeys. Fortunately, the monkeys throw cameras upon realizing they are not edible ;))

    As a general rule, don't go nearer than 1.5 meters if you'd like to take their pictures.

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    Take extra careful of rented snorkeling set

    by lilhermione08 Updated Jun 19, 2009

    If you will lose it, it will cost you 1500 per set. This is a tourist price. In Manila, it will cost you less than Php 1000 for such brand. Btw, the set can be rented there for the whole day @ Php 100

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    Beware of monkey-snatchers

    by lilhermione08 Updated Jun 19, 2009

    On your way to the paddle boat terminal for the Underground River tour, you will pass by lines of trees. A jungle with monkey trail, so to speak. AS you feel the nature surrounds you, suddenly someone snatches your plastic bag of foods. Yes, they will really grab your food. But don't worry, they won't hurt you. They've just gottem so tired of foods in the jungles. City food is now their favorites.

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    Beware of falling coconut fruits

    by lilhermione08 Written Jun 19, 2009

    Beach is so accommodating, wind is blowing, trees are swaying you to oblivion... then a coconut fruit or "buko" brings you back to a dangerous reality as it falls from the high tree straight to your path (or even at you). Dont worry though, this can happen anywhere. Overriped fruits are really supposed to fall. It 's part of God's design.

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    Motion sickness on the way to Underground River

    by lilhermione08 Updated Jun 19, 2009

    I was really excited for the Underground River tour. The guide picked us up at around 6:30 am. On the way to Sabang wharf where paddle boats will take us to the entrance of the cave, it took us at least 2 hours land trip. And mind you, it is not an ordinary land trip - it is a long and winding road. The zigzag road reminds me of Baguio, and maybe even worst. I went to Baguio like 2 weeks before and I didn't feel any motion sickness (or maybe just a little). But for this trip, I rummaged through my bag to find my anti-vertigo medicine. Not for the weak body :(

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    Traffic Warning!

    by monina_c Written Nov 25, 2008

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    Like most cities in the Philippines, motorbikes are everywhere in Puerto Princesa!
    Most bike riders don't wear helmets and keep them on their elbows or backpacks.
    Oftentimes they seem to forget that they don't own the road, swerving in and out of traffic without regard for the other vehicles on the road.

    Do watch out for these daredevils. I saw 3 bike accidents in the 4 days I was there.

    Bike accident #1. The worst!!!
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    Airport Transfer

    by lesleenatividad Written Nov 11, 2008

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    Like the usual practice in almost all hotels and inns in Puerto Princesa, there is an airport transfer to and from the hotel.

    What happened was on our last day, on the way to the airport, this driver of ours was sweet talking us that he is not paid by our hotel and the only income he will get from that service will come from our "consuelo" payment for him.

    This got me irritated for I know that he is just making a pass on us to have an extra income.

    I reported what he did to the hotel and they said that they will not contact him again for that service.

    Serves him right. Guests should be treated fairly and a man like him doesn't have a place in this business.

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    Overcharging Pasalibong Box

    by rmcuesta Written May 9, 2008

    when buying pasalubong in the public market (fish section), some men there will pack your pasalubongs in the box, you will think that it is for free (because you bought a lot), so you will not stop them from doing so. after packing, they will charge you too much.

    the best approach is do not let them pack your things without your consent, ask for the price first, bargain, and get the best price from the many packers on standby.

    you will be obliged to pack your pasalabongs in a box anyway (airplane).

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    NO SMOKING & NO LITTERING

    by Prettyfuljan Written Nov 15, 2007

    The local government of Puerto Princesa is strictly implementing their No Smoking & No Littering Ordinances. Please be careful where you keep your small trash. No smoking in public places. Better ask which restaurants accept smoking guests.

    ANTI-LITTERING
    1st - 200 Pesos
    2nd - 300 Pesos
    3rd - 1000 Pesos with 2 months imprisonment

    ANTI-SMOKING
    1st - 500 Pesos
    2nd - 3000 Pesos
    3rd - 5000 Pesos

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    Bad roads going to Sabang

    by anliz99 Written Apr 16, 2007

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    When you're taking the bus or jeep to Sabang, make sure you check the weather first. If it's raining, chances are the road will be really bad and you might end up getting stuck and hiking! But if you're a backpacker and don't mind that, the view is quite great :)

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    debris clutter

    by wayfarer09 Written Nov 16, 2006

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    one part of starfish island had some debris of an old building, one of us accidentally tripped on one - that had old steel rings sticking out - so she went home with a bleeding toe..
    then we decided to have dinner at badjao seafront ;) haha!

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    Snatchers that you'll love and hate!

    by dindo_m Written Oct 26, 2006

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    For the underground river tour, you arrive at a beach, walk a few meters inland, and arrive at the mouth of the river where you will be asked to wear helmets and receive instructions on what to do.

    But here is the catch! Right upon arriving at the beach, you see freely roaming monkeys (families of them) curiously looking at you or whatever you have in your hands. There are also big lizards. Not sure if those are iguanas but they're about the height of my sheen and can be about two meters long from nose to tail called "bayawak". Hey this is a wildlife reserve and they're not supposed to be caged. And don't worry, they don't bite - at least there are no stories about such an incident, and most of them will run away if you approach them for a photo-op. And they run fast!

    The funny danger is: these animals have learned that plastic grocery bags (esp those colored white) usually contain food that they can eat. So, when left unattended, they'll rummage through it or even run away with it! Good if it was just food. What if you placed your extra clothing or camera or wallet inside such a plastic bag?! You'll be creating an unnecessary commotion in this foresty paradise - and hope you win in the "greatest chase of your life". People and crews will help you here, but don't count on it! The monkeys can hop and run and climb to anywhere!

    So, don't bring plastic grocery bags. If you must, don't let kids or shorter people hold them dangling in their hands. The "snatchers" could be watching ready to grab them! Better if you place your things inside light backpacks and avoid putting them down just anywhere.

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    Where do you go when you really "gotta go"?

    by monina_c Written Sep 25, 2006

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    Well, Snake Island might be the best place to snorkel in the whole of Honda Bay but the amenities sure are primitive. There are no comfort rooms if you need to "unload" all they have is a ramshackle affair made out of split bamboo that looks about to topple over. :D Be sure to do all the necessary before you leave your hotel or wait till you get to Starfish Island.

    No way!!!
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    Jellyfish

    by monina_c Written Jul 27, 2006

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    July is the month when jellyfish appear in the waters of Honda Bay. But don't worry too much as the boatmen are really good at clearing out the swim areas. The boatmen band together and guide the guests to the area where the water is safe. In the whole time we were there nobody got stung under their watchful eyes.

    But in case that some canny jellyfish escapes the net and decides to attach itself to you, just take a scoop of sand and use it to wipe the jellyfish that's clinging to you, repeat procedure (wiping in the same direction) as necessary. Once you've taken off the jellyfish get an icepack and put it on the affected area to remove the sting. The boatmen swear it works. :) They also advice that a thick coating of sunscreen works as a shield against the jellyfish sting. So put on as much glop as you can before going in and reapply.

    Jellyfish
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