Written by: Marie Rea
As my family of four descended upon Puerto Princesa Airport, it has been apparent that we shall have a great and memorable time!
|Puerto Princesa City Domestic Airport ~ PALAWAN|
We had a quick rest and got refreshed with glasses of ice cold black gulaman (grass jelly) drink in our native- themed accommodation called Puerto Pension. Then we started our half day city tour and marveled at the greenness of the place.
There’s still some traffic but as you go further away from the city centre, we were thrilled to see the lush mountains, verdant trees and wild vegetation. Indeed, Palawan is a cut above the rest of the country! Huge acacia trees were a magnificent sight everywhere we go. In the historic Puerto Cuartel, where a number of Americans died during the second world war, the trees made the place so cool.
|Marie at Ugong Rock Zipline ~ PALAWAN|
Then off to Mitra’s ranch where my youngest did the zipline and went horseback riding. The rest of us just watched as the weather was getting hotter.
The next few days were more thrilling than the first as we found ourselves doing the zipline at the Ugong Rock after doing some serious spelunking there.
A variety of activities were on offer so there was no dull moment indeed! We never thought this trip would see us truly participating in those action oriented tasks! It was a question of going back to the cave to finish or do the zipline for a faster finish.
|On the boat to the Islands from Honday Bay ~ PALAWAN|
Of course the highlight of the trip, aside from the awesome island hopping from Honda Bay was riding a motorboat inside the heritage listed and world acclaimed , one of the new seven wonders of the world, the amazing Underground River System in Puerto Princesa.
Each sporting a safety helmet and lifevest, our party of 11 got treated to a wonderful display of stalactites and stalagmites coupled with funny commentaries from our diminutive guide who often warned us that if we have to look up, we shouldn’t say “Wow!” as we need to close our mouths to avoid the dropping bat poos which are numerous inside the caves.
|The Underground River ~ PALAWAN|
Lunch near Ugong was great too with mostly grilled meats and seafood. Fish was always fresh and the green mangoes and shrimp fry called bagoong alamang were so tasty! Dessert was dainty and sweet turron (thinly sliced bananas in crispy fried wrappers).
The wildlife we saw were varied, from the crocodiles, monkeys, monitor lizard and many more which thrilled our youngest who was always quick to spot them!
|Buying Flip Flops ~ PALAWAN|
|Demo : How to Peel the Banana in PALAWAN|
FROM THE PUBLISHER : Marie Rea is a freelance journalist, manager of her computer software business and founder of www.ausinformer.com