Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
“The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located about 50 kilometres (30 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The river is also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. The national park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The entrance to the subterranean river is a short hike from the town Sabang.”-
The cave includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers, including the 360-meter-long Italian’s Chamber with approximate 2.5 million square meters volume. It is one of the largest cave rooms in the world. The lower portion of the river up to 6 km from the sea, is subject to tidal influences. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River was reputed to be the world’s longest underground river.
We do not buy Rianna her own life jacket, so we tried to put on the big one and the helmet as well. She was very pleased at first and she really liked it. But it was so big for her so we removed it later.
After more than an hour of waiting, it was finally our turn. We had a big problem with Rianna at first because she was very scared of the boat. She cried so hard and do not want to sit. The boat operator was very upset telling us that we could not go if the baby keeps crying because it’s very dangerous, and can be very disturbing with other boat passengers. We could not postpone this tour so I tried my best to comfort Rianna and make her stop crying, which thankfully she did. I was very worried how scary it was for her to be at the cave, cold and dark. She cannot move otherwise we all fall down in the water. But she was a clever girl. The whole 40 minutes boat trip she just closed her eyes and pretending she was asleep. I felt so pity for my little girl, and also proud that she was able to behave. The tour was very memorable. I tried to concentrate and enjoy at the same time making sure I hold Rianna tightly and not letting her move even a little.