Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Monday we decided to do the touristy thing and visit one of the world's largest underground navigable rivers here in Palawan.  It goes back at least 8 km, but the tour is only 1.5 km.  We organized our tour through the yacht club here and it all seemed very easy... if you bring a lot of patience, that is.

I wrote a long play by play because at the time, every moment seemed funny, stupid, or at the very least memorable.  But after reading over it, I realized I would lose most people after the first paragraph.

So I'm going summarize the day like this.... We had a nine hour day.  It included 4 hours of heart stopping travel in an air conditioned van of which we felt none, 2 hours of waiting/lunch and 45 minutes of touring and 2 hours wasted somewhere.  Was it worth it?  We think so.  We're glad we went.  The cave was like none of us had ever seen before and the scenery was beautiful.  Would we do it again.  No.  Not without a morning shot and a flask of rum to get that patience going.

I wonder what that life jacket is going to do for Jake?

Bad Monkeys

Like our helmets?  I think I sported it the best :)

Andy thinks we look like roadside workers.
Andy's flash wasn't cooperating so these pictures aren't
NatGeo...but you get the idea.

I had to ask Andy what this's a bat.  The cave had several
different species of bats as well as swiftlets.

This is not us, but imagine us in the back there by the guide.

Kind of like the parking lot at Disney World...Filipino Style.

Today we did our grocery run.  Malaysia has a huge Muslim population and we hear the the pork and booze is hard to come in true Savannah style, we stocked up.  We've got a few things to do tomorrow and then Friday we're heading to our first stop about 30 miles down the coast.  We'll continue to day hop as the reefs get thicker and the fishing boats keep coming.

In the meantime, enjoy the pics!

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