Palawan Underground River

There is one sight in Palawan that I cannot miss every time I return to the island – it’s the Palawan subterranean river, as you may have deduced from the title of my post today.

It’s one of the 7 Wonders of the World in the nature category, and hopefully my photos today will make you see why it was chosen as such!

PS: this post is very photo-heavy, so if you’re on mobile, I suggest that you stop reading and open this page on your PC/laptop instead.

PPS: regarding one email from a reader who was complaining about how colours in the Phililppines are happier/more intense. Yes, I know that the colours should be way brighter than this but my photography style is desaturated and faded, so deal with it! 😛

PPS: photos are all mine unless stated otherwise. Photos without watermark are taken from my phone and were processed with VSCO. You guys don’t mind the name-dropping, do you? xP

I went with my colleague because it was her first time to go. This was my third time, but I was still excited! We didn’t sign up for the full package (zip line, rappelling, hiking etc.) because we had a flight back to Manila in the evening. I got to try the zip line anyway, but that’s another story.

We left the hotel at 7 in the morning. A tour van was there to pick us up, and we were with a family of four. Our tour guide was very nice, she was knowledgeable and had lots of jokes and stories to tell.

First stopover. I went to the viewing deck to take pictures, and here we have the first glimpse of the sea!

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My backpack and phone. Getting Spotify Premium was a good idea – the offline listening mode is awesome. The three songs listed at the top aren’t my idea – a friend borrowed my phone and the next thing I knew I already had an Ariana Grande song on my song list. 😦

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At the harbour. We had to go line up for registration, but my companion and I showed our IDs, so we were given priority. No lines, no waiting yaaay. The four-person family that was on our tour van also got priority because of us.

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My sunburnt face. Not happy because of the overwhelming sunlight, but I still tried to smile!

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So I bought a yellow watermelon shake to cheer me up.

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A friendly dog at the waiting area.

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After 20 minutes, we arrived at the island!

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Me with my colleague. Our feet and knees are dirty because we had to trek through sand and foliage with our feet wet from the sea. Oh well. I’m not even mad!

(And yes, I’m wearing black even at the beach. Leave me alone :P)

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Heading into the cave now. I don’t have any photos past the part with natural light because I was sitting in front and had to hold the light.

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But anyway, here are some photos from the official website so you’ll still get an idea of what we saw inside!

There were rock formations, bats, stalactites and stalagmites, tarantulas, snakes, and more. It was really beautiful inside and naturally chilly, so I was glad that I was wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt.

Here we are on the way out!

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Some fish swimming beside the boat. These are anchovies!

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Different water level lines on the walls.

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White part is shallow, blue part is almost 28 feet 😮

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It’s strictly prohibited to eat at the island, so I went to a secluded spot to eat snacks. Yeah, I still got caught.

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Monkeys!

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Our tour guide and my colleague.

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Another monkey!

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And here we are on our way back.

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We were heading to a buffet lunch, but I still got out my snacks because I was THAT hungry hahaha.

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And here’s an avocado shake to cap off my post.

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Did you guys enjoy the photos? Come here to the Philippines and experience the underground river too! 😀

I hope you all are having and awesome weekend! 🙂

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