Spectacular River in a Cave in Puerto Princesa, Palawan How many of you have gone to a river in a cave? The underground river in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the destination to go.
I do not cease to be amazed by the unique formation of stalactites and stalagmites in St. Paul’s Subterranean River National Park (SPSRNP) in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. And these things could be seen while riding on a boat! There’s no need for you to clamber around narrow spaces and even get lost in trying to see what’s in a cave. What makes this possible is the fact that this major tourist destination in Palawan, a candidate for the seven natural wonders of the world, is the river that goes inside a limestone cave to more than 8.2 kilometers! It’s a wonder of nature.
As the boat approaches the entrance to the cave, we readied our camera to take whatever attractions we can find inside. Past experience reminded me that it is quite difficult to take pictures inside because of the pitch black darkness. So what I did is to set my camera to video mode. I noticed that I could get better shots in video, rather than stills, under low light conditions.
Here are the video footages (click on the links) as we went our way inside the cave on board a banca paddled by our jolly boatman who makes stories as we glide smoothly along the still waters of the river.
We feel the cool draft of the wind as we enter the cave. We can hear nothing but the sound of the paddle as we go in. Lots of bats can be seen inside.
One of the major cave attractions is the “dragon”. It’s a stalactite formation shaped like a dragon’s head.
Maybe this is a manifestation of Filipinos being religious. But this stalagmite formation really looks like Mary and Joseph as they were tending to Jesus in a manger.
There are lots of visitors wishing to see what’s inside the cave. Only a maximum of six people in a boat were allowed. In this video, you will see two other boats loaded with tourists enjoying the attractions inside the cave.
After several entertaining kilometers we were back to the cave entrance.
This is how the boaters get back to the base port.
That was a nice ride.
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