Palawan 2016: Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

After our one-day El Nido adventure, we went back to Puerto Princesa City and checked-in at Go Hotels, which is just a walk away from Robinsons Mall. The next day, we had the eco-tours including the Sabang Mangrove baddle boat tour, Ihawig firefly-watching and the world-famous, Puerto Princesa Subterrranean River or "underground river" which is part of the new 7 Wonders of the natural world.

After checking-in, we went to the nearest Vietnamese resto coz we miss Saigon! Shout out to my mekmek friends :)




The next day, the van picked us up at the hotel by 7:30AM and headed north towards Sabang Bay.


We stopped first at the Buenavista viewdeck where our tour guide had breakfast while we took pictures of the view.

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There's also a souvenir shop at the area. This is a small rainmaker with colorful hand-woven patterns.

We continued the 2-hour ride to Sabang Bay and saw cool rock formations along the way. Here is Avatar mountain which resembles the floating mountains from the award-winning Spielberg movie.
This is what they call the "Elephant" mountain. Can you see it?

This amazing view of the karst mountains became a pitstop for two Amazing Race episodes. The signage is still there as a souvenir.

This peacock, the icon of Puerto Princesa Palawan, is the Palawan Peacock Pheasant which is an indigenous species that is threathened to extinction.




Finally, we arrived at Sabang Bay! While waiting for our turn in the Underground River tour, we did the Mangrove Paddle Boat tour first.


Our guide who tried his best to speak English. He know his facts very well!


Together with our tour buddies. The freckeled girl is a solo traveller from France, and the last girl at the back (left) is Korean.


These huge mangrove trees grow tall for centuries and only thrive in these parts of the world.


Manong's paddle is engraved with these cool pattern.

Just chillin'

Back at home, I only saw mangroves a bit taller than me. I felt amazingly small here.



Done with the tour. Groupie!

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Up next: Underground River Tour!
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