Weekly Photo Challenge: A Morning in Paradise

One morning in El Nido.

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Puerto Princesa Underground River

I’m probably one of the few people who don’t really mind not seeing Boracay–now please don’t throw tomatoes at me or something–but Palawan? I can’t not go to Palawan!

My friends and I went to Palawan at the same year the Underground River was officially listed as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.  The National Park it’s in is also listed as one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.

Before getting to the National Park though, you have to ride a ferry at Sabang.  Boat rides can make me anxious, but the sea and the limestone mountains pleasantly distracted me.

The place was packed when we got to the entrance of the cave, and I took some pictures while waiting for our turn.

And then it was finally time to go in!

I regret not having a decent camera with me by the way.  I was at the mercy of my boatmates who had DSLRs with killer flash with them. My shots inside the cave look like frames from a James Bond opening sequence! >_<

I feel proud of these two shots though:

The ride through the river is about 45 minutes long. And I noticed by the way that the boatmen follow a script, even down to the jokes 😛

And then we finally got to the exit where we were greeted by the beach… and monkeys!

 

Nature Photography Challenge, Day 7

El Nido, Palawan

I think it’s only fitting to cap this challenge by featuring one of the most beautiful islands in the world. I’m amazed at how the local government is able to responsibly handle tourism in the islands.  In fact, they are proposing to close some islands this year to rehabilitate the corals, and they will be opening other sites.

I went here with my friends way back in 2012, and I only had my phone with me so the pictures aren’t as good.  I’d sure want to go back here though no matter what!