Affordable Palawan Day 03: Spelunking + Zip Line = Ugong Rock 2/2
The adventure has just began after seeing the majestic Underground River. Little did I know that we’re still about to taste a higher level of excitement when we arrived at Ugong Rock. If your looking for a different and more physical adventure in Palawan, Ugong Rock is the best place to be. This is NOT part of our original itinerary for this day and it’s waaaaaaaay out of the budget. lol Sometimes, getting over the budget really bothers me. #kuripot hehe
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Ugong Rock is a 75-foot limestone formation in the midst of farmlands and karst forests or forests growing on limestone substrate in Barangay Tagabinet, a once sleepy community of indigenous people. The word “ugong” stands for the reverberating sound (similar to a bell) that stalactites produce inside the cavernous structures of Ugong Rock when hit or pounded with the knuckles or the palm.
Ugong Rock can be accessed from the city of Puerto Princesa within two hours or less by van or any land vehicle because the way to the limestone formation is well-paved. The limestone formation is just a few hundred meters away from the main road to Sabang. It is an environmental project conceived by different large foundations including the ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., which not only helps preserve the nature but also gives the community means of earning a living. The proceeds are given to the people.
The people of Ugong warmly welcomed us and gave us a briefing of what to expect in this EXTREME adventure. Yes, it’s gonna be my first time to do all these in one day – SPELUNKING + ZIP LINE. I can hear my adrenalin rushing now.
Paid the fee = 200Php for spelunking 250Php for the zipline ✔
Signed the waiver = read every single sentence, lol jmzapanta ✔
Protective gears = helmet, gloves ✔
Listened to the guides’ instructions = ✔
Prayed I’ll still be alive after this = ✔✔✔✔✔!!!!!!
CAVING or SPELUNKING
Caving—also occasionally known as spelunking in the United States and potholing in the United Kingdom—is the recreational pastime of exploring wild (generally non-commercial) cave systems. In contrast, speleology is the scientific study of caves and the cave environment.
The locals used Ugong as a hide out during the Japanese occupation in WW2. While we were walking, the head guide is telling us the history of Ugong Rock and how it was born. All the guides are part of the community beneficiaries of this project.
127 Hours FYI: 127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston’s remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah.
I must’ve loved my camera more than myself..
And you might thought that it’s the peak already…. Think again.
It took us roughly 40 minutes to reach the top where the zip line awaits. There are face towels that are free to use for those who are sweating big time. They also have biscuits, bottled water and other snacks if your encounter with the cave made you hungry.
Ziplining has now become a popular activity for Pinoys who are fond of having a lot of fun. It is (now considered to be ) a sport of soaring high above the ground while your body is secured in a harness and attached to an overhead cable. A zip line is an aerial runway created by stretching a rope or cable between two fixed points. The zip line must be sloped enough to allow gravity alone to propel riders along the length of the cable. The zip lines constructed by eco-tour companies are usually built high above scenic areas and features such ravines, jungles, meadows, and forests. They are also built by most professional operators and have cables suspended 30 to 200 feet above the ground.
The view from the top is just amazing. You can clearly see a large portion of the abundant greens that Palawan is well known for. Other nearby barangays can be seen from afar as well. Ugong Rock measures 160ft and that’s the tip where we’ll start screaming
We’re the first group at the top so we prepared ourselves to go down. As usual, safety precautions first.
Knowing me, I should be feeling nervous by this time. But as far as I can remember, it’s more of the excitement that ruled over me that’s why I didn’t have hesitations to try this out.
And I just felt the moment and screamed my heart ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuut!
Thanks @ef.zepol for the pic
The zipline ride took about 21 seconds more or less and needless to say, it was AWESOME! Even the 7-year old kid of Ate Leonora (who overcame her fear of this extreme activity :P) enjoyed it! He can’t stop telling his excitement after the ride. He even asked for another one but of course, his mom doesn’t approve because that means she would have to do it again as well.
You really can feel the cool breeze when you’re up in the air. Unlike other zip lines in the metro, it’s doesn’t only have a straight path going down. You’ll start from a very high point and in the middle, you’ll just feel the glide as you pass by the ricefields.
By the way, for peeps over 170kg another piece of clothing will be attached to you as you glide your way down. It will serve as your parachute to lessen the impact at the end.
At 3PM we left for Puerto Princesa City to wash up and reward ourselves a rest from the very tiring day. It only took us less than 2 hours and we’re back in Victoria’s Guesthouse – our home sweet abode in our 4 days and 3 nights’ stay here in Puerto Princesa.
Ugong Rock is a must visit destination when going to Sabang for the Underground River. You can get a totally different experience here if you want to take a break from beach bumming and snorkeling.