Puerto Prinsesa: Vacation Dream

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Puerto prinsesa is the paradise of all paradises. It has the best beach and it isn't even the tourist spot. It was just on the way to the known tourist spot which is the underground river cave. The Underground River Cave is I think the longest in the world. However, tourist are just allowed to catch a glimpse of it since the cave is not opened for the entire length of it. Nevertheless, you would still be using more than half a day to tour all around, wait in line and admire the beach on the other side.

Look at that blue water!

Entrance to the underground river cave.

Best beach. 
The beach is on a different level of its own. It has the perfect sky-blue hue with clear white sand underneath. The beach stretches long before the water gets deep. I love how everything around is so natural. There weren't bars or cafes along the beach then. Hopefully it stays the same thru the years and not turn into another Boracay.
I love this long beach.
Aside from the beach tours, I went around the city and saw the crocodile farm, the big house of the governor on top of a hill (you get to see a 360 degree view of the entire puerto prinsesa) and some souvenir shops. Puerto Prinsesa also has the cheapest seafood that will surely trigger my allergies.
Baby crocs.
All in all, this place is worth going to and surely I will come back to see its developments in the future. 

Legazpi: Mt. Mayon

Saturday, July 7, 2007

I have seen the Mt. Mayon lots of times already. I have been to Legazpi and Sorsogon during one of my elective field trips in high school. My elective was Environmental Education. Field trips are mandatory. :P

Still a perfect cone.

This fellow was taking a swim near Cagsawa Ruins.
 Anyway, I've seen the Mayon and somehow up until now it still has the perfect cone.

On the way to Sorsogon from Legazpi is the Cagsawa Ruins. I forgot the story of this one but it was probably ruined because the volcano erupted. I don't know. I'm making it up. haha!
The ruins with some camera tricks.

I went to Sorsogon just because I haven't been there yet. I had no idea where it was or what to do. Apparently, it was where the whalesharks (butanding) go as a pitstop on their way to touring the world. So after a 14hour trip from Manila, we finally reached some dirt road, crossed some NPA infested area (yes, they had red highcut chuck taylor shoes and M16s) and reached a beach where we would ride a boat to get near the whale sharks.
Not the actual butanding but these pieces of bread look very much like them.
The whale sharks are humongous! They are as long as a basketball and fat too. Getting near them was scary at first just because of their size. I learned that these fishes don't eat anything bigger than a finger. Being stupidly curious of me, I swam near them and tried to bait my finger. Lo and behold, it just kept on pushing water of its mouth sort of like rejecting my finger as food. I touched its scales, which was apparently not allowed, but since I didn't know that then, I couldn't help it. I found out that their scales are rough and leathery. 

I tried to swim with it but only for a few seconds since just one flap of their huge fins, they already surge meters ahead. Just don't try to swim behind it. Its tail might smack you and you'll probably end up dead. haha!
I don't have pictures of the actual whale since underwater cameras were not yet that available then. I remember taking a video but I have to find that too. Plus, the water is murky so it probably wouldn't be clear anyway. 

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