Good thing when we traveled to Puerto Princesa last September, specifically Sabang where the Underground river is, we decided to take a glimpse of the mangrove forest. Many tourists skip this part as it is separate from the main underground river tour. We almost did the same thing because of exhaustion but I thought, since we are already here, why not make the most of our stay and cover as many areas as possible. The boat paddling through the mangrove forest is really a learning and fun experience.
A separate fee of 200php per person is all you need. Don't worry so much about the cost coz I guess it's worth it. 80% of that amount will go to the volunteers who maintain the area, and the boat paddlers of coarse. Two of them will assist you, one in front and one behind to make sure that it is a safe and smooth 45minute ride back and forth. Along the way, you get lecture from both of them. Expect lots and lots of humor so don't worry about boredom. The boat paddlers even sing songs about the environment during the final stage of the tour. Really entertaining.
Be careful though as you will be teased by the paddlers along the way. In some instances, snakes and lizards hang on the branches of the mangroves, they would intentionally take you under the twigs to see them up close. Much to my alarm of coarse. I have reptiles. Good thing we brought with us an umbrella that day. Served as my blanket of protection.
On our way back, I was surprised to see a beautiful view. (picture below)
I think this is still the extension of Sabang Beach as the mangrove forest is just a few meters away from Daluyon Beach Resort which is on the Northern tip.
Just a suggestion though, I think it would be better if there are some interactive activities that people can do in the mangrove forest, that way---people will feel more involved.
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