One of the many stops on our palawan trips was to do the Ugong Rock Adventure. A bit of spelunking with a zipline decent at the end… How did we rate it?
When our van pulled up in the carpark, we weren’t sure what to expect. We were in a group of ten and we all seemed to be ready to have some fun which is always a good sign.
We made our way to the registration area and then sat through the usual safety lesson. We fitted up with our safety helmets and water.. now we were ready to go…
Our Ugong Rock Adventure
In Barangay Tagabinet, just a few minute away from Sabang Wharf is the cave complex of Ugong Rock. It is also not too far away from the well-known Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park which makes it good for tourists and adventurists because most of the attractions are fairly close to each other.
The Rock takes its name from the echoing sound the rocks produce when tapped. They can sound very similar to that of a bell being struck. We spent a good 10 minutes playing with the sounds of the rocks.. We thought we were musical but I don’t think anyone else did….
A little Trivia
Ugong Rock is a community-based sustainable tourism project initiated by ABS-CBN Foundation-Bantay Kalikasan in partnership with the City of Puerto Princesa and the Department of Tourism with the support of some government department. It is a Seventy five-foot limestone formation in the midst of farmlands and karst forests (forests growing on limestone substrate).
Into the Cave, We Go
It was a humid day and, even though the caves were slightly cooler than outside, it was still hot and sweaty.
The Ugong Rock Adventure offers a different kind of experience. The tour takes you through several cave openings until reaching the top where you can rest for a while and admire the lovely view of the countryside. It takes about 20 minutes to climb up through the steep rocks, pass through narrow passages and on a hot humid day that can seem longer. Take plenty of water just in case.
The climb does get a little tight near the top so it is not all easy going but the climb is designed so the average person can do it and enjoy it. A little challenge to let you feel you accomplished something without making you regret you started. Then, before you know it you are at the top.
On arrival when you register, you are given the choice than to zipline down from the peak or take the path back. In our group of ten, only 4 of us decided to try the zip line. Now, remember, we needed to make this decision before we had climbed to the peak. I think most people in our group weren’t sure what to expect so decided not the zip line. For us, it didn’t matter what it was like.. we were ziplining!
I should also add that the Ugong Rock adventure claims that their 300-meter long zip line is the fastest in the country. But that didn’t scare us…
My turn next
Yes, it was fast and amazingly fun… far better than walking back. I screamed most of the way down as Gary keeps reminding me (but I always scream.. it’s part of the fun)
Entrance fee is 200Php/head, the adventures take around 45 minutes all up which is well worth it. Our guide inside Ugong Rock was very nice, courteous and helpful. He was the one who took our photos when inside the cave and helps those in need of assistance or just need a push up on parts of the climb.
This one is just like the Underground River, you won’t enjoy it unless you try it yourself! Recommended doing a side trip here before heading to the underground river.