Sunday Times - - Artisan - Ash — Paul

Palawan is­land in the Philip­pines has one of the world’s more un­usual travel ex­pe­ri­ences — a boat ride down an un­der­ground river. That said, if you’re afraid of the dark, caves, en­closed spa­ces, wa­ter or bats, the Puerto Princesa Sub­ter­ranean River Na­tional Park — voted one of the New7Won­ders of Na­ture in 2012 — may be a place you’d best avoid.

For many trav­ellers, how­ever, the prospect of voy­ag­ing by small boat, Gol­lum­style, into a vast, deep cav­ern is so ap­peal­ing that the trip has be­come one of those must-do In­sta­gram travel mo­ments — only with fewer hordes, as get­ting to the cave re­quires a bit of plan­ning.

Once there, how­ever, you have a pick of op­er­a­tors who will pad­dle you into the cave on a tiny craft.

Ap­par­ently, it’s best to keep your mouth closed at all times, on ac­count of bat poo from the cave’s per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

Still keen? Then see ppur.com.ph.

Pic­ture: ppur.com.ph

INTO THE DEEP Tour the Puerto Princesa un­der­ground river.

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