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Top-loading To Puerto Princessa Underground River

I must admit... the most boring part of a trip is to endure a number of hours sitting still in a bus, train, jeep, etc. to get into the destination... but for me, NOT THIS TIME!

Since we woke up late and left by the 9 am bus and van schedule going to Sabang for Puerto Princesa Subterranean Park sight-seeing, we had no choice but to wait til' 12 noon to take the next trip of bus or jeepney going to Sabang.

The 10:30 am van schedule to Sabang was not available for us that time because it’s fully booked... (make sure you book in advance). So, we had to choose between a bus or jeep... and the latter won!

The Top-Loading Experience
We seated inside the jeep initially but along the way, the driver picked passengers even though it's already full. Despite the fact that we're like a moving canned sardines, the driver let a group of old women with kids board inside. Sitting there while watching these old fellas squat on the floor made me feel uncomfortable so, I volunteered to top load with my bff to give way to these women.

Well, it is my first time to top load on a jeep and considerably one of the most exhilarating trips I have ever experienced.
During the stop-over and yes, we got wet from the rain! Rap and my bff Karen on the picture.
The road to Sabang is safe and generally smooth even though we encountered little episodes of rough roads, dangling tree branches, and slopes, --- but the view was breathtaking. Also, there are parts where it becomes like a “roller-coaster” ride which made the trip more enoyable.

The great thing about it is the chance to talk with co-top-loaders and get tips from them about what to try and where to go in Sabang.

It was a 2 hour and 30 minutes fun ride but made me groggy afterwards because of being exposed to two alternating weather during the whole trip --- heat and isolated rain showers. Even so, I can't wait to try this again.

San Jose Terminal Van – Jeep – Bus Schedule

Schedule of Van
(PPC to Sabang)
7:30 am
8:30 am
10:30 am
3:00 pm
5:00 pm

(Sabang to PPC)
7:30 am
1:00 pm
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
6:00 pm

Schedule of Jeepney/Bus
7:00 am
9:00 am
12:00 noon
2:00 pm

That's it! Got my skin fried under the heat of the sun but left me with a very fun memory.

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ruffa said...

Hi may trip buh from el nido to sabang? or need pa magpunta ng puerto?

Ganessa said...

Hi Ruffa. A local there told me that there is boat transpo daw from El Nido to Sabang. If you're looking for land transpo, need talaga bumalik sa Puerto to go to Sabang.

ruffa said...

i see, where going to el nido next month and nagpareserve na kami ng accomodation pati tour package sa tay Miloy's inn as what you've said here.. very excited na ako.. thanks for your informations.. luv it!

Ganessa said...

You're very welcome Ruffa. Enjoy :)

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