Sabang is 80km away from Puerto Princesa, the capital city of the province of Palawan, Philippines. The trip from Puerto Princesa to Sabang normally takes approximately 3 hours. Sabang is the gateway to the famous underground river. Tourists on a packaged tour normally have a stop over in one of the resorts in Sabang for a buffet lunch that is served in one of the huts by the beach.
The beach was really quiet that gloomy afternoon and it was really surprising not to find too many people enjoying this beautiful beach, not to mention fine white sand and clear water. Well, maybe most people, like us, were on their way to the underground river and just stopping by for lunch and not to actually go swimming here. The beach looked really quiet and peaceful, very suitable for beach-loving people who are tired of noisy and crowded beaches.
We were getting a little bored already while waiting for our lunch to be served so I got up and started taking some more photos, a few people went for a little swim while the rest stayed in one of the huts.
It was such a relief when lunch was finally served. I really couldnt wait to leave as the weather was starting to get really bad. We were told that the boat ride to the underground river takes about 30 minutes, and I’m not good at boat rides especially on a bad weather.
We headed down to the shore again after having lunch to take a few more photos while waiting for the rest of the group. It was one fine-gloomy day in Sabang beach.
It was during this trip to the southern part of the country when I realized that I want to travel and see as much places as possible in and out of the country.
It was only a one week trip but we got to see a lot, including the Del Monte pineapple plantation in the province of Bukidnon in the Philippines. I explicitly included it in our itinerary as I really wanted to see the famous plantation, it’s also a popular tourist destination in the region. It was more or less an hour uphill drive from Cagayan de Oro City but I almost didn’t feel it was that long as I was enjoying the scenery while we were traveling up to the mountains. We were greeted by a huge pineapple figure that serves as a landmark and a favorite spot for taking photos. Yes, I do have my own “pineapple photo” but I don’t know where it is now. Maybe I didn’t like how I looked in that photo that’s why I didn’t bother keeping it. 🙂
We wandered around the area before we headed to the plantation proper. Employees of Del Monte literally live within the camp, in almost identical houses. Unfortunately I wasnt able to take that much photos as there were certain areas where taking photos was not allowed. If my memory serves me right, there was one person in our group who has a friend working for Del Monte and actually lives within the camp and we were invited to stay in his house and we were served dozens of fresh pineapples. I’m not into pineapples; whether fresh or canned, but I tried to eat one slice and it tasted really sweet. I don’t know why, but I just don’t like pineapples.
The plantation was hectares upon hectares of pineapples and it looked like a sea of pineapples so we only went to the area that was close to house that we were staying for lunch. It was literally pineapples everywhere I looked. Unfortunately, we missed the harvest time but there were young fruits left and waiting to be photographed.
Visitors can have pineapples as much as the stomach can hold but not allowed to take them home.