6 Best Things To Do In Sabang, Palawan - A Hidden Gem - Updated 2024

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Palawan is known for its beaches and natural landscape, and El Nido and Coron are especially famous to tourists. However, there are other places in Palawan you can explore if you don’t want to go with the crowds. Sabang is a small village in Puerto Princesa City and has yet to be discovered by the mainstream crowd. There are a lot of things you can do in Sabang that you can do in other places, but without deadling with a throng of people.

1. Go on a mangrove forest tour (from USD 63.39)

There is an organization in Sabang that handles the Mangrove Paddleboat Tour and its office can be found at the end of Sabang Beach. The guides for the tour are all locals who have been trained, so you can be rest-assured that the tour will not only interesting but educational, as well. The guides will tell you about the importance of the mangroves and its role in the local ecosystem. While on the tour, you may also see the wildlife living in the mangrove area, especially at low tide. The tour is less than an hour, so you can do it after going to the underground river - if you’re not tired yet.

After the tour, you will be given mangrove saplings which you are encouraged to plant in their planting area. The whole trip is not only educational for the visitors but beneficial to the local community and the environment.

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Underground River with Sabang X Zipline and Mangrove Paddle Tour in Puerto Princesa

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2. Go on a trek on the Jungle Trail

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The Jungle Trail is the scenic, longer route to take to the Puerto Princesa Underground River. The Jungle Trail is about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) long from its starting point to the underground river. The trail takes you through the forest where you can encounter ancient trees, vines, and limestone cliffs and it is mostly composed of uphill trekking. It makes its descent about a kilometer (.6 miles) away from the Underground River. At the end of the trail, giant lizards of about 3 to 4 feet long (.9 to 1.2 meters) may welcome you!

Underground River Tour with Jungle Trail

Price: 36 USD per person

Duration: 6-8 hours

Website: Underground River Tour with Jungle Trail

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3. See the Sabang Waterfalls

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The Sabang Waterfalls are located at a neat little spot near the beach! It is a 20-minute walk from Sabang Port and you can ask any local about it. Before you reach the waterfalls, you will see a small hut where you will need to register. What’s unique about this place, is that the waterfalls are facing the sea. It is over 50 feet (15.2 meters) high, with a rocky pool at the bottom. The falls are a breathtaking sight to begin with, but even more so when you see the view of the beach it provides, as you relax at the naturally-formed pool.

Sabang Waterfalls

Access: 20-minute walk from Sabang Port

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4. Take the Ugong Rock Adventure

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If you’re a thrill-seeker or love the feeling of an adrenaline rush, you should definitely try the Ugong Rock Adventure. This tour is also organized by the local community of Sabang, in partnership with their tourism office and a local organization. The Ugong Rock is a 75 feet (22.9 meter) high limestone rock formation, standing in the middle of rice fields. The activities they offer are rock caving, zip line and zip bike. The adventure starts at the entrance of the cave and will lead you the top of rock formation, which gives you a stunning view of the landscape. From there, you have the option to zip line your way down.

Ugong Rock Adventure

Address: Purok Pagkakaisa, Brgy. Tagabinet, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

Price: from 4 USD

Contact: +63-917-8988606

Facebook: Ugong Rock Adventures

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Leila Eldian

Leila Eldian

<p>Welcome to the Philippines. I am Leila, Tourguide/Tour management company Entrepreneur/ English-Japanese Interpreter. I am a Mass Communication graduate. My varied professional journeys in customer service, airline, media &amp; tourism expertise plus the passion in handcrafting journeys of a lifetime; will make your experiences more fun &amp; meaningful.</p>

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Rosalyn Capablanca

Rosalyn Capablanca

From Palawan Paradise, greetings! Hello, my fellow nomads! Your guide to Palawan, the Last Frontier, is me, Rosa! I live in a tropical oasis surrounded by luscious flora and blue lakes. Together, let me be your ticket to paradise as we discover Palawan's wonders.Palawan is well known for its breathtaking islands, each with an individual allure. The most well-known locations are Puerto Princesa, Coron, and El Nido. Bright coral reefs, secret lagoons, and majestic limestone cliffs are the main attractions of El Nido. Coron is home to gorgeous scenery, World War II wreck dive locations, and lakes that are glistening with clarity. The capital, Puerto Princesa, serves as a point of entry for the Underground River, one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Palawan's landscapes are a mix of lush rainforests, limestone karst formations, and captivating beaches. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, showcases an underground river winding through a mesmerizing cave system.Palawan is not just a destination; it's a journey into a tropical paradise where nature's wonders unfold at every turn. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, Palawan invites you to explore its breathtaking landscapes and vibrant marine life.

5. Relax and enjoy Sabang Beach

Sabang Beach
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After a day of adventure and thrill-seeking activities, it’s always good to sit down and relax our minds and bodies. Sabang Beach can be likened to Boracay, with its white sand lining the shore. The only difference is that there’s no crowd. Whether it be swimming or just soaking up the sun, Sabang Beach is the perfect place for some down time.

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6. Visit the underground river

Going to Palawan? Of course, you must not miss visiting one of the new seven wonders of nature - the Puerto Princesa underground river! The river is 8.2 kilometers (5.1 miles) long, with only 4.3 kilometers (2.7 miles) open to all visitors. The rest can only be visited when you have a special permit. The river itself is so enormous that some areas are not safe for exploration, due to lack of oxygen, but in the areas you can explore, you will be greeted by mysterious and enchanting rock formations. Recently, scientists discovered that the cave has a second floor, which means that there could be waterfalls inside the cave!

If you’re interested in visiting, there are tours that can guide you through the river.

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Underground River Tour from Puerto Princesa

Duration: 9 hours

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Nature's retreat

Sabang, Palawan in the Philippines, is usually only known for its underground river, but what most people don’t know is that this little village in Puerto Princesa has a lot more to offer. It’s a big deal to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Sabang is almost like a hub for nature - it is rich in its natural landscape and it shelters a variety of flora and fauna - some are found only in Palawan or the Philippines. Sabang, Palawan is the perfect destination for anyone who is looking to go on an adventure with nature.

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