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Palawan: Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour

Located in Brgy. Sabang in Puerto Princesa City in the province of Palawan, Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour is another must try activity in the city.

Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour is the brain child of the slain environmentalist Jerry Ortega. It's aim is to help the locals via sustainable tourism. Aside from earning, the locals also help their community by educating visitors about the importance of mangroves.

Please be reminded
This tour is a great secondary tour or side tour if you are planning to do the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour. The Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour takes about less than an hour and is located just a few kilometers from the port. If you want more adventure, you could start a jungle trek from an area in the mangrove forest that would take you to the beach near the underground river's opening.
You can follow this path to reach the underground river
Let's go on a paddle boat tour!

So what do one expect from the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour? Well, to summarize, you'd expect that you'd ride a boat that is paddled by one or two guides and you'd see hundred of mangroves.
We would just follow that path
Removing the sarcastic tone to it, Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour teaches visitors the importance of mangroves to the ecosystem of Palawan. You'd be surprised on how knowledgeable your guides are. However, don't expect that they'd speak fluent English but you'd see that they try. 
Mangroves line up both sides of the river

We were lucky because our guide was an energetic person. Despite having more foreigners than locals in the boat with her, she still tried her best to relay to them the important details about the mangroves. She also had sharp eyes pointing to monitor lizards and snakes hiding in the mangroves. Not only that, she even sang for her guests a song about mangroves.
Try finding the hiding monkey in this picture
Our guide
It's also near a beach

The sad thing about the tour was that during our trip, we were not able to try out the infamous tamilok. Our guide said, they were not able to locate one that morning. Despite this, I was still satisfied with the tour primarily due to the knowledge that I learnt and secondarily because I was sitting in the front part of the boat which gives me the opportunity to snap plenty of beautiful pictures.
That's a bayawak

I got to try the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour with my siblings as part of our side trip while waiting for an available boat that would bring us to the beach near the Puerto Princesa Underground River. 
I had my sister pose for my blog.

Overall, you have to shell out P350 pax to join this side trip. Don't worry though because this trip is optional and you won't be forced to join it. However, I suggest you should try it out!

Getting there:

Barangay Sabang is usually reached by van from Puerto Princesa City. It is also included on the side trip for those visiting the Underground River.

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