It was the day after the underground river and time for another adventure. This time it was in a mangrove and we were going to see some wildlife. Hopefully at least. Like most things I encountered on Palawan, I didn’t really know what this was. It was a mangrove tour and we were going early.
This is something else you can easily do on your own. You walk down the beach to the right if you’re facing the water. Keep right so towards the end you are walking behind the trees. The road keeps going this way and you will get to a little stand where you’ll have to pay some fee. It’s not very much, don’t worry. I couldn’t even tell you what it was, though. I just handed it over.
Then you walk a little more and get to the building for the tours. We went right away at eight or nine when it opens and were the only ones there. Spoiler alert: we were the only ones there at the end too!
We paid our 200 pesos, put on our life jackets, and carefully climbed into the boat. There were four of us and our guide who was one of the founders of the mangrove preservation project. Pretty cool, right? The mangrove was a totally different side of the Philippines for me to see. I mean, I really only saw the beaches at this point and I was going home in a few days.
Off we paddled and we were surrounded by the mangrove trees. Soon enough, our guide started point out the monitor lizards and baby pythons. She would be talking and looking right then say “Monitor lizard!” and point to the top of a tree on the left. I don’t know how she did it, but I was impressed.
She did this the whole time with both animals. The baby pythons were always curled up way at the very tops of the trees, doing their thing, while the parent pythons were busy living and hunting in a cave somewhere nearby.
After about half an hour, we reached the end and had to turn around. On the way out, we saw a log with a bunch of holes in it. We learned that Andrew Zimmern from Bizarre foods ate those worms once. Exciting stuff! Shortly after that we saw a rare Kingfisher that people go there to look for. One guy went there three or four times to see one. At the end, we all got to plant our own mangrove tree before leaving.
Have you been to Sabang? Did you go on the mangrove tour? Do you want to?