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A new community-based adventure tourism initiative in Puerto Princesa, Palawan is the installation of a zipline on top of Ugong Rock, a karst formation in Barangay Tagabenit where the sign along a dirt road leading to the jump-off point was seen by Tutubi on the way to Sabang. It's also one of five projects of the late environmentalist Doc. Gerry Ortega (of ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan), together with the Bacungan River Cruise Floating Restaurant, Pambato Reef Dalubkaragatan, dolphin and whale-watching tour in Puerto Princesa Bay and firefly watching tour in Iwahig River.
For the lack of time and no other adventurists with him, Tutubi deferred trying out the new zipline at Ugong Rock and instead posting the information for readers of this blog.
Here's the latest information Tutubi gathered from his correspondence with the Tagabenit Guide Association handling the Ugong Rock tours and zipline adventure package:
Ugong Rock caving/spelunking tour: PhP100.00/head to tour the Ugong Rock formation's cave.
Ugong Rock Zipline (opened on January 22, 2011) Price for the Ugong Rock climb and zipline: PhP350.00 (introductory rate) Length of zip line: 330 meters (approximately 21 seconds) Open hours: 8am to 5pm daily (including Sundays and holidays) Contact Person: Marivel Ocajada Contact Numbers: +63.930.862.2750; +63.918.755.8993 for Ugong Rock tour reservations.
Note: you need to climb up Ugong rock (through the cave's cracks and crevices) then go down via the long zipline. There's no cable car nor elevators there. :P
Tutubi intends to visit Palawan again sometime in the future and setting his sights on finally trekking the Monkey Trail (adventure trail leading to the Underground River in Sabang) and this new Zipline in Palawan. (Note this is a new one and Tutubi has yet to see the cables and dampers so he can't comment if the new tourism facility is safe. Recommend waiting for some time for it to establish a safety record)
Should you visit Ugong Rock ahead of Tutubi, please post updated information, pictures and videos by hitting the comments!
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Ugong rock makes for a great introductory experience when it comes to caving. The play of natural light on various textures makes for great photos. It may be a tight squeeze in some areas for big people like me but it is fun! And the zipline? Wooooohoooooo! Awesome!!! I had to step down and let other people go ahead of me before I mustered enough courage to finally take the plunge. At P250, it is most certainly worth it. Just be sure to ask your guide to zip down first and then take your pictures as you head down yourself. Ugong Rock rocks!!!
that the ZIP-Line is closed is not sad at all!!! I was one of the guys who had the accident due to a fatal mistake of the security personal. I couldn´t do anything and nearly lost my life!!
I broke my spine several times, broke my hip, and so on, and so on ... After more than three months lying in hospitals and in bed i´m now getting better. I was sooo close (3mm) to a total paralysation!
Don`t go ZIP-lining at Ugong Rock!!! It´s a beautiful place and the ZIP-line-Project normaly is great, but the security personal is a big mess ...
Until there will be no increases in security it´s hazardous!