- Ugong Rock Rates
- Operating Hours
- Contact Information
- How to get there
- How to go back
- Additional Notes
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is not the only cave you should go into when you go to Sabang Port. I also highly recommend that you try going inside Ugong Rock and break a little sweat as you push yourself upward to a cave.
I personally experienced this when we first visited the Underground River last October of 2010 via a daytour package.
I’m a couch potato can I climb Ugong Rock?
Definitely! But to make sure that you are healthy when you climb they now require that your Blood Pressure be taken before you can go up.
Is it hard to go up?
Not easy but not hard. The challenge is enough for you to break a sweat and to stretch your body a little.
Is the view amazing at the top?
Enough to make the 40 minute climb worth it.
I’m tired at the top and I don’t think I have the strength to go down
You can go down via zipline if you’re really that tired or if you still have a little strength left you can go down via rappeling. Though it does require an additional fee. +250 Pesos for the zipline and +200 for rappeling.
Anyways, I’ll stop writing and share you some pictures of my Ugong Rock experience last October of 2010.
To the people I was with on the packaged tour, I miss you all!!!!
Ugong Rock Details
This details were taken when we visited Sabang Port last February of 2012. Thanks to Jet for sharing lots of information on Ugong Rock.
- 200 Pesos/pax – Caving
- +250 Pesos/pax – if you plan to go down via zipline
- +200 Pesos/pax – if you plan to go down via rappeling
- 200 Pesos/pax – Rock Climbing with harness
8 AM to 5 PM Daily. Including Sundays and Holidays.
0930-862-2750, 0918-755-8993 (Jet)
From San Jose Terminal, Puerto Princesa
You can ride a jeep or van going to Sabang. Just tell the driver or conductor that you will be going down Ugong Rock.
When you’re riding a van the fare is 130 Pesos. Travel Time is 1 hour 30 minutes.
I’m not sure how much the fare is when you are riding the jeepney but it’s definitely less than 120 Pesos.
The van or jeepney will drop you on an intersection with the sign of Ugong Rock. You will then have to walk 250 meters to the registration area of Ugong Rock.
For more information on the vans and jeepneys click here.
From Sabang Port
You can ride the tricycles lined up at Sabang Port. The fare is 700 Pesos per tricycle for a back and fort trip. The tricycle will be waiting for you at Ugong Rock. Personally, I find the tricycle to be expensive. Try to use your charms and haggle.
Travel Time is estimated to be 25-30 minutes.
Wait for a jeepney
After you enjoy climbing and going down the Ugong Rock, you can go back by walking to the intersection at the National Road. Wait for jeepney there and wish that it’s not full. I’m not sure though how much the fare is but my estimate would be around 20 Pesos per person.
Call a tricycle
If you came from Sabang Port with a tricycle, the tricycle driver will wait for you to finish. But if you came from San Jose Terminal and do not want to wait for a jeepney you may want to call a tricycle at Sabang to pick you up at Ugong Rock before you leave San Jose Terminal. According to the tricycle drivers that I talk to at Sabang Port the fare is still 700 Pesos per tricycle, but I think you can haggle since he does not have any passengers going there.
Here’s a list of tricycle drivers at Sabang Port and their numbers
- 0912-649-6260 – Nick
- 0909-716-1395 – Mark
- 0935-188-5828 – Jun
- 0946-972-0025 – Hens
- 0926-960-6215 – Randy
The advantage of getting a tricycle to go back is that you can stop whenever you want, just like when you want to take a picture at the front of Lions Cave.
- Visitors are now required to have their Blood Pressure taken before they could climb Ugong Rock. This is to ensure that you are physically fit before you climb. Thumbs up for safety!
- Everyone are required to wear hand gloves to protect the rock formations from the oil in our hands. Don’t worry, they clean the gloves every after use.
- You can borrow sandals at the registration area if you don’t have proper footwear. Just like the gloves, they clean the sandals every after use.
- I remember when we climbed the guides were caring a first aid kit just in case you get some wounds or bruises.
- What I like about Ugong Rock is how they involve the community. Regardless of their age they can help out in Ugong Rock
- As of writing they have now re-opened just last February of 2012. They closed due to an accident.Â All the guides and staff retrained to further improve the safety and quality of their service.
This post is part of my 12 for 2012 Travel Project which aims to document places in the Philippines to help travellers.
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