The one-kilometer sightseeing journey into the longest underground river in the world can be a dreary routine. Imagine the dark, the uncertainty, and the eerie swishing of the paddle against the dark waters. But Manong the boatman and cave-guide knows just how to make an underground river boating a different touristy experience. He can point to all the interesting mineral formations, like the mushroom, sweet corn, eggplant and bacon and a lot more depending on how the human eyes perceive them with depth and great imagination. If you notice most of them are food!
With each formation are Manong’s stories and anecdotes that bring us into a hooting laughter. The fear of sailing in the dark is replaced with the fear of the cave breaking apart from our howling laughter. I would have taken more notice of the majesty of the formations in the subterranean river but the jokes ate up our attention. We emerged from the cave with strained jaws and moist eyes, applauded and congratulated the great skill of our cave guide, and gave him a bountiful treat for the fun and laughter.
Laughter is indeed the best medicine and we got that at Palawan underground river with the boatmen.