The next morning we roused at 6:30 to go on a mangrove tour. It was actually a bit late if one wants to see the birds. You just go to the beach right of the pier along the hotels and through the coconut groves on the same path going to the underground river. We agreed with the boatman the previous day to come earlier so that we can still see the birds and other animals. During low tide, our boatman, who is an old man, told us that you can even see the monkeys eating crabs. It was indeed a fantastic boat ride early in the morning with just the sound of nature in the mangrove forest. Towards the end of our tour, he sang for us their “mangrove song”. Then we got back to where we started and allowed to plant “our” mangrove to mark our visit. I will definitely check on it when I get back there. They have allotted an area where visitors could plant mangroves, and you can see varying sizes of growth and age of the plants.
On our way to Sabang, we were already warned against swimming. Most of the Filipinos are non-swimmers so I can understand the guide’s concern. Naturally, the safety of her guests is her primary concern. Pesky sand flies (niknik) are also present in many beaches. Fortunately, we didn’t have them in Sabang. Perhaps it’s seasonal too. I can only remember during my previous trips that there were some in other swimming areas. After swimming, we went around a bit through this sleepy little village. Most of the tourist just arrive with the van, go to the underground river, eat lunch at some cottage then drive back to the city.
On our way back to our cottage, we made a stop at the tidal flats left of the pier, to take pictures, of the mountains as a fantastic backdrop, of small fishes and small crabs. We rested and then went to dinner at Dabdab’s own restaurant.