Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa Media Tour
Back at Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa, after our organic farm tour and lunch, we returned to our respective rooms to freshen up and prepare for our next resort-sponsored activity – the Sabang X Zipline. After 15 mins., we all met up at the beach in front of the resort and boarded a Xibeihu Amphibious Boat (one of two the resort has) that would take us, on a bumpy ride through Sabang’s resorts, all the way to the mouth of the Sabang River.
Upon arrival, we all alighted our vehicle and boarded a bamboo raft that would take us to the river’s other bank. The crossing just took us a little over a minute.
Once across, we hiked for about 15 mins. along a beautiful, thickly forested and clean white sand beach. At the end of the shoreline is the entrance to the zipline park.
From here, it’s a “short” ” (10-30 minutes, depending on your stamina) uphill trek, along the narrow but well-maintained Monkey Trail through a forest, to the zipline platform tower at the top of the headland located 150 ft. above sea level.
Stepping stones and wooded stairs made the not-so-steep trek easy and there were benches along the path where you can rest.
After registering our names, the zipline staff made sure that we wore orange-colored hard hats and were safely and securely strapped to our harness before letting us “take the plunge.”
The equipment used (oval locking carabiners, trolley, etc.) were reliable French-made Petzl. Joy took first crack at it, followed by Charmie, yours truly, PJ and Lester bringing up the rear.
The view from the 800 m. (almost ½ mile) long zipline, one of the longest in the Philippines and one of three (the others are the Palawan Rancho Zipline and the Irawan Canopy Zipline) in Palawan, is amazing.
The gentle, one-and-a-half minute ride was not too fast, giving me some time to enjoy the spectacular, 360 degree view of the pristine blue waters of the West Philippine Sea, mountains and whole of Sabang Beach. What more can you ask for.
However, while going down the zipline, it was a bit challenging to turn on the other side. Wooden brake blocks, at the end of the line, helped slow and finally stop my zipline trolley. There was a photographer on both ends taking our pictures. One hard copy souvenir picture costs PhP150.
The landing hut is located beneath a monolith on an island whose rocks seemed like collapsed decks piled one on top of the other. It is connected to the mainland via a sandbar. The Puerto Princesa experience wouldn’t be complete without trying this.
SabangX Zipline: Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Ticket Office: Sabang Wharf and La Terrasse, Rizal Ave., Puerto Princesa City. Tel: (048) 723-3401 and (048) 434-2341. Website: www.sabangxzipline.con. E-mail: email@example.com. Fee: PhP550/pax. An additional PhP200 is charged for the Superman position ride. Open 9 AM – 4 PM.
Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa: Sabang Beach, Sitio Sabang, Brgy. Cabayugan. Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Palawan Sales Office: Jeco Bldg., Rizal Ave. Extn., Puerto Princesa City. Tel (+63 48) 434 1448 to 49 and 723 7278. Mobile Numbers (+63 917) 308-3245 and (+ 63 917) 308-3245. Cebu Sales Office: Sheridan Bldg., Ouano Ave., NRA, Mandaue City. Tel: (+63 32) 236-1001. Fax: (+63 32) 345-1000. Mobile number: (+63 917) 306-6984. Manila Sales Office: tel: (+63 2) 939-8888. Mobile number: (+63 917) 726-5224. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:www.sheridanbeachresort.com.
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