Rough sea conditions caused by Tropical Storm (TS) Hanna forced the cancellation of scheduled tours of the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) since Saturday afternoon.
Elizabeth Maclang, park superintendent, said 2,350 tourists were affected by the cancellation.
“Nag-decide na mag-cancel ng tour ‘yong ating Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), ang PPUR management at saka kahit ‘yong mga bangkero noong Sabado ng hapon dahil nga lumakas bigla ‘yong ihip ng hangin at ang alon. Magiging unsafe ‘yon sa ating mga turista kaya nag-desisyon na i-cut-off na. Kahapon, araw ng Linggo, umasa kami na magiging maayos na ang weather pero nakita pa rin noong madaling-araw — based on the evaluation ng ating authorities at mga bangkero na talagang hindi kakayanin. Kanina naman, ang reason ay dahil malaki pa rin ‘yong alon at hindi pa rin kaya ng mga bangkero,” Maclang told Palawan News.
She said about 450 tourists were affected on Saturday, another 900 on Sunday, and around 1,200 on Monday.
The Jungle Trail, which is a 3.56-kilometer trek to the world-famous tourism site, was also closed to the public because large branches of trees fell on the trekking path.
“Sobrang dami noong Sabado nagbagsakan na mga puno sa kalsada mula Buenavista to Sabang,” she said.
Maclang said they still considered opening the trail on Sunday morning, but found it will still be unsafe for tourists.
She added they will keep the public and tourists posted by giving notice to different travel agencies.
The office is also helping the tourist agencies in dealing with visitors seeking refunds.
“Nagiging flexible tayo kasi meron talagang iba na humihingi ng refund sa ating mga tour operators dahil hindi naman sila natuloy. So nire-refund sila ng travel operators, kami naman sa part namin sa PPUR management tsaka sa Treasurer’s Office sa City Government ay ino-note namin ‘yong resibo para magamit pa nila ‘yong resibo na ‘yon sa kanilang mga susunod pa na guests,” Maclang said.