Rizal is not a place that many foreigners choose to go. I like it back there but it is a hotbed of malaria so be sure to use a mosquito net if you plan to stay there.
I stayed at the Tue Cut Pension House – a wonderful place to spend the night for 100 pesos. We were one mosquito net short so I loaded up on mosquito coils and kept them going all night.
My last trip in that neck of the woods was around 2004 but I speculate that the roads have been upgraded since that time.
Rizal is south of Quezon and the Tabon Caves. These caves were an important discovery back in 1962 when an American archeologist, Dr. Fox discovered these burial caves.
I did stop in at the museum in Quezon but did not take the boat trip out to Lipuun Point.
Some of the older Filipinos tell me that there used to be clay pots with bones in them stored in the caves but when the archeologists came in the 1960′s they removed them all.
The western road eventually lands up in Rio Tuba. No one I talked to was able to tell me if the road went all the way through.
It was a bit muddy but that added to the adventure.
Several new bridges were being built to replace old worn out wooden ones. Here is a heavy equipment operator digging rock from the river.
The mining in the southern part of Palawan was the engine generating all these improvements.
There is even a 9 golf course in Rio Tuba for the mining execs to play.
The airport is a beauty too.
I have not been on this road in 6 years but at that time it was an unusual route to take to get to Rio Tuba.
I do not think that you will find any lodging houses, fuel, or food until you reach Rio Tuba if you take the back way.
You can get your bearings by looking at this picture of the mountains.
Almost all traffic to Rio Tuba passes on the eastern side of this mountain not on the western side