Puerto Princesa Underground River

Attraction Puerto Princesa, Palawan 5300, Philippines Published on: 13-11-2015

2 hours
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
07:00 AM
09:00 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Tour
Nature
Park
Must see
Kids
1.00 USD

Puerto Princesa Underground River is good for

Good for family with kids Family with kids Good
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Good for couple Couple Good
Good for solo Solo No
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

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Why Puerto Princesa Underground River is special ?

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The river is also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. The City Government of Puerto Princesa has managed the National Park since 1992. The entrance to the subterranean river is a short hike or boat ride from the town Sabang.


In 2010, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a cave dome measuring 300 m (980 ft) above the underground river, rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, as well as marine creatures and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation. On November 11, 2011, Puerto Princesa Underground River was provisionally chosen as one of the New7Wonders of Nature.


Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/

What to explore at Puerto Princesa Underground River?

The highlight of this subterranean river system is that it flows directly into the sea, with its brackish lower half subjected to tidal influence, distinguishing it as a significant natural global phenomenon. The river’s cavern presents remarkable, eye catching rock formations. The property contains a full mountain-to-sea ecosystem which provides significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and protects the most intact and noteworthy forests within the Palawan biogeographic province. You can see the beauty of Sabang beach that is entrance of Underground River. Moreoever, you will have opportunity to discover a spectacular limestone karst landscape inside the cave and see many types of fauna and flora.

Source: http://whc.unesco.org/

How to get to Puerto Princesa Underground River?

By ferry:

-Puerto Princesa (Palawan) to Cuyo Island Ferry of the Montenegro Shipping Lines Departure Monday 06.00 pm / arriving Tuesday morning

-Iloilo (Panay Island) to Cuyo Island Ferry of the Montenegro Shipping Lines Departure Saturday 08.00 am / arrivingSaturday evening.

-Cuyo Island to Puerto Princesa (Palawan Ferry of the Montenegro Shipping Lines Departure Saturday 09.00 pm /Cuyo Island to Puerto Princesa (Palawan Feryof the Montenegro Shipping Lines Departure Saturday 09.00 pm / arrivingSunday morning arriving Sunday morning

Selling points

  • An over the top experience
  • Amazingly long grotto
  • Awesome place, do not miss
  • Great attraction, worth to see
  • The Pure Princess!
A nice 4 day trip to Puerto Princesa

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Duration
4.0 days
Estimated
114.98 USD
Total travel distance
km
Number of places
13 places

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Puerto Princesa, Palawan 5300, Philippines

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Tips for you

  • Moving by boat.
    Transportation
  • You should enjoy monkey trail and overnight stay at Sabang beach, go to Sabang falls which is a 30-min walk from the sabang beach
    Things to do
  • You should bring snack to eat
    Food
  • You should take photos about outside of the cave before get in.
    Photography
  • Bring a light long sleeve and bug spra. You should bring a torch to see the view inside
    What to bring
  • Don't forget OFF lotion. Mosquito everywhere.
    What to bring
  • wear durable slippers or go on a hiking shoes
    What to wear
  • -Be careful for the holy water and the holy shit -If you are prone to car sickness, just be aware that the two hour drive is mainly twists and turns!
    Other
  • Don’t open your bag when the monkeys are around.The sound of plastic makes the monkeys think you've brought food. they will bother you
    Safety
  • be sure you have a reservation and schedule before you go here without waiting a long time
    Reservation
  • You should book ticket at the ticket agent, just 1,700 peso
    Ticket and Pricing

Reviews

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The underground river is listed at one of the seven wonder of the world so it is still worthwhile to witness its splendor but the tourism board of Puerto Princesa should revamp all the system.Depending on your location, it can be a long ride from PP. If you are in Sabang, well it is much faster.However, once you secured your permit, the chaos starts! You have to board a small banca for a twenty minutes rides to the debarkation point. They are equipped with a 2 stroke engine without exhaust and can only accommodate 8 pax so better be ready to be deaf and squeezed by the time you arrive.Then you go to the entrance of the cave where you wait for your turn to get into one of the few paddle boats.You will have a boatmen/tourguide who will row and give you informations as you go, so do not expect them to pass on any scientific or accurate information. Stalagmites are named Virgin Mary and her candle, pineapple, or eggplant.... At the bow of the boat, one tourist will have to hold the light and try to follow instructions given in a broken english as to where to point the light.You will only go 1.5km inside in the cave, you cannot go any further. When you ask why, they just tell you they do not have enough boats so they do a quick tour to accommodate the next batch as soon as possible.

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The underground river is the must see of Palawan but it's also hard to justify the cost and time. The river tour, the only real way to visit, takes the better part of a day and costs about $40 each. For that you get to spend just over half an hour in the river cave, a fraction of the van ride time from Puerto Prnicesa.The underground river is a VERY production line operation, but was fun. The cave is BIG and the rock formations are fun, Much depends on your boatman. Ours was pretty basic. I'd love to go back if there was a way to spend an hour or two in the cave, going in several miles. Now that would be a real adventure! The provided free lunch is worth just a bit more than you paid for it.

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Honestly, the hype about the new seven natural wonders of the world is definitely part of a plan to drum up tourism. Well, it is working because there is a constant stream of visitors to the PPUR cave. The tour cost itself is very cheap, about $5 to $6 for the permit to visit the cave, but getting there from Puerto Princesa City by private or public van, then a boat to the cave site itself, can run another $20 to $28 depending if you arrange the transportation yourself or go through a tour company. Still, as the most expensive option is only $35 all inclusive, including a lunch at the end, it is a cheap tourist attraction and probably worth going if only to do it once - provided you have seven hours needed for the trip.The boat trip on the underground river to one point of the cave and back took about 40 minutes and was a bit boring and more than a bit smelly. There are live (but relatively small) bats in the cave that are not beyond dropping a few bat bombs on folks. The guide talked about the stalactite and stalagmite formations and tried to persuade us to imagine them taking various forms (sharon stone?), but it was pretty dark in there with only a flashlight beam shining on the figures. It became repetitious after 10 minutes or so, and definitely so on the return trip. Anyway, the PPUR tour is still a worthwhile expense of $35 for the sheer joy of crossing the open bay with its beautiful blue waters in the outrigger vessels, enjoying the scenery at Sabang Beach and the open waters, and then coming across the local monkeys and lizards on the island on the way to the cave.

TripAdvisor View more

The underground river is listed at one of the seven wonder of the world so it is still worthwhile to witness its splendor but the tourism board of Puerto Princesa should revamp all the system.Depending on your location, it can be a long ride from PP. If you are in Sabang, well it is much faster.However, once you secured your permit, the chaos starts! You have to board a small banca for a twenty minutes rides to the debarkation point. They are equipped with a 2 stroke engine without exhaust and can only accommodate 8 pax so better be ready to be deaf and squeezed by the time you arrive. Then you go to the entrance of the cave where you wait for your turn to get into one of the few paddle boats. You will have a boatmen/tourguide who will row and give you informations as you go, so do not expect them to pass on any scientific or accurate information. Stalagmites are named Virgin Mary and her candle, pineapple, or eggplant.... At the bow of the boat, one tourist will have to hold the light and try to follow instructions given in a broken english as to where to point the light.You will only go 1.5km inside in the cave, you cannot go any further. When you ask why, they just tell you they do not have enough boats so they do a quick tour to accommodate the next batch as soon as possible.

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