Puerto Princesa Underground River | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
This captivating UNESCO World Heritage Site covers a half-submerged extensive cave system whose water flows out directly to the open sea. Situated in St. Paul mountain range about 50km away from the city proper, its unique feature is the 8.2km Underground River. Here you'd see dramatic tunnels, cavernous chambers, and catch sight of wildlife in and around the tunnel such as monkeys, bats, and giant monitor lizards. Only the first two kilometers is open to the public, however, because to the lack of oxygen in its deeper interiors. The national park is also a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, a Philippine National Geological Monument, a key aspect of the Palawan Biosphere Reserve, and, most recently, one of the Seven New Natural Wonders of the World.
Group tours are easily available from tour operators in the city, but early booking is encouraged to make it to the daily cap of tourists permitted to go inside the cave. From Sabang wharf, it takes one motorized banca to go to the mouth of the underground river. A short forest walk among centuries-old indigenous trees will lead to the embarcation point for the 45-minute paddled boat ride inside. An audio guide is now provided to give tourists vital information they need to know while on the tour, as well as to minimize unnecessary sound distraction to the inhabitants of the cave. The tour to the underground river from the Sabang booking station costs P500 for the walk-in permit, P150 for the environmental fee, P85 for the audio gear, and P1,200 for a boat for 6 persons. At a travel agency this costs about P1,400 to P2,500 per person depending on the inclusions.
Address: Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan
Fee: P735 for Filipino and foreign adults, P195-P376.50 for minors and children