Puerto Princesa Underground River | Things to do in Puerto Princesa City-Palawan
|Address:||Sabang, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan|
|Fee:||P735 for Filipino and foreign adults, P195-P376.50 for minors and children|
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.
A side trip you definitely shouldn't miss during your stay in Puerto Princesa is the Mangrove Paddle Boat Tour. Located in Sitio Sabang, this protected area is just a 10-minute drive from Sabang Wharf, the jump-off point to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. A jungle trek through the forest is also an alternative route to the underground river, which costs P200 per head. A cooperative composed of 19 resident members oversees both activities, along with birdwatching, paddleboat learning, and tree-planting. The river paddling tour which lasts from 45 minutes to an hour takes travelers deep into the forest to get up close with century-old mangroves that have grown as high as 30 meters. Expect an encounter with the wildlife that thrive in this area as well, which include several species of snakes, monitor lizards, kingfishers, monkeys, and wild chickens. The tour, paddleboat lessons, and birdwatching costs P350 per head; the tree-planting, on the other hand, is free.
These geologically significant landscapes will delight mountaineers, rock climbers, and nature enthusiasts. Trained guides must be available when exploring these sites. St. Paul Park rangers can likewise assist adventurous travelers. These fascinating creations are situated at Bgy. Cabayugan and Bgy. Tagabinet, Puerto Princesa City. One can take a jeepney bound for Sabang stationed along Malvar Street or one can take a vehicle on hire basis for 2-3 hours.
Things to do nearby
Get to see the amazing Puerto Princesa Underground River and
experience the beauty of nature in Palawan. This guided trip will take you
and other tourists in your group to the longest navigable underground
river in the world. As the place can only accommodate a small number of
visitors daily, early booking is highly encouraged.
Where to stay
Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is an accredited 4-star resort situated in the World’s Best
Island – Palawan. Located in the celestial blue waters of Sabang Beach. Daluyon Beach and
Mountain Resort features luxurious beachfront cabanas that provide all contemporary comforts
of a home with the breathtaking view of its pristine beach and the astonishing West Philippine Sea.
It is in a prime location, providing the opportunity to explore, and is the closest resort to a UNESCO
World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature – The Puerto Princesa Underground
Through offering exclusive resort experiences and outstanding quality service with true Filipino hospitality, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort is the ideal green destination with its world-class facilities, sumptuous local-international cuisine and powdery sand beach.
Luxurious, intimate and tranquil, Daluyon Beach and Mountain Resort inspires spectacular journeys for the mind and soul.
Nestled between towering mountain ranges and the clear blue waters of the West Philippines Sea lies the premier property of Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa, the first green resort in the Philippines known to champion environmental sustainability in Sabang Beach, Puerto Princesa, one of the country’s most protected areas.
Experience a world of wonderment – of jungle trails and mangrove forests, where the sun, sand, sea meet and an unforgettable holiday of adventure and relaxation awaits.