Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour in Palawan (Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park)
Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
- Explore the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- See one of the "New 7 Wonders of the World", the longest navigable subterranean river
- Visit the Puerto Princesa Underground River National Park, to see the endemic species of wildlife and do some birdwatching
- Learn more about the Underground River from your audio guide available in multiple languages, and from your friendly guide
- Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before going back to downtown Puerto Princesa City
- A hotel pick-up and drop-off will bring you to and from your adventures safely and hassle-free!
What to Expect at Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also known as Puerto Princesa Underground River, is located around 76 km northwest of Puerto Princesa in the Saint Paul Mountain Range. Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it houses a “mountain to sea” ecosystem with some of the most significant and intact old-growth forests in Asia, featuring the spectacular limestone karst landscape and the globally significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and threatened species of wildlife.
There are eight intact forest formations found in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park: the beach forest, forest on ultramafic soil, forest on limestone soil, freshwater swamp forest, lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, mangrove forest, montane forest, and riverine forest. The Palawan Moist Forest, recognized by the WWF's Global Report, is outstanding biodiversity containing the richest tree flora with high levels of regional and local endemism.
A day tour of this breathtaking location will take you through what is now named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. After an early morning pick-up, you'll drive to Sabang Wharf before transferring by boat to the Palawan Underground River. This location is not merely the access to the river, it's also a famous birdwatching site and a haven for a plethora of plant species and some endemic wildlife in the Philippines.
The highlight of the tour remains as the guided paddle boat will take you across the spectacular cave system of the underground river to see the pristine natural beauty of rock formations. From stalagmites and stalactites shaped like vegetables, dinosaurs, Jesus, and more, to the thousands of swallows and bats that swoop about the tunnels, you're sure to be in awe of these natural resources throughout the trip. After this thrilling experience, you'll also enjoy a delicious buffet spread at a restaurant at Sabang Wharf, before being brought back to your hotel with the knowledge that you have just been to one of the finest wonders of the world.
Things to note
- We recommend that you wear flip flops or shoes that are easy to take on and off as you may have to step into the water to transfer in and out of the boats
- Bring a bag that can be zipped up and leave any food items in the van. You may come across monkeys in the national park and they are always eager for a snack! Avoid bringing plastic bags as the monkeys associate them with food!
- Bring along insect repellant and sunscreen, and don't forget your camera!
- Agreements place legal ownership to the city government of Puerto Princesa so the City Mayor has the authority for all management decisions, including tourism management objectives set out for Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, together with the Protected Areas Management Board (PAMB).
- The boundaries of Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park encompass the whole watershed of the underground river, protecting water quality and quantity, as well as securing the long-term sustainability of the outstanding natural values contained within the park.