Cruising the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

One of the attractions in the country that automatically translates to Puerto Princesa City is the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park. The underground river which was once known as the St. Paul Underground River stretches itself within the 8.2-kilometer cave. It is also considered as one of UNESCO’s natural heritage sites and was nominated as one of the new seven wonders of the world.

The gateway to the underground river (UR), as it is commonly known, can be reached from the town of Sabang. It’s a small town ~50 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa an can be reached after an hour’s drive from the city. From Sabang, a motorized boat will take you to the Subterranean River National Park.

An almost an hour boat tour will take you to the tourist-accessible areas within the underground river. A boat cruise inside comes with a tourist guide that will give background on the attractions within the cave. A few of the attractions inside the cave are the different stalagmite and stalactite formations and the different huge chambers found inside the cave. A typical tourist tour will only cover barely half of the cave’s interiors. A thorough tour will require special permits and equipment.

The forest outside of the subterranean river park is home to different species endemic to Palawan. Some of which you can easily encounter during the short walk within the forest before getting to the underground river’s entrance. You’d be surprised to see giant lizards and petite peacocks along the way.


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