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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa, Palawan

The Basics

The Underground River, situated within Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park on Palawan, is an easy day trip from the city of Puerto Princesa. Take a guided boat ride along one of the world’s longest underground rivers, beginning at Sabang Wharf near the mouth of the cave. The rock formations within, considered among the most complex in the world, are illuminated only by flashlight beams. Some tours also include a stop at Ugong Rock for optional ziplining or spelunking.

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Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City
Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City
star-4.5
$42.98 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Very good and muddy day
The representatives of Corazon were at their best and made every effort to switch from a disaster to one of the best tour I ever had. The tour was almost cancelled due to the bad weather but the agency offered instead of a boat tranffer that was not possible due to the coast guard regulation a jungle treck of 4 km each way from the warf to the underground river. Echo and Michelle were very good and attentive during the whole trip even the treck is extremelly difficult especially while raining.
IoanidT, Nov 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Puerto Princesa

star-5
Perfect
simoncemil1, Aug 2019
Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City
The trip was perfect. Tour guide spoke very good English and even lent us money because we forgot ours at home. The trip was nuts
star-5
Underground river and Ugong Rock
jonessammy1, Aug 2019
Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City
If you get motion sickness bring gravel, besides that it was awesome. I def recommend doing the zipline, you're only here once make it count!
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Chris_B, Feb 2020
Underground River Day Trip from Puerto Princesa City
Overall a great experience. I think it was a bit more expensive than others but our hotel pick up was on time and our tour guide was great. Once you get there you have the option of caving for 200 pesos a person (which was very cool) there’s a few tight squeezes and a little bit of easy climbing with a harness and some steep staircases but it was definitely worth doing. otherwise you just sit and wait for your group to go caving and come back. At the top of the caves you can zip line down or choose to walk back down. You can book the zip line as part of your package but you can also just pay while you’re there. And it might even be cheaper just to pay when you get there. It cost me 250 pesos to zip line in the superman position or I think 150 in the seated position. Then you drive to the river and take a boat to the landing area and see some monkeys and giant lizards the size of Komodo dragons. Take your boat tour which was amazing. Thousands and thousands of bats everywhere sleeping. And a few flying around. Everyone gets and audio tour which has interesting info but I found it kind of annoying because instead of enjoying the complete silence of the huge underground caverns you have background music playing in your ear the whole time. So I had mine out for half of the tour. There’s restrooms at every area so don’t worry. But maybe bring your own TP. You will be walking in knee deep water several times so wear flip flops or sandals. Definitely no running shoes. You won’t need them there isn’t any difficult hiking involved. All in all a great experience. Our guide who’s name I will definitely spell wrong (shy, Shai)? Was great. Very funny and good English. Definitely a must see if you’re here!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Underground River is a must for adventure travelers and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Day trips from Puerto Princesa last eight to 11 hours, depending on the option chosen.

  • You’ll get wet on this tour. Bring a waterproof case for your camera and phone, wear shoes you don’t mind getting wet, and if you’re wearing socks, bring an extra pair.

  • Most tours include pickup and drop-off in Puerto Princesa.

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How to Get There

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is 90 minutes away from the city of Puerto Princesa by road. It’s a 15-minute boat ride from Sabang village to reach the entrance of the cave. Most visitors arrive by guided tour; alternatively several public buses run from the San Jose bus terminal to Sabang.

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When to Get There

Boat trips can be cancelled due to rain and poor weather, so it’s best to visit the cave system during the dry season (January to April). This natural wonder is one of Palawan’s most popular attractions, so it’s a good idea to arrange your tour before arriving on the island, particularly during the peak season (December to May).

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Biodiversity in Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

While the river is the area’s star attraction, the surrounding national park supports impressive biodiversity, including some 800 plant species, 195 bird species, 19 reptile species, and 30 mammal species. While some of these critters are hard to spot, visitors commonly see some of the eight species of bat living within the park and its cave system.

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