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Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

  • Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines

Last updated: 19 April, 2024

The world’s longest subterranean river, in the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, was recently voted one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of Nature’ – though it seems every natural wonder claims the title these days.

The flooded cave system stretches for 24km under the St. Paul Mountain Range on the island of Palawan; visitors can access the caverns above the water line by boat from the sea.

It’s a biodiversity hotspot too, with a rare full mountain-to-sea ecosystem. Giant spiders, crabs and snakes inhabit the cave, though in the near darkness all you are likely to see are bats. Highlights also include a 20 million-year-old fossil of a manatee.

Logistics

Price from: £110
Minimum age: 0
Age suitable: 4+
Frequency: monthly
When: All year around
Duration: 1 night

Who to go with: organised tours

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  • Puerto Princesa

With this tour, you'll get to visit one of the longest navigable underground river in the world. With the help of your guide, you'll get to know more of Puerto Princesa and the wonderful flora and fauna found only in our island. Book this trip if you wish to have a fun-filled day in the city. The activity includes pick up from your hotel within 15 kilometers of the airport. We will advise you of your exact pick up time before 7 PM the day prior so you know what time you'll prepare. Have a heavy breakfast because travel time from the city to the wharf is 2 hours. Waiting time is inevitable considering that this is one of the most popular tours in Puerto Princesa. Despite this, your guide will endeavor to provide you with one of the most memorable trips in Palawan. Lunch will be served at a local restaurant and after, you have the option to join a zip line flight and help the local community who organizes this activity. You'll be back at your hotel at around 4 PM.

Price $45

Min age 0

Rating 4.57 / 5 [26 ratings]

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  • Palawan

This is 3 activities in 1 day. Sail into the underground river by a boat and Experience Ugong Rock caving and have fun with a zipline seeing the view of the Karst mountain. Discover the stalagmites in the cave that look like people and the strange shapes growing out of the wall along with your experienced local guide. - No hidden fees. Small group. - Cave entry requires government permits we process that in advance, The names, age, nationality of each tourist is required, Permits cannot be processed in the area so advance booking is better. - These tours are community-based. The Ugong Rock is managed by the residents of Brgy Tagabenit, primarily composed of Batak Tribe and Tagbanua indigenous peoples all these are part of the Community-based Sustainable Tourism that the government promotes. The project aims to boost the tourism industry at the same time helping the community by giving a means of livelihood to its local residents and promoting campaign in protecting the environment.

Price $85

Min age 0

Rating 4.41 / 5 [12 ratings]

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  • Palawan

This Whole Day Tour takes you on a journey from Puerto Princesa to Sabang to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park stopping en route to view other natural attractions, such as Elephant Mountain; one of the locations used for Amazing Race Asia.

Price $70

Min age 0

Rating 4.85 / 5 [7 ratings]

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