Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is situated about 50 km north of Puerto Princesa city in Palawan.
QUOTED FROM UNESCO
The Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape. It contains an underground river that flows directly to the sea. The lower half of the river is brackish and subject to ocean tide. The associated tidal influence on the river makes this a significant natural phenomenon. The river’s cavern exhibits dramatic speleothems and several large chambers of as much as 120m wide and 60m high. Its accessibility and navigability up to 4.5km inland allows it to be experienced by the general public, who can view the magnificent rock formations on a river cruise unequalled by any other similar experience elsewhere in the world.
How to Get to Puerto Princesa Underground River?
The fastest way is through booking a flight to Puerto Princesa (via Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific or Air Asia), or maybe try the slow ferry of 2Go Travel SuperFerry ( incase you have all the time in the world) or a RORO bus to Puerto Princesa.
When planning a visit to Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, first, you need to contact the Tourism Office of Puerto Princesa and confirm your booking schedule before you will be able to acquire a visitor’s permit (secure the permit At least ONE DAY before your visit). There are ways on booking a reservation. The first one is through DIY( Do-It-Yourself ) booking, and the other one is through a travel agency or through the hotel you are currently booked.
A DIY Guide to the Puerto Princesa Underground River
Contact Puerto Princesa Tourism Office and book a reservation. You need to inquire the availability of your travel date because a lot of tourists and tour groups visit the Underground River during peak seasons. The local government of Puerto Princesa enforces a tight guideline on “NO PERMIT, NO ENTRY” Policy so make sure to secure your permit and bring your ID during the visit.
Location: City Coliseum
Address: National Highway, Brgy. San Pedro, Puerto Princesa City, Philippines
Telephone: +63.48.434.2509, +63.48.723.0904
Adult (12 y.o. and above) – PHP 150
Minor (3 to 12 y.o.) – PHP 75
Senior Citizens and PWD – PHP 100
Underground Express Tour – PHP 1,000 (minimum of 4)
Reminders: After the Underground River was declared a UNESCO Heritage Site and declared as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the city government limits the volume of tourists visiting per day to protect and preserve the river.
Peak seasons – December to June
Non-peak seasons – July to November
The Underground River tours sometimes get suspended if climate conditions worsen. Heavy rains can cause the water level inside the underground river to rise so safety is always a priority. For cancellation policy, affected visitors may rebook their permit or ask for a refund.
Our Version of Puerto Princesa Adventure
We prefer a hassle-free tour arrangement, with the help of our hotel(Check out some Puerto Princesa Hotels), we were able to booked an Underground River tour along with some other groups. I remember paying 1,500 php/pax. The tour includes van service, boat rental and buffet lunch. Their contact details are found below:
Mercedes Bed & Breakfast
Telephone: +63 (48) 723 16 77
Mobile: +63(917) 848 49 20
+63(918) 204 45 63
You can walk your way to this hotel. The hotel is just infront of the airport.
TIPS: My suggested itinerary is to put Puerto Princesa Underground River tour on your third or fourth day since it takes a day or two to get a visitor’s permit