Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is situated about 50 km north of Puerto Princesa city in Palawan.

Underground River Map

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park Map

 

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.

 

stalactite underground river palawan

Stalactite near the entrance of Puerto Princesa Underground River

 

 

puerto Princesa underground river water entry

Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River Water Entry

 

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.
OPTION ONE:

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

Email: undergroundriver_ppsrnp@yahoo.com

Telephone: +63.48.434.2509, +63.48.723.0904

Entrance Fees:

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.

Puerto Princesa Underground River Boat Ride
 

OPTION TWO:

Our Version of Puerto Princesa Adventure

hotel_breakfastWe 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

Email: mercedesbedandbreakfast@yahoo.com
mail@mercedesbb.com

Website: www.mercedesbb.com

hotel at night

Palawan Hotel Restaurant at Night

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

  1. Throughout the competition, Filipinos from all walks of life have given time, energy, and resources to this campaign,” Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said. Department 1000 of Tourism spokesman and Assistant Secretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said the underground estuary made it into the world’s New Seven Wonders of Nature after the validation process conducted by the New7Wonders Foundation last year.

  2. Note. A permit is now necessary to visit the underground river and only available in Puerto Princesa, though an online system is in construction. Beware that like any other hardworking government office they finish their day at 4pm, so a permit for next day needs to be arranged before that. Travel agents normally can arrange it for you. This is an old museum that is not very well maintained or labeled but which has a number of interesting pieces. It is well worth a visit on a rainy day.
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