The Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the country’s hidden gems. A long standing and strong candidate for the New 7 Wonders of Nature, it has been a popular tourist destination and a go-to bucket list for the locals.
The journey towards the long underground river has been described as a magical and wonderstruck moment by its foreign visitors who would love to ravel about the works of nature. Its landscape is often describes as an outstanding scenery composing of crystal clear waters, beautiful rock formations, caves with gigantic stalactites and stalagmites, and an army of bats lurking within the cave.
There are several options to consider when experiencing the Puerto Princesa Underground River. You can ride a paddle boat, listen to the tour guide explain the history of the site, explore a flooded cave, discover the hidden second floor wherein small waterfalls are found further inside the cave, and/or swim through the river channels.
Outside the river and around its host city, Puerto Princesa, Palawan is also a habitat for 800 plant species, 252 bird species, 30 mammal species, 19 reptiles, sea turtles, sea cows, and other marine creatures that can be observed when you are around the area. The beaches and resorts within Palawan are wonderful for people who love to walk, know the culture and people raised in the province with the benefit of getting a natural tan.
Visiting the Puerto Princesa Underground River can be achieved by booking a tour. Due to high volumes of tourists wanting to see the site, it is advisable to book a week ahead or to find a travel package that already offers a tour for the Underground River. If you are however on a budget, there are public vehicles available to reach the area. Complete the entire experience with a visit to a souvenir shop.