Subterranean River National Park: Puerto Princesa Underground River

When people are discussing about the Province of Palawan, the Underground River of Puerto Princesa never missed out of the topic. That is why its no wonder that Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park or simply the Puerto Princesa Underground River was chosen and now officially enlisted as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The great news was announced last November 11, 2011.

Other than that, Puerto Princesa Underground River is also included in the list of UNESCO, a convention concerning the protection of world cultural and natural heritage, along with other 3 cultural sites (Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Rice Terraces of the Cordillera and the Historic Town of Vigan) and another natural site (Tubbataha Reef Natural Park).

How to get there?
First, Book a flight or a ferry (by 2GO and RORO) going to Puerto Princesa, Palawan. Next is visit the Underground River Booking Office to secure a visiting permit to the underground river. Don't miss to secure a permit as it is a vital requirement for you to be able to experience this tour. From Palawan Airport, ride a tricycle going to the booking office. Just inform the tricycle driver that your going to the booking office of Underground River and they already know where to drop you off. You may have your advance booking reservation at or call the booking office using these numbers: Tel. +63(48) 723- 2563 / Telefax +63(48) 434-2509. After getting your permit, you may start commuting going to Sabang where you'll be hiring a boat to bring you to the Underground River. In order to reach Sabang, ride again a tricycle that will take you to San Jose New Market Terminal. Then from New Market Terminal, ride a jeepney going to Sabang. Fare is about 130 Pesos and it is a 1.5 hour jeepney ride. As you reach Sabang, go to the Tourism office and book a boat that will take you to the entrance of Underground River. Boat ride from Sabang port to the area of the Underground River is about 30-45 minutes. Upon reaching the area, have yourself enlisted again for another boat (a paddle boat). This is the one that will take you inside and tour you at the longest underwater river on earth!

Boatride from Sabang going to the Underground River

Park Rates and Other Fees:

General Entrance Fee
Php 100 (local) & Php 150 (international)
Php 75 (local) & Php 100 (international)
Underground River Entrance Fee

Php 175 (local) & Php 250 (international)
Php 100 (local) & Php 150 (international)
Commercial Video Fee

Commercial Video Fee
Php 3,000

Boat Price list that will take visitors to the UR

Boat Service Rates:

Round trip 
Sabang - Underground River
6 Pax
7 Pax
8 Pax
Php 700.00
Php 800.00
Php 900.00

Another view upon reaching the site of the Underground River
Groupfie at the UR signage!

To know more about the booking rules as well as the do's and don'ts of this tour, you may visit the official website of Puerto Princesa Underground River: And if you want to know what's inside the cave, just keep on scrolling that mouse ball and enjoy the ride, virtually!

Upside down T-rex
Sweet Corn! Didn't know how they know its sweet tho...
"Puso ng Saging" :)
Back of a sexy lady... oh yeah!
Visitors will not only see rock formations when they tour inside the cave/river but also fruit bats

By the way, the tour inside the cave will take visitors for 2 hours. Just appreciate the rock formations inside and also your boatman's prepared jokes. The boatman who toured us, named Kuya Gerald, really did made an effort to entertain us all with his side comments, jokes, and tricks. I really enjoyed the whole trip. All I can say is, this is really a must visit place when you are in Puerto Princesa, Palawan.


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