Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River
4.5
Bodies of Water • National Parks • Caverns & Caves
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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pestman
New Jersey375 contributions
May 2022
This National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the new natural wonders of the world.

Getting there requires a 1.5 hour van ride from Puerto Princesa then a 20 minute boat ride to get to the cove where the cave is located then an outrigger ride for 30-45 minutes to navigate the underground river. Each outrigger can carry 8-9 passengers.

The boatmen are very knowledgeable about the cave and knows their way around it even in complete darkness. We felt totatlly safe with our boatman and had a great time learning from everything he was telling us.

Word of warning to travellers who are very sensitive to smells. The cave smells of bat guano and pee. It isn't too overpowering but it definitely permeates the cave so be aware of that. Also, if you are afraid of the dark or riding on small boats/outriggers, this is not the tour for you. There is no getting out/off the outrigger for the entire 30-45 minutes that you are inside the cave.

The other drawback is the long ride from Puerto Princesa and there's also not a lot of shade while you wait for the boat ride to the cove where the cave is.

Wear flip flops or sandals as you'll get your feet wet getting off and on the banca (boat).
Written June 1, 2022
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Cassie T
Melbourne, Australia233 contributions
Dec 2022
Definitely on the to do list if you are a nature lover. 1.5 km into the underground cave and then back again. Went with an organised tour but you can also catch a boat from the local town (Sabang) which takes you to the National Park with entry fee on top. Do expect to get wet when you get off the boat onto the National park (or in our case, when we got back on to the boat afterwards). Bring a waterproof bag!!

The Underground River boat tour is gentle and peaceful with audio commentary. I was told there is a way to trek into this area but I would still recommend to come by boat via sea
Written December 26, 2022
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Christina H
Pasig, Philippines71 contributions
May 2022
Don’t leave Puerto Princesa without experiencing the Underground River Tour. There are no words to describe the awesome experience, truly a wonder of nature. You will be provided with an audio guide as noise is prohibited inside the cave. Boat ride takes about 40 minutes. Hard hat will be provided as protection for possible bat poops & drops of water from the ceiling. Keep your belongings close to your body during the tour & even on the way to the cave as there are monkeys all around.
Written May 19, 2022
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Viki P
Bratislava, Slovakia42 contributions
Feb 2020
We were not sure if we want to go there as we thought it is little bit expensive for what you get. We also heard that it is crowded and you cannot enjoy the place. Do not believe those things! :D
It was absolutely amazing. We paid 1700pesos with transfer from Puerto Princesa, the guide in the car was amazing and she was talking a lot during the ride, it was not just a regular transfer, it was really educational ride. We were told we have to wait 30 minutes and we could decide if we want to go to zipline or boat through mangrove forest (additional money however, mangrove was 350p, nice choice). Now at the place after those activities you are first going with boat on the sea to the place where is the entrance to PP UR, that is one crazy ride which we enjoyed so much. It was not crowded at all. We never waited longer that 10 minutes, it was super quick. The ride through the cave was sooooo nice. You have earphones and the only light inside of the cave is the light which is held by boat guide, so the natural habitat of the cave is not disturbed. There is strictly silence in the cave so you hear in one ear nice sound of recorded guide and the other ear can focus on the sounds of water and cave animals. There is huge amount of bats, wow. We didn't receive any kind of "holy bat water drops", but you are warned to keep your mouth closed (and wear clothes you don't like). :D They will take you something more than 1km inside, but I think it is enough. And the lunch after the ride was one of the best buffets I have ever had :D but this depend on the company you book with and I do not remember which was ours, sorry.

Go and enjoy!
Written February 19, 2020
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand1,091 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
It is a long day, van ride for 1 hour 20 and then 2 boats with plenty of waiting, and lunch provided at a buffet with many other groups. Our guide was keen for us to take the extra zipline and or mangrove boat tour as we were there a little late and the queues were long for the boats. Maybe all guides do this anyway, it passed some time. The underground river, once there, was fascinating and so worth the effort so it really is a must do when in Peurto Princesa.
Written May 9, 2023
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Gilles L
Ottawa21 contributions
Feb 2020
We had hoped to make a dyi day trip from Puerto Princessa to the Underground River but we abandoned the idea based on the following info.

1) The Subterranean River National Park office moved into a brand new modern building in Mendoza Park (Rizal Av.) in Aug. 2019 (i.e. no longer at the City Coliseum building as stated in Lonely Planet).
2) We learned that cost for this diy visit would not be any cheaper than a package trip. entrance fee (500php), audio device(85php), environmental fee(150php) and boat 6pax (189php) [Total: 924php per person] + return van transportation (~1600php).
3) Given the Underground River experience last between 30 - 45 mins. it is really hard to justify such an expense of money and time (~5 hours by van).
4) Clearly, the Subterranean River National Park office managed to build their spiffy new building with tourist money but we did not want to further contribute to their office/building expansion.
5) Really consider skipping this attraction as it represents, in our opinion, very poor value. There must be some YouTube videos out there you can watch to catch the Underground River views.
Written February 8, 2020
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ColeMK
Antipolo City, Philippines10 contributions
May 2022
Fun! There's also a scientific explanation about the cave. I'm also very impressed that the boat paddler is very precise in paddling and that they can avoid crashing on narrow passages. I highly recommend everyone that plans to go to Palawan to visit the Underground River.
Written June 17, 2022
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G2Kpauly
Melbourne, Australia1,836 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
I really enjoyed this underwater river cave tour. The boat paddler was good and showed us all the good sights as the recording was telling us about all the interesting things to look at. The audio guide was enjoyable and informative. This cafe is pretty cool and a must see in Palawan!
Written August 15, 2022
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Annaepoc
Riyadh7 contributions
Feb 2020
We give this top rating as it’s only downside was the travel to and from. If you are in Puerto Princesa, be prepared for up to a four hour journey each way. On arrival there will be a 90 minute wait while permits are issued and we recommend you use this time to do the Mangrove Boat tour that will be suggested to you by your guide. We were fortunate enough to get a boat on our own with a fabulous boatman/guide named Romeo. After this and some lunch you will board one of the local outrigger boats as a group and will head towards the site for the underground cave. This trip and the return after seeing the cave is an experience in itself as the waters can be choppy and make this a little adventure but at no time unsafe. On reaching the site you will again board a small paddle boat to enter the cave and see the wonders therein. Having been supplied with an audio device in your language, the boatman guide will synchronise the whole tour with the audio making it truly worthwhile. This 45 minute boat ride is what the whole day has been about and is a wonderful experience. The cave lives up to its UNESCO billing.
Written February 17, 2020
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Diana
Taguig City, Philippines24 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
I highly suggest that you bring a face mask. And yes, there are bats inside the cave. We booked a 3-in-1 tour (underground river, zipline, mangrove tour and lunch at Sheridan Beach Resot) but if you plan on going there just to see the underground river then I don’t think it’s worth it.
Written February 7, 2020
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