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Puerto Princesa Underground River

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Puerto Princesa Underground River

Caption: Tourists inside the cave.

Officially called Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) is known for its stunning limestone karst mountain landscape and 8.2 kilometer underground river, 4.3 kilometers of which is navigable by a paddle boat only. The park boasts of its stalactites and stalagmites formations, and several large chambers, one of which is considered as one of the largest cave rooms in the world. It also has a rich flora and fauna making it an ideal habitat for biodiversity conservation. It has a variety of forest formations and is inhabited by almost a thousand plant species, about 250 bird species, 30 mammal species, 19 species of reptiles, and nine species of bats. Long-tailed macaques, the only primate in the area, can be found wandering around freely.

PPUR is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and voted as a New7Wonders of Nature.

Fast Facts

Attraction:
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park
Type of Attraction:
Natural Attractions | National park | Cave | River
Phone:
(48) 434 2509 | (48) 723 0904
Hours:
Monday-Sunday 6:30-15:00
Closed:
During bad weather
Best Time to Visit:
December to May
Food & Drink:
YES
FREE WiFi:
NO
Cost:
$1-5 per person
Payment Type:
Cash
Fees:
Entrance fee (including paddle boat fee, hard hats, and life vests):
P100 ($2 USD) – minors 3 to 12 years old
P150 ($3 USD) – minors
P250 ($5 USD) – adult
P100 ($2 USD) – Senior Citizens and disabled

Palawan resident rates:
P175 ($3.5 USD) – adult
P75 ($1.5 USD) – minors (3 to 12 years old)
P100 ($2 USD) – minors

P3000 ($60 USD) – commercial video fee
Notes:

No permit, no entrance policy is strictly enforced.

Children 2 years old and below are not allowed inside the cave.

Hiking shoes, drinking water and insect repellant are recommended.

Feeding or teasing the wildlife is strictly prohibited. Bringing a plastic bag is discouraged as the monkeys have the tendency to grab it thinking that it contains food.

You can find tour packages which include land transfer, boat transfer, buffet lunch, entrance fee, tour guide, and processing of permits.

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This attraction  is located on Palawan Island in Puerto Princesa City.

Puerto Princesa Underground River

 

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NEED TO KNOW

Alcohol

Consuming alcohol is not allowed at this attraction.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit this attraction to avoid crowds is early in the morning usually before 10:00 AM.

Closures

This attraction is open everyday except when the weather is bad.

Fees

Fees require payment in cash.  Credit cards are not accepted at this attraction. 

Food & Drink

Food and drinks from outside the attraction are not allowed at this attraction.

Pets

Pets are not allowed at this attraction.

Smoking

Smoking is not allowed at this attraction.

Trash

Please dispose of your trash properly or take it with you.  Don’t Trash the Philippines!  

The Philippines are beautiful islands … let’s all ensure they remain this way. 

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Photos

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Videos

The following is a video of this attraction.

NEARBY

The following are other points of interest are nearby:

  • Sabang Mangrove Forest 
  • Ugong Rock Adventures 
  • Karst Mountain Elephant Cave
  • Sabang Beach 

READ MORE: Puerto Princesa City Visitors Guide | Palawan Island Visitors Guide

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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