Puerto Princesa River

Puerto Princesa City, Palawan

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located about 80 kilometers north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The national park is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the western coast of the island. It is bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.

In 2010, a group of environmental ...

ists and geologists discovered that the underground river has a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a cave dome measuring 300m above the underground river, rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, as well as marine creatures and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.

On November 11, 2011, Puerto Princesa Underground River was provisionally chosen as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. This selection was officially confirmed on January 28, 2012.

The park has a range of forest formations representing eight of the thirteen forest types found in tropical Asia, namely forest over ultramafic soils, forest over limestone soils, montane forest, freshwater swamp forest, lowland evergreen tropical rainforest, riverine forest, beach forest, and mangrove forest. Researchers have identified more than 800 plant species from 300 genera and 100 families. These include at least 295 trees dominated by the dipterocarp species.

Birds comprise the largest group of vertebrates found in the park. Of the 252 bird species known to occur in Palawan, a total of 165 species of birds were recorded in the park. This represents 67% of the total birds and all of the 15 endemic bird species of Palawan. Notable species seen in the park are the blue-naped parrot, Tabon scrub fowl, hill myna, Palawan hornbill, white breasted sea eagle.

There are also some 30 mammal species that have been recorded.[5] Most often observed in the forest canopy and along the shoreline feeding during low tide is the long-tailed macaque, the only primate found in the area. Other mammal species in the park are the bearded pig, bearcat, Palawan stink badger and the Palawan porcupine. 19 species of reptiles have been identified, eight of which are endemic.

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park News

  • PPUR And Jeju Island In Joint Exhibit

    PPUR And Jeju Island In Joint Exhibit

    An exhibit showcasing the natural and cultural richness of Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) and Jeju Island was launched at Robinsons Place Palawan on Wednesday, November 8.

    The launching was attended by the key officials of both sites, recognized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and New 7 Wonders of Nature.

    According to City Environment and Natural Resources Officer, Atty. Carlo Gomez, the activity is part of the conditions set under the sisterhood agreement signed between the local governments of Puerto Princesa and Jeju.

    "The City Government of Puerto Princesa signed a partne ...

  • Rebranding Our Paradise Puerto Princesa

    Rebranding Our Paradise Puerto Princesa

    Pink Red and white make up its characteristics: passion and energy, peace and purity. The mixture gives a color commonly associated with romance. Albeit also associated with femininity, it has a deeper meaning: love, caring and understanding humanity.

    Pink also makes one an intuitive person. Pink also connotes conforming to social norms is less of a concern to someone.

    Pink is also Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

    The pink color of the exuberantly beautiful Palawan balayong tree flower, commonly referred to as the Palawan Cherry Blossom, is now the symbol of Puerto Princesa. The balayong tre ...

  • World Trip Day 121 Underground River Palawan

    Today we visited the amazing underground River in Puerto Princesa, Palawan Philippines. This river is the longest underground river in the world and its on of the 7 new world wonders!

  • P100-M Wharf To Rise In Puerto Princesa Underground River

    P100-M Wharf To Rise In Puerto Princesa Underground River

    A sophisticated and world-class integrated wharf, estimated to cost about PHP100-million, is expected to rise middle of 2018 in this city at Sitio Sabang, Barangay Cabayugan, home of the world-famous Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR).

    Elizabeth Maclang, protected area superintendent of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), said Thursday the project would be called Sabang Integrated Wharf Development and construction can be completed in one to two years.

    It is going to be a partnership project among the park management, the city government under Mayor Lucil ...

  • Palawan Top 1 Travel Destination In The Philippines Best Island In The World

    Palawan Top 1 Travel Destination In The Philippines Best Island In The World

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  • Tourism Masterplan Seeks More Tourists In Underground River

    Tourism Masterplan Seeks More Tourists In Underground River

    The city governments planning consultant Palafox Associates is proposing to build additional attractions around the Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) that will allow the park to accommodate more tourists, noting that the current policy of limiting the number of visitors to the cave is driving away local visitors to other destinations.

    The problem now with PPUR is it can only allow 1,000 visitors a day. But if you look at the demand, just by basing on the arrivals, it reaches almost 2,000. All of them are expecting to visit the underground river, but only 50% of them will be given a ...