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

  • 5 Days In Palawan

    5 Days In Palawan

    For the first time in my life, I'm finally heading to the province of Palawan. It has been in my birthday wish list since 2014 (you can check out my wish list HERE). With the said wish list, comes several itineraries that I have prepared ahead when the day comes. However those itineraries are designed for solo or for couples, making it partially useless for this trip. I was not expecting that I'd be going to Palawan with five other people. Thankfully the said people are none other that my family; my mom, brother, sister, my wife KC and my baby daughter. The sixth member of the group was my dad ...

  • UR Management Wants Early Passage Of Plastics Ban Ordinance

    UR Management Wants Early Passage Of Plastics Ban Ordinance

    The Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) management expects that the proposed ordinance regulating plastic use in the city will be deliberated and passed within this year.

    Park superintendent Elizabeth Maclang hopes that the 22,202-hectare protected area would be the pilot site for the proposed ordinance being drafted at City Council.

    "We want it to be an ordinance with the park as the pilot area for the plastic usage regulation," park superintendent Elizabeth Maclang told the media on Monday, March 5.

    The long-sought policy, she added, will complement the efforts to preserve the ...

  • DENR Experts Debunk Cimatus Worry Over Underground River

    DENR Experts Debunk Cimatus Worry Over Underground River

    A survey team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has negated the claim earlier made by Secretary Roy Cimatu that human-induced carbon discharge has affected the karst walls and ceiling of the Underground River.

    Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) chief Felizardo Cayatoc told Palawan News on Wednesday that based on an inspection conducted by a team of experts from the DENRs Ecosystems Research Development Bureau (ERDB), the presence of black soot in the Underground River was "negligible".

    "So far, wala namang problema sa carbon ang und ...

  • Palawan Underground River Vlog

    Puerto Princesa Underground River Facts

    The Puerto Princesa Underground River is an 8.2km long underground river. The river is located within the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in the Philippines, approximately 30 miles north of the city of Puerto Princesa. To reach the entrance to the river you only need to take a short ferry ride from the town of Sabang. The river flows right into the sea, after passing through some of the most beautiful rock formations in the world. The river has gained worldwide admiration and attention, leading it to be included as one of the New 7 Wo ...

  • World Wetlands Day

    Last February 2 was World Wetlands Day.

    Numerous activities throughout the world were observed to commemorate the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in Ramsar City in Iran. The covenant, also known as the Ramsar Convention, was passed way back on February 2, 1971, but it was only during the past years when it was getting more attention.

    Today, the World Wetlands Day is one of the important conservation events in the country. The Philippines is a signatory to this international treaty.

    The convention provides a broad definition of wetlands, which include lakes, rivers, underground ...

  • Palawan Underground River

    An amazing treat from my beautiful wife on my birthday. Very impressed by this natural wonder of the world really feels like you are on a different planet or in some kind of strange theme park.