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. 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.
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Palawan is no doubt the Best Island in the World recognized by different travel organizations and publications such as Travel + Leisure Magazine, Conde Nast Travel, National Geographic Website and others. As a Travel and Lifestyle blogger I really want to visit Palawan for I love beaches and nature. Since Im hands on in managing my business, I dont have enough time to travel further and stay longer for leisure or vacation. But this June, something great come up unexpectedly.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River made it to CNN Travels Natural wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor along with 49 other sites around the world.
Water, fire and ice have combined to make some of the most spectacular scenery in the world from giant crystal caves to mud volcanoes and rock formations that look like works of art, CNNs Bija Knowles said.
If your office and daily commute arent a fitting reminder of the extraordinary natural diversity of planet Earth, get some inspiration from these incredible scenes, Knowles added. Nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of ...
My husband Matt and I are both self-confessed workaholics. Although we try to make time for ourselves and our kids, we still end up spending more time at work and come home feeling burned out. And since weve never been to Puerto Princesa, Palawan, it seemed like the ideal destination for us.
Kasama muli ang barkada at pamilya sa adventures namin sa Palawan Underground River at Puerto Galera, talaga namang di na kailangan umalis ng bansa para makakita ng magagandang tanawin tulad ng mga ito, halika i-share at panoorin ang aming episode ngayon.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River in Palawan has been recommended by CNN Travel as one of the most inspirational natural scenes in the world.
The CNN Travel updated list of Natural wonders: The ultimate list of scenic splendor placed the Palawan tourist destination in the 30th spot of the 50 places it marked as works of art.
Bija Knowles describes the Philippine spot as Nominated as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River runs for 8.2 kilometers underground and boasts limestone karst formations, stalactites and stalagmites.
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Thank you for watching our underground river tour experience in Puerto Princesa, Palawan! It was such an amazing experience and we really recommend the tour if youre planning to go to Puerto Princesa.