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

  • Why Palawan Philippines Is The Most Beautiful Island

    Hi everyone!I hope you enjoyed my video documenting the memorable experience my boyfriend and I had on our trip to Palawan. We visited El Nido and Puerto Princesa, which is a must see in your life time! We had the opportunities to see one of the new 7 wonders of nature, the underground river. There are definitely most parts we wished we had time visit, but for our first trip to Philippines, it was beautiful.

    I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for watching!-Samantha

  • UNWTO Ministerial Tour Of Palawan

    UNWTO Ministerial Tour Of Palawan

    Palawan, home to two United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage sites, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (also called the Underground River) and Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park both in Puerto Princesa, was one of the sites for United Nations World Tourism Organization?s (UNWTO)? officials visit in the Philippines.

    The sixth UNWTO International Conference on Tourism Statistics was held from June 21 to 23, with some 700 foreign and local delegates from over 60 countries tackling policy initiatives on developing measurement and benc ...

  • Puerto Princesa Eyed As Caving Capital

    Puerto Princesa Eyed As Caving Capital

    Puerto Princesa City is planning to tap into its numerous caves as a potential tourist attraction in a bid to position itself as the country's caving capital.

    City Tourism Officer Aileen Cynthia Amurao said they will conduct more research to look into the potential of known caves and promote them as tourism destinations.

    "We are positioning Puerto Princesa to become the Caving Capital of the Philippines," Amurao said in an interview.

    Amurao cited the Hundred Caves located in Barangay Tagabinet as one of the main attractions they intend to develop. Discovered in the 1990s, the cave sys ...

  • Palawan NGOs Call For Provinces Inclusion In New E-NIPAS

    Palawan NGOs Call For Provinces Inclusion In New E-NIPAS

    Non-government groups in Palawan have asked Congress to include five of the province's protected areas in the new measure that will expand the existing National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) law, following the Senate's approval of its version which excluded the protected areas from its coverage.

    In a resolution approved on June 12 signed by the network's Board of Trustees, PNNI called on Congress to include Mt. Mantalingahan, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Rasa Island, Malampaya Sound and El Nido Managed Resource in the so-called E-NIPAS bill.

    The House ...

  • Puerto Princesas Jungle Trail Ecotourism Site

    Puerto Princesas Jungle Trail Ecotourism Site

    The Jungle Trail at the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan not only serves as tourist site but also gives livelihood for the Tagbanuas.

    "There were two foreigner backpackers I encountered sometime in 2015. I guess they were couple aged 60 to 70. 'We don't need a tour guide,' they insisted. 'Why not?' I asked in a friendly way. My intuition told me they would do something wrong in the forest," Anita Cacho narrated.

    "'But, no! No one should get into the trail without a tour guide,' I whispered to myself. 'I am not just a guide, I am a park warden and I have to exert my authority ...

  • Puerto Princesa The Underground Magic Of Philippines

    Puerto Princesa The Underground Magic Of Philippines

    As the boat carrying us slowly melted away from daylight into the darkness of a mountain crevice, it was silence of the graveyard that enveloped us for a while.

    An eerie feeling of venturing into an abyss was amplified by the occasional screeching of bats and birds living in the cave and the echoing sound of water dripping from the rocky ceiling. Now we are rowing down the world's longest navigable underground river at Puerto Princesa on the Palawan island of Philippines.

    The Puerto Princesa Underground River is 8.2 km long but everyday a limited number of tourists are allowed to take a ...