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

  • Legarda: Protect Migratory Birds Thru Protected Areas

    In celebration of World Migratory Bird Day, Sen. Loren Legarda renewed her call for greater protection of the country's protected areas, especially wetlands that serve as temporary habitats of migratory birds.

    "Wetlands are crucial to the survival and well-being of migratory birds, which are important in keeping a balanced ecosystem," said Legarda.

    There are seven sites in the Philippines designated as Wetlands of International Importance. These are Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area, Naujan Lake National Park, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, Tubba ...

  • Ensuring A Strong Link For Migratory Bird Sites

    Ensuring A Strong Link For Migratory Bird Sites

    The last of the white heron has left a small rice farm along Aguinaldo Highway in Dasmari?as City.

    No matter how small, the rice field serves as a staging and feeding ground for a handful of white herons during migration season and they have added attraction to the very few remaining green spaces on that portion of the major thoroughfare in the bustling city in Cavite.

    The farm is grazing ground of a few cows, and about 20 or 30 domestic ducks are being raised in the farm. Also called the great white egret, or locally called tagak, these highly migratory waterfowls are among the thousan ...

  • Underground River Like Youve Never Seen Before Palawan

    Underground River How You Never Seen Before Palawan. After 3 days of being closed to the public because of weather conditions and strong waves, the Underground River was finally opened to the public but via the JUNGLE TRAIL! No boats were allowed to sail from Sabang Beach to UG River but we didn't pass up this chance to hike and explore the Jungle Trail located in the Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Ramsar Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Even if the trail would take longer, about 2 hours to reach the UG River, we highly r ...

  • 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 ...