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

  • Globe Telecom Brings WiFi Connectivity To Puerto Princesa Underground River

    Globe Telecom Brings WiFi Connectivity To Puerto Princesa Underground River

    Globe Telecom, through its enterprise Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arm Globe Business, and the Local Government of Puerto Princesa, Palawan joined hands recently to provide free WiFi connectivity at the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), a world heritage site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

    With this partnership, the UNESCO heritage site becomes the first-ever national park with managed WiFi in the Philippines, allowing tourists to enjoy WiFi connectivity in Sabang Wharf and in the registration area at the cave entrance, as part of the comm ...

  • Grand Festival Set For Underground River

    Grand Festival Set For Underground River

    The city government is planning a grand week-long festival celebrating its most popular tourism destination - the Underground River - in a bid to promote it as a red-letter day event in the national tourism calendar.

    Organizers said plans are being set for a week-long PPUR Festival promoting the Underground River's "biodiversity and heritage" that will attract tourists to the city.

    "What we want to obtain in this initiative is to grow the festival, as not just a one day event. It could be a week-long event in a bigger and grander scale to compete with the Maskara festival or the Sinulog ...

  • New PPUR Festival Set

    New PPUR Festival Set

    It's all systems go for the "bigger and better" Puerto Princesa Underground River (PPUR) Festival on November 2-11.

    Park Superintendent Elizabeth Maclang said the recently formed PPUR Festival Foundation in cooperation with the PPUR Management Office is ready to hold the PPUR Festival as a national event showcasing Palawan's rich biodiversity.

    Starting this year, the festival will specifically be called Subaraw-PPUR Biodiversity Festival. Subaraw is derived from the words "suba" or river and "taraw" or karst mountain.

    "We will be the first local government unit in the Philippines that ...

  • Palawan Underground River In Puerto Princesa

    Canoeing on Subterranean river National park in Puerto Princesa in Palawan in the Philippines Underground river with stalactites, stalagmites and bats

  • 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 ...