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

  • Social Fencing Protects Underground River- Mgt

    Social Fencing Protects Underground River- Mgt

    "Social fencing" is one of the driving forces behind efforts to protect the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP), a park official said.

    Elizabeth Maclang, park superintendent, said on Wednesday that "social fencing" is the establishment of community-based sustainable tourism (CBST) sites around the park.

    Under the scheme, the CBST sites serve as "human fences" who will police themselves against committing illegal activities to ensure the sustainable management of the subterranean park.

    ?Social fencing ay ang ginagawa natin na pag-organize ng mga CBST sites at sila ...

  • Join Subaraw Biodiversity Festival 2018 Public Urged

    Join Subaraw Biodiversity Festival 2018 Public Urged

    The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) management called on the public Tuesday to join the celebration of the Subaraw Biodiversity Festival 2018.

    Elmer Badilla, information officer of the PPSRNP management, said the festival has plenty of activities concerning biodiversity and entertainment everyone could enjoy.

    "Iniimbitahan natin lahat, wala tayong pili. "Yong mga sumusuporta or hindi masyadong sumusuporta, lahat sila iniimbitahan natin dahil ang benefit nitong Subaraw Festival ay hindi lang naman iilan "yong magbe-benefit dito, kundi "yong buong Puerto Princesa ...

  • My First Vlog: Palawan Underground River Full Tour October 8, 2018

    This is my first vlog to youtube exploring underground river in Palawan . The 7 wonders of the world.

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    The Ultimate Travel Palawan Guide

    Palawan is just one of the top destinations in the Philippines you surely wouldn't want to miss if you're keen to discover the wonders of the country. Paradise, as what people would like to call it, the culture trip in Palawan will show you how this island would be one of the most remarkable adventure you'll never forget.

  • Palawan Towns Must Attend Subaraw Biodiversity Festival

    Palawan Towns Must Attend Subaraw Biodiversity Festival

    The Palawan Provincial Board approved on Tuesday a measure requiring all municipalities in the province to join the "Subaraw Biodiversity Festival" of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) set on November 2-11.

    The resolution was authored by all members of the provincial board.

    Vice Mayor Nancy Socrates, who led members of the City Council in attending the provincial board session, said they are asking the support of the provincial government in the form of a resolution that will be presented to the LGUs during their visit.

    "We are hoping for the support of the ...

  • Top 5 Places You Have To See In Palawan Philippines, Travel Guide

    After having spent so much time in the Philippines we decided to put our favorite places on the island of Palawan together and create a travel guide for you to follow to have the best time possible whilst traveling in the Philippines.

    Our list includes: Coron, El Nido, Port Barton, Sabang Underground River, and Puerto Princesa.

    If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment down below and we'll answer as fast as possible.