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.
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park News
You?ve never been to Palawan if you havent set foot on its beautiful capital, Puerto Princesa.
A trip to the Palawan province wouldnt be complete without going to the Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park. Previously known as Saint Paul Underground River, the park is situated in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern portion of the island. It lies 50 kilometers to the north of Puerto Princesa, the capital city of Palawan. By virtue of Proclamation 212 issued by former President Joseph Estrada, the park got its current name and was declared a protected area.
Exploring one of the seven wonders of the world with the gang!
Special thanks to John Niepes for making this journey possible.
Today, we take a visit to one of the seven wonders of nature: Underground River in Palawan. Followed by some misadventures in Ugong Rock.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located about 80 kilometres north of the city centre of Puerto Princesa, Palawan. The river is also called Puerto Princesa Underground River. Wikipedia
A quick side trip to the amazing underground river in Palawan Philippines.
The underground river is about 80km north of Puerto Princesa on Palawan Island and is a national park. It was made one of the 7 wonders of the world in 2012. To get there take transport to the town of Sabang and then it is just a short walk or boat ride to the entrance of the cave.