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

  • Adventures In Sabang Palawan

    After being dropped at the Puerto Princesa bus station, we found a jeepney-bus headed to Sabang. Sabang is a village/beach area that is very popular with backpackers and people visiting the Underground River. This trip was done in Sept 2010 so it won’t be as detailed as my usual reports.

    Jeepneys go when full but they are super cheap. It was less than $10 per person iirc.

    We had intended to stay at Bambua Nature Cottages just out of the main Sabang area but it was closed. I don’t know if it was seasonal or the family just went away for something. Recent Trip Advisor reports show it ...

  • Strikingly Beautiful Photos Of The Underground River Of Palawan

    The Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, also known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, is best appreciated when personally seen because most photos do not give enough justice to how strikingly beautiful it really is.

    However, I am pretty impressed with the photos seen here done by Professional photographer Collin Sarthou Yap, one of our partner photographers at Wazzup Pilipinas. He did a marvelous job of capturing the beauty of the underground river.

    The underground river has placed Palawan in the forefront of tourism after it was hailed as one of the new ...

  • Hidden Gems Of The Puerto Princesa Underground River

    Find rock formations shaped like a head of a dinosaur, Pegasus, and even the face of Jesus at this UNESCO World Heritage Site in Palawan.

    Discover the hidden wonders of the Puerto Princesa Underground River, an 8.2-kilometer subterranean body of water hailed as one of the new 7 wonders of the world.

    The UNESCO World Heritage website describes it as "one of the world's most impressive cave systems, featuring spectacular limestone karst landscapes, pristine natural beauty, and intact old-growth forests and distinctive wildlife."

    A 10-minute boat ride from the Sabang beach port in Puerto ...

  • Seas The Day

    Desperate to find a way to experience the beauty of El Nido without hundreds of other tourists in the frame, we did some research on camping on the islands. After fruitless discussions with tour operators that all seem to work together, we came across an Aussie who recommended us to a Frenchman in the neighboring Corong Corong Bay who had set up a sailing company.

    Oswell is from the town of Brittania, the home of sailing in France. He was frustrated by the way the country was heading and emigrated to the Philippines. His company, El Nido Sailing, has only been in operation for a couple of m ...

  • Family Visit To Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

    My bucket list used to be a long list of things that I wanted to do. Things that I don't know when I can fulfill and whether I can fulfill so I decided to just delete it.

    Of course, I change my mind and so I wrote another one. A shorter one this time with fewer things in it. It does not include the trip to Puerto Princesa Underground River anymore because I got to tick it off last year when we went to Palawan. It was the highlight of our last year's vacation. I guess it is on everybody's bucket list.

    Our second day in Palawan was spent going on a paddleboat cruising down the river surrou ...

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