(Picture: Boats with tourists navigating through the underground river)
The Puerto Princesa Underground River is part of the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park in Palawan that provides tourists an eco-tourism adventure.
The Puerto Princesa Underground River has been voted as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. On the other hand, the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park has been inscribed by UNESCO (United Nation Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as a World Heritage Site in 1999.
“Puerto-Princesa Subterranean River National Park encompasses 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. The highlight of this subterranean river system is that it flows directly into the sea, with its brackish lower half subjected to tidal influence, distinguishing it as a significant natural global phenomenon.The river’s cavern presents remarkable, eye catching rock formations. The property contains a full mountain-to-sea ecosystem which provides significant habitat for biodiversity conservation and protects the most intact and noteworthy forests within the Palawan biogeographic province. Holding the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a local government unit, the park’s effective management system is a symbol of commitment by the Filipino people to the protection and conservation of their natural heritage.” -UNESCO
Navigate through the subterranean river with a small manually-paddled boat. Feel the refreshing cool breeze caressing your cheeks as you go deeper into the river. Marvel at the timeless beauty of the jaw-dropping caves, stalactites and stalagmites that took hundreds if not thousands of years to form. Be warned though not to look up in amazement with your jaws dropped as bats can drop poop or pee without your solicitation. The humour and jokes cracked by the well-trained and friendly boatman/tour guide make the experience more enjoyable.