Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River

Puerto Princesa Underground River
4.5
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Sonny_circumvehor
    Toledo, Ohio1,390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Winner winner, bonus chicken dinner
    Be aware of some things.. 1 it's possible to rain out 2 " private " upgrade is a scam, don't do it. 3 the 2 hours total from start to finish including zip line to 5 hours.. So plan for 5 hours if your doing the zip line.. Don't let the parking boys direct you to the tour booths.. you can buy a package with food.. you'll see monkeys, and you get an audio guide That's the downs.. the tour itself certainly is a wonder, and a winner
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 19 August 2023
  • Christopher F
    Laguna Hills, California8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Underground River
    We loved this tour. We drove thru the country to the boat launch. Our tour guide noted some important sites along the way. The boat ride was enjoyable. We stopped at the beach to take pictures of beautiful mountainside. We walked to another boat and toured the underground River. It was very impressive.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 November 2023
  • Anne S
    Leeds, United Kingdom574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fab
    It was a long minibus journey from where our ship docked in Puerto Princesa. When we arrived at the place the boat trip set off from it appeared to be chaos, but there was a system and our guide ensured we got onto an outrigger boat to take us to the mouth of the underground river. We then were given hard hats and got into another outrigger boat that another guide paddled us into the cave. We had an audio guide and our guide also pointed out key features. For us the most interesting part was the bats who inhabit the cave and fly around, sometimes swooping down towards the boat. We travelled along the underground river for around 30mins before turning round and travelling back to the mouth of the cave for another 30mins. The cave is not illuminated apart from the light our guide held. We then left the boat and got back onto the boat which took us back to where our minibus dropped us. We then journeyed back to the cruise terminal. Please note you have to wade through water to enter and exit each boat so ensure you take shoes that can get totally wet and that you wear shorts or trousers that can be rolled up. Overall an excellent experience.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 November 2023
  • Al A
    Honolulu, Hawaii1,226 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Do Excursion
    What an amazing experience to see one of the 7 Wonders of Nature. It was sort of a process to set this up. We had to get to the ticket office first thing in the morning, pay for your parking pass as our driver waited while we did the excursion, pay for a tour guide, pay for the boat fee, then wait in the queue for our number to be called. We all noticed the amounts of people that also came in groups to go on this excursion. By the time our number was called, it was our turn to board the boat. It was only us 4 plus the tour guide and 2 boatmen. It took a short 30 minutes or so to reach the island. From there, we get our life vests and helmets and wait for another boat tour guide to take us on another ride. This time, we set up with self guided audio because noise is refrained while in the caves. There are hundreds of bats that live in captivity, also no one is allowed from touching the interior of the caves to protect the surface from changing colors or conditions. Most interesting part about the cave was that a lot of the shapes of the stalagmites and stalactites were similar to fruits and vegetables, biblical references, famous people, and just about anything imagined. Wild monkeys and large lizards roam the island, you're also able to purchase souvenir pictures as a photograph is present. No lunch is served like the other island tours, but it's one of the most fascinating places l've ever been to!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 March 2024
  • Yelda B
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must visit 7 wonders of the world
    Amazing organization end to end while taking care of the nature as well as the tourists with ultimate safety along with great guidance. I am really impressed not only with natural beauty of the cave but also the organization. Well done to everyone 😊
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 19 March 2024
  • June A
    Cairns, Australia24 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    EXCEPTIONAL CAVE BUT CHOOSE YOUR TOUR PACKAGE CAREFULLY
    The cave structure through which the Puerto Princesa subterranean river flows is the most amazing I have ever experienced. For me it was worth all the hardship to get to & from Puerto Princesa, as traveling domestically within Philippines is very challenging. The island landing site itself is straight out of a brochure, & the color of the water at the cave entrance draws one in immediately. The dome of the cave at its highest points appears endless, disappearing into the darkness like a gothic cathedral. The stalagmites & stalactites are massive, very intricate & look ethereal in the muted lights from the boats. I would certainly want to revisit if more of the cave is explored & opened up to the public in future. Having said that, I was NOT a fan of the tour package. A lot of the day was to me wasted in random travel & long lunch stops etc., & our tour guide cleverly herded everyone in to an additionally charged "Mangrove" tour en route which if you have seen a mangrove & wilderness before, was a scam at best. We had booked our tour via our hotel & not once did anyone mention that at the same Mangrove site, it was also possible to Zipline, which would have been a far worthier way to spend our time & money while we waited for our cave tour number to come up. Or, we could have swum in the emerald green waters off the island where the cave is located as well & enjoyed its stunning backdrops while waiting for the ferry to take us back! We would have also had been happier to just carry a packed lunch at our own cost & stop for a small loo-break en route to the cave, as the direct route from the hotel to the cave + tour & back was not that long. We did not feel very comfortable eating at the large buffet style local restaurant we were taken to for lunch, for hygiene reasons. The cave was amazing, but we would do the "tour" differently if we did it ever again.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 April 2024
  • irenevff
    Dasmarinas City, Philippines5,505 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    underground, overwhelmed
    everything was picture perfect, regardless of the angle your camera points at. been here quite a few times in a span of 20 years. but this particular trip was special because i was travelling with my family. my dream to bring us all together in this so called last frontier finally came true. the most unpleasant part of the whole journey was the waiting. we got there a little after 9 in the morning but we were given the clearance to ride our rented boat at almost 11. something needs to be done to prevent tourists from flaring up. but i could say it was really worth all the trouble. once you get there, you'll realize how lucky you are to have seen nature's best secrets despite the long wait. my son, who has yet to develop his appreciation for communing with nature, blurted out after leaving the cave: "mom, let's go back again!" palawan will always be my go-to place for a much needed relaxation.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 April 2024
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Gilles L
Ottawa21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had hoped to make a dyi day trip from Puerto Princessa to the Underground River but we abandoned the idea based on the following info.

1) The Subterranean River National Park office moved into a brand new modern building in Mendoza Park (Rizal Av.) in Aug. 2019 (i.e. no longer at the City Coliseum building as stated in Lonely Planet).
2) We learned that cost for this diy visit would not be any cheaper than a package trip. entrance fee (500php), audio device(85php), environmental fee(150php) and boat 6pax (189php) [Total: 924php per person] + return van transportation (~1600php).
3) Given the Underground River experience last between 30 - 45 mins. it is really hard to justify such an expense of money and time (~5 hours by van).
4) Clearly, the Subterranean River National Park office managed to build their spiffy new building with tourist money but we did not want to further contribute to their office/building expansion.
5) Really consider skipping this attraction as it represents, in our opinion, very poor value. There must be some YouTube videos out there you can watch to catch the Underground River views.
Written 8 February 2020
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Diana
Taguig City, Philippines24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I highly suggest that you bring a face mask. And yes, there are bats inside the cave. We booked a 3-in-1 tour (underground river, zipline, mangrove tour and lunch at Sheridan Beach Resot) but if you plan on going there just to see the underground river then I don’t think it’s worth it.
Written 7 February 2020
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Annaepoc
Riyadh6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We give this top rating as it’s only downside was the travel to and from. If you are in Puerto Princesa, be prepared for up to a four hour journey each way. On arrival there will be a 90 minute wait while permits are issued and we recommend you use this time to do the Mangrove Boat tour that will be suggested to you by your guide. We were fortunate enough to get a boat on our own with a fabulous boatman/guide named Romeo. After this and some lunch you will board one of the local outrigger boats as a group and will head towards the site for the underground cave. This trip and the return after seeing the cave is an experience in itself as the waters can be choppy and make this a little adventure but at no time unsafe. On reaching the site you will again board a small paddle boat to enter the cave and see the wonders therein. Having been supplied with an audio device in your language, the boatman guide will synchronise the whole tour with the audio making it truly worthwhile. This 45 minute boat ride is what the whole day has been about and is a wonderful experience. The cave lives up to its UNESCO billing.
Written 17 February 2020
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Jon N
Singa3,603 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
We joined a day tour from Puerto Princesa to the Underground River for PHP1,700 per person, inclusive of pick up from hotel and lunch. We did the normal tourist route, which is 1.5km into the underground river by row boat. Impressive rock formation and protection of the natural habitats living in the cave. The time for the whole trip in the cave was about 45mins. To do the 4.3km route, our guide said needs special permits.
Written 22 January 2020
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Mariann Tormon
Iloilo City, Philippines204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Family
God’s creation is amazing indeed!

Location is about an hour and a half travel from Puerto Princesa with one comfort room stopover along the way. It’s best if you arrange for a tour guide as processing of permits and boat fares would be hassle free. Walk-ins are welcome but you just have to wait for boats that could accommodate you.

The boats going there are quite small especially when you are facing an open sea (South China Sea on the left when your heading to the Subterranean River), and the waves are quite rough. But you are required to wear your lifevests even if you are already in the area, because the same lifevest will be worn as you journey inside the underground river.

It’s best to wear slippers too. My daughter wore sneakers and she has to leave them on our boat. There’s a small walk up to the entrance of the river.

A device together with an earphone (one ear only, the other ear can hear the dripping sounds of the water inside the cave) is given to each tourist that would be used as guide inside. It would tell you the history of the river and describe every rock formations that you can see. Those devices are simultaneously switched on together with the other members of your group, and the boat paddler would point his light at what the guide is telling you.

If you have arranged for a guided tour, a buffet lunch is included in your payment. Variety of dishes and desserts were served.

One of the Seven Wonders of Nature indeed and a UNESCO World Heritage Site! A must-see for everyone!

Written 26 January 2020
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Kristina F
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The trip to underground river is worth money and time. Boat ride in the dark cave with audio guide and complete silence is just what you need after some crazy days in the city. This is a unique experience you won’t regret.
Written 17 January 2020
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Dreamy7174
Seattle, WA328 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Since the last time I visited the place, some changed. The dock in Sabang has been commercially populated but still organized. The lunch buffet at the restaurant was okey, nothing spectacular The river still beautiful as I remember, clean, water still cool pristine blue. Path to the cave has been enhanced, they prevented tourists eating in the park to prevent monkeys mingling with human. You can hear sounds of nature (birds singing, wind chiming and people echoing voices) in the area. The tour seems longer or maybe it's just that too many boats going in and out. They now also provide the informational device to listen during the tour. The tour guide has a hilarious sense of humor. Very entertaining. Would recommend.
Written 5 February 2020
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Catalin N
Espoo, Finland40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
A must do if you are in Puerto Princesa area, the drive from city is around 2 hours to Sabang, after that a 20 min sail by boat. The river is 8 km but the tour is for 1.2km. Tour lasts 40 min, you have also audio guide.
Written 9 February 2020
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Alex H
Port St. Mary, UK2,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
We did the day tour from Puerto Princesa which took around 90 minutes to get from our hotel in the city centre to the boat terminal port. Wearing flip flops / sliders is recommended to easily take your footwear on and off when boarding the boats. The cave and river itself is excellent, and the audio guide is informative (which I recommend getting if it’s not already included in your tour package). Overall absolutely worthwhile doing, and at a cost of around 1500-1700 pesos (plus 150 peso entry fee) it’s value for money.
Written 2 July 2023
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Judit R
Sydney, Australia269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Underground River is another must-see attraction if you're in Palawan. It takes about a half an hour boat ride from the city of Sabang to Underground River. This is the point where I must warn everybody. If you have motion sickness, take a tablet before this tour/activity! I didn't know, so I wasn't prepared and got really really sick. I knew I have problems on sea but didn't know this river tour started with a small boat ride on the rough sea.
The Underground River and the cave are beautiful and picturesque! We only saw a little part of it but was worth every minute. (We were about 35-40minutes in the cave.) You can take as much pictures as you can but you have to follow the guide's light for the perfect shot. The boat ride itself is very informative and well organised.
All over, I can just recommend this activity for everyone.
Written 5 January 2020
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