Palawan: Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (PPSRNP) is one of the most important biodiversity conservation areas of the Philippines. It features a spectacular limestone or karst landscape that contains an 8.2 km long underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it flows directly into the sea, and the lower half portion of the river is brackish and subject to tidal influence. The area also represents significant habitat for biodiversity conservation. It contains a full mountain to the sea ecosystem and protects forests, which are among the most significant in Asia.

The PPPSRNP is designated a core area for the Palawan Biosphere Reserve under the Man and Biosphere Program. In recognition of its globally significant natural properties, it was inscribed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s of (UNESCO) List of Natural World Heritage Sites. Inscription to the list confirms the exceptional and universal value of the Site that deserves to be protected for the benefit of all humanity.

The PPSRNP is managed by the City Government of Puerto Princesa based on a program centered on environmental conservation and sustainable development. It has the distinction of being the first national park devolved and successfully managed by a Local Government Unit. It has been cited as an example of best practices for biodiversity conservation and sustainable tourism in the Philippines.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is reputed to be the longest navigable underground river in the World. It is one of the few such rivers which the public can easily experience and appreciate. It is the official entry of the Philippines and is 1 of the 28 finalists to the Search for the New 7 Wonders of Nature.

It is a source of pride and a key element in the identity of the people of Puerto Princesa in particular, and of the Philippines as a whole.

Underground River Fees, van and Tour rates

From Puerto Princesa, Palawan
Entrance Fee Prices updated Mar. 7, 2011

General Entrance to Underground River beach area
Adult – 75.00 php
Minor – 50.00 Php

Cave Entrance Fee
Adults 21 and above – P200
Filipino Senior Citizens – FREE Not many know this, but as of March 7, 2011, it’s published in the office PPC Brochure for the Underground River available at the tourism office at PPC airport)
Age 18 to 20 – 100.00 Php
Age 13 to 17- P 75.00
Age 6 to 12 – P50.00

Filipino Senior Citizens and Children below 6 years years old and below, and the handicapped are exempted from paying entrance for the Underground River Tour.

Boat to Underground River Beach
P700.00 for 6 persons – two way

Van Rental from the City Proper
P 3,500.00 – two way (average van rental price) This is a private hire. You can go and come back at your own pace.

Packaged tours P 1,500 per person. Best Deal
Includes van- round trip, Underground River tour and permits, boat ride, lunch and other things depending on the tour operator. You will be with other random persons and this is a full day tour. Most of the reputable hotels have tour packages. There are many tour agencies on Rizal Avenue near the airport as well.

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