Spanning a staggering 8.2km, the Puerto Princesa Underground River is the second longest underground river in the world. When you boat along this deep, dark, and long tunnel, it’s like exploring an old mystery in the guts of the earth. Some of the chambers you’ll see are so huge, they’re as big as cathedrals.
The dripping crystalline stalactites and stalagmites, along with the sound of flying bats and the ticking of unknown animals, sometimes offer a break in the pervading silence. People who have gone deeper in the tunnel even found age-old fossilized bones protruding on the walls.
This underground river is not just a natural wonder but an archaeological treasure. This is why it’s one of the world’s New 7 Wonders of Nature and one of the most visited UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the Philippines. It’s quite a unique experience, it borders on the strange and fascinating.
The tour comes with a pre-recorded audio guide, but you can opt to unplug this from your ears and simply appreciate the river’s quiet beauty. Before entering the tunnel on a local boat you’ll also get a view of a karst limestone mountain range and the surrounding forests.
Interior shots and lighting courtesy of La Venta Geographical Exploration.
Be ready between 7:00 to 7:30 am. You’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel in Puerto Princesa city proper.
Air-conditioned van and boat transportation
Pick-up and drop at accommodation in Puerto Princesa
Licensed tour guide
All entrance fees and terminal fees
The Environmental Fee of P150 per person. This is a one-time mandatory fee once you arrive in Puerto Princesa.
Please present your printed or mobile voucher. The voucher is valid only on the tour date and time specified.
Give us the name of your hotel on the booking order so we can pick you up. Pick-up time will be 7:00 to 7:30 am. We’ll email or text the exact time the day before.
We recommend you to bring the following items: comfortable swimming attire, sunblock, towel, and camera.
OUR TWO CENTS
- Try taking off the audio tour guide and just enjoy the quiet beauty of the Underground River.
- Have a swim at the beach after lunch.