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Underground River In Puerto Princesa – A Complete Guide

The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour was something we didn’t expect to be so beautiful. Thankful that we chose to visit, here’s all the info you need.

How To Get To The Puerto Princesa Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Underground River is actually located in the town of Sabang.

It takes around 2 hours to drive from Puerto Princesa City.

The best option is to book a Puerto Princesa: Underground River Full-Day Trip in advance. This way everything from pick up, to lunch and fees are included.

The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour is a whole day experience starting from Puerto Princesa City. It’s not offered as a half-day tour due to the 2 hour journey each way.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour Prices

There are many packages available for the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour.

Most range from 1,500 – 2,500 pesos per person.

All underground river tours should also include hotel transfers and a buffet lunch.

If you’re looking for a trusted tour operator to book with, we can recommend Corazon Travel & Tours.

Some tours do not include the environment fee of 150 pesos per person. This is to be paid upon arrival at the underground river so double check with your tour operator whether this is included or not beforehand.

The operating hours are between 06:30 AM – 04:30 PM.

For most tours, children aged 3 years or below are free. Child rate applies to children ages 4-9. Adult rate applies to children ages 10 and above.

What’s Included

  • Roundtrip van transfers with A/C from any hotel within Puerto Princesa 
  • Licensed Tour Guide
  • Buffet lunch
  • Fees and rentals
  • Boat hired
  • Terminal fee 
  • Cave entrance fee (permit) 
  • Audio permit / device    
  • Wharfage assessment
  • Underground River tour

Most tours also include bottled water but it’s always recommended to take your own!

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What a solid looking gang – ready to explore!

History Of The Puerto Princesa Underground River

In 2010, exploring environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river had a second floor. Hence there are small waterfalls actually inside the cave.

Along with this discovery, they also found a cave dome, rock formations and a deep water hole in the river. As well as all this they also discovered some large bats and marine creatures.

Consequently, in 2011, the underground river was named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. Making it the pride of not only Puerto Princesa but also the Philippines.

(The Puerto Princesa Subterranean National Park has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1999.)

What To Expect On The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

It takes 2 hours to drive to Sabang Wharf from Puerto Princesa. Stopping en route to view other natural attractions, such as Elephant Mountain.

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Halfway to the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
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Puerto Princesa’s beautiful Underground River

From Sabang Wharf you catch a small 6 seater catamaran just 15 minutes around the coastline arriving at Sabang Beach. Which is also the entrance to the cave.

The Puerto Princesa underground river tour lasts approximately 45 minutes and takes you into the first 1.5 kilometres of the Underground River cave.

You will also experience the beauty of stalagmites and stalactites, which took thousands of years to form, whilst also mixing with the thousands of bats that inhabit the cave.

On the outside the water is clear and the surroundings are beautiful. Whilst on the inside the dark cave creates an eerie yet interesting atmosphere.

Definitely one of the best things to do in the Philippines and a spot to add to your Philippines bucket list!

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Stepping off the boat and ready to start the tour
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Inside the cave on the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
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Bats, bats and more bats
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Out we go from the Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

Where To Stay In Puerto Princesa

Luxury – Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel

Featuring free WiFi access and a restaurant, Best Western Plus The Ivywall Hotel offers accommodation in Puerto Princesa, 4.3 miles from Honda Bay.

The hotel has a fitness centre and indoor pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is also available on site.

All rooms come with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with cable channels.

Every room comes with a private bathroom and a bidet. Bathrobes and slippers are provided. 

Operating a 24-hour front desk, the friendly staff can assist guests with laundry/dry cleaning services, currency exchange and luggage storage.

Massage and transport services are also available upon request.

Mid-budget – Hue Hotels and Resorts

Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant, Hue Hotels and Resorts Puerto Princesa Managed by HII is set in Puerto Princesa City.

Free private parking is available, and free WiFi is available throughout the property.

All rooms come with air conditioning, a cable TV and a personal safe. A hairdryer and shower facility with free toiletries are provided in the en suite bathroom. 

Guests can enjoy daily buffet breakfast while Matiz Restaurant is also open for all day dining.

Budget – Golden Pension House

Set 5 miles from Honda Bay, Golden Pension House, Palawan provides accommodation with a garden, a terrace and a 24-hour front desk for your convenience.

Both WiFi and private parking are accessible at the bed and breakfast free of charge. 

Offering a patio, every unit comes with air conditioning, a dining area and a seating area with a satellite flat-screen TV. There is also a private bathroom with bidet and free toiletries. 

An Asian breakfast is available every morning at Golden Pension House, Palawan.

For more places to stay in Puerto Princesa, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

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Underground River In Puerto Princesa Guide

Carol chow

Wednesday 29th of January 2020

We are travelling to palawan on april and we want to take the underground river tour. We are about 32 pax(indians). Can you give us your best price all in.packagr and if we can request a special buffer indian food,vege and non vege. Thank you so much

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Hey, we aren't actually a booking site. We are just a travel blog writing about our experiences. However you can book a trusted tour here: Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour

anna

Monday 20th of January 2020

SO I am a bit confused, i have been reading a few reviews/tips and I don't quite understand, so if I do a tour guide or book a trip under a tour guide, like idk, say online from tripadvisor's link..it includes the UNesco fee correct, but if i book something under a private tour thru someone local (in Boracay we had locals walk towards us if we wanted to book thru them for xxx activies) thru them we have to get a separate UNESCO slip (fee)? I will be having my family of 7 with me which includes children as young as 6 with. I would like to try to get the best lowest cost but i want to be able to do the tour as i also read that the gov'mt has limited amount of tours per day.

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 5th of February 2020

Hey Anna, what you've said is correct. If you book through a trusted tour operator then most include all fees. However some of the local tours will simply charge you for a boat and leave you to pay the fees as you arrive.

We recommend double checking with whoever you book with beforehand, and if you're looking for a trusted tour operator we can recommend this one: Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour

Khyienne Zairhyze Atienza

Tuesday 17th of December 2019

Hi! Did you book the tour as an entire group or did you join one?

Charlie Pauly

Thursday 19th of December 2019

We booked as an entire group. :)

Rosela Espallardo

Tuesday 12th of November 2019

Hello, pls can I ask where we can book 1,500 of underground package tour fare? Thank u hooping your reply soon

Charlie Pauly

Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Hey, we were actually on a pre arranged group trip but if you ask at any of the local tour shops the price should be negotiable.

If you're looking for a trusted tour operator we can recommend this one: Puerto Princesa Underground River Day Tour