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Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan

28 Nov

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When i first started planning my trip to Palawan, i noticed that most traveling blogs recommend visiting the underground river so i included it in my itinerary. In case you didn’t know, the Puerto Princesa Underground River has been listed as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature;  It is the second longest underground river in the world (the first one being  in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula). It covers a distance of more than 24 km and flows directly into the South China Sea. It is also known as St. Pauls Underground River and its cave is famous for spectacular limestone karst landscapes.

The Underground River is listed as a Unesco heritage site, therefore the government tries to protect it by limiting the number of tourists who visit everyday. They do so by imposing a visit permit on all Tourists, it can be obtained through Local Tourism Office in Puerto Princesa.

This world known site is located 50km away from Puerto Princesa near a village called Sabang. To visit it , you have two options:

1- a DIY trip: you need to get your visit permit ahead of time by yourself and arrange your own transportation

2- Sign up with a Tour Agency: it costs 1500PHP (36CAD) and includes visit permit, transportation, entrance fee and all you can eat lunch. You can also choose a Tour package that includes zip lining (also in Sabang)

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