When In Manila, you should definitely fly to Puerto Princesa, Palawan and visit the famous Underground River. The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s longest navigable underground river.
The Underground River was formerly known to be St. Paul’s Cave by the ancient people. As it was handed down to generations, it was resolved to be named as St. Paul’s Underground River National Park. Until March 26, 1971 by virtue of a Proclamation No. 835 the underground Palawan River was officially named Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park.
It has become a popular local tourist attraction and has gained recognition throughout the world. The Underground River is the official entry of the Philippines and is 1 of the 28 finalists currently vying for a position in the New 7 Wonders of Nature (voting will end on November 11, 2011).
The world’s longest navigable underground river measures 8.2 km and stretches through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. Inside the caves are many major formations of stalactites and stalagmites in various shapes and sizes.
It usually takes 2-3 hours land drive from Puerto Princesa City and a 20-minute boat ride from Sabang Beach to get there. Upon getting there, you can find monkeys, large monitor lizards and squirrels roaming around near the cave.
The Underground River tour is 1.5 km long and takes around 45 minutes. It is really dark and taking photos can be very difficult. Once inside, you can definitely feel a mystical ambiance to it. You’ll get to see the large number of bats living in the cave. The boatmen will guide you throughout the tour and will reveal a bunch of facts about the river.
Other activities that can be enjoyed at the National Park are jungle trekking, wildlife watching, mangrove paddleboat tour, and swimming/snorkeling in the white sand beaches.
So When In Manila, oops, I mean when in Palawan, make sure to experience one of nature’s amazing creations and take a tour of the Puerto Princesa Underground River. It is, indeed, a Philippine beauty.
Please don’t forget to show your support by voting the Underground River of Puerto Princesa, Palawan as one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature.
Visit http://www.new7wonders.com for more details.
Palawan Underground River
Official Website: http://www.puerto-undergroundriver.com/
Tel No: +63 (48) 434-2509