Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour – Guide

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour – 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.

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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How To Get To The Puerto Princesa Underground River
Underground River Tour Price
What’s Included?
About The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour
Where To Stay In Puerto Princesa

How To Get To The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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 tour with your accommodation. If this can’t be done then a local travel agent can organise one for you. 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 is not offered as a half-day tour due to the 2 hour journey each way.

Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour Price

There are many packages available for this kind of trip but a basic underground river tour with buffet lunch should be no more than 1,500 pesos per person.

Most tours do not include the environment fee of 150 pesos per person. This is to be paid upon arrival at the underground river so be aware of that.

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 In The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

  • 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
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What a solid looking gang – ready to explore!

About The Puerto Princesa Underground River Tour

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

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 experience the beauty of stalagmites and stalactites, which took thousands of years to form, whilst also mixing among 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 a spot to add to your Philippines bucket list!

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Stepping off the boat and ready to start the Puerto Princesa Underground River 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 luxury accommodation in Puerto Princesa. The hotel has a fitness center and indoor pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site.

Mid-budget – Hue Hotels and Resorts – Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant, you can relax by the pool or exercise in the fitness centre. The friendly staff at the 24/7 reception can assist you with tours and airport shuttle services at an additional charge.

Budget – Golden Pension House – Offering garden views, Golden Pension House, Palawan in Puerto Princesa has accommodations, a garden and a terrace. All units feature air conditioning and a flat-screen TV.

For more places to stay in Puerto Princesa you can check the latest prices here.

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