Social Icons on right

Tips Tricks And Tutorials

Friday, September 20, 2013

Puerto Princesa, Palawan: Things to Know about the Underground River

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River, or more popularly known as the Underground River, has slowly gained its popularity in the last three years. Because of it's recent recognition as part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature last 2011, tourists arrival is starting to grow gradually.

Puerto Princesa Underground River
Puerto Princesa Subterranean River

Since the Puerto Princesa Underground River was declared as a UNESCO Heritage Site, to protect, maintain, and preserve the integrity of the place, limited number of tourists per day can be accommodated. According to our tour guide, a maximum of 900 to 1,000 visitors are allowed to visit the heritage site.

 Underground River Tour Entrance

Now here are some easy and useful steps when planning a trip to the Underground River:

1. Contact the Local Tourism Office to Book a Reservation.
2. Prepare your personal identification cards during the actual visit date.
3. From the city proper, head north to Sabang Beach.
4. Register on the tourist booth found at the Sabang Beach.
5. From Sabang Beach, ride a pump boat going to the entrance of the cave.
6. Reserve a slot for the paddle boat tour inside the Underground River.

Beach along Monkey Trail Puerto Princesa
Boat Stations at the Underground River
TRAVEL TIP: For the booking fees, prepare at least PHP 150, and additional money for the pump boat ride from Sabang Beach to the Monkey Trail and the cave entrance.

Browse more information about Palawan from here:


  1. Hi Dan, would it be ok to reserve 2 days before the scheduled visit to underground river? We'll arrive at PPS on the 1st of June and intend to visit underground river on the 3rd. I am thinking of reserving on the day of arrival. would it be possible? thank you =) Mae

  2. is it ok to ask what is the name of the travel agency that helped you with tour?

    1. Hi there! We had our Palawan Tour booked with Palawan Holidays Tour. They have a comfy van service to and from the underground river, and a very accommodating tour guid, Kris.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

  3. hi dan, my bestfriend and I will be travelling to el nido on a 3d2n. and will arrive at Puerto prinsesa airport at 11am, do you think we could still be accommodated by the PPUR booking office? or is it best to visit UR on our last day in Palawan. we will be departing from Puerto prinsesa at 3 pm. thank you in advance.

    1. Hi Apple! Looks like you have a very tight flight schedule.. Well from Puerto Princesa City, it takes around 1.5 hrs going to the Underground River, through Sabang port. I guess arriving at 11am and pursuing the underground river may still be possible, given that you will stay your first night in Puerto Princesa.. Though it is still subject upon slot availability per local tourism's advice.

      Keep traveling! ^^,

  4. Hi Dan! My friends and I will be going to Puerto Princesa on January 2015, can we arrange underground river tour on the day of our arrival? Many Thanks!

    1. Hi Marilou! Well, it is possible to arrange your Underground River Tour on the day itself. The only thing to consider however is the number of tourist visiting the place since I believe, they have a limit as to the max number of visitors per day.

      If you got time to plan and reserve as soon as you can, the better.

      Keep traveling! ^^,




Care to SHARE your own travel fortunes and misadventures? Let others know your travel tips and tricks by submitting your own travel articles here at TravelAndCount!

Also please support me on my quest to travel all the provinces in the Philippines through your simple donations.



Free counters!


Travel Blogs

Travel Blogs Add to Google Reader or Homepage

Travel & Leisure - Top Blogs Philippines

Tips Tricks And Tutorials

Total Pageviews