Puerto Princessa Subterranean River National Park. That’s the complete and official name of this world famous Underground River.
The normal boat ride takes 45 minutes. Only 5Km of the 8.2 km underground river can be accessed. However, if you want to check the remaining 3.2 km of the river, you will need to secure a special permit from the tourist and information assistance center at sabang Pier.
The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located about 50 km north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features a limestone karst mountain landscape with an 8.2 km. navigable underground river. A distinguishing feature of the river is that it winds through a cave before flowing directly into the South China Sea. It includes major formations of stalactites and stalagmites, and several large chambers. The lower portion of the river is subject to tidal influences. The underground river is reputed to be the world’s longest. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. You can find more information about this amazing place on the underground river’s official website: www.puerto-undergroundriver.com
I wasn’t able to get clear crisp pictures inside the cave as i was only using my Nokia N82 camera phone. But here are the pics that my gadget was able to capture…
More pics at my Picasa Page.
- Be there early, the earlier, the better.
- Don’t go there during rainy season, you might not enjoy the river and the smell
- Its a cave, so expect bats.
- Where there are bats, there are bat popoos. The cave doesn’t smell that good during rainy season. As bats tend to hybernate during these times.
- Look up but don’t open your mouth… or else…
- Bring a high capacity light or flashlight that will be able to provide more light. The more light, the better. But not the ones used in a football field or on billboards ok?
- Bring a high capacity camera that can shoot great pictures in the dark.
- Bring something that can protect your gadgets – camera, cellphone, from being wet. Water (errrrr… bat piss) dropping from the ceiling might damage your gadget.
- Bring extra clothes, in case you get bat popoo on your clothes.