Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park

The Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, also called Puerto Princesa Underground River, is located in the Saint Paul Mountain Range on the northern coast of the island and bordered by St. Paul Bay to the north and the Babuyan River to the east.

Two years ago, a group of environmentalists and geologists discovered that the underground river has small waterfalls inside the cave. They also found a huge cave dome, measuring 300 meters above the underground river, incredible rock formations, large bats, a deep water hole in the river, more river channels, another deep cave, marine creatures, and more. Deeper areas of the underground river are almost impossible to explore due to oxygen deprivation.

Last January 28, 2012, this underground river was officially chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature which is indeed a splendid conclusion to be made.

This most beautiful subterranean river in the world is a must-see for first time visitors and tourists in Palawan.

Its main attraction is an 8.2 kilometer Underground River that winds through a spectacular cave before emptying into the South China Sea. At the mouth of the cave, a clear lagoon is framed by ancient trees growing right to the water’s edge. Some animals such as monkeys, large monitor lizards, and squirrels find their niche on the beach near the cave. Visitors can also explore the deeper part of the forest by further activities such as bird watching and mountain trekking.

The park was declared a premier ecotourism destination and has been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage lists for its outstanding universal value and ecological significance as a natural site of intense beauty.




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Ursula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary

urusla islandPalawan has always been known not just for its beaches but also for its forests. Ursula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is a tourist destination located near the municipality of Brooke’s Point in southern part of Palawan that features seedlings and saplings which are commonly present at lowland forests. At the place, you can find trails that will lead you to the wells. Also, for the comfort of the guests, you will find nipa huts where you can sit and relax. This natural attraction served as a haven of different birds, at the same time, fishermen can also catch different species of fish.

Bird SanctuaryThe best time to go to Ursula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is 2 hours before sun sets since this is the time that almost all species of birds that can be found in the Philippines culminate after a tiring day of flight. This sanctuary was established because of dwindling numbers of endangered bird species. Its purpose is to help those creatures once again increase in numbers as well as to provide them a home where they will be safe and protected from hunters. This tourist spot has also a beach and like the other beaches in Palawan, it has fine white sand and turquoise sea where tourists can go swimming while waiting for the views of amazing birds before sunset. Even if the beach is not as developed as other ones in Palawan, we’ll assure that it is very clean.

And of course, after knowing this spot, for sure you want to know how to get there. So here it is:

Ursula Island is found in Rio, Tuba Village in Bataraza. Bataraza is just less than 250 kilometers from the capital city of Palawan, Puerto Princesa. The Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary is accessible from Puerto Princesa and all you need to do is to take an about 6 hours jeepney ride to Bataraza. And since Ursula Island is a smaller island in Palawan, you need to take a pumpboat ride to get there, which is an additional 2 hours trip. Although it is a very long distance to travel to get to Ursula Island Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary, it is 100% sure that all you will see and discover there is worth the trip, the time and the effort!




El Nido Marine Reserve

                 El Nido Palawan is 238 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa; in it, you will discover El Nido Marine Reserve Park. Having an area of 96,000 hectares, El Nido Marine Reserve Park is a famous nature spot there in El Nido, Palawan. The park is rich with varied ecosystems such as rainforest, mangroves, incredible white sand beaches, coral reefs, and limestone cliffs. El Nido possesses spectacular natural scenery and is the sanctuary of different forms of wildlife. You’ll surely enjoy the countless and colorful fish that surrounds the sea. Divers will enjoy seeing Manta rays which is a common sight there and the rarest mammals like sea cow or “dugong”.




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Honda Bay

Honda Bay Palawan or “The Last Frontier” is one of the country’s most loved tourists’ destinations. It had been also known to be one of the best dive spots and one of the most exclusive resorts here in the country. The resort is possessing white sand beaches, superb landscape, fishing spots and rainforests that nature lover and adventurer will surely adore.

                        The bay contains several islets with shallow reefs neighboring breathtaking beaches which turned out to be the swimming, diving and snorkeling destinations of both local residents and tourists. Cowrie and Bat are the best distinguished among the many islands of Honda Bay. Snake Island is the other one, with its curvaceous tongue shape that of a snake and with a white sand beach renowned for its large and attractive shells. Some other interesting islands on the bay are Canon, Pandan, Starfish,Lu-Ii Island (came from the word “lulubog-lilitaw”, which means floating and sinking island, is only visible during low tide seasons. There is also Señorita Island and Meara Marina.

                   Starfish Island, with very well white sand beaches, crystal clear water and coral reefs that loaded with starfish. Arreceffi Island has this luxury Dos Palmos Beach Resort and you can have your overnight stays in the islands of Meara Marina and Starfish or Sandbar Resort.

                 Enjoy Island hopping at Honda Bay. Choose from the dozens of white sands beaches there in the island and try diving to explore the rich marine life underwater. To experience all these, come to Honda Bay, the islands there are waiting for you!



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Coron Reefs in Busuanga Island, Palawan

coron reefs

Coron Reefs, Coron Bay, BusuangaPalawan is an island known for many tourist destinations especially when it comes to their natural attractions. One of those is the renowned Coron Reefs, a wonderful spot named after the municipality where it is found. It is a prime diving spot, not just because of the pristine state of its coral reefs but also due to the beauty of the area. Coron Reefs is comprised of 7 lakes bounded with majestic cliffs of limestone.  This spot is also close to other getaway destinations in Palawan including the birds that can only be found here, the beaches, hot springs and the mountainous terrains that are perfect for adventure trekking.  You can also try the diving activities offered here, WWII Japanese shipwrecks may be found in established dive sites.

Coron ReefsFor sure, Palawan Coron Reefs already caught your interest, so here are the instructions on how to get there: first, you need to go to Puerto Princesa City, the capital of Palawan. From the city, you can take a bus or jeepney that will fetch you to the port where you can find boats that offer an hour ride to Busuanga Island. Coron is the town proper of Busuanga Island, so from this island, you can take the local transportation that will lead you to Palawan Coron Reefs.






Tubbataha Reefs: National Marine Park

Tubbataha reefs

Hey divers, check this one of the best spots in Palawan! Discover the wonderful sights under the clear and deep blue sea.

Tubbataha ReefsTubbataha Reefs is considered the most beautiful diving spot in the Philippines, located 98 miles in the southeastern part of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. The whole reef is composed of a pair of coral atolls. The two atolls are named as North and South Reefs, each possesses a single islet that floats above the water. It is mostly visited by the tourists especially diving enthusiasts who are looking for a fantastic diving spot. Tubbataha has become a well-known diving site because of its reef walls which offers a good sanctuary to the different conies of fish. It is also the home of hawksbill sea turtle which are considered to be endangered species. Tubbataha Reef competes with the Great Barrier Reef of Australia in terms of the diversity of its marine ecosystem. It is also well-known as an avian sanctuary. There’s a lighthouse located at the southern portion of the South Reef/atoll, which houses a significant number of wild birds.

Tubbataha-manta rayTubbataha Reef is home to nearly 400 species of fish and bird species, enough reason to declare Tubbataha as a National Marine Park. Because of its isolated location, it can only be visited through boat. Divers can experience the reefs’ dramatic underwater terrain, awe-inspiring biodiversity and encounter large marine animals such as sharks, turtles and manta rays.

Travel Guide

Visitors usually take a one hour plane trip from the Philippine Capital to Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Diving operators ferry visitors from the airport to the wharf, where the dive boat is waiting. Most of the boat leave the wharf after supper and arrive in the marine park at 6:00 a.m. For more information, nature lovers can log-in at tubbatahareef.org.

Source: www.palawanboard.com

Photos from: tubbatahareef.org and blueblink24.blogspot.com

Creepy? Not in Tabon Caves!

Tabon Caves

Palawan is not just a haven for sea foods and water sports. Once you visit the province, you would be amazed on how beautiful it is for its natural attractions that are continuously making Palawan one of the most wonderful places to spend your time with.

One of the most attractive destinations in the province is the Tabon Cave located in Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan, 155 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa. It is popularly known as the “Cradle of Philippine Civilization” because i is believed that the ancient tribes of Tabon men dwelt in this cave wherein their remains, along with their artifacts, were found decades ago. It consists of a series of chambers, a 138-hectare rugged cliffs and deep slopes for the matter.

The Discovery of the Tabon Caves

Dr. Robert Fox and his co-archaeologists from the National Museum discovered the Tabon Caves in 1962. Their discovery led to one of the most important discoveries in the world of archaeology – that is the one mentioned above, the Tabon men fossils and remains

the place can be reached by taking a bus or jeepney ride from the provincial capital to Quezon. It is followed by a pumpboat ride from Quezon wharf to the caves. Travel time is 3-4 hours by bus or jeepney to Quezon and 20-30 minutes’ boat ride from Quezon pier to the caves.

The Tabon cave complex is located on Lipuun Point, Quezon, Palawan . It is a 138-hectares, of rugged cliffs and deep slopes. Discovered by an American, the late Dr. Robert B. Fox and his team of Archaeologist from the National Museum in 1962. The discovery of the caves have yielded an important Archaeological find – Fossil human bones tentatively dated from 22,000 to 24,000 years ago. Excavations were done from 1962 to 1970. Of the 200 caves found in Lipuun Point only 29 caves were fully explored, including Tabon Cave, which were found to been used for habitation and / or burial sites by ancient people.

Because of its importance to Philippine History and heritage, the site was declared a Museum Reservation Site by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 996 in 1972 by the Philippine Government. Out of the 29 explored caves, only three caves are available or open for the visitors. The Tabon cave complex is currently being maintained and managed by the National Museum.

Tabon cave complex is a 30-minute banca ride from the town of Quezon, a Southern municipality of Palawan. It is 155 kilometers away from Puerto Princesa City.




Tabon Caves – Quezon, Palawan

The Tabon Caves are a set of caves north of Quezon municipality, in the south western part of the province of Palawan on Palawan Island, in the Philippines. The caves are named after the Tabon Scrubfowl. Tabon Caves is bordered on the south by the town proper of Quezon, Bgy. Panitian on the west, and the South China Sea on the north and east. The complex has 29 explored caves (only seven of which are [Read more…]