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.




Images from: http://whc.unesco.org



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