The Puerto Princesa Underground River Is A Natural Wonder & Your Next Travel Destination
It’s a different kind of paradise
In 2011, the Puerto Princesa Underground River (formally called the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park) was provisionally chosen as one of the New7Wonders of Nature. In 2012, the title was made official. And while it’s a prestigious label to hold, the natural formation totally deserves it. With unbiased hands, we say that there is nothing else like it.
The river can be found some 80 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa along the Saint Paul Mountain Range. It’s unique because it emerges directly from the sea and its lower portion is subject to influence by tidal waves. And in 2010, it was discovered that the river had a second floor, which means that there are small waterfalls inside the cave as well. There is also a cave dome above the river, some rock formations, large bats and a deep water hole. Several more river channels are also accessible and the marine life is vibrant.
It's everything you want paradise to be in a cozy little package. The best part is that there is so much more to visit at Puerto Princesa, whether you prefer lounging around or you’re more into activities. Honda Bay is a great place to start when you go island hopping. Hit up Pandan Island, Starfish Island, Cowrie Island and Luli Island.
If wildlife is something you want to get in contact with, head over to the Palawan Wildlife Rescue and Conservation Center, which houses the largest saltwater crocodile—that’s 20 feet of scales, teeth and strength!
Or you can eat, because eating seafood by the water is never a bad thing. There is fish, crabs, clams and virtually all other edible shellfish out there. You can go to the market or, if you’re lucky, you can chance upon a local who’s looking to sell their catch for the day. Sometimes they’ll even cook it for you and you can either trust them with how to cook it or request for something specific.